Getting To know us

Temple Lutheran Church was established in 1924 and settled in at its current location, on the corner of Route 130 and Merchantville Avenue in 1963. Situated at the heart of Pennsauken, Temple has been a place committed to providing a warm and welcoming place to worship the Lord Jesus Christ and being a congregation willing to help others.


Right now we offer two different worship services. The first is a traditional service at 9:00 AM, and the second is a contemporary multimedia service at 11:00 AM every Sunday. Each is a service of Holy Communion but offers its unique touch in the worshiping experience. At special times during the year we offer outdoor worship, where we praise the Lord out on our lawn. You can bring your own lawn chair or blanket!)

We also have a Sunday School programs for both children and adults that runs from September to June at 10:00 AM on Sundays. 

As part of our social ministry activities, we focus on three goals: READ -- FEED -- LEAD. As a congregation, we are committed to expanding our understanding of the Bible through many different avenues.

  • Weekly Bible Studies

  • Sunday School Classes

  • Lida Knaus Food Pantry, where we help "feed" folks during scheduled days.

  • Mission Trip such as our annual journey to John's Island in South Carolina and Biloxi, MS, to help rebuild homes that have been damaged by storms and/or poverty.


These are just a few of the service projects Temple Lutheran Church participates in throughout the year and we welcome anyone to join us. Come and See. 

Temple Lutheran Church is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Meet Our Pastor & Leaders
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Pastor José L. Escalera
and Magda Lopez

Pastor of Temple Lutheran Church & mission developer of Misión Luterana Reconciliación


Matt Reichert

Worship Team Leader

Matt is the leader of the Glory Band that worships at the multi-media service. He majored in voice at college and have taught guitar, bass, trumpet, and theory and has been active in the music ministry at Temple Lutheran since 1978. He serves on the Worship and Arts Committee and is TLC's Administrative Assistant.

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Gail Gassaway


Gail is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She also holds a certificate in Church Music from Westminster Conservatory, Princeton, NJ.
She has served several Lutheran churches in New Jersey where she has directed cherub and adult choirs as well as handbell groups. She is an active participant in the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

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Barbra Mulleneaux


Barb is the lay leader of Temple’s Bell Choir. She has played bells for 20+ years, currently ringing with the Holtz Bell Choir at Haddonfield United Methodist Church. “Playing Hand Bells is one of my passions.” Barb is an active member of Temple for over 40 years and has participated in Temple’s music ministry by singing in the Chancel Choir, serving on the Worship & Music Committee, offering special worship solos, serving on the Altar Guild, and was one of the original members of Temple’s Bell Choir.

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Matt McDevitt
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