Pastor Long was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Brooklyn College in New York and a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, both in anthropology. He received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. Pastor Long served his vicarage (internship) at Eisleben Lutheran Church in Scott City, Missouri and Chapel of Hope, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Following ordination, he served as the associate pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Grand Haven, Michigan from 1992 to 1994. He accepted a call as in 1994 to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia. In 1998, he accepted a call to be the mission developer for a new congregation in the fast growing southwestern suburbs of Richmond and began New Hope Lutheran Church. He subsequently was called to be New Hope’s pastor in 2001, brought New Hope to self-sufficiency, and worked with the congregation to start an Open Arms Child Development Center. Pastor Long served as a zone pastoral counselor for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (a task he will resume in 2012 with our local LWML). His continuing education includes ChristCare (1996), Stephen Ministry (1997), Mission Planters Institute (2000), and the Pastoral Leadership Institute (2006-2010).
Pastor Long is an accomplished musician (piano, organ, guitar, bass and mandolin). He had intended to make music his career until first anthropology and then God’s call to be a pastor. He has also served as a communications consultant with Coram & Associates, facilitating communications workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Pastor Long and his wife Betty now live in Bel Alton, Maryland.
Pastor Long has two sons, Justin and Nicholas. Justin is a college junior and Nicholas is a high school senior. Betty also has two children, Alana and Zack. Alana is married to Shane Flanagan and she is an RN. Zack is a full-time dental technician and a freshman in college. Pastor and Betty’s big news is that Alana is expecting and due in February. Also, Justin is engaged to Brynne (no date set yet)!