Pastor G. Edward Whetstone grew up in Harrisburg and spent his high school years in Hagerstown. After graduation from Gettysburg College with a BA degree in English Literature, he attended Northwestern (now Luther) Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and was ordained in 1971.
He was called to the three congregations of the Sharpsburg Parish in western Maryland. He served there for seven years, with all three congregations worshiping every Sunday. In 1977 he accepted a call to Salem Lutheran Church in Catonsville, serving there until his retirement in 2010.
In 1988 he and Vicky were married. For these last 18 years, Vicky has worked at Lutheran World Relief, which has its national headquarters here at the Inner Harbor. They have a daughter Linsey, married and living in Parkville and a son Micah who lives with his family in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Since retirement Pastor Whetstone has twice served as Interim Assistant at Christ Lutheran at the Inner Harbor, and as Interim at First English in Baltimore. Retirement years have afforded welcome time for refinishing furniture, unhurried yardwork, memorable travel and puttering with longtime collections: antique Christmas and Easter decorations, abolition autographs and other ephemera, and Martin Luther coins and medals dating back into the early 1600’s. The best times of all are visits with our grandsons Benjamin, 12, and Abram, 10.
His ministry here began January 20 as our Bridge Interim Pastor. He’s pleased for the opportunity to spend this time with us, our last season as we prepare to call our new pastor.
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.
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.
Margaret Stalsberg, Bookeeper
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.