Pastor Horner's faith was nurtured in a central Pennsylvania
congregation gathered around the means of grace. As a young
person the rhythm of liturgical life around forgiveness, song,
prayer, holy story, creed, meal, and blessing offered support
and comfort along with the people who made up that family of
In time he felt the urging of God to serve the church in
ordained ministry. He attended Wittenberg University, a Lutheran
college in Ohio and returned to central PA to Gettysburg
seminary. His internship in inner city Pittsburgh with Pr. John
Cochran, was a formative experience that taught him valuable
lessons in parish based ministry, evangelism, youth ministry,
and outreach to community. Called to urban ministry in 1991,
Pastor Horner served Redeemer in Queens, New York where he went
door to door many times during his 7 ½ years. Through his
leadership the congregation started a Christian nursery school,
a Latino ministry, and a summer youth program.
Called to Resurrection in Mount Kisco, NY in Westchester County
in 1999, Pastor Horner led the congregation in starting a
contemporary service, a Christian nursery school, and
participating in an interfaith, cold weather, homeless ministry.
He completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Leadership
with a dissertation entitled
Missional Identity through Small Group Spiritual Formation."
In 2009, newly elected bishop of the Metropolitan New York
Synod, Robert A. Rimbo brought him on staff as the Director of
Evangelical Mission. His main tasks
consulting with congregations on mission, evangelism, and
stewardship, organizing strategic initiatives in the synod,
supervising ministries receiving partnership support grants, and
encouraging generosity for mission throughout the synod. Pastor
Horner enjoyed working in
collaborative, team environments at the churchwide and synodical
Pastor Horner is passionate for the gospel and believes the
Church is the hope for the world.
His sense of
in parish ministry in a congregation that is willing to look for
opportunities to make a difference in the lives of people, cares
about connecting people through inspirational worship and
willing to do what is
necessary for the sake of the mission of Christ
led him to consider a
call to Trinity. In April 2013, he was called to Trinity
as Lead Pastor, and began his ministry in June 2013.
Pastor Horner and his wife Linda have four children; Genesis,
Joshua, John, and Krista. They are a pet friendly household and
enjoy spending time in sports and the outdoors. The Horner's are
also enthusiastic Pittsburgh Steelers fans.