Art Tung
St. Paul's Pastor

Art Tung has worked as a lawyer and financial advisor. He has done holiday retail, sold outdoor clothing and equipment, and worked as a census counter in 2010. He counsels homeless men. But he prefers to identify himself as a pastor.

Art has been ministering at St. Paul's since February, 2016. However, he has preached here regularly since 2010, introduced by mutual friends in the Lansdowne community. Previously, Art was associate pastor at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, from 1985 to 1988, and the pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Upper Darby from 1988 to 2008. He has guest-preached in the four counties of the metropolitan Philadelphia area.

Because the Lutheran and Presbyterian Churches are in so-called legal "full communion" with one another, pastors in one denomination may apply to serve in the other. But, Art's background is yet more diverse – he grew up in New England in a United Church of Christ/Congregational church and attended an Episcopal high school. He cherishes the varied styles of worship he has experienced in his life – and loves both the traditional and contemporary approaches to worship at St. Paul's.

But Art's desire, above all, is that you have a personal experience of "full communion" with Jesus Christ in your own life. He loves working with people to grow in their relationships with God, with one another, and with themselves! He believes this takes both structure and openness, discipline and flexibility. And he believes that churches thrive when they are homes to people who seek God's unchanging Word and constant Spirit for each new day.

Art the New Englander is married to a Kansan, Shirley, whom he met when they were both graduate students at Columbia University in New York City, and who herself has a counseling practice. They are the proud parents of two daughters, who grew up in Upper Darby. Their daughters are wickedly good writers; one plies her craft in New York City and the other in Beijing, China.

Art is a fan of Mozart and U2, the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins, University of North Carolina basketball, and, yes, the Eagles.

Emily Greco,
Minister of Music

We'll introduce Emily soon.