St. Thomas Lutheran Church is a vibrant, caring community with active members from throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties. We are made up of individuals who love God, each other and those God gives us to care for. No one is a stranger at St. Thomas. We welcome all of our brothers and sisters in Christ, regardless of race, gender, economic status, marital status, or age. We firmly believe that God’s grace is for all of God’s children.
We are a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA is an engaged, active body of people who put faith in God into action — in millions of ways, all over the world. It is composed of 4.8 million members and nearly 10,500 congregations across the U.S. and Caribbean.
St. Thomas Lutheran Church is located at 135 Salmon Street in Brick NJ 08723. Join us for worship on Saturday evenings at 5:30 pm, on Sunday Mornings at 9:15 am for traditional worship, or at 11:30 am for contemporary worship. Every second Sunday of the month at 1:15 pm, there is a “Joyful Noise” service for individuals with differing abilities. Our Sunday School, for both children and adults, meets between the 9:15 and 11:30 services on Sundays.
PASTORS JOHN AND JUDY ANDERSON
Pastor John Anderson has been serving as an ordained Lutheran Pastor since 1994 and as Co-Pastor of St. Thomas Lutheran Church since December of 2011. He came to St. Thomas from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Audubon, NJ where he served as Pastor from 1998 to 2011. He was the Assistant Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bel Air, MD from 1994 to 1998. Before Pastor John was ordained, he taught Social Studies and coached wrestling at The Woodland School in Stratford, PA. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1987 from Albright College, a Master of Divinity in 1994 and a Master of Sacred Theology in 2011 from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Pastor Judith Anderson has been serving as an ordained Lutheran Pastor since 1998. Pastor Judy holds a BS in Education and a MA in French Language and Civilization from New York University (NYU). During her junior year at NYU, she studied abroad in France to enhance her education. Her MDiv is from LTSP. She also holds a DMin in the area of worship (multi-sensory worship experiences) from LTSP. She served at St. Luke’s in West Collingswood from 1998-2011. In 2011, she accepted a Synodical call to serve as Transformational Ministry pastor at St. Thomas in Brick alongside her husband John. Pastors John and Judy were married in 1996 and have two wonderful children (Patrick, who is a sophomore at Monmouth University, and Kristen, who is a junior at Howell High School).
OUR ASSOCIATE IN MINISTRY FOR MUSIC
Reylene Starego is a graduate of Westminster Choir College. She has also done graduate work in choral music education at Florida State University and in theological studies at Moravian Theological Seminary and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She has been serving Lutheran (LCA and ELCA) congregations as organist and choir director since 1980. She has also taught general and choral music in New Jersey and Pennsylvania schools in various positions. As the Director of Music at St. Thomas, she serves as organist and pianist for two services and conducts our 2 vocal and 1 handbell choirs, as well as working with vocal and instrumental soloists from among the members of the church. Reylene was commissioned as an Associate in Ministry in the ELCA and called to St. Thomas in that capacity in March of 2008. She resides in Brick with her husband Ray and son Anthony.
CHURCH COUNCIL PRESIDENT
INTERIM PRAISE TEAM LEADER
Reylene Starego (See Above)