STAFF AND LEADERSHIP
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REV. ELIZABETH FRIEDMAN
Pastor Elizabeth (she/her) has been the pastor at Lord of Light since 2017. She is committed to social justice and creating an environment rooted in enthusiastic and authentic hospitality. She's also a violinist and a violin teacher, speaks fluent Spanish, and she has lived in Costa Rica and the UK. Her spouse, Matt, is the director of the paleontology museum at U of M, and they've got two energetic, inquisitive kids, a tuxedo cat who high-fives, and a tabby who fetches hair ties. Pastor Elizabeth loves to cook and knit, and is learning to love running.
Tim Krohn (he/him) is committed to inspiring and engaging others through music. The High School Orchestra Director for Ann Arbor's Huron High School, Tim conducts the Symphony, Concert and Philharmonic Orchestras. Tim enjoys Michigan Football, yoga, running, playing soccer, bridge, and spending time with friends and family, especially his wife Kelly, daughter Libby, and son Jack.
Brian Manzo is a PhD student in the statistics department at the University of Michigan, where he also studies organ with Dr. James Kibbie. Originally from Long Island, NY, Brian completed his undergraduate studies in math and statistics at Columbia University. At Columbia, Brian was an active participant in the Music Performance Program, where he studied organ with Dr. Paul-Martin Maki. In his free time, Brian enjoys watching sports, playing tennis, doing crossword puzzles, and walking around Ann Arbor.
My name is Sophie (she/her) and I'm a rising undergraduate senior studying Public Health with a minor in English. I joined Lord of Light my freshman year and it has become a community and space that I find so much joy and peace in. My favorite thing about LOL/LCM is the commitment to social justice amongst so many passionate people from all different backgrounds. In addition to my involvement at LOL/LCM, I'm the vice president of the pre-law sorority on campus Delta Gamma Phi. I enjoy cooking, fitness, reading, and coffee. I look forward to building and strengthening our amazing community!
My name is Shelby Shaughnessy and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I’m an undergraduate senior studying Gender and Health and minoring in Spanish. I am pre-med and hope to work with the LGBTQ+ population through medicine in the future! I’m also a student DJ at WCBN-FM and part of a club working towards destigmatizing mental health called Wolverine Support Network. I joined Lord of Light my freshman year because I wanted to attend an affirming church with a woman pastor, and I absolutely love it here. The community feel is great and I love how everyone truly is welcome!! I also love reading, running, and coffee. I’m looking forward to this year and all the oddities that will come with it!
Hunter (he/him) is studying Mechanical Engineering and is involved with the UM Wrestling team. His summer internship is exploring hydrophobic surfaces. Hunter loves nature and is interested in service.
My name is Alyssa and I use the pronouns she, her, and hers. I spent a few years working at the University and now I’m a second-year Master’s student in the School of Social Work. I’m passionate about mental health, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and a faith that fights for social justice. That’s probably why I was so thrilled to find Lord of Light! My energy comes from yoga, fresh flowers, and connecting with people. We are so glad you're "here" whether you're joining us in Ann Arbor or through your nearest computer screen! I'm glad you're here!
Hi! My name is Juliana Marks (she/her) and I'm a senior studying environmental engineering and oboe performance. I love LoL/LCM because it is an inclusive, welcoming, and intergenerational faith community. I'm passionate about blood donation and sustainability, and I enjoy running, knitting, and reading in my free time. I'm so glad that you're here in our community - whether that's virtually or in person - and I'm looking forward to a wonderful year!
My name is Kitty Oppliger (she/hers) and I am a first year graduate student in Public Health Nutritional Sciences. My focus area is Sustainable Food Systems. I am a Caring for Creation Ambassador through Blessed Tomorrow., meaning that I work to educate and take action for environmental stewardship as part of my Christian faith. I am looking forward to growing with LoL-LCM in the mission of caring for all of God's creation, including the humans, non-human animals, and the natural world. A few goals I have are advocating for plant-based lifestyles, honoring and restoring Indigenous relationships, and creating a Climate Hub here at LoL. I am also a 200 hr RYT yoga instructor and play the ukulele and guitar, so I hope to become involved in Sanctuary Yoga and the music ministry.