Called to serve in Milton

Gary Schaeffer stands on a platform he uses to preside over parking lot services held at 6:30 p.m. Sundays at Christ Lutheran Parish. Schaeffer was recently named the new pastor of the Milton Lutheran Parish.

MILTON — It was in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that Gary Schaeffer started to realize a calling to become the pastor for a parish he had been serving on a part-time basis since 2019.

Schaeffer recently accepted an offer to serve as the new pastor for the Milton Lutheran Parish, which encompasses Christ and Trinity Lutheran churches.

Staff writer Kevin Mertz can be reached at 570-742-9671 or email

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