About St. John's Lutheran Church

About Pastor Peter Rustico

St. John's Lutheran Church | 391 Mount Hope Road, Middletown, NY 10940 | 845.342.1963 | stjohnsmiddletown@gmail.com

Pastor Peter A. Rustico has served as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church since February, 1987.  He is a native of the Bronx, New York;  a graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA;  and a graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology, in Chicago, IL.  Pastor Rustico was ordained in June, 1982 by the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Lutheran Church in America.  Prior to coming to St. John's,  he served as vicar at Calvary Lutheran in Philadelphia, PA,  and as pastor of Trinity Lutheran, in White Plains, NY. 

In addition to his many responsibilities as our pastor, Pastor Rustico serves as the President of the Greater Middletown Interfaith Council which includes more than 20 faith communities in the Middletown area.  The "GMIC' operates an overnight shelter called "The Community Warming Station" during fall and winter months.  Pastor also serves on the Muhlenberg College Alumni Board and as chaplain of the Excelsior Hook and Ladder Company of the Middletown Fire Department.  Pastor Rustico is a Retired Chaplain of the United States Navy Reserve, having completed 30 years of service in 2014.

Pastor Rustico and his wife Barbara are the parents of four sons, and the grandparents of two granddaughters.  The Rusticos make their home in the Middletown area. 


It is the mission of St. John's Lutheran Church: To make Christ Known, Loved and Served: within our congregation, in our community, throughout God's world and within our daily lives, while rooted in the Lutheran traditions we hold dear.


  • 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 we are saved by God’s grace 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 simply another social organization.
  • Feel a close relationship with all Christians throughout the world.