We believe in The Holy Trinity; God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Reverends Beth and Donald Costlow met when they were students at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG). It was Pastor Don’s senior year, and Pastor Beth’s first year. Nine months after their first date, on September 2, 2000, they were married.
Pastor Don was born in western Pennsylvania, in a rural community between Johnstown and Altoona. His father was a coal miner; his mother was home with their children for many years before going to work as a cook in a school cafeteria. Pastor Don has a twin brother, Ron; the two boys are the youngest of ten children.
Pastor Beth was born in upstate New York, and moved to central Florida when she was young. Her parents were divorced and both remarried a few years later, so she grew up with parents and step-parents. Her father was a computer programmer for the State of New York until his death. Her mother was a retired bookkeeper for the school district where she lived in Florida. Pastor Beth is the middle of three children born to her parents; she also has a half-sister, and six step-siblings.
Pastor Beth attended high school and college in Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Elementary Education, and taught for several years before beginning seminary. Also a second-career pastor, Pastor Don worked for several years as a school custodian before completing an Associates’ degree in Electronics and, eventually, a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Fine Arts.
Both pastors hold Master of Divinity degrees from LTSG.
Together, Pastors Beth and Don have one child, Jason. Jason is a young adult who, like most of today’s teens, enjoys video games and watching YouTube videos. He has also been a member of Scouts-BSA, having earned Eagle Scout in March 2023. In Fall 2023, he will enter Newberry College as a freshman.
In his spare time, Pastor Don enjoys music. He can often be found with his guitar in his arms, a song book in front of him, and his voice ringing out for all to hear and appreciate. Pastor Beth likes to knit, cook, and read. They share enthusiasm for travel, especially if they can board a cruise ship.
They have been privileged to serve God in separate parishes for more than twenty years, and are enjoying their service together at Lutheran Church of Our Saviour.