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).



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."



GableSsSherry Gable

Sherry Gable has been a member at St. John Lutheran Church since 2016, and she became the Parish Administrator at St. John in June of 2018.

Sherry grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Texas in 1989. She attended Professional Court Reporting School while in the Dallas area.


Sherry’s background includes teaching a variety of adult education classes for personal computers at Collin County Community College and teaching insurance-related classes in her last job as a Field Compliance Coordinator. Sherry retired from the insurance industry in 2018 after 26 years, to be closer to family and to pursue her current position at St. John.

Sherry is excited to be a part of St. John and her past experience in various positions will be a welcome asset to St. John.


CHanesChris Hanes became the Ministry Assistant at St. John Lutheran Church in January 2019. Chris grew up in York, and worked for the Northeastern School District for 19 years. She retired in December 2018.

Chris has a husband, a son, and a daughter who now reside in heaven with the Lord. She also has a daughter, three grandchildren, and a Boston Terrier.


Chris enjoy taking walks, reading, crocheting, and spending time with her family.



Pearl editMike Pearl joined the St. John Lutheran Church staff as a part-time Audio/Video Specialist for worship services in January 2019.  


Mike was born and grew up in York.  He graduated from William Penn Senior High School and received an Associate Degree from York Junior College (now York College of Pennsylvania).  Mike worked for over 30 years in commercial printing and 8 years in business continuity and disaster recovery planning in the insurance industry.  He retired in 2013.


Mike has a daughter and son-in-law who live in New England, and he enjoys visiting them as much as possible.


Mike has been a St. John member for over 35 years.


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