Our ChurchStaff


Our Churchthrives 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:






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:Julie Burk


Julie Burk became our secretary in the spring of 2019.  She came to us with 17 years of office experience. She is looking forward to working with the staff.


She is in the Church Office Monday- Friday 1:00pm to 5:00pm.


Musician: Louisa Peng

Louisa Peng has a bachelor dregree in piano performance from the University of Taipei and a master's degree from Illinois State University.  She has played for operas and musicals and accompanied youth and children's church choirs. She has taught group piano classes at ISU and individual piano lessons.  She would like to soon  offer piano lessons in Morton. 



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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