Christ Presbyterian Church Pooler

Our Pastor

Reverend Stephen J. Tisinger

The Reverend Stephen J. Tisinger

Born in Lima, Peru and growing up in Latin America, I had the  live in a bi-cultural world. During my childhood, we lived in Peru, Paraguay and Chile, finally returning to the United States permanently when I was in the 5th grade. I was educated in the Catholic Schools, being the faith tradition I was raised in, graduating from Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA. I attended the University of Virginia where I received my BA with a major in History. Having to enter the workforce and unable to find a job in my area, I went to work for the Federal Government in the Finance area. This led me to attending George Mason University where I received my MBA with a focus on Information Systems Design.

 After years of involvement in the church and listening to the voice of God, I made a career change decision and started to attend Seminary. I retired from the National Park Service so that I could complete my studies and graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. with an M.Div. It was while at Wesley Seminary that I met my wife, Julie who is my rock, my love and the mother of our two girls Samantha and Natalie. My family is more extended as I have a son, Daniel, who is a Chief in the US Navy and a daughter Diana, who is a Management Engineer with the Naval Surface Weapons Lab. I also have four granddaughters which makes for interesting family gatherings.

When Julie accepted a position in Savannah, I availed myself of the chance to retire and to spend more time with my children and also then be able to focus on areas of ministry that are truly my passion. My last service to the church was as the Pastor of Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church in Annapolis, MD where I served from 2001 until the move to Savannah in 2013. 

Prior to Christ Our Anchor, I served several churches in the Baltimore Presbytery and National Capital Presbytery as a Youth Director and/or Christian Educator. Since arriving in Savannah, I have served on the Committee on Ministry of the Savannah Presbytery, as the Associate Pastor for Missions at Wesley Monumental UMC and have provided pulpit supply to various churches in the area.

My experience growing up in Latin America has shaped my faith and my belief that God calls us to be in service to those on the margins of society. That we are to live into the prophetic voices of the past calling us to serve the widow, the orphan. To serve those who cannot, by virtue of life circumstances, break the chains that bind them to a life on the edges. We are called to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned, to care for all of God’s children and all of God’s creation.