Leadership at Lutheran Church of the Foothills

Here to Guide You

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Pastor Naomi Hartman

Senior Pastor

Pastor Naomi Hartman joined the Lutheran Church of the Foothills community in December 2021.  After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Texas Lutheran University, Pastor Naomi went on to receive her Masters in Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.  She was ordained as a Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on November 29, 2009, at her home church in Abilene, Texas.

 

For twelve years she served congregations in rural Nebraska and urban and suburban Maryland. Along with her husband, Rev. Greg Hartman, and their three children, Pastor Naomi is excited to participate in a congregation of faith that actively proclaims the inclusion of all God’s people in worship and fellowship.  She strongly advocates for Anti-Racism, Radical Hospitality and LGBTQIA+ inclusivity in our communities and, most importantly, in Christ’s church. She supports Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries and is a member of Proclaim, a professional community for LGBTQIA+ Lutheran ministry leaders.

Pastor Naomi invites you to join us for worship and fellowship at Lutheran Church of the Foothills. Come and feel the welcome and supportive love of these servants of God who are called to share God’s love with all people.  

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Leslie Johnson

Interim Administrative Assistant

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Dr. Andy Bade

Celebration Choir and Music Director

Andy Bade is a versatile musician and conductor, leading church, school, and community choirs, bands, and orchestras from elementary school through college. He has taught at Central Arizona College, the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona, and the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He plays trumpet and euphonium and has performed with the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and True Concord as a choral vocalist and narrator. In addition to his doctorate in conducting from the University of Arizona, he holds MM and MA degrees in conducting and church music. Andy is also well known in Southern Arizona as a classical music radio host for Classical 90.5, KUAT-FM.

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Ralph Geror, Jr.

Organist

Ralph “Gig” Geror is one of the founding members of Lutheran Church of the Foothills.

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Laura Hollengreen

Council President

Laura grew up in northern Virginia and attended Leesburg Christian School through 10th grade, when her parents transferred her to another school.  She was baptized at the age of twelve, when she joined a congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.  She sang in the Chapel Choir while an undergraduate at Princeton University and first attended a Lutheran church while in graduate school at UC Berkeley.  She has been a member of Tanque Verde Lutheran Church in Tucson, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Atlanta, and now Lutheran Church of the Foothills.  A scholar of medieval Christian art and architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona, she delights in worship and music and was impressed by the intentionality of the LCF congregation and its commitment to vibrant worship and social justice.  She has been Council President since 2019.

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Bryan Daum

Council Vice President

Bryan has been a fellow servant at Lutheran Church of the Foothills since 1985 and has served in several different positions within the congregation. His wife, Elizabeth, is also active at LCF.

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Elizabeth Zidel

Council Secretary

Elizabeth came to Tucson in 2012.  Before that, she lived most of her life in Connecticut.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University and obtained a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Westfield State University in Massachusetts.  She taught first grade for fourteen years before retiring to Tucson.  Liz spends most of her time on volunteer work and family busy-ness.

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Gary Anderson

Council Treasurer

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Mark Olson

Council Member-at-Large

Mark grew up in rural southwestern Wisconsin and was baptized and confirmed at Five Points Lutheran Church.  He attended a one-room elementary school and subsequently went to Augustana Academy, a Lutheran boarding high school in Canton, SD, where he sang in the touring choir; he continued singing in the Chapel Choir as an undergraduate at Concordia College in Morehead, MN.  He attended graduate school and acquired M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in anatomy at the University of South Dakota and later served as a faculty member at George Washington University and the University of North Dakota Medical Schools.  Subsequently, he entered the medical device industry doing clinical research and managing clinical trials.  He sang in the Master Chorale in Grand Forks, ND, and has been a member of United and Calvary Lutheran Churches, Grand Forks, ND; Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Apple Valley, MN; and is a current member of Lutheran Church of the Foothills.  He is now retired and enjoys music, photography, and remodeling.  He has been Member-at-Large of the Council since 2019.

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Kristen Birner

Council Member-at-Large

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Marlys Dekker

Council Member-at-Large