Welcome to Vicar Mark Fischer

...Since the mid-1980's, I have worked in the public and private sector for companies like McDonald's Corporation, Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels, Kemps Foods, York County 911, and Lancaster Newspapers.  I have owned four businesses spanning a total of 18 years.  

For many years, God has called for me to enter the ministry and I resisted.  I always had something else to do.  In March 2014, my position was eliminated at Lancaster Newspapers and I discerned what I had been denying for many years - that God was calling me to the ministry of Word and Sacrament.  

I entered into candidacy with the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA and began my seminary journey as a first-year student at Lancaster Theological Seminary and an affiliated student at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.  On May 20, 2017, I graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary with my M.Div. degree.  On July 1, 2017, I began serving as the Vicar of St. John Center Lutheran Church.

So, what am I passionate about?

I am passionate about being in and studying God's Word.  Every time I read Scriptures, I learn something new.  I have learned to see the Gospel in every book of the Bible.  Even in our deepest time of despair and trial, God is there with us.

I am passionate about being in community because this is how we as God's faithful learn and grow and nurture one another.  I like face-time with people.  Text messaging, phone calls and emails are all okay, BUT I believe that to truly get to know someone, it happens in face-top-face conversation, studying God's Word together, praying, and in the eating and drinking of the body and blood of Jesus in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

My favorite Bible verses are: John 3:16-17 and Matthew 28:19-20.  Psalm 23 is up there, as well.  John - because if I want to explain the bounty and blessing of God's love, it is found in these two verses.  God's grace isn't complicated.  Matthew - because this is the work God has called us to do, how the church of Jesus Christ is a missional calling.  Spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is our baptismal calling and it is our challenge in a world that isolates and marginalizes people.

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