John W. Havrilla serves as Executive Director of Lutheran Services New York Alliance since August 1, 2015. He was a board member of United Lutheran Appeal for over five years and a member of the Alliance’s board for ten years.
Ordained in 1973, John was a parish pastor in the Metropolitan New York Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, retiring in August of 2014 after a combined service of 32 year in Pearl River, and 9 years in West Hempstead, New York, respectively. He also served as Secretary of the Metropolitan New York Synod in the mid-1990’s and was a Candidacy Committee member and related tasks forces for students seeking ordination and certification in the Lutheran church.
John was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wagner College in 1969, and his Master of Divinity Degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1973.
Volunteer community work over 40 plus years has included the local fire department, chaplain to the Police Benevolent Association’s 9/11 Observance Committee, Hospice of Rockland Clergy Board member, Protestant Committee on Scouting, Rotary International and local clergy associations. Serving a parish with a pre-school of just under 400 pre-school children became an avenue of greater service to the wider Rockland, N.Y. and north Bergen County, N.J. communities.
John was most enlightened by the work the Alliance agencies after completing a sabbatical that included visitation to member agencies as well as other church related service organizations. John was often heard telling others, “You will be amazed by the wonderful work being done through our Alliance members.”
While working for the Alliance part time, John continues to be amazed by all the wonderful work being done through our Lutheran presence among people with young, old and middle age people with special needs. His focus for the Alliance is in development (funding), mission interpretation and executive administrative function.
John is married to Marsha (Witkop) and lives in Rockland County, New York where they raised their two adult sons, and where they are very much enjoying their new role as grandparents.
John W. Havrilla
Lutheran Services New York Alliance
475 Riverside Dr. #1244, New York, NY 10115
Phone: (845) 596-5649