Leadership

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Pastor Aaron DeBenedetto, Pastor and School Administrator

Pastor Aaron is a passionate believer in Jesus Christ and enjoys preaching and teaching.  His specialty is caring for people in the church and the families and children of our school. Originally from Wisconsin he not only is a Green Bay Packers fan, but also has previous experience in camping ministries.  His degrees are from University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point (BS) and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina (MDiv).  His other main priority in life is being a great husband and father to his family. E-mail

 

Robyn Reitzel, Volunteer Administrative Assistant

Robyn loves her church! When the position became available she decided she'd offer her time for free. She says she loves honing all her office skills and knowing she's making a difference. Robyn loves to smile and laugh. E-mail

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Shannon Tate, Director of Emmanuel Lutheran School (ELS)

Shannon has been Director of Emmanuel Lutheran School since 2009.  She originally joined the school staff as a teacher in the two-year-old room in 2004.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in early childhood psychology and earned her NK-5 teaching certificate in 1996.  Her career has been focused on preschool education.  Her experience, smile, and laugh is an asset to Christ's ministry at Emmanuel. E-mail

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Carrie Nell Backus, Director of Worship and Music

Carrie has a passion for worship and seeing music as worship. She loves all the people she works with and strives that they grow in their relationship with God through music. A former Marine Band member and instructor she keeps us all in shape...with a smile. E-mail
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Mike Tate, Director of Youth and Christian Education

Mike is a fabulous guy who loves God and loves helping others grow in their relationship with God and others. He's always around helping out. Rumor has it that he has a cot in his office. A graduate of Christopher Newport University, he's a local boy with tons of heart. E-mail

Ed Thomas, Interim Sexton (Janitorial)

Ed is not only our Interim Sexton, he is a great Brother in Christ. Ed loves Jesus and serving in any way that's needed. With a smile and a chuckle always at the ready, he's our big teddy bear. Ed is a Giants fan and enjoys the rewarding nature of his job.

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BJ Atkinson, Accompanist

BJ is not only an accomplished pianist and organist, but also a composer and former opera singer. Her lively technique and bright smile brings a shine to worship.