Dr. Jeffrey Hosmer, Senior Pastor
Jeff is a native of Western Pennsylvania where he grew up an avid Steelers and Pirates fan. A framed poster of his boyhood hero Roberto Clemente (The Great One) hangs in his game room. Jeff remembers painfully when he was a high school senior and Clemente—great on and off the baseball field—died tragically in a plane crash while on a mission of mercy to deliver aid to earthquake victims.
Jeff also learned early about The Great One, Jesus Christ, who gave his life for the salvation of the world. As a youngster, Jeff was sealed in faith, baptized and confirmed as a Presbyterian. But the real turning point was an intentional decision to follow Jesus after his freshman year at The College of William and Mary in VA. Two years later Jeff answered a call to serve the Lord in some capacity, prompting a decision to attend seminary instead of law school.
After several years at Princeton Seminary and field education with churches in MD, NY, and PA, Jeff understood that he was called into pastoral ministry. Since his ordination in 1981 he has served at First Presbyterian in Lancaster, PA (1981-1985), Forest Hills Presbyterian in Pittsburgh, PA (1985-1993), and Northminster Presbyterian in Cincinnati, OH (1993-2015). He left a long-term, twenty-two year pastorate when he was called to become the third Senior Pastor of North Lake.
Jeff and Bobbi met in her home church, State College Presbyterian in PA, where they were also married in 1980. They have three married children and three grandchildren spread out in Orlando, Minneapolis, and San Francisco. Through the years Bobbi has been an incredible partner in ministry, with her own ways of serving in the church and community.
Jeff had done graduate study at the University of Pittsburgh and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary before completing his Doctor of Ministry degree with Asbury Theological Seminary in KY. His shelves at the office and at home are overfilled with books on history, literature, theology, leadership, and analysis of our culture. Occasionally, Jeff even reads something on his shelves.
One of Jeff’s favorite times to pray is on his riding lawn mower. Sometimes neighbors have seen him on his knees in the garden. He’s also happy tackling most any project involving a hammer and saw. Since Jeff had too many collisions playing linebacker in high school and college football, his body reminds him to stay active but not overdo it. So walking, rather than jogging, from dusk to twilight is another preferred time to appreciate the magnificence of God and His creation. Email Pastor Jeffrey Hosmer.
Pastor Lynn Miller, Director of Congregational Care
“After spending many years in the dental field and raising 4 children, my husband Tom and I retired from Hatboro Pennsylvania to sunny Florida. We enjoyed sailing, traveling and golfing but God had other plans for me. I became a Stephen Minister, Stephen Leader, Elder and member of the ‘Order of St. Luke’. God was still directing me to more; I completed University of Dubuque Theological Seminary’s Lay Pastor Program and then became a trained and certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator. I am blessed to wake up every morning and serve our risen LORD right here at North Lake Presbyterian Church.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Jerry Lion, Visitation Pastor
Rev. Jerry Lion serves as Church Visitation Pastor, a fifteen hour a week position (primarily on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.) He visits church members and others in the hospitals, rehab facilities, and memory care units. He enjoys reading, writing, gardening, swimming, politics, and is a real news hound. He is a prayer leader, an Alpha co-director and a teacher of a course on Heaven. “God has blessed us with 40 years of marriage and with three adult children and seven grandchildren who live in Orlando, upstate New York, and Ireland. We have found that being grandparents is a distinct calling from the Lord.” Jerry is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church, a graduate of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. He retired in 2016 after 36 years of ministry in churches in Minnesota, Michigan, the state of Washington, and Connecticut. “I love people and I love ministry in NLPC. It is an honor and privilege to help many in the last chapter of their lives, to help them run the final stretch of their race with joy and gratitude as they look forward to seeing Jesus and other beloved family members who have already passed into glory.” Email Pastor Jerry Lion.