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Steve Talmage

Senior Pastor

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Bridge Pastor Ken Lentz

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Our bridge Pastor, Pastor Ken Lentz holds theology degrees from Trinity Seminary, Columbus, Ohio and the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and has served as settled pastor in Ohio, Gross Pointe, Michigan, Castro Valley, CA and Venice, Florida.  He has served as transition pastor in the Grand Canyon Synod since 2003.  He has served as exchange pastor in Mannheim and Buxtehude, Germany.  His special interests include ecumenical work, teaching (Church History at PLTS, Berkeley, CA), Reformation and post-reformation studies, amateur magic aka The Great Salami, leader of tour groups to Europe, and travel to the South Pacific. As transition pastor since 2003, he has served in Globe, Kingman, Payson, Ahwatukee, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii as well as in several congregations in Phoenix.
 

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Visitation Pastor John Albrecht

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I serve as part-time Visitation Pastor. I "retired" in 2000 after 39 years of parish ministry and came to Mesa, AZ with LaVonne, my wife since 1956. We have 8 living children; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. I Graduated from Wartburg College in 1957; Wartburg Seminary in 1961; was ordained in 1961 and then served parishes at Boyceville & Wheeler; Stratford & Fenwood, Wisconsin; Readyn, Joice & Lake Mills, and Rockford & Marble Rock, Iowa. We joined LOC in 2000; started serving as Visitation in 2003 and LOVE IT! The beautiful people of LOC are the greatest....and I don't have to worry about budgets, money, Church Councils, etc.....just enjoy the love of people and my savior, JESUS!

 

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Janice Herron

Preschool Director

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Since 1989, I have been blessed with the privilege of working with the young children and families of Love of Christ Preschool. Richard, my husband of 35 years, puts up with me storing all my craft files in every cabinet in "his" garage. Our son Robert is our pride and joy. He received his Master's in Modern Religious Studies in 2007. In short, I am truly blessed - a husband, son and job that I love!

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Dianne Oien

New Members, Seniors & Logistics Manager Dianne Oien

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My husband Terry and I have been members of Love of Christ for 18 years. We are blessed to have a daughter Tera, our son in law Kevin and a beautiful granddaughter Chloe. I have been on staff at LOC for 6 years and prior to that I retired from Qwest Communications. There are so many opportunities to serve and to get connected at LOC. The best way to get started is to join or lead a group that you have an interest in and then “just do it”. You never know where it will take you and how many great people you will meet along the way. If you are interested in becoming a member of LOC, feel free to contact me about any questions you might have. Please join us in worship – all are welcome!

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Darlene Fleischhauer

Office Manager

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Darlene is our all around go-to person. If you have any questions or concerns, she can point you in the right direction!

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Dick Beckman

Operations Manager

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My wife Mary and I joined Love of Christ in late 2000 after I had retired from an executive position with a large kitchen cabinet manufacturer that had facilities located throughout the United States. We have been married since 1972 and are both originally from Wisconsin and had lived in York, PA for 15 years before moving to Mesa. We had looked at several churches before joining but liked the open and friendly atmosphere at LOC. In early March of 2001, I joined the staff as its Financial & Operations Manager and have been here ever since. One of the great things about LOC is the multitude of ministries that are offered. You can really meet a lot of new people who have interests similar to your own. Please give any of us a call if you have questions or are interested in joining.

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Walter Scott

Director of Small Group

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I have served in volunteer church positions since I was 18 years old. Most recently; while volunteering at a Love of Christ adult study, I was asked if I would serve on staff as part- time coordinator of our church’s small group ministry. I’ve served in that role now since November 2005 and have been richly blessed by our community here at Love of Christ. The biggest blessing I have ever received from God is Sona, my wife of 35 years and my 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren who have allowed God to be the center of our every-day life. For the last 25 years my primary hobby has been cooking (followed closely by eating!) and I love to share this hobby with anyone willing to risk tasting what I cook. I look forward to meeting more of you as our church continues to grow in Spirit and serve others.

