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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
Pastor José L. Escalera

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

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Hola, soy José Escalera, Pastor de la Iglesia Luterana Temple y Desarrollador de Misión de la “Misión Luterana Reconciliación” en Pennsauken, Nueva Jersey.

Mi pasión por el ministerio se nutre de mi relación con Dios y con el pueblo de Dios. Me encanta caminar junto a las personas en sus propias travesías personales a medida que se convierten en discípulos, viviendo su capacidad de liderazgo dentro de la iglesia y sus comunidades. Me encanta construir relaciones mientras trabajamos juntos para cumplir el reino de Dios entre nosotros. Me encanta adorar a Dios con el pueblo de Dios.

¡Espero saludarte en persona!

Hi I am José Escalera, Pastor of Temple Lutheran Church and Mission Developer of “Misión Luterana Reconciliación” in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

My passion for ministry is nurtured by my relationship with God and God’s people. I love walking alongside people on their own personal journeys as they become disciples, living their capacity for leadership within the church and their communities. I love to build relationships as we work together to fulfill God’s kingdom in our midst. I love worshipping God with God’s people.

I look forward to greeting you in person!

Jeremy Strong


The son of missionary parents, Jeremy Strong grew up in Uruguay and Argentina, studied piano and composition in college, and has done a variety of work as a composer, arranger, and church music director. After being a stay-at-home dad/homeschool teacher for many years, he has been substituting in local public schools. He occasionally does on location audio and video recordings, producing the video for Audubon High School's musical in 2021 when they could not do a live one. He also produces his wife's podcast, Music Ed Amplified. When not doing music/audio/video things, Jeremy enjoys video games, and movie nights with his wife Missy, four kids, Ethan, Owen, Lorelei, and Jackson, and two dogs, Lego and Winnie.

Barbra Mullineaux


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.

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 has taught guitar, bass, trumpet, 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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