Meet Our Pastor

Jennifer Shaw


Pastor Jen joined the St. John’s community in January of  2016. She comes to ministry with a wide range of vocational experience, including Managing Editor of the Fuller Writing Center, Manager of Lakeshore Learning Store in Ventura, CA, and Communications Manager at Universal Studios Hollywood. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Westmont College, a Master of Arts in English from Cal State University, Northridge, a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Seminary, and a Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies from Pacific Lutheran Seminary.

Pastor Jen was born in Visalia, CA and grew up in Fillmore, CA. Her parents, and two sisters and their families, reside in Ventura Country, CA. She enjoys writing poetry, reading on a variety of subjects, watching and discussing films, hiking, playing tennis, and conversing with old and new friends. Her vision for ministry is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the whole of her life – to communicate the good news that the Triune God made, loves, redeemed, and will restore the world. She is grateful to be doing so at St. John’s.

Calendar of Events

Saturday Night Light Worship
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us Saturdays at 4 PM for Contemporary acoustic service

Traditional Worship
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Traditional worship at 9:00 AM is a liturgically responsive worship service, based on the Bible and the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal. St. John’s talented Patrick Karst accompanies this service on organ and keyboard and Laura Stave provides her beautiful voice as cantor and soloist. This service is formal, yet relaxed, allowing time for prayer and reflection, with communion each Sunday.

St. John’s choir, directed by Laura Stave, also provides special music on occasion.

Praise Worship
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our 11:00 AM Worship is a “lighter” liturgy than the 9:00 AM service. The service’s jazz and praise beat encourages participation from the worshipers and although we mainly sing contemporary praise songs, we don’t neglect beloved hymns. The Praise team is directed by Bob Corwin and is comprised of Bob Corwin, pianist, Danny Flahive, bass fiddle, and Ron Mercier on the drums. Samantha Corwin and Laura Stave are the lead singers whose rhythmic harmony strengthens participation. These talented women also sing solos and duets each Sunday.

Lessons, sermons and announcements are the same at both services with Holy Communion every Sunday.

FIND Food Distribution @ St. John's Lutheran Church
Jul 23 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

FIND Food Bank offers this service for hungry and food-insecure residents of eastern Riverside and southern San Bernardino Counties. St. John’s offers food the 4th Tuesday of every month. 


Worship Times & Location


42-575 Washington Street,
Palm Desert, CA 92211

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Saturday, 4 PM
Sunday, 9 AM and 11 AM

Worship Schedule