Rev. Scott M. MacDonald, Pastor

Born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Rev. Scott M. MacDonald worked for various human service agencies over many years in the south shore area. He also spent time in foreign missions work in Mexico while gaining Spanish speaking skills there. Pastor MacDonald graduated from Bridgewater State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Arts and a minor in Social Work.

He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Canton, Massachusetts before entering Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri in 1998. After completing two years of studies he was assigned a year of vicarage (internship) at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in New Hartford, Connecticut, under Rev. Timothy Yeadon. After returning for a final year of seminary training he received  the Master of Divinity degree in the spring of 2002. He was ordained at his home church in Canton, Massachusetts in June of that year and then installed as Pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Odenton, Maryland.

In the spring of 2016, after serving for fourteen years in Maryland, Pastor accepted a call from Saint John Lutheran Church in Meriden, Connecticut and was installed as Pastor in May of that year. He and his family now make their home in Middlefield, Connecticut. 

Matthew Bartlett, Director of Music

Matthew W. Bartlett was born and raised in Meriden, Connecticut.   He graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelors in Music for Organ Performance and a minor in History.  He has been playing the piano since the age of four and took up the pipe organ when he was fifteen.  He has served many churches throughout the state as a Director of Music.  As an organist, he has performed around parts of Europe including Amsterdam, Vienna, and Paris. 


He also holds a Masters in Military History with a concentration on the American Civil War.  When he is not spending his time as a Director of Music, he lectures around the state on the subject of espionage in the American Civil War, where he and his wife impersonate early Pinkerton agents.  Mr. Bartlett is also an author: he has written a number of non-fiction books as well as a novel.

Donna Rackie, Office Manager

A Middletown native, Donna Rackie is our office manager.  Her roots at St. John go back several generations.  In addition to her duties here, Donna is involved with high school volleyball.  She is married to David Rackie; they have two wonderful children.  

Doug Therialt, Sexton

Doug has been the sexton at St. John for over 26 years.  He has been married to Donna for over 36 years.  Doug has lived in Maine, California, and Connecticut.  True to his roots, he is a big Yankees fan and loves to watch the New York Jets. Doug is the retired sexton from the Meriden Police Department.  Although he is seldom seen, the fruits of his labor are always evident.

Current Officers

President - Cindy Kreminski

Vice President - Karen Wasilewski

Treasurer - Tom Hintz

Recording Secretary - Laura Hintz

Financial Secretary - Cissy Kulakowski

Special Funds Treasurer - Tom Hintz

Current Board/Committee Chairs

Elders - Karen Wasilewski

Deacons - Gary Poulin

Evangelism - Marilyn Gere

Stewardship - Gina Guerrette

Property - Tom Hintz

Budget Committee - Carl Vensel

Financial Review Committee - Carl Vensel

Nominating Committee - Karen Wasilewski

Sunday School - Ellen Ness

Fundraising - Les Zimmerman

Cemetery Committee- Les Zimmerman

Preschool - Cissy Kulakowski

Delegates to City Mission - Lilija Strazinskis

Edwin Rabe Fund - Les Zimmerman

Altar Guild - Donna Dlugos

Saint John Lutheran Church
and Preschool

520 Paddock Avenue 

Meriden, CT 06450

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