Check out all the fun from the Pastoral Plunge! 2016
We've uploaded photos to our Shutterfly (password: adventure) page and videos to our YouTube page.

On December 2rd, 2017 a brave group of "Plungers" will take a chilly dip into Lower Lake to support the Annual Fund during Lutherlyn's the 2nd annual Pastoral Plunge!

We'll take lots of photos and videos to share the fun with everyone.  We don't want anyone to miss seeing this spectacle!  Feel free to take a look at our photos and videos from last year, it was great fun!

We'll serve hot beverages, s'mores, and have a roaring bonfire at Lower Lake Fire Circle to help keep our participants and spectators warm. 

Please check back, we'll be adding more details soon!


Event Schedule:

December 2nd
Lower Lake, Lutherlyn

10:30 am: Check-In for Plungers
11:00 am: THE PLUNGE!! Campfire, Hot Chocolate, S'Mores at Lower Lake
11:30 pm: Lunch in the Dining Hall*

* Lunch will be provided free of charge for our "Plungers", non-plungers can purchase a heart-warming lunch prepared by Chef Nick for $5.  * 

Ways to Participate

There are several great ways to support this event.  The first, for the brave-of-heart, is to become a "Plunger" and take to the water yourself.  Plungers will work to acquire sponsorship from their family, friends, colleagues and parishioners.  Plungers do not have to be pastors and can be anyone in generally good health*.  A second option is to nominate a friend, colleague, or your church's pastor to participate and perhaps be their first sponsor.  A third option is to sponsor one or more Plungers to help them reach their goal.  Lastly, you can participate during the event as either a spectator or volunteer.  We'll need help taking photos, passing out coffee, tending our bonfire and most importantly cheering on our Plungers as they take what will be a very cold swim!

* Though we expect this to be a very fun (likely hilarious!) event, we take the safety of our participants and guests seriously.  Lifeguards and nurses will be present to ensure everyone remains healthy and safe. 

2016's Plungers included:

  • "KING PLUNGER" Rev. Joel Benson (Trinity Lutheran Church, Butler, and President of Lutherlyn's Board of Directors)
  • Tim Bock (Adventure Coordinator at Lutherlyn)
  • Rev. Joe Boomhower (Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chicora)
  • Andi Dunmyre (Development Director at Lutherlyn)
  • Rev. Jeff Ewing (First English, Warren)
  • Todd Garcia-Bish (Director of Environmental Education at Lutherlyn)
  • Rev. Scott KuechenmeisterHall (member of Lutherlyn Board of Directors)
  • Carrie Lane (member of Lutherlyn Board of Directors)
  • Rev. Mike Parsh (Zion & Good Hope Church, Oil City)
  • Holly Schubert (Assistant Director of Environmental Education at Lutherlyn)
  • Rev. Dan Smail (Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Glenshaw)
  • Bill Sweeney (summer staff member)
  • Rev. Kimberly van Driel (First English Lutherlyn Church, Butler)

If you'd like to sponsor one of the Plungers Click Here.

Check back often, as individuals commit to becoming Plungers we'll update this list.

2016 Plunger Documents and Fliers


Lower Lake 
500 Lutherlyn Lane  Butler PA 16001