Holy Spirit Lutheran Church is a community of Lutheran Christians that was organized in 1967. We meet together to worship God, grow in our faith, and serve others. All of this is done to fulfill our mission to love God and bring people into a growing relationship with Jesus and His church.
We are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Delaware-Maryland Synod, the governing body which works with congregations in this area. As part of the Westminster Conference, we support Carroll Lutheran Village and Carroll Lutheran School. We also work with ministries of our synod, the ELCA, and other social ministry organizations.
Lutherans are Christians who accept the teachings of Martin Luther, a 16th century German theologian who disagreed with the Roman Catholic church of his day. He felt that the church teachings were no longer in line with what the Bible said. He hoped that the church would change so that it was more consistent with the Word of God, but the ultimate result of his efforts was a separation between the Roman Catholic church and those who thought its teachings needed to be reformed. Those who accepted Luther's ideas became known as "Lutherans".
Today, nearly five centuries later, our Lutheran beliefs are still based on Luther’s theological teachings, although we have much in common with other Christians. We believe in the Triune God: the Father, who created the world and sustains it; the Son, who redeemed sinful humanity through his death on the cross; and the Spirit, who brought us to faith and works in us. Like Luther, we believe that there is nothing that we can do to save ourselves; salvation is a gift from God which we receive by God's grace through faith.
For more information on Lutheran beliefs and history, click here.
Pastor Ginger Bennett has a passion for community, pastoral care, and evangelism which are integral pieces of community. She has lived in 13 states and was stationed in Kunsan, South Korea which taught her the importance of these ministries. Pastor Bennett has a certificate in Congregational Faith Formation and a MDiv from United Lutheran Seminary. Pastor Bennett also served in the US Air Force active duty for 6 years before separating and completing her master’s degree at Wichita State University. She completed a certificate in Paralegal Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and then worked as a paralegal for over 15 years spending the last 10 at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring, Maryland in the Oceans and Coasts section. After leaving NOAA, when she was a Vicar she served as the Pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Broadway in Hanover, PA. Pastor Bennett has been blessed with a daughter – Amelia Rose – who is an active Middle School student keeps her company when she is not at the church.
Nancy Bowman: President, Secretary, and Music & Worship
Barb Northrop: Vice President and Personnel
Andy Jones: Treasurer
John Novak: Financial Secretary and Stewardship
Rusty Long: Property liaison for Will Stecher, Chair
Lindsay Holbig: Social Ministry
Laura Blum: Youth & Education
Bill Dodson: Fellowship
Strategic Planning: Mark Friend (liaison and not on Council)
Open Positions: Outreach (Evangelism); Constitution & Bylaws
Inclement Weather Policy
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church will follow local weather advisories and will close to all activity when the Carroll County school system does so. For Sunday morning worship, the Pastor and Church President will confer and make decisions regarding adjusted or canceled events.
Please check your local news, refer to the church website, and check Facebook for current and up to date information. When possible, a phone tree call will also be placed including additional information and rescheduled activity notice.