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St. Paul's Lutheran Church (LCMS)  |  37707 New Market Turner Road; Mechanicsville, MD

Church: 301.884.5184  |  Fax: 301.884.2063

My Name is Pastor Gary R. Pomrenke. I was born in Neenah, Wisconsin and grew up in a small town named Menominee, which is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I have been married to the love of my life, Tracie, since 2014. We have 5 children together. My oldest Jake is the Worship Leader at Grace Lutheran in La Plata and is married to Erin. My younger son Jordan lives nearby and is present occasionally at St. Paul’s. My daughter’s name is Jillian and is married to Larenzo and works at Sports Clips in La Plata. My “bonus” children are Erika and Jordan.  Erika lives and works in Wisconsin. Jordan is an Insurance agent.  He and his wife also live in Wisconsin. We have three grandchildren, Alice, Charlie, and Enzo.

After High School, I attended Northern Michigan University for close to 18 months before enlisting in the United States Air Force. In the Air Force, I served in many different capacities. I was trained as an aircraft mechanic, but I finished my career as my unit’s First Sergeant. I retired out of the 201st Airlift Squadron, DCANG at Andrews AFB, Md. in July of 2012 after serving 25 plus years. I am a big sports fan. We are Green Bay Packers season ticket holders. I am also a huge University of Michigan Fan. Tracie and I like going to local wineries when we have some downtime. We love hanging out with our family and friends and playing cards and other games.

I have been a Life-long Lutheran and have been very active at every church that I have been a part of. I have served three different congregations for a total of 16 years as a Pastoral Assistant / Deacon at Grace Lutheran in La Plata; The Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Bryans Road; and now St. Paul’s in Mechanicsville. I have been very blessed to serve under some incredibly gifted Pastors. Pastor Eric Peterson and Pastor Christopher Ogne have made the biggest impacts. I graduated in May of 2018 with a BA in Religious Studies. I was granted colloquy in December of 2018 and was ordained as a Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) on January 27th, 2019 where I began serving as the Pastor of St. Paul’s. I am a blessed man who loves serving Our Lord in any way that I can. Tracie and I are looking forward to the next chapter of our ministry together.


Rev. Gary R. Pomrenke