Christ the King

Lutheran Church 3330 Rt. 27 Kendall Park

 Sundays at 9:30 am

    Worship Service with Holy Communion

The Rev. Moritz Menacher       office@xtheking.org

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Who We Are
Christ the King is a growing mission-focused congregation.  In addition to persons who have been a part of this congregation from the start, many of the people you meet here have recently become affiliated with us,  Several of our families include members of other churches or religious traditions.  We are people who value diversity, inclusiveness, hospitality, service, witness, nurture and ministry in daily life.

Christ the King is a welcoming community of persons of all ages and background, with joys and sorrows, gifts and flaws, loved of God. Rejoicing in God's Grace, sustained by God's Word, and inspired by God's Spirit, we care for others, work for justice, pray for peace, and share the Gospel of Christ, as we journey through life as best we can. 

Our Mission
Building Inwardly, Serving Outwardly:
To build a loving community that shares the unconditional love of Jesus with the world.  


Our Core Values
As a God-centered Congregation, following Jesus' commandment to love one another, 
and believing that all persons are children of God, we set forth our core values:

Discipleship
Evangelism
Hospitality and Welcome
Respect for All Persons
Service to Others

Our Interim Pastor:  The Rev. Moritz Menacher

Although born in northern Germany Pastor Moritz Menacher spent his childhood in rural southern Germany before moving back to the Northern Sea. After receiving a B.S.c. in Molecular Biotechnology he studied Theology at Heidelberg University where he received his M.Div. equivalent. He served as pastor of the Evangelical  Lutheran Church in Northern Germany near Hamburg, in Toronto and in Peckatel (a small Village between Berlin and the Baltic Sea). In 2018 Pastor Moritz and his family moved to Princeton. On August 15, 2019 he began as the Interim Pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Kendall Park, NJ. His office hours are Tuesdays 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Contact him at the office 732-297-1200 or by email pastor.moritz@gmail.com.


On Sunday, September 1st we welcome Yiran Zhao as our new church musician and choir director. Yiran is a rising junior at Westminster Choir College. She is an accomplished musician and composer, having toured globally as part of a choir from her native Beijing as well as a performing pianist.

Our Congregation Council
is a group of voting members of the Congregation elected by the Congregation 
to serve for a two year term.  A  member can only serve three consecutive terms, 
but may return after leaving council for two years. 

The Council has four offices, President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  
Each is a voting member of the congregation and elected for a two year term. 

The President prepares the agenda for meetings of the Council and Congregation, and presides as chairperson at these meetings.  Mark Murset currently serves as our Council President. 

The  Vice President serves in the stead of the President when that person is unable to fulfill his or her duties.  

The Secretary attends all Council and Congregational meetings and takes minutes, making them available to the Council and the Congregation.
  Debbie Gist currently serves as our Secretary.  

The Treasurer is also a member of the Finance Team, makes reports monthly to Council and annually to the Congregation pays bills as authorized by Council and keeps the financial records of the congregation in good order.  Don Harvey currently serves as our Treasurer. 


Our Current Council Members are:
Mark Murset (President)
Celest Lokos (Secretary
Sandi Bohn
Ann Koenig
Nansi Krauss
Jessica Molnar
Jackie Singh


Brief History
The people of Christ the King first began meeting for worship on September 18, 1960.  Services were held at Phillips School, located on Route 27, just north of Henderson Road. The Congregation was officially organized on March 10, 1961.   
Since its organization, Christ the King has been faithfully served by nine pastors:  the Rev. Dwight A. Huseman, the Rev. Ralph Spears, the Rev. Elizabeth Waid, the Rev. Terry Wimmer, the Rev. Fred Schott, Interim Pastor, the Rev. Sara Olson-Smith, Vice-Pastor the Rev. Walter Wagner, the Rev. Dr. Kimberly T. Carlson and the Rev. Dale Selover.

The Congregation purchased the current property and built a new church building which was dedicated on April 19, 1964.  The building housed the growing Congregation for over 40 years.
By 2005 we were in need of additional space. After much planning, engineering, permitting and our Growing with Love, Joy and Vision campaign, in 2008 we broke ground for a major addition. We completed and dedicated a major addition to our church building in on February 22, 2009. The new addition added our large fellowship space, a kitchen, a meeting room, a sacristy, Pastor's office and made the building more accessible.   
The house next to the church building was purchased from the National Bank of New Jersey and moved from New Road to its present location in 1970. This facility served as the residence of the congregation's pastor until 1991. It was then used for our children's education programs and as a home to clergy members of ministries with a connection to Christ the King.  It is presently a rental property. 

Our mediation garden was built by member, Christopher Molnar as his Eagle Scout project and was dedicated September 17, 2011.  

We recently have lost several beautiful trees that had been planted over the years by the congregation.  If you stop by, you will notice that things look a bit different today.  Generous gifts have allowed us to plant new trees which we plan to nurture and grow.