Meet the Pastor


New Covenant recently called its first Pastor and Mission Developer, Pastor M. Henry Pawluk. 


Pastor Pawluk was born and raised in Connecticut where his parents settled in 1952 shortly after emigrating from Germany.  His German mother and Ukrainian father spoke only German at home, so Pastor Pawluk (he does prefer to be called Pr. Pawluk) speaks fluent German. As one of six children, he understands the challenges and joys of family life.


After high school Pr. Pawluk attended Wagner College (a Lutheran affiliated school) in Staten Island, New York where he majored in chemistry. However, the Lord had other plans, and he enrolled at the former Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia, now known as United Lutheran Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity degree.  During his seminary years Pastor Pawluk did intern and supply parish work in urban areas of Philadelphia while his wife, Karen, worked as a classroom teacher.


Upon graduation in 1978, he was called as mission pastor to Resurrection Lutheran Church in Boston, MA. This was followed by successful pastorates in three other mid-sized New England cities: Waterbury, CT; Manchester, NH and New Haven, CT.  After a first “early retirement” from ministry in 2009, Pr. Pawluk spent a few years living and working in a rural town in Vermont in a home which he nearly entirely built himself. During this time period he also completed a Master of Sacred Theology degree at the Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary specializing in the Theology of The Trinity.


In 2014 he was called back into the ministry and joined the North American Lutheran Church. He became pastor of a newly formed mission congregation in Irmo, South Carolina. After five years, New Hope Lutheran grew, prospered, and completed a lovely new building. Pastor Pawluk “re-retired,” and he and his wife, Karen, then decided to move a little closer to the mountains and relocated to Hickory.


He recently began serving as Mission Developer for New Covenant Lutheran Church, (NALC), a devoted and enthusiastic group currently worshiping in the Sossoman Chapel at Sossoman’s Funeral Home in Morganton. Pr. Pawluk is delighted to be serving the Lord in this wonderful area of North Carolina, which he and his wife, Karen, are now calling home. He and Karen have two adult children.  Their son, Justin, his wife and two children live in Roswell, GA, and their daughter, Joanna, lives and works in Burlington, Vermont.