The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

February 21, 2014

Reservist to pastor Christ Lutheran


The Herald

SHARON — A lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve is the pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Sharon.

The Rev. Michael L. Lozano’s call to Christ Lutheran comes after a six-year mobilization as a chaplain training active, guard and reserve chaplains and chaplain assistants to deploy to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Sinai Peninsula and the Horn of Africa to provide religious support of U.S. military personnel. He was mobilized and served in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Pastor Lozano is a graduate of the former Williamsport Area Community College and Mansfield University, both in Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1992 and was ordained in 1993. He served two congregations in Pennsylvania before moving to Florida to serve a congregation and begin his second tour supporting the Army Reserve.

A military move brought him and his family to Indiana, where his wife and son are living until the end of the school year.

He is a native Texan with family both in south central Texas and north central Pennsylvania. Pastor Lozano and his family look forward to deepening their roots in northwestern Pennsylvania.

When asked why he accepted a call to Christ Lutheran, he said, “I want to be a part of a community of faith not just willing but trying to live God’s love. And Christ Lutheran definitely is trying when you look at all the ministries we are doing, and the people are willing to do more. It’s wonderful.”

Pastor Lozano will be installed at 4 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Ralph Jones, bishop of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, preaching.

Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod is comprised of 87 congregations in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania, covering all or parts of 15 counties (Armstrong, Cameron, Crawford, Clarion, Elk, Erie, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango, Warren).

ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of “God’s work. Our hands,” ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. ELCA’s roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.