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Pastors at St. John

St. John is presently involved in the Pastoral rotation of Hope Lutheran Church. 

Pastor Marcus Pera

Pastor Marcus Pera is the interim pastor who led our congregation at St. John Lutheran Church ELCA in Summerfield, Florida. A resident of The Villages, he has been on the pastoral staff of Hope Lutheran Church on a semi-retired basis since 2012. Currently, he is on leave from Hope Lutheran Church to serve our Christian church.


Pastor Marcus is a graduate of Concordia Seminary (in Exile) in Clayton, Missouri, a suburb outside of St. Louis. There, he earned a Master's Degree in Divinity and a Master's Degree in Sacred Theology. He also earned a Doctorate Degree in Ministry a Doctor of Ministry from Wartburg Theology Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

Church Background

The majority of our pastor's ministry of the church was served at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, The University of Arizona® in Tucson, Arizona, and University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1988, he became a part of the national staff for campus ministry for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He was the church director who was responsible for covering the middle of the country. Previously, he has trained and served as an interim pastor.

Personal Life

Pastor Marcus is married to his wife, Nancy. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

We wish Pastor Pera well as he visits his family and friends this summer!