About the Church of Our Saviour, Lutheran (COSL)

Located on the North Shore of Long Island, we are a warmhearted, active, multi-generational church bound together by God’s love in our charge to live like Jesus. Therefore, we enjoy the depth of good preaching, inspired music, and the rich blessings of the family of God. Sundays are when we come together to focus our attention on God, give our worship, and receive God’s inspiration to renew and strengthen us for the week ahead. Our main focuses are helping one another stand firm in their faith and teaching children and young adults about the love and grace of Jesus Christ. In addition, as the people of God, we work every day to forgive as we have been forgiven, to live in peace, and to support each other as we try to follow the way of the Lord. 

What We Believe


  • Are a part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.
  • Are the largest protestant denomination in the world.
  • Base their faith on God’s Word – the Bible.
  • Confess the Holy Trinity as taught in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds.
  • Believe that God’s grace saves us through Jesus Christ, and not our own good works.
  • Believe that God comes to us through the Word and the Sacraments within the community of God’s people.
  • Stress Christian Education for all baptized children of God.
  • Regard the congregation as a community in Christ, not merely another social organization.
  • Feel a close relationship with all Christians throughout the world.

Our History

The Church of Our Saviour, Lutheran was founded in December of 1937 and consisted of 38 original members. At that time services were held above the shops of what is now Munsey Center on Northern Blvd. On December 13, 1940, the congregation was incorporated and became self-supporting. The congregation broke ground for its current location in 1949, and the building was dedicated in 1950. With growing membership, an educational wing was added in 1962. Since its founding, the ministry has been led by five pastors, Rev. William Weber (Sept. 1938 – Sept. 1972), Rev. Dr. C. Thomas Spitz (Jan. 1974 – Oct. 1983), Rev. Thomas E. Hammond (Oct. 1984 – Sept. 2003), Rev. Raymond Ormand (Feb. 2004 – Oct. 2012), and Rev. Marc Herbst (Sept. 2015 – present).

Who We Are

Our Team Leadership

Interim Pastor: The Rev. Christian Scharen, Ph.D.

Interim Pastor: The Rev. Christian Scharen, Ph.D.

Christian is the interim pastor here at COSL. A practical theologian, he was ordained a pastor in the ELCA in 2001. He holds the PhD in religion from Emory University and has written or edited more that a dozen books and many articles, book chapters, and research reports on religious organizations, religion and culture, social justice, and theological education. His early work on theological ethnography helped spark an international movement bringing together sociology and theology in the study of the church. He recently completed a volume on the Roots (of Tonight Show fame) and hip-hop as a prophetic art form, and is working on a decolonial theological memoir about his family, the Ingalls of The Little House on the Prairie series. He enjoys cooking, poetry, and music, especially learning to play on his grandfather’s 1910 Washburn bowl back mandolin. Christian and his wife, Pierrette, live in Brooklyn. They are the proud parents of three adult children—Isaiah, Finn, and Owen.

Administrator/Director of Communications: Jeanine Davis

Administrator/Director of Communications: Jeanine Davis

Jeanine, a life-long Lutheran and active faithful leader of her home congregation, brings to our congregation her gifts of communications and management skills.  Throughout her career, she has assisted nonprofit organizations enhance their marketing and development programs with her expertise in graphic and advertising design. In addition to serving our ministry, she manages a certified New York State minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE). After graduating from Long Island Lutheran High School, Jeanine went on to complete her educational studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the School of Visual Arts.

Director of Music Ministries: Judith Feuss

Director of Music Ministries: Judith Feuss

Judith is a resident of Port Washington and is well known in the community, having served as Director of Music/Organist at the Reform Church of Manhasset and as organist at the Congregational Church of Manhasset. She taught general music and chorus at Northside Elementary School in Farmingdale and maintains an active studio of piano, voice, and woodwind students. Her career highlights include performing at the White House and the Vatican Pavilion at the World’s Fair.

Director of Youth Ministries: Bobby Stainkamp

Director of Youth Ministries: Bobby Stainkamp

Bobby, a long-time member of our congregation, was blessed to be raised in our faith community and now shares his similar experiences and joys with today’s youngsters. His leadership helps guide the faith formation of the youth in our community as he coordinates our early education programs and youth activities. Bobby currently serves as a teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Hicksville, specializing in music and technology. He holds both a masters and bachelor’s degree from the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. He also has been serving as the Youth Director of Trinity Lutheran Church and School since 2014.

Sexton: E. Antonio Centeno

Sexton: E. Antonio Centeno

Antonio, a native of El Salvador, courageously left his country to pursue a better life for himself and his family in the United States. Upon arriving in our nation, he held several jobs before ultimately accepting his current position with our congregation in November 1998. Since then we have been blessed to have Antonio cheerfully caring for the maintenance and repairs of our property and grounds. The congregation was proud to celebrate Antonio officially becoming a citizen of the United States in 2013.

Congregation Council 2022

Lisa M. Keenan, President

Kari Catuogno, Vice President

Kathy McNally, Vice President

Kimberly Deremick, Treasurer

Jamie Stainkamp, Secretary

Jeff Carstens

Dan Hanley

Jim Meredith

Sharon Rivilli

Owen Wall

Wayne Wink