STAFF AND LEADERSHIP

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REV. ELIZABETH FRIEDMAN

Pastor

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.

pastorelizabeth.lcm@gmail.com

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SARAH ALTENBURG

Music Director

Sarah's love for church music started at age seven, when she began piano lessons with the church organist at her local ELCA church. She has a BS in Music with a focus on percussion, a Masters of Church Music with a focus on piano performance and composition, and a Masters of Youth and Family Ministry. She is currently taking classes for her Doctor of Ministry at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, where she is focusing on how creative worship can cultivate inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ community. Sarah loves to help people discover how to use their gifts and talents to enhance their own worship experience and the worship experience of the community at large.

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JAMIE MILLER

Building & Operations Manager

Jamie is the person who coordinates behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly at LoL/LCM, and she's the voice you're most likely to hear on the phone if you call.  If you have a question about renting our space, Jamie's the person to contact.

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Anna Scheck

Student Leader

Hi everyone! I'm Anna Scheck (she/her) and I'm a junior studying Earth and Environmental Sciences. I'm looking forward to being a student leader this year. Lord of Light is really my second home on campus.

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JESSIE WILLIAMS

Student Leader

My name is Jessie (she/her) and I'm a first-year law student at the University of Michigan. I'm from Traverse City. After finding my church home at Lord of Light last year, I'm excited to help create and grow inclusive faith-based community as a student leader this year!

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HUNTER GANDEE

Student Leader

Hi! My name is Hunter (he/him) and I'm a 5th-year senior studying Mechanical Engineering. I've been attending LoL and LCM for 3 years now and I'm excited to help our supportive community continue to grow together!

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JULIANA MARKS

Student Leader

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!

KITTY OPPLIGER

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 yoga instructor and play the ukulele and guitar, so I hope to become involved in Sanctuary Yoga and the music ministry.

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