St. John Center Lutheran Church
Called by God to share the Good News of Jesus Christ
celebrating our 200th anniversary
Welcome to Pastor Thomas Darr
...Prior to graduating from seminary Pastor Tom married Elizabeth in 1995 and brought together a blended family with five children. Since that time, those five children have started families and Tom and Liz are the proud grandparents of 13 grandchildren.
Pastor Tom's first call in ministry was in Clearfield, PEnnsylvania, at St. John Lutheran Church. While there he was involved with the youth, community service, as well as, serving as a volunteer chaplain at the local hospital. In the fall of 2002, he was called to Angel of Joy Lutheran Church in Lufkin Texas. Angel of Joy had just come off mission status shortly before his arrival so a large portion of his duties were pastoral guidance, both spiritually and administratively. Also during his stay the two hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, came to the area which affected his congregation.
In the summer of 2006, Pastor Tom was called to Flohr's Lutheran Church near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His vision there was to journey with them in discovering how God's Word was redefining their purpose and ministry within their community setting. Besides serving at Flohrs, Pastor Tom also enjoyed serving the greater community. He was instrumental in starting a backpack ministry for the local elementary school that both feeds and clothes needy children. He was involved in a cooperative interdenominational midweek youth group called Slice of Faith, a cooperative confirmation program of 10 churches with six pastors and 25 youth. He was also a member of a local Lions club, and served as an associate chaplain at Gettysburg Hospital.
Recently Pastor Tom, completed a brief pastorate at Trinity Lutheran in Topton, Pennsylvania.
Pastor Tom enjoys music of all kinds, plays the guitar whenever possible. He loves the out of doors, taking walks with Elizabeth and just being in the mountains. He is a trout fisherman and a diehard Atlanta Braves fan. He is an avid reader, has his own website, where he posts a daily devotional under www.revtommiedarr.com .