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Mark Swanson

Congratulations to Pastor Mark Swanson who has accepted the call to serve as Pastor of First Lutheran. 

His first Sunday was August 7, 2022. 

Welcome The Rev. Mark E. Swanson to First Lutheran Church! Pastor Swanson began his ministry here on August 1, 2022. He is in his 34th year of ministry. Pastor Swanson is a Jamestown native and was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he was baptized, confirmed and ordained. Pastor Swanson is a graduate of Jamestown High School, Jamestown Community College, the State University of New York at Fredonia and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He spent his early years in ministry serving congregations in Queens, New York City; Dansville and Cohocton in rural Upstate New York; and for 18 years was pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coopersburg, PA. More recently he served as interim pastor of three congregations in the Allentown area of Pennsylvania as well as serving as pastor of two congregations in the rural coal region of eastern Pennsylvania. Pastor Swanson recently completed an interim assignment in the Syracuse area. He is married to the Rev. Laura A. Csellak, who is Chaplain at Lutheran in Jamestown and with whom he has two adult children, Stefan and Luke. Pastor Swanson is an avid runner, gardener, and Chicago Cubs baseball enthusiast. He can often be found in his backyard tending to his chickens and walking with his beloved Labrador Retriever, Bailey.

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Where We Gather

First Lutheran Church
120 Chandler Street
Jamestown, New York

First Lutheran Church
worship service

What to Expect

  • Inspirational and beautiful worship setting
  • Prayers for those in need of healing & comfort
  • Sermons proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ

When We Gather
on Sunday

  • Contemporary Worship
    9:00 am in the
    Contemporary Worship Center
  • Fellowship & Refreshment
    9:45 am in the
    Church Parlors
  • Sunday School
  • Traditional Worship
    11:00 am in the
    Main Sanctuary

Face masks are no longer required. 

Contemporary Sunday Worship Service - 9:00 AM

Sunday School 10:00 am

Traditional Sunday Worship Service - 11:00 AM

Holy Communion served weekly