Meet the Staff


PCPastor CosgroveThe Rev. Tab E. Cosgrove became the Senior Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in August 2013.  Pastor Cosgrove was born on October 1, 1960, in York, PA, and is the son of Ron and the late Geraldine Cosgrove.  He married Jackie Miller in 1983, and they relocated to Richmond, Virginia.  In Richmond, Pastor Cosgrove worked as an account rep for 18 years at two separate printing companies.  He was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, serving as Sunday School Superintendent, an elder, a member of the church council, and as youth leader.

 

In 2001, in response to God's call to ministry, Pastor Cosgrove enrolled at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.  After serving his vicarage year at Hope Lutheran Church in Wake Forest, NC, Pastor Cosgrove was ordained into the Holy Ministry on July 23, 2005, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, in Richmond.  He was called as an Assistant Pastor at Hope Lutheran Church (Wake Forest) and, in 2010, was made an Associate Pastor at Hope Lutheran.

 

Pastor Cosgrove received a BS in Business Administration from Shippensburg University in PA in 1983, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, in 2005.  Pastor Cosgrove and Jackie have two sons: Kevin (born 1991) and Jonathan (born 1998). His personal mission statement is, "To equip the saints for the work of ministry" (Eph. 4:12).

e-mail: pstrcosgrove@comcast.net

 


DeniseDenise WrightDenise Wright became the Director of Spiritual Growth for St. John Lutheran Church in August 2005. Denise was born and raised in Hamlin, NY, a small town on the shores of Lake Ontario.

 

While in 1st Grade she knew that she wanted to be a Lutheran School Teacher; Denise fulfilled that dream by attending Concordia College in Bronxville, NY, and then teaching for 26 years. During her teaching years, she enjoyed teaching children at a variety of levels from Pre-school to Middle School.

 

Beginning in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, Denise worked with a retreat ministry called ACTS. The weekends of worship, learning, and fellowship brought together many different people from various areas and backgrounds.

 

Denise's passion, whether teaching children, planning and leading retreats, or working at St. John, has always been the spiritual nurture of others, helping others to know the love of Jesus in a very real way. One of Denise's favorite Bible verses is: Colossians 3:17, "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

e-mail: Denisedsg@comcast.net

 


SusanSusan Myers

Susan Myers became the Parish Administrator at St. John Lutheran Church in September 2011. Susan is a York native who has lived in York her entire life.  She has an Associate's Degree in Business Administration and has worked for more than 25 years in the business world. Susan has a lifelong commitment to Christ and has been attending church and Sunday school since childhood.  Even though her position at St. John is her first experience working in a church atmosphere, Susan has easily adapted to the role of serving God and others. She is a "people person" and her ability to work well with others helps keep the church office and various church activities running smoothly. 


One of Susan's favorite verses is Philippians  4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

 

Susan is married to Steve and has 2 married sons and 5 grandchildren.

e-mail: stjohn-yorkpa@comcast.net


 

Jim RiggsJim RiggsJim Riggs became the Director of Music at St. John in September of 2016.  Jim was active in music from his early years.  During college, Jim served as the organist at his home church, St. Matthew Lutheran in Bloomsburg, PA, and at a nearby Baptist church.  After moving to Lancaster County, he filled positions as the Director of Music, Organist, and Choir Director for churches in the Lancaster and Harrisburg area.


Jim’s interest in music include musical theater and opera.  He’s served as stage director, conductor, choral director, accompanist, set designer/builder, and soloist.  He’s worked with Opera Lancaster, Berks Grand Opera, Harrisburg Opera, and Harrisburg Community Theater, as well as working as an independent opera producer for local theaters and churches.  He is a bass-baritone soloist with both Bel Canto Lyric Opera of Philadelphia and the Central Pennsylvania Oratorio Society.


Jim composes hymns and anthems, and piano, organ, and vocal music.  His awards include:  Lyricist Award, Composer Symposia in Atlanta, GA, for 2011 and 2015; finalist in National Association of Teachers of Singing, Art Song Competition, 2011.  Jim has composed a one-act opera to be performed by Opera Lancaster in its 2016-2017 season.


Jim is married to Saralee, a talented mezzo-soprano.  They have two grown daughters, Emily and Catherine.

e-mail:  jim@austills.com



PhilipPhilip SimonPhilip Simon grew up in South Carolina. He relocated to Philadelphia, where he was employed for many years by Greyhound. Philip then moved to the York area and worked at various organizations. He has been the custodian at St. John since 2003. About his position here, Philip always says, "St. John has been good to me."

 

Philip has a daughter and two granddaughters.

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