 

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Renee Bennett

Directorof Christian Education (DCE)

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Renee is Director of Christian Education (DCE) and comes to us with youth ministry experience dating back to 1995. She brings a background in business, education, and Bible study.  Her favorite past times are camping, boating, snow skiing, hiking, and being with her husband, two sons, and her two dogs.

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Jung Csuy

Director of Music Ministry

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I have been a member of Love of Christ since 2006 when I started serving here part time. Throughout elementary school I was in the band. As a sixth grader, I played piano for the Kwang Moon Presbyterian Church and helped my father as pastor. I was in band and choir in high school and music became my passion. I earned a bachelor of arts in vocal performance while still in Korea. I continued my education at ASU with another bachelor’s degree in piano performance and music education. After that, I received my master’s degree from ASU in choral conducting/music education. As of June 2008 I have served as the Music Director. I lead the Chancel Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Alleluia Ringers, and Summer Children’s Chime Choir. I also work with other staff in directing Christmas and Easter programs. I have been married to my husband Steve since November 2007. We have two wonderful sons and one beautiful daughter.  Joshua who is now almost six years old, John is three, and Grace is almost 8 month old. My children are the best thing that has ever happened to me in my life!  I thank God for my family every day… My passion continues to be leading the congregation in worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through awesome heart-felt music. I look forward to expanding the music program as the church continues to grow and serving the congregation.
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JaeEun Lee

Tradtitional Worship Pianist

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Beginning at the age of 4 the piano became her passion and she never stopped playing.  After getting her first degree in piano at Kyungpook National University, JaeEun decided to come to USA to pursue a Masters degree and focus on becoming an extremely well-rounded pianist.  JaeEun was the pianist in the ASU Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble, and the winner of the Klatzkin Contemporary Piano Competition while attending in Arizona State University. Currently she has her own piano studio in Gilbert, and  teaches in Mesa Community College.
JaeEun has enjoyed playing the piano in the traditional service in Love of Christ since 2005.
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Adam Stein

9am Contemporary Worship Leader

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I have been playing music all my life (well, at least as far back as I can remember!). I have led praise & worship in churches and on retreats for many communities in the greater Phoenix area. Beyond music, my work has included youth ministry and I am currently also working in the communications office for a local  church and retreat center in Paridise Valley as a digital communications specialist managing social media, email and websites. Even with all of this, music remains my passion and joy. There is grace in seeing God work through music to lead people to Him. It is a completely humbling experience. Beyond that, I have released 2 CDs. “Broken Before You” in 2003 and “Mass at Midnight,” a Christmas project he recorded with my wife and brother-in-law. My wife, Edel, and I live in North Phoenix with our 3 boys and 2 dogs. There is never a dull moment and I couldn’t be more grateful that God has blessed me with this wonderful life!
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Heather Parker

WOW Coordinator

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Heather coordinates our WOW, The Word on Wednesday program.

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Karen Thompson

WOW Meal Prep Coordinator

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My husband, Brian, and I found Love of Christ in fall 2013 and two days after Christmas were married there.  We’ve been welcomed with open arms by everyone we encounter.  As brand new transplants to Arizona, LOC was an answer to prayer.  We’ve been blessed with many opportunities to contribute our time and talents.  Whether it is baking, cooking, landscaping, or security, everything we’ve done has been fulfilling and rewarding.  My main focus now is coordinating the kitchen responsibilities on Wednesday nights for WOW.  If you’re looking for a “behind-the-scenes” way to participate, please contact me!  I look forward to meeting you.
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Mark Cloud

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Ted Trembath

Treasurer

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Melissa Riner

Board President

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Dave Spice

Board Member

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Patti Delaney

Vice President

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Beth Hesse

Board Member

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Nicole Cumberledge

Secretary

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