St. John Staff


Pastor Scott Maxwell, Senior Pastor,

Prior to ordination, Pastor Scott was a member of the managaement team for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, living in various areas of the United States, including New Orleans, Washington DC, Atlanta, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Notwithstanding his successful career in the hospitality industry, he could no longer ignore God’s call that he had felt since the 6th grade. Pastor Scott entered the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) and was awarded a Masters in Divinity (M.Div.) and ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 1999.

Prior to being called to St. John Lutheran Church, Pastor Scott served congregations in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. His passion is to empower and equip those he leads for the work of ministry in the community. Striving to always be relevant, his weekly preaching seeks to relate the ancient stories of the Bible with the challenges we face today. His favorite Bible verse guides his service in ministry: “ He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).

Pastor Scott reflects on his ministry, “I believe that God -- through Jesus Christ, Scripture and the means of Grace -- encounters us and desires a personal relationship with us. I believe that I am called to bring people to Christ in order that their lives be transformed. I answer this call by using the Word of God to help people live differently in the world, build community where Christ is present and challenge and empower them to live out their vocation as witness to the transformative power of Christ.”

Residing in Linthicum Heights, Pastor Scott shares life with his wife and best friend, Candy. Together, they enjoy being grandparents, exploring the local area, savoring unique cuisines, watching the top 100 movies of all times and being taken on walks by their two golden retriever rescue dogs, Jackson and Axel.


Linda Lester, Administrative Assistant,

Linda Lester was born in Beverly, Massachusetts and spent much of her youth moving to various parts of the country with her family. She eventually made her way to Maryland and attended most of her schooling here. She graduated from Towson University in 1998 with a B.S. in Education. She worked administratively in the Lutheran Church for the past eighteen years. She resides in Ellicott City. She has three adult sons and six grandchildren. For fun, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.


Jane Bowie, Traditional Service Music Director,

Jane's life as a church musician started with a little hymnal from her first piano teacher, the wife of a Lutheran pastor. When her family moved from Michigan to Maryland, she continued piano and organ lessons here, eventually earning a BA from UMBC and a Masters in Music from Towson University. During twenty years as a church musician she has directed Adult and Youth choirs in addition to guitar groups, several instrumental ensembles and brass quartets as well as directing Regional Advent Lessons and Carols services. As the General Music Teacher at Resurrection - St Paul School, she plans all school liturgies and the annual Christmas program leading over 400 children in choral groups, recorders, hand-bells and guitars.

She is very excited about continuing the development of the wonderful musical talent and potential at St. John Lutheran Church. Jane and her husband have two children - daughter Karina, who recently moved to California with her husband, and son, Nathan, who resides with his wife, Beth, in Maryland.


Margaret Stalsberg, Bookkeeper,

Margaret Stalsberg grew up in Rockville, MD and moved to Anne Arundel County in 1991. She was raised in a Christian home and made her decision to make Jesus Christ her savior in 1968.

Margaret has worked as an Accountant for 42 years and has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. While living in Edgewater, MD she volunteered at her local volunteer fire department as an EMT and the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for several years.

Margaret and her husband Bruce moved to Linthicum, MD in May of 2015, they started looking for a church in the area and visited St. John’s in 2016 and decided it was the church God lead them to, becoming members June 19, 2016.

Margaret felt God leading her to apply for the part-time bookkeeper position at St. John’s and accepted the position, starting April 1, 2017. Margaret feels her life has been truly blessed working and attending St. John’s.