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Community Worship: Dr. Jon Pahl

Lakeside welcomes Dr. Jon Pahl as Preacher of the Week during the 104th Lutheran Chautauqua Week, June 16-21. Pahl serves as the Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor of the History of Christianity at the United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia/Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This week’s preacher is supported in part by the Lutheran Chautauqua.

Pahl will lead the 10:30 a.m. Chautauqua Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 16 in Hoover Auditorium.

Michael Shirtz and guest artists will provide musical leadership during the service, while the liturgy will be led by Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Senior Director of Religious Life & Pastoral Care. 

Following the opening prayer, children (ages 5-11) will proceed to Bradley Temple for Children’s Church with Chip Richter. There will be a message by Richter, songs, crafts, lemonade and cookies to share. Preschoolers are welcome if accompanied by an adult. 

Pahl is the author of seven books, including Shopping Malls and Other Sacred Spaces: Putting God in Place, Empire of Sacrifice: The Religious Origins of American Violence and Fethullah Gülen: A Life of Hizmet — Why a Muslim Scholar in Pennsylvania Matters to the World. He is currently working on a book entitled Peacegrowing, and another on sacred trees.

Pahl has enjoyed speaking with audiences all over the world in academic, church and other public venues.

In addition to his scholarly work, he has worked as a pastor and community activist. Pahl recently helped to start up The Brain Center of Green Bay, and he currently serves as Chair of the Pigeon Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District.

He enjoys gardening, sports and playing jazz and blues as an amateur saxophonist and spending time with his extended family.

He lives on a lake in Clintonville, Wisconsin, with his wife of 41 years, Lisa, their beloved dog, Otis, two cats and many African cichlid fish. The couple has three grown children and two grandsons.

During Lutheran Chautauqua Week, join Pahl for Faith for Living Hour at 9 a.m. Monday-Friday in Hoover Auditorium with a different theme each day. Immediately following, he will lead a Bible Study at 10 a.m. Pahl will also give a brief sermon at Vespers by the Lake at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Steele Memorial Bandstand.  

Guests are welcome to attend Community Worship free of charge by requesting a complimentary Church Pass between 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday; valid until 1 p.m. The pass includes admittance for guests and auto. This pass must be presented to the gate attendant upon departure. If the time allotted is exceeded, the guest(s) will be charged a fee. This pass does not include access to the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus pool. Complimentary passes are available for all worship services and Faith for Living Hour.


Jun 16, 2024


10:30 am


Religious Life


Hoover Auditorium
Hoover Auditorium
115 West 3rd Street, Lakeside, Lakeside Marblehead, OH, USA

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