Fred Gerlach

Pastor Fred Gerlach and Lenore grew up 20 miles northwest of New York City. They met while attending Pace University in Westchester, New York. Pastor Gerlach graduated from Pace in 1979 with a degree in Accounting and Lenore graduated in 1980 with a degree in Computer Science. Pastor Fred started his career on Wall St. with the investment banking firm Solomon Brothers, and worked 20 years in the financial services industry with various institutions. Lenore worked for the City of Yonkers and then Pepsi Bottling. They were married in September 1984 and have three daughters; Katrina, Veronica, and Emily.

Pastor Gerlach and Lenore were raised in the Roman Catholic faith and accepted into Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury Ct., in 1995 through adult confirmation. In September 2001, Pastor entered Concordia Seminary St. Louis and graduated in 2005 and was called to serve Bethany Lutheran Church in Trenton, New Jersey of the English District, and served there for 13 years. This congregation is a mission congregation of the English district because of its outreach to Liberian Refugees who were relocated to America because of a violent civil war. This ministry involved a great amount of human care and educating people in the Lutheran Christian faith. Pastor Gerlach also serves on the Endowment Board of the English district.