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Joseph Mantovani: Pastor shared church with community

May 12, 2016

The pastor of St. Jacobus Evangelical Lutheran Church in Woodside has helped the church become more connected to the surrounding community.


Joseph Mantovani, 35, has been the church’s pastor for the last seven years. He said that when he first joined the church, attendance was low, with a general lack of church-community engagement.


Since then he has worked to bring the church back into prominence by sharing space with other congregations, community groups, sports teams and Little Leagues as well as Alcoholics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous meetings. The church has always hosted a preschool that serves about 150 families.


Mantovani said the church’s greatest accomplishment has been using its space to welcome other congregations and taking part in neighborhood improvement efforts such as graffiti removal, painting and greening. 


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