Pastor Steven C. Claycomb Pastor Steve was born in Tanzania to missionary parents. He grew up in Bucks County and began his professional career as a registered nurse at Chestnut Hill Hospital. He also worked throughout the Gettysburg area in Home Health Care and Hospice. After graduation from Gettysburg Theological Seminary, he served a two point parish between Altoona and Johnstown — at First Lutheran Church in Portage and St. Luke Lutheran Church in Lilly. His second call was at St. Paul Lutheran in Pine Grove Mills, PA near State College. He has been serving at Reformation Lutheran Church in Reading for the past 12 years.
While at Reformation, Pastor Steve has encouraged and supported the congregation to take on many new ministries, such as Family Promise, the Exeter Area Food Pantry, Differently Abled Ministry, and providing a free Thanksgiving meal to those in the Exeter Community. He emphasizes the worship experience as one that changes throughout the year so that it is always new. Worship changes – the liturgy, the type of bread and wine, the preparation of the sanctuary, the music – all focus the worship experience.
Pastor Steve believes churches should never begin a discussion with ‘we’ve always done it that way’. Rather he says: “The church should always ask itself how it can be ‘church’ beyond its walls.” He is always open to new ideas for ministry and enjoys talking with others about how they can share their gifts. “The church should be that place which builds and equips those of all ages to share the love of God. We are blessed to be a blessing. Shouldn’t our lives look like following Jesus makes a difference!”