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Pastor Joseph Mantovani

Joe, our pastor, grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he was very active at a Roman Catholic congregation. He was a Sunday school teacher and a part of the youth group, summer camp and basketball ministries. He joined the Lutheran Church in 2001, completed his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Marketing at Brooklyn College in 2003 and completed his seminary studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in Spring of 2009. Pr Joe started his ministry here in Woodside in the Winter of 2009. He moved to the area soon after and now lives in our community along with his wife Jennifer and cat Matilda.

During his work here, he was walked with us through times of challenge, excitement, loss, welcome, change, and even some growth. Over the years, he has built relationships with many local churches and participated in the community though programs like The Queens Fellowship and groups like the Woodside Neighborhood Association. In November of 2014, Pr Joe was elected to serve as the dean of the Northwest Queens Conference of the ELCA.

When asked to describe his ministry for the website, he replied with two phrases that have become familiar to all of us here at St. Jacobus. First he said "a place for everyone", which has become the informal mission statement of our church, and second, he said "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 13:15), which has served as the sending blessing at the end of our worship service each week.

You can read Pr Joe's sermons and learn more about him at:

Drew Wutke
Music Director

Drew Wutke, our music director, grew up in a small town, and in a non-denominational church in Southeast Kansas, where he knew everyone at every social, athletic, or church event. His parents, Dave and Robin, are teachers and coaches and his younger brother Dane and his wife Christy are in ministry, currently in Sydney, Australia.

St. Jacobus is a special place, and Drew is excited to share Jesus' message with others around Woodside through the music in our services. His professional background is varied: Drew went to college in Northeast Indiana (Huntington Univ.) for choral education. He was trained classically in piano and voice, but instead of teaching youngsters, turned into an accompanist/adjunct professor and creative arts/worship pastor after his undergraduate degree.

Before moving to Manhattan, he worked at Oklahoma City University, where he graduated with a Masters of Music in Vocal Coaching. Currently, he works as a freelance pianist/vocal coach/music director and instructor. You might see him at NYU Steinhardt/Tisch, teaching a piano lesson or a vocal coaching, playing for a gospel choir, working with a junior high school's afterschool musical, or directing music professionally in a theatre. Or you might see him drinking Diet Dr. Pepper, and saying "y'all," and talking about the latest TV show he's hooked on (currently "Parenthood") while dining at Chipotle or Five Guys. Drew thanks the community here for the chance to join in, and is passionate about making great music and art at St. Jacobus in the spirit of 1 John 4:19: "We love because he first loved us." "You're welcome to join us as we find our voice and give our best gifts artistically on Sundays!" Drew says

"We can do no great things, only small things with great love." --Mother Theresa

Our Church Council

Rebekah Oakes

Laura Fisher
Vice President

Ingrid Sohlberg

Members at Large:
Veda McRae
Ted Fisher
Dorothy Chang

Lisa Pena Humes

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~ St. Jacobus is a Reconciling in Christ Church and everyone is welcome here ~