About Us

What We Believe

Faith’s Mission is to preach, teach, and share God’s love in Christ.

Lutherans, along with Christians who worship in many other traditions, are part of the one, holy, catholic (meaning “universal”) church. We believe in God who is revealed to us in three persons: as our Creator who made the heavens and earth and all things in the earth; as Jesus Christ, God’s son, who came to us as both divine and as a human being to share our experience, suffer with us and for us on the cross, died, and rose from the dead; and as the Holy Spirit who continues to lead, guide, and inspire us in our daily lives. We baptize in the name of the triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  
The Bible is central to our faith. It provides us with the history that ties Christianity to its roots in the early Jewish tradition, gives us the prophecy that foretold the coming of Jesus as our Savior, includes the law that guides us in knowing how to live in a way that is pleasing to God and respectful of each other and God’s creation, and brings us the good news (gospel) that our frail and failing human condition will find its help and strength through Jesus.
  
We acknowledge that we are all sinners and fall short of God’s expectations for us…but also know that we are forgiven by God. It is not by any act of our own that we earn this forgiveness, but it is a gift to us from God who loves us and comes to us in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross, the price of our sin was paid. Our faith in Jesus Christ assures that we will share in the promise of eternal life. Jesus said, “Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)
  
The concept of being set right with God through faith in Jesus Christ is called “justification by grace through faith.” Our faith can be summed up as: We are saved by the grace of God alone — not by anything we do; Our salvation is through faith alone — we only need to believe that our sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake, who died to redeem us; The Bible is the only norm of doctrine and life — the only true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.

Our History

In the summer of 1951, Student-Pastor Philip V. Anderson, from Christ Lutheran Church in New Hyde Park, went from house to house in Syosset to determine if enough people were interested in starting a Lutheran Church. That September, a meeting was held to plan for the first service to be held on Christmas Day. A temporary chapel was set up in the old International Harvester Building at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Cold Spring Road. The congregation was formally organized and incorporated as Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church on September 28, 1952 with 61 charter members. With very little money to start, the church was named after the faith it would need to grow.

PASTORS:

 Rev. Rebecca Sheridan:  2019-present

 Rev. Robert Kasting: 2016-2017

 Rev. Marc Herbst: 2011-2013

 Rev. James G. Anderson: 1997-2010

 Rev. Nancy Hainfeld: 1992-1995

 Rev. Henry Brau: 1972-1991

 Rev. Paul A. Lorimer: 1960-1971

 Rev. Philip V. Anderson: 1953-1960

ASSOCIATE PASTORS:

— Rev. Stephen Lorimer, 1966 – 1967

— Rev. Edward A. Rauff, 1970 – 1971

— Rev. Chris Matthy, 1979 – 1984

— Rev. Thomas Kennedy, 1989 – 1990

— Rev. Nancy Hainfeld, 1990 – 1991

 

MEMBERS WHO ENTERED ORDAINED MINISTRY:

— Rev. Dennis O’Rourke

— Rev. Karen Brau

Staff


Pastor Rebecca Sheridan


Pastor Rebecca Sheridan grew up in Omaha, Nebraska in the Lutheran church.  She received a Bachelor’s  degree in English and secondary education from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a Master of Divinity from The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where she met her husband, Rich Sheridan. Her first call was serving a two-point rural parish of Calvary Lutheran Church of Swede Home and Zion Lutheran Church in Benedict, Nebraska.  Her second call was serving as co-pastor with Rich at Bethel Lutheran Church in Omaha and as Director for Evangelical Mission with the Nebraska Synod.  Pastor Rebecca and Rich moved to Syosset to be closer to his family in Parsippany, New Jersey.  Rich is currently completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University.  They have two young girls, Erin (4) and Grace (2).  The Sheridans enjoy going camping, cooking, reading, and singing as a family.  Pastor Rebecca is so excited to be serving the people of Faith Lutheran Church.



Linda Boccafola

Church Administrator


Linda volunteers her time in the church office and is a valuable asset to both Faith Lutheran Church and Faith Nursery School. Linda is always willing to jump in and help out during the school day, and coordinates all church events. Linda is on the Communications Committee, is an Altar Guild member, sings with the Church Choir, and sees to it that coffee hour is ready on time. She is a current member of the Church Council.

Linda has been a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church for 50 years. She served on the Church Council for two terms, and spent one of the six-year terms as Council President. Linda taught Sunday School for many years and had been the Superintendent of the Sunday School for over 30 years. Linda worked at Faith Nursery School for over15 years as an Assistant Teacher, and as a Toddler Teacher.


Linda has lived in the community since 1969 and has three grown children.

All three attended Faith Nursery School and Sunday School, received First Communion, and were Confirmed here at Faith Lutheran Church. Two of her children were also married at Faith.  When she’s not here at church, Linda enjoys spending time with her 5 grandchildren.



Travis Bloom

Choir Director/Organist


Travis Bloom is the director of music at Faith. He assists the pastor with the weekly liturgy and directs the adult choir. He provides the music for our weekly worship services. Several times a year, Mr. Bloom presents the congregation, its friends, and the people of Syosset with a Broadway quality musical performance under the title, “Travis and Friends.” Recently the program was titled, “A Night at the Opera.” Other offerings included, “Broadway’s Greatest Hits.”  
Travis Bloom is a sought after accompanist and vocal coach in NYC. With a passion for the vocal arts, Mr. Bloom’s coaching platform is based on musical accuracy, performance practice techniques, dramatic integrity, diction accuracy, and vocal health in alignment with the Bel Canto School of Singing. Mr. Bloom has strong sight-reading capabilities, concise rehearsal techniques, versatile stylistic vocal capabilities, and excellent musicianship as a collaborator. He recently joined the Indiana University Ballet and Opera Theater music staff as a rehearsal pianist and coach for Rossini’s Italian Girl in Algiers, Menotti’s The Last Savage, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. He has also accompanied numerous voice recitals, master classes, competitions, auditions, and opera workshop productions.
  
Mr. Bloom holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University and is an alumnus of Indiana University.


David Diekmann

Church Sexton

 

David Diekmann  grew up in Syosset and has been a member of Faith since he was baptized as a baby.  He was in the junior choir, adult choir, and served as an acolyte in the church.  He graduated from Syosset High School and worked at King Kullen.  In addition to caring for the church properties, David works at Levittown Fish Market.