Pastor John George Fleischmann, M.Div., D.Min, STS has been pastor of Christ Lutheran Church since July, 1991.
He is a graduate of Cherry Hill High School-West, Cherry Hill, NJ (1978); and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Music from Concordia College, Bronxville, NY (1982), a Master of Divinity Degree from Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO (1986), and a Doctorate in Ministry from Trinity Seminary, Evansville, IN (2020). He was ordained on August 10, 1986 at Martin Luther Chapel, Pennsauken, NJ.
Pastor Fleischmann served his vicarage (internship) year at Trinity Lutheran Church, Zanesville, OH (1984-1985).
He has served as Assistant Pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Patchogue, NY (1986-1990); Associate Pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Patchogue, NY (1990-1991) and Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church (1991-Present). He also served as Vacancy Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church from 1989-1991.
He has served the Church at large in various capacities: Servant Event Community Life Leader, 1988; Synodical Delegate, 1992, 1995, 2004, 2010, 2016; As a member of the Long Island Lutheran/Roman Catholic Dialogue, 1998-2000; Chair of the Grace at Ground Zero Worship Committee for the Atlantic District, 2001-2002; Chaplain for the Atlantic District Pastor’s Conference, 1998-2000. He is a past Circuit Visitor for Atlantic District Circuit 10 (LCMS Churches in Brookhaven, Riverhead and Southampton Towns). He served two terms as a member of the Atlantic District Board of Directors, and is a member of the Atlantic District Disaster Response Team (Task Force #8).
Pastor Fleischmann is active in the community as a New York State Paramedic. He is a member of the Suffolk County Emergency Services Critical Incident Stress Management Team which assists emergency service workers grieving from difficult responses. He is an Approved Instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He is also a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He served as the Lutheran Chaplain for the Port Authority Police Department from 1996-2002. He was involved in counseling emergency workers following the downing of TWA Flight 800 and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers both in 1993 and in 2001. He has been a member of the Emergency Services since 1976, and has served as a chaplain since 1988. He currently is an appointed chaplain with the Southampton (NY) Town Police Department (since 2014) and a sworn Chaplain with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office (Since 2018) ministering to Police Officers, Deputy Sheriffs, and Correction Officers.
Pastor's doctoral project was entitled "Sparks in the Stubble: Ministry to Emergency Service Providers in the Congregation". He received his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2020. He continues to work with Emergency Service Providers (Police, Fire, and EMS) in the Church and Community.
He is married to Susan Rudz of Lancaster, New York. Pastor and Susan’s daughters, husbands and grandchildren live in various parts of the Country.
Pastor and Susan enjoy gardening, reading and long rides.
Pastor serves as a Suffolk County Emergency Services Chaplain
Pastor's Installation at Christ Lutheran Church, East Moriches, NY, September 22, 1991
Pastor's Ordination, August 10, 1986. Martin Luther Chapel, Pennsauken, NJ