Will someone de-throne our reigning King Plunger, Pastor Joel Benson or will his boldness and coldness reign supreme for another year?!  

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
11:45 am: 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. 

2017's Plungers include:

  • Carla Babcock (Director of Lutherlyn Equestrian Center)
  • "KING PLUNGER" Rev. Joel Benson (Trinity Lutheran Church, Butler, and President of Lutherlyn's Board of Directors)
          Pastor Joel raised the most for his 2016 Plunge....can his reign continue??
  • Tim Bock (Adventure Coordinator at Lutherlyn)
  • Todd Garcia-Bish (Director of Environmental Education at Lutherlyn)
  • Rev. David Hanssen (Youth Ministry, First English Evangelical Lutherlyn Church, Pittsburgh)
  • Rev. Don Hayn (friend of Lutherlyn)
  • Kali Hepburn (member of 2017 Summer Staff at Lutherlyn)
  • Carrie Lane (member of Lutherlyn Board of Directors)
  • Rev. Mike Parsh (Zion & Good Hope Church, Oil City)
  • Erica Ritenour (Registrar & Office Manager at Lutherlyn)
  • Holly Schubert (Assistant Director of Environmental Education at Lutherlyn)
  • John Schroeder (friend of Lutherlyn)
  • Bill Sweeney (member of 2017 Summer Staff at Lutherlyn)
  • Jamie Ulrich (member of 2017 Summer Staff at Lutherlyn) 
  • Rob Yount (member of 2017 Summer Staff at Lutherlyn)
  • Jake Zaffuto (member of 2017 Summer Staff at Lutherlyn)

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.

2017 Plunger Documents and Fliers


Lower Lake 
500 Lutherlyn Lane  Butler PA 16001

Lutherlyn is hosting several events December 2nd.  For the safety of all parties, Lutherlyn requests all guests enter camp using the main entrance off Dick Rd.  To obtain directions using GPS, online maps, or mobile app navigation please use 500 Lutherlyn Lane, Butler PA 16001.

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.