Pastor Bill Vanderslice

Pastor Vanderslice

Email: seniorpastor@christs-oreland.org
Office phone: 215-886-4612 ext. 4
Pastoral Care Emergency: 215.534.2845

Welcome to Christ’s Lutheran Church in Oreland, PA and thank you for exploring our online presence!

What have I discovered about the CLC community?

  • CLC is a faith community made up of individuals from diverse experiences and backgrounds.  Some of the people at CLC have been life long disciples of Jesus who continue to grow in their understanding of what it means to be a child of God and neighbor to others.  Others are new to the Christian faith and come to CLC seeking answers to questions about life, faith and spirituality.
  • CLC as a faith community seeks to connect to God, each other and the larger community in ways that make a positive difference in the world.
  • CLC is a generous community where individuals share their time, spiritual gifts and other resources as a witness to  God’s love active in the world.
  • CLC values partnerships with other faith communities in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region as well as global partners as we live out the Christian vocation to be ambassadors of God’s grace in the world.

What will you see if you visit CLC?

  • You will see people wearing anything from jeans to suits.
  • You’ll see babies and 95 year olds.
  • You’ll see worship leaders in robes or casually dressed offering prayers, reading from scripture and sharing a message that relates the Word of God to everyday life.
  • You will see people on a journey experiencing God’s presence.
  • You will see forgiveness, love, hope, and peace.
  • You will see people growing together as a community of faith and finding ways to serve others by modeling God’s love.

If you have an opportunity to worship with us or participate in any event at CLC, please take a moment to introduce yourself.  And if you see a need in the community, tell us know about it.  Perhaps there will be a way that CLC can partner with you or others to address that need.

Pastor Bill Vanderslice

Pastoral Care

If you are aware of a pastoral care concern, hospitalization or death, you are encouraged to call the church office. Please be advised that HIPA laws prohibit hospitals from notifying congregations when an individual is hospitalized.  We also invite congregational members to inform the pastor and church office when learning that another member has been hospitalized so the pastor and church staff can offer appropriate pastoral care and support.

Pastoral Background

The Rev. William A. Vanderslice was called by the community of faith at Christ’s Lutheran Church to be the senior pastor on March 22, 2015. His first day at CLC was Monday, June 1, 2015

Pastor Vanderslice was ordained into the Word and Sacrament Ministry by the Southeastern PA Lutheran Synod in 1983.  He received a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1983 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources Management with a concentration in sociology and psychology from Upsala College in 1979. He completed the interim and transitional ministry training of the Interim Ministry Network in 2009.

Prior to coming to CLC, Pastor Vanderslice served St. Paul Lutheran Church in Red Hill, PA as senior pastor from June 1991 to May 2015, and St. John Lutheran Church in Ridge Valley, PA as pastor from June 1983 to May 1991. He completed a pastoral internship at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Eggertsville, NY and clinical pastoral education residency at Bethany Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.

Service to the Community

Pastor Vanderslice’s service in the community and church has included:  membership in the Rotary Club; Dean of the Upper Montgomery Conference and deployed staff of the SEPA Synod to the Lutheran congregations in Upper Montgomery County, PA; ELCA Pastoral Supervisor to 18 pastoral interns;  Chairperson of the SEPA Synod Bishop’s Convocation; Treasurer of the Upper Perkiomen Community Ministerium; Care in Community Coordinator for the Upper Montgomery Chapter of Thrivent; Judge of Elections for Upper Hanover # 1 in Montgomery County, PA; Upper Perkiomen Senior Center Board of Directors and Finance Committee; Chaplain of Hart Scout Reservation; Chaplain of the Tylersport Fire Company; President of the Pennridge Community Ministerium; Lutheran Community at Telford Board of Directors and Long Range Planning Committee; SEPA Synod Candidacy and Youth Committees; and Chairperson of the SEPA Worship Committee.

Family Background

Pastor Vanderslice is a native of Philadelphia.  He is married to Marcia L. Vanderslice who is a middle school vocal music teacher in the Quakertown Community School District. They have two grown children and two granddaughters.  Their daughter Rachel, son-in-law Tim, and granddaughters Mackenzie and Madison reside in Fort Washington, PA.  Rachel is a chemist and works in regulatory affairs for a pharmaceutical company in Bucks County.  Tim is a mineral and mining engineer and works in Allentown. Their son Joshua is a high school vocal music teacher in Binginham, NY, and is enrolled in a masters degree program at Columbia University.

Pastor and Marcia also include in their family Esther, who is a Bassett Hound, and Hazel, who is a beagle.

 

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