The Reverend Marc Herbst, Pastor



The Reverend Marc Herbst is a sought-after public speaker and esteemed community and business leader. He recently completed an interim pastorate at the Church of the Good Shepherd – Lutheran, Plainview, NY, where it was a privilege to serve in his home congregation, where he was baptized, confirmed, married, and ordained. At the Bishop’s request, he returned to Good Shepherd to assist the congregation in its transitional process following a long-term pastorate, helping to shepherd the leadership by upgrading technologies, building improvements, communications, and restructuring worship and ministry programs and services. Herbst is the former pastor of the Church of Our Saviour, Lutheran, Manhasset, NY. He previously served as the Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Plan for the Bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). A lifelong Lutheran, Pastor Herbst joined the ELCA roster as a second-career pastor, having extensive experience in business management, engineering, communications, and government affairs. Before leading the Bishop’s staff, he served as the pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Syosset, NY. Pastor Herbst also served as a synod council member and on its executive committee. Reverend Herbst is widely known as an outspoken leader whose sermons convey the lessons and teachings of the Lord with humor, compassion, and humility. He prides himself on his administrative skills and ability to streamline processes, including budgetary and programming issues within church offices. Widely respected by his staff and parishioners, Pastor Herbst enjoys maintaining a well-run operation with a family atmosphere that serves to connect with the larger community. A lifelong learner, his educational training includes doctoral studies in Biblical Preaching and a Master of Divinity degree, in addition to his Master of Science degree in Transportation Planning & Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. While working full-time, Herbst traveled extensively to fulfill his theological education, taking coursework in Albany and Rochester, NY, Chicago, Philadelphia, France, Germany and Switzerland. His Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) included serving as a chaplain at Albany Medical Center, primarily in the hospital’s Emergency Department and Prison Ward. Herbst served as the Vicar at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Seaford, NY for his practical educational internship. Alongside his clerical calling, Pastor Herbst serves as the Executive Director of the Long Island Contractors’ Association, where he acts as the voice of Long Island’s infrastructure professionals, responsible for the industry’s public and government advocacy, labor relations, and safety training. Before joining LICA, Herbst was the Director of Transportation Planning and Environmental Services for the New York State Thruway Authority, serving as the executive project manager of the study to rebuild the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Immediately preceding that position, Herbst served five terms in the New York State Assembly representing part of Nassau County, where he was respected on both sides of the political aisle for his integrity, willingness to engage in thoughtful debate and commitment to public service. Professionally, Herbst was honored as the 2010 Construction Executive of the Year. Herbst was also recognized by the Outreach House, Brentwood, NY, as its 2014 honoree and the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce as its 2002 Citizen of the Year. He had served as the president of the Hicksville Community Council, that community’s umbrella organization of all clubs and organizations, as well as the president of the Hicksville Library Board and active member of other civic and volunteer groups. Herbst has been recognized by City & State Magazine as part of the following lists: Responsible 100, Construction Power 50, Construction Power 100, Transportation Power 100, Long Island Power 100, as well as Long Island Press’s Power List and Long Island Business News Top 60 Most Influential Long Islanders. His community leadership extends to the United Way of Long Island, where he sits on the Audit, Finance & Administration Committee board. Herbst is also a graduate and board of advisor member of Molloy University’s Energeia Partnership, the Academy for Regional Stewardship. Additionally, he formerly served as an Associate Board member of Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Rev. Herbst and his wife Carol, who now reside in West Islip, are the proud parents of three adult daughters and grandparents of five grandchildren.