Pastor Lynnette Delbridge

Lynnette Delbridge was born and raised in North Carolina where she soaked in love the earth from her farmer grandfather and love the church from her parents and the saints of First Baptist Church of Goldsboro. Blessed with many opportunities to learn, she has a B.A. in English and Music from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC, a Masters in Music Education from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA; a M.Div. from Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA and a PhD. in New Testament Studies from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Lynnette has had a variety of ecumenical experiences growing up in a Baptist congregation, becoming a Moravian pastor, spending graduate school years worshipping on Sundays with Episcopalians, attending Union Seminary where many denominations were represented and teaching at the seminary level in Moravian, American Baptist, and Lutheran settings. She has served as Assistant Pastor at Clemmons Moravian Church, Clemmons, NC, as Co-Pastor at Castleton Moravian Church on Staten Island, NY, and as Pastor at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, PA.

Lynnette has had past opportunities to help organize and participate in Active Mission Projects including community dinners, clothing distributions, and community garden efforts on Staten Island. Her ministries have included for time making music and sharing stories of our faith with children and youth. She is also committed to finding ways to Care for Creation which means having many adventures in her own garden. Lynnette is married to Andrew Meckstroth, Pastor at Ziegels Lutheran Church in Breinigsville, PA. Together, they have two daughters, Helen Meckstroth and Carol Delbridge.

Grateful for the full communion agreement between the Evangelical Lutheran Church of American and the Moravian Church which makes it possible for our denominations to share clergy, worship traditions, and to join together in efforts to make the gospel real in the world around us, Lynnette has been serving as Interim Pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church since Feb. 27, 2022.

Mike Fister

Mike Fister grew up in nearby Slatington where he attended school and St. John’s U.C.C. It was there that he learned to love music. He went to Moravian College where he majored in music education, and he later got and M.Ed. from Temple University. Mike has been a church musician since the age of 15. He started at Holy Trinity Union Church (U.C.C.) in Slatedale. From there he taught music and played for Masses at St. Elizabeth R.C. Church in Whitehall. He then served at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Catasauqua before coming here. He teaches elementary music in the Northampton Area School District. Mike is a member of Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church in Catasauqua with his wife, Barbara. They have two daughters, Sarah and Patricia.