Community is the heart of how I understand and express my faith. What we believe only makes sense when it is acted out in our relationships with others. Growing up on a farm near Arnold in central Nebraska, I learned the importance of friends, neighbors and fellow church members. The community served the needs of families. It is a privilege and a great joy to be a member of the St. Luke community and to serve on this staff. I invite you to check out our faith community at St. Luke.
I have served churches in Madison and Norfolk, Nebraska. I have also been a Church & Community Worker with the Nebraska Rural Ministries Project, an Organizer for Community Organizing in Nebraska, a licensed funeral director and a mediator.
At this time, my wife Cindy works as an Audiologist at Children's Hospital & Medical Center and is an active member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. We met as co-eds at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After getting married I attended seminary at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City.
Our son Sean graduated from Doane College and now lives and works in Omaha.
Sarah has been a member of St. Luke for seven years, along with her husband Chris and two children. She has volunteered with youth and has been a Sunday School teacher during those years. When the opportunity of Children & Youth Ministry Director presented itself, she felt it was a calling. Leaving her job of 20+ years, she now feels very blessed to be part of the St. Luke community. Sarah enjoys being involved with children and seeing youth grow in their faith along with forming lifelong friendships.
Kelley is happy to be back on staff and working with the youth at St. Luke. A member since 2005, she has been active in a variety of church committees and groups, but it was on a mission trip that showed her where she should put her energy. After organizing the Jr. High Youth Group, she came on staff as Director of Children and Youth. Health issues forced her to resign, but she is now back part-time as the Youth Coordinator. Kelley and her husband, Al, share their home with two well-loved dogs.
Dr. Terry Theis has extensive music education experience and church work experience. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Church Music from Wittenberg University (Ohio); a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln; and a Doctor of Music in Arts-Conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, where he studied with Dr. Eph Ehly. Dr. Theis has made the study of music, the creating of music, the performing of music, and the teaching of music his life-long work. Dr. Theis recently retired from teaching music with Omaha Public Schools.
Joan Young is the Organist for the worship services and serves as accompanist for the Chancel Choir. She also serves as Organist for weddings and funerals held at St. Luke. Joan has a Bachelor's Degree from Wayne State College.
Betsy is a longtime member of St. Luke. Her first handbell experience was as a ringer in the church’s newly formed Chancel Ringers in 1990. She continued as a ringer for six years and then took over as director of the group in 1996. Betsy graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in instrumental music education and served as band director for the Bennington Public Schools for fifteen years. She continues as a music educator today, teaching private flute lessons in her home studio, and frequently serving as a clinician and adjudicator. Betsy loves singing in the Chancel Choir and playing the occasional flute accompaniment. She is a member of the Nebraska Wind Symphony, has served on its board as treasurer, and is presently secretary for the group. Betsy loves using music as a tool to inspire, to worship, and to bring people together. Betsy’s husband, Lee, teaches at Omaha North High School and her daughter, Kathleen, is a clinical psychologist. Of course, her toddler grandson, Sebastian, already loves music!
As is true with a number of others on St. Luke's staff, Sherrie Lindsey does not attend St. Luke for worship; however, her heart and energy are here every weekday (as well as a few off-hours). She has enjoyed the challenge of coordinating St. Luke's offices and serving as assistant to the Senior Pastor, as well as helping coordinate the Child Development Programs. Her responsibilities range from secretarial to administrative and personnel-related, with a lot of little things thrown in that don't seem to fit anyone else's job description. Two of the aspects she likes most about her work at St. Luke are the quality of people she works with and the fact that her job has never been the same any two years in a row. Sherrie and her husband, John, have two grown daughters, Marissa and Hannah.
Even though Venita Watts does not attend St. Luke, she is so blessed to be a part of it by being the Administrative Assistant and working in the front office. She started at St. Luke in October, 2016, and has enjoyed working with the staff and the wonderful people of St. Luke. Venita and her husband, Pat, have two daughters, Elizabeth and Katrina. Venita enjoys camping, scrapbooking, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.
Randy and his family have been members of St. Luke for over 25 years. He recently retired from working in accounting and finance for almost 40 years. The past 30 years his job consisted primarily of financial analysis for the Nebraska Medicine system. He has been married to his wife, Cindy, for over 35 years. They met while playing co-ed softball on Sunday afternoons. She is active in the St. Luke choir. Randy and Cindy have two sons and one granddaughter. Randy enjoys spending time with family, road trips, trains, Bruce Springsteen, and watching sports, especially Husker football and the College World Series.
Brian has been a member of St. Luke for 24 years. As someone who has grown up a part of the St. Luke church, he has been able to grow and strengthen his walk with God. When the opportunity of becoming the audio-visual person presented itself, he felt it was a calling. He has always liked the technical side of things and he can't wait to grow more and to help make St. Luke the best it can be. Brian enjoys being involved anywhere in the church that presents itself and helping to make all visitors that enter St. Luke feel welcome. As we enter into a new phase of St. Luke, he plans to help bring new ideas into the worship services that all members and visitors will enjoy.
As a child, Dale's family were members of St. Paul UMC. More recently, his oldest sister and husband and their family were members of St. Luke. Over six year ago, Dale's sister, Rhoni Lantz, became ill, and he spent five years taking care of her until her passing in 2012. Dale has three daughters and one son. In his free time, he likes wood carving art.
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