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Our Mission:

By grace through faith God forms us to preach, teach, and live God’s Word.

 
Our Vision:
We are a people so rooted in the Gospel that our lives overflow
in worship, witness, servicelearning and support.
PrCathyMimsCathy Mims
Pastor
 
Pastor Cathy Mims is a graduate of Indiana University and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Pastor Mims served as co-pastor with her husband, the Reverend Scott Mims, at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Virginia Beach from 2007 – 2016. She and Scott reside in Virginia Beach, and have two children, James, and Jacqueline.
 
In addition to her parish work, Pastor Mims is a trained Healthy Congregations Facilitator, and serves as a representative of the Office of the Bishop as Dean of the Tidewater Conference. She has served as vice-pastor for two congregations during their pastoral vacancies, and is a member of the Quincentenary Organizational Committee in the Tidewater area, helping plan ecumenical events for the 500th observance of the Reformation.  
Phyllis Milton
Pastor
 

Pastor Phyllis Milton is a graduate of Bethel Seminary in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota and completed her Lutheran studies at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina.

Pastor Phyl served at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and School in Hampton as Vicar/School Chaplain, Associate Pastor, Pastor, and Interim Senior Pastor and Head of Staff from 2013 – 2021.  She is married to Chaplain Nathaniel Milton (Captain, USN, Retired) and live in Newport News.  They have two adult children and three granddaughters.

In addition to serving as Interim Associate Pastor, Pastor Phyl serves as a member of the Virginia Synod’s Candidacy Committee and as an ELCA Coach with the Virginia Synod’s Renew 145 Church Vitality Initiative and Council Launch 2021.

Trina Winfield
Office Administrator/Bookkeeper
 
Trina Winfield is our Office Administrator/Bookkeeper. She brings with her decades of successful accounting experience, management skills, and hospitality. Trina specializes in Accounting, Bookkeeping, Grants and Contracts. She has worked for organizations such as the Baltimore City Health Department, Associated Black Charities, The Baltimore Station, and Augsburg Lutheran Home.
 
A strong believer in the power of positive thinking, Trina focuses on internal wellness and encourages others to utilize effective mental and emotional health techniques.
 
Trina enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, meditating, and occasionally a good Netflix binge.
Kate Minnick
Administrative Assistant / Communications
 
Since beginning her secretarial career more than 25 years ago, Kate has worked in virtually all types of industry including law, accounting, construction, non-profit, and higher education.
 
Currently, Kate, her husband Andy, and their daughter Sarah reside in South Norfolk where they claim family ties to the community that go back well over a hundred years. Their family are big history buffs, so they enjoy spending a lot of time in various historical sites throughout Virginia, especially Colonial Williamsburg.
RMB-2Ryan-Michael Blake
Director of Music
 
Since April 2016, Ryan-Michael Blake has introduced a variety of musical styles and resources to the worship of First Lutheran, reflecting the vast diversity of our hymnal, Evangelical Lutheran Worship.  Having received formal education in the canon of historic liturgical music, while also homegrown in the vernacular styles, he strives to present music authentically, respecting the articulated intentions of composers, as well as the integrity of cultures around the world.  The music used in worship at FLC is selected for its connection with the sacred texts of the day, regardless of any categorical genre or label.  Within a single service the psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs can span over twelve centuries of musical expression in response to the same verse of scripture, giving voice to the great cloud of witnesses from all times and places.
 
Ryan-Michael has also expanded the music ministry of the congregation beyond the walls of the church and into the community by the creation of two initiatives:  Music In Our Schools, supporting the work of music educators in our neighborhood; and Music as Spiritual Care, the use of music in a therapeutic way, offering healing to mind, body, and spirit.
 
The generosity of the congregation provides for his membership in the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and sponsors his participation in their national conferences.
Lawrence Carr
Organist
 
Lawrence Carr is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. While still in high school he studied as an honor student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he completed a Bachelor of Music with a double major in piano and organ performance in the classes of John Quincy Bass and David Mulbury. Carr completed graduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Maryland in organ and piano performance. His teachers included David Craighead, Barry Snyder, and Bradford Gowen. In addition to having served as a faculty member at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York and Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, he is often sought after as an accompanist in the Tidewater area and teaches privately. Lawrence’s most recent performances have included the entire J. S. Bach Clavierübung III for organ as well as the complete Chopin Etudes, Preludes and Valses for piano.
Logo-mug-for-web-staff-page1Mary Zelasko
Hospitality Coordinator 
Betty Pittman
Sexton
 
Betty has worked various jobs over the years. Since becoming sexton at FLC, she hopes to call this her last.
 
Her interests include working with her hands, reading, gardening, eating and napping.
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