Rev’d Up

So I finally have an official adjective associated with my name now. I was ordained as a pastor in the ELCA on November 8.

Rev. Paul Milholland, Rev. Marc A. Stutzel, Kate Stutzel, Oliver Stutzel, George Stutzel

I heard the ceremony described as one of the best, moving, and joyous worship services that the church puts on. I had a great time at mine but missed most of it because my eyes were closed during the various prayers. Family and friends made the journey out to NJ to witness the event and ten individuals from my current parish attended as well. It was awesome.

The picture above is my family with Pastor Paul. His first act as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Island City was marrying K and I. Now, four years later, he was my sponsoring pastor at my ordination. He wanted a good picture that he could put on his mantle, next to our wedding picture.

Now I just need to add “Rev” to my signature. It doesn’t flow quite yet.


Today I presided over my first baptism as a pastor. There are pictures to prove it.

For future reference, I need to practice pouring water while using a seashell. Poor kid ended up with water in his eyes.

Pastor Marc presiding

Pastor Marc, Baptism

So this happened: Letter of Call Edition

Letter of Call, 2014

So this has been an eventful month. On September 28, I was called as Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. I started on 10/1. Above is the letter of call. One of my goals through this transition is to be more diligent when it comes to blogging.

I have yet to meet that goal. Hopefully this blog post will be a start to something grand (and a rebranding as well).

I am Batman

I will admit that I die a little inside when O is wearing DC comics gear but, well, he looks good in it.

O at the splashpad

O also met his cousin (my first nephew!) today too.

O and Harry!

It’s been a good start to our long weekend in Florida.