Staff

Reverend Christopher I. Thoma

Reverend Christopher I. Thoma serves as pastor of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church & School in Hartland, Michigan. Pastor Thoma is deeply involved in issues pertaining to the relationship between the Church and the public square. He regularly engages with executive, legislative, and judicial leaders at the local, state, and federal levels, not only to…

Reverend Rodney Zwonitzer

Reverend Rodney E. Zwonitzer serves as associate pastor of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church & School in Hartland, Michigan. Pastor Zwonitzer is what some would call a second career pastor. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming in 1971. From 1971 to 1984 he served in marketing executive positions…

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 grew up surrounded by and participating in music in the church. His father, Art Swett, retired in 2014 from his 44-year service as Teacher/Minister of Music in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. A native of central (Eustis) and north central (Gainesville) Florida, Jonathan studied organ and carillon under Willis Bodine, and graduated from the University of…

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. Kathryn Pezzica

Kathryn attended Lutheran schools in Springfield, Illinois from first grade through college.  She attended Concordia, Chicago where she met her husband, Daniel, who is now an LCMS pastor.  For the past 10 years they lived in Sherman Oaks, California.  She served there as a preschool teacher at Sherman Oaks Lutheran Children’s Center.  They moved to…