Staff

Reverend Christopher I. Thoma

Reverend Christopher I. Thoma serves as pastor of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church & School in Hartland, Michigan. Thoma is an avid writer, having written notable volumes such as Kids in the Divine Service, Feeding the Lambs: A Worship Primer for Teachers of Children, The Homiletical Canvas: Poetry in Service to Preaching, Ten Ways to…

Reverend Dr. Jakob K. Heckert

Rev. Dr. Jakob K. Heckert was born in the former Yugoslavia January 13, 1931. He came to the United States in 1950. His study for the office of the holy ministry began in 1951 with prep school at Bronxville, NY and ended 1960 with a MDiv degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In 1971, he received…

Deaconess Sara Bielby

Deaconess Bielby grew up near Flint, MI, attending grades K-8 at St. Paul Lutheran School. After high school, she attended the University of Michigan, earning a degree in Electrical Engineering. During college, she was active at University Lutheran Chapel, growing in faith and developing an interest in mission and service. After college, she worked for…

Kantor Jonathan Swett

Jonathan is a native of central (Eustis) and north central (Gainesville) Florida.  He studied organ and carillon under Willis Bodine, and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Music and Organ Performance Certificate in 2003.  At Concordia University Chicago, he studied organ under Dr. Steven Wente, and received his master’s degree…

Mrs. Amy Thompson

Amy grew up in Coloma, Michigan.  She attended Trinity Lutheran School and Church in St. Joseph, Michigan for K-8th grade. Amy’s mother was school secretary for 25 years at Trinity Lutheran. She studied two years at Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois, and then transferred to Western Michigan University where she received her Bachelor’s degree. Amy…

Mrs. Amy Kurth

Amy spent her childhood growing up in Clarkston, Michigan.  She studied Elementary Education and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1997.  She completed a Master of Arts Degree, with an emphasis in Reading, in 2004. Amy previously served in the Detroit Public School System from September 1999 to January…