Pastor Lauren Applegate
Pastor Lauren Applegate is a recent graduate
of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and was recently ordained in the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She has a background in social work and has always enjoyed working with people, especially youth, young adults, and older adults. Pastor Lauren has a passion for listening to others share their life ’s stories, and sees the sharing of our individual stories as a way to tap into God’s bigger story of love, promise, and grace. Pastor Lauren loves to ask questions, wonder, and share the Good News of how God’s love was revealed to us all in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In her free time, you can find Pastor Lauren spending time with her family and their two dogs, going on adventures, or catching up with friends and/or Netflix.
Please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Lauren, if you'd like to schedule a wedding, a baptism, or if there is a death.
Jeanette Peterson moved to Doylestown, Pennsylvania in 1995. After several years working in Information Technology, Jeanette moved to the Lehigh Valley. She worked at Christ Lutheran Church-Lower Saucon for over
8 years and she continues to work at Friedens Lutheran Church. Jeanette enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and two children (ages 16 & 19). Jeanette feels blessed to work at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church and looks forward to meeting everyone.
Director of Music
Music has always played a pivotal role in Phil's life. Success at the PMEA District, Region and State Chorus festivals motivated Phil to pursue vocal studies at the collegiate level. Studies at The University of The Arts, The Boston Conservatory, and East Stroudsburg University have only strengthened his musical foundation. He has performed with the Pennsylvania Lyric Opera, Amici Opera, Boston Conservatory Opera Studio, Philly Pops, and at Northampton Community College. Phil has extensive conducting and music directing experience having directed ensembles at The University of the Arts, Northampton Community College, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, and Northampton Area High School. Many of his vocal students have successfully auditioned into music programs at DeSales, Muhlenberg, Ithaca, Northwestern, The New England Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music. Phil is a proud member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Lehigh Valley Arts Council, and The Nazareth Bath Regional Chamber of Commerce. In his spare time, Phil enjoys reading, working out, and traveling. Phil is very excited to be a part of New Jerusalem community and looks forward to a great year!