Pastor Robert F Zimmerman - Interim Pastor

Pastor Zimmerman graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA in 1979 with a BA in Elementary Education. After spending a summer working at a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed children as a cottage counselor, he returned to western Pennsylvania as a District Executive for the local Boy Scout Council based out of Butler, Pa. When their children were born he resigned from the Scouts and began 18 rewarding
years as a stay-at-home Dad.


As a long time member of English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zelienople he served as Sunday School teacher, Church Council member, chairperson of the evangelism and social ministry committees, and as the liaison between the congregation and its Scouting programs.
When the children got older, he returned to working outside the home part time as a bookseller at Barnes and Noble. After a few years the opportunity to connect faith with employment came when there was an opening for a sales associate at the nearby Augsburg Fortress store.


In 2001, discerning a call to full time ministry, he served as Synodically Authorized Minister at St. John “Stone Church” north of Harmony while attending classes part time at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In 2004, Pr. Zimmerman began full time studies at the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg and in the summer of 2005 was spent in Supervised Clinical Pastoral Education as a chaplain intern in the Pittsburgh Veterans Healthcare System. His internship
year in 2005-2006 was spent at Hope Lutheran in Cranberry Township.
Approved for ordination; he graduated in 2007 and was assigned to the
Southwestern PA Synod.


Pastor Zimmerman’s first call was to St. Luke’s Lutheran in West View in December of 2007. In 2015 he was called to St. John in Mars where he served until retirement in April 2021. He has serve as chairperson of the SWPA Synod Committee on Outreach an is currently a member of the board of directors of Lutheran SeniorLife.


His wife Carol is retired also, from a career as a pension actuary. She is an active amateur musician, playing clarinet in several local bands and substituting for organists at area churches. Pr. Zimmerman’s hobbies include swimming, sailing with friends, and reading. Both enjoy time with their five grandchildren and look forward to traveling.