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Our Church Staff


Our Church thrives because of the energy and style of the people who are a part of our leadership. Here are a few of the people that make our church community special:


thumb David RussellPastor: David Russell (interim)

Pastor David serves as Interim Pastor, working with and supervising

all of the other staff. For more information on him, please see the "Meet Our Pastor" section elsewhere in this website



Director of Faith Formation: Deacon Ellen Koester


Ellen has over 30 years of experience as a director of Youth, Children’s and Family ministry in 3 congregations. What is more, during her almost 8 years at Grace Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC, the congregation was a partner congregation with Vibrant Faith ministries. That involved her in an extended period of intentional coaching and regular visits by the staff of Vibrant Faith.


Ellen has also had extensive involvement in confirmation, children’s ministry and a wealth of general ministry responsibilities over the years.


Secretary: Linda Samp

Linda Samp became our secretary in the fall of 2016.  She came to us with a wealth of secretarial experience from previous jobs.  This enabled her quickly step in and take over from the two secretaries who over 20 years of experience at Advent between them.


She is in the Church Office for several hours, 5 mornings a week during the School Year. Summer Staffing includes young adults who work with her as well.



Organists:Brenda Henderson


Brenda has been on staff for most of the last 2 decades.  She accompanies all worship services at the church, and plays for weddings, funeral and other special services as well.  




Music Director: Jolynn Lottman

Jolynn, a recently retired school music teacher, has been Advent's music director since the late 1990's.  She works with adult, children's and youth music programs.  Jolynn is especially appreciated for her find work in organizing  exciting and well received Christmas and Spring musicals for Adult Choirs and the Sunday School.   Jolynn also recruits individuals and groups to perform special music offerings during worship services.



Custodians: Chris & Marty Hanson family


Chris has been working as our custodian for several years. She has shared the responsibilities with husband, Marty and their children for much of that time.

The Hanson family is at the church facility during the week, each week, handling a variety of cleaning responsibilities.   







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