Rev. James R. Hammond


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Rev James Hammond celebrating 25 years of ministry

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Greeting from the Pastor’s desk,




I am happy to serve St. Paul’s Blue Church as your Pastor. I thought it might be helpful to share my

background as we get to know each other.  I was born in Pottsville,Pa on October 9, 1952.  I had a large

family of eleven.  My family moved from Pottsville to Allentown  in the early sixties. I attended William Allen

High School and graduated in 1971. In 1972 I entered the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, Va

aboard the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Independence CVA-62. I spent three years serving active duty and

served three years in reserve.  My active duty took place in the Mediterranean attached to the Seventh Fleet.

I was discharged from active duty in1975 with an Honorable Discharge and began my schooling. I met my

wife Janet in 1976 and we were married in October 1984. My undergraduate work was completed in 1985 at

Kutztown University. I entered Gettysburg Theological Seminary in 1987 and completed my studies in May of

1992. My ordination took place on July, 1992 in the Northern Pennsylvania Synod under Bishop Harold

Weiss. My first call was to a two point parish in Schuylkill County of that same year. I served Jacob’s-

Outwood Lutheran Parish until July of 2002.  In 2002 I accepted a call at Mt. Zion Evangelical  Lutheran

Church. I served Mt. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church until February 1, 2015. From February until

November 1, 2015 I have been supply preaching and currently have accepted an Interim Pastoral position

with St. Paul’s Lutheran Blue Church. I look forward to the year ahead and our relationship in Christ's

ministry throughout the upcoming year.

In Christ,

Pastor Jim

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