Pastor Wayne Matthias-Long

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Pastor at Reformation Lutheran Church

Meet Pastor Wayne Matthias-Long

The Rev. Wayne A. Matthias-Long was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and raised in the nearby town of Shavertown where he was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He and his wife Karen (who is an Associate in Ministry serving on the Northeastern Pa. Synod bishop’s staff) are parents of two adult sons, Joshua and Aaron.

Pastor Matthias-Long graduated from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa., and from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He was ordained by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod in 1985 and served as Associate Pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus, through 1991. In 1992 he was called as the Senior Pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Reading, where he served until 2002. Since that time he has been the pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Emmaus.  Prior to ordination Pastor Wayne served for three years on the youth ministry staff of the Division for Parish Services of the Lutheran Church in America in Philadelphia.  He also served as a Summer Chaplain in the Pocono Leisure Ministry.

He has served in leadership roles in the Northeastern Pa. Synod including as the Dean of the West Berks Mission District (Conference), chair of the Bishop’s Conference Planning Committee, Voting Member to ELCA Churchwide Assemblies, chair of the synod Constitution Committee, and as a “peer mentor” to clergy colleagues and first-call pastors.

He is currently active in the leadership of the First-Call Theological Education Leadership Guild for Region 7. In the community he has served as the chair of the Board of Ethics of the City of Reading and is presently active in the Emmaus Rotary Club. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Home at Topton, The Highlands at Wyomissing (a continuing care retirement community), and Lutheran Congregational Services. He currently serves on the Board of Liberty Lutheran Services.

He is an avid baseball fan (go Phillies!) and enjoys music and reading.

To reach a pastor for urgent pastoral care assistance call 610-314-7747.

Listen to a recent sermon by Pastor Wayne at Reformation:


Pastor Wayne’s Blog

Pastor’s Blog March 2016 - Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Sometime between my writing these words and your reading them, I will have begun to wear new eyeglasses. Like many people, my eyesight has been weakening with the passing years. In recent months I …

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Pastor’s Blog: Jan 2016 - Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 1 Peter 4:10 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, EPIPHANY (ee-PlF-uh-nee) is the Greek word for appearance or manifestation, an …

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September 2015 – From the Pastor - Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! (Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss, 1990) This summer we Reformation members have …

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Pastor’s Words - Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” (Matthew 18:5, Mark 9:37, Luke 9:48) As I write these words in mid-July, the news media is dominated by images of children …

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