Pastor's Corner

The Reverend William B. Nienstedt

pastor billI was born in Greenwich, Connecticut and grew up in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. I attended American University in Washington, DC, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in communications and a Master’s degree in Education. I worked for over twenty years at MCI Corporation in Washington, DC, as a senior manager of event production. A second career pastor, I attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), where I earned a Master of Divinity degree in 2007. I came to Solomon’s in February 2011, after serving my first call as associate pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington, Virginia. My wife Kristy (a certified teacher and elementary school librarian) and I are the proud parents of two young children—Katy and Samuel. We enjoy the relaxed pace and welcoming community in Chambersburg and Franklin County.

I felt called to the ministry when: I was energized by serving as an assisting minister and deacon of social concerns at my home church and the Holy Spirit nudged me to serve in ministry fulltime. Since I met my future wife Kristy on a Habitat for Humanity project through church, I sensed God was leading me in this direction.

The thing that I most enjoy about Solomon’s Lutheran Church is: The warm, inviting disciples here who are excited about ministry and serving others.

I see God at work among us when: Members and guests feel the grace and love of Jesus Christ present in our Spirit-filled worship services—we are truly an active and passionate Christian community!

My favorite things to do in my spare time: Spending time with my family, working in my yard and splitting wood at our cabin in the woods. I also love music and reading books and the Washington Post on my Kindle.

Every morning I start my day by: Drinking coffee, reading the paper and helping Kristy to feed our children breakfast.

I knew God was present in my life when: Kristy and I were blessed with two wonderful children and I was called to an amazing church in beautiful Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Favorite Bible verse: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Something interesting about me that would surprise people: I own an extensive collection of Jazz and Blues LPs (and even some 78s!) and I’m left-handed.

Contact Us

Solomon's Evangelical Lutheran Church
4856 Wayne Road (Rt. 316)
Chambersburg, PA 17201

Phone: (717) 267-2266
Fax:  (717) 267-7030

Secretary's Hours
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday - 9:00am to 12pm

Service Times
Sunday Morning Worship Service - 10:15am
Sunday School begins at 9:00am.

Summer Schedule
Sunday Morning Worship Service - 9:30 A.M.
No Sunday School.

Church Closing Policy
The time window to evaluate weather conditions is from 6 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. This is done by the Pastor and Council President. Listen to the following radio stations for closing announcements from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
WSRT 92.1 FM
WIKZ 95.1 FM

If unsure, call the church office after 7 a.m. to check for a message.