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Trinity Lutheran Church Runnemede

"To Know Christ and To Make Him Known"

Pastor Andy

Pastor G. Andrew Engelhart III
"Pastor Andy"

Pastor Andy at his deskPastor Engelhart was born in Camden, NJ in 1962 and grew up in the small south Jersey town of Westmont. During his teenage and young adult years he was actively involved at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Haddonfield.

Pastor Andy received his BA in English from Rutgers University Camden Campus in 1984. He entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1985. The required year of internship was fulfilled at Grace, Somers Point. In 1989 Pastor Andy received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree. He also earned a Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M) degree in May 1994 and completed the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in May 2007.

During his senior year of Seminary, Pastor Andy accepted a call as Assistant Pastor of St. Paul, Beachwood, NJ. He resigned this call to accept a call from Reformation, Absecon, NJ, in October 1993. During the fall of 2004, Pastor Andy submitted his resignation to Reformation to accept a call as associate pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Runnemede, NJ beginning on January 1st 2005. In September of 2005, upon the retirement of Pastor Ed Schmidt who is now our Pastor Emeritus, the congregation called Pastor Andy to become its solo pastor.

In his personal life, Pastor Andy likes working out at the gym, old cars, robots, football and gardening. He is active with the Rutgers Alumni Association and served on the 25th anniversary committee for the class of 1984.

Pastor Andy married Amy Joy Solly in August of 1989. In 1999 they adopted their first child Daniel Joseph. A second child, Andrew Jacob was adopted in 2000.

2020 marks Pastor Andy's fifteenth year as Trinity's pastor, making Trinity the longest pastorate that he has served.. 

"Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding."
Jeremiah 3:15