Meet Our Team
Staff and Council Leadership

CLC Staff

Reverend Paul Kersten

Senior Pastor

Pastor Paul Kersten serves as the Senior Pastor on the Christ Lutheran staff where he provides administrative leadership and spiritual guidance to our growing church family. Paul has been a Lutheran pastor since 1977 and has served at Christ since 2004. He is looking forward to working with you to grow a more caring community.

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Gina Dieringer

Director of Faith Formation

Gina has a passion for faith formation and for equipping and supporting God’s family to nurture and pass on faith in meaningful ways. She has served members in all ages and stages of life at Christ Lutheran since 2008. Gina and her husband Brian are blessed with 4 children ranging from middle school through college….life is exciting and full!

Sandi Pennington

CLC Office Manager

My family and I have been members of Christ Lutheran Church since 1995. I left the banking business after 21 years of service in 2005 to become the secretary of Christ Lutheran Church. My primary role is to assist the pastors and congregation with their needs. I take great pride and joy in fulfilling these duties. I feel very blessed to be a member of the Christ Lutheran Church family.

Carleen Springall

Faith Formation Admin

Carleen & her husband Chip joined Christ Lutheran in 1999 and have 2 teenage daughters.  She coordinates all of the youth activities, service projects, fundraisers & other various youth events throughout the year.  She also handles registrations for our synod youth gatherings and summer camp programs.

Lee Thompson

Church Administrator

Kristin and I have three kids, and we have been members of CLC since 2009.  I began my career as Church Administrator for CLC in May 2019.  Prior to that, I spent 20 years in banking wearing many hats including branch manager, support operations manager, loan officer, internal auditor, and credit analyst.  I also spent about 1 1/2 years as CLC’s Treasurer.  I am excited to serve my CLC family as the Church Administrator and it is my intention to perform all tasks keeping in mind that my primary mission is to balance and mesh the structure and efficiency of a well-run business environment with the workings of the Holy Spirit, always focusing on what is best for CLC, its congregation, the ELCA, and the broader Body of Christ.

Matthew Daude Laurents

Director of Music, Organist

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Congregational Council 

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Kevin Van Antwerp

Council President


Paula Miller

Council Vice President


Jon Schmidt

Council Treasurer


Patty Sando

Council Secretary


Joe Babcock

Building & Property Committee Chair


Sylvia Makar

Evangelism & Outreach Committee Chair


Jenn David

Faith Formation Committee Chair


Mary Greenway

Fellowship Committee Chair


Jim Kiesow

Finance Committee Chair


Lila West

Service Committee Chair


Larry Wendt

Stewardship Committee Chair 


Lauryn Abraam

Worship & Music Committee Chair

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CLC Youth Advisors


Arlie Abraam

Youth Advisor to Council


Marissa Makar

Youth Advisor to Council

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