Leadership at Lutheran Church of the Foothills

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Pastor John Leech

Interim Pastor

Pastor John is filling in as our pastor after our Transition Pastor's time with us ended. We are in the process of calling a new permanent pastor.  

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Leslie Johnson

Interim Administrative Assistant

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Dr. Andy Bade

Celebration Choir and Music Director

Andy Bade completed his doctorate in conducting at the University of Arizona in 2013. He previously served congregations in Illinois and Oklahoma. In addition to his service at Lutheran Church of the Foothills he is the afternoon music announcer for Classical 90.5, KUAT-FM, Tucson, and teaches music classes for the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute. He began working with Lutheran Church of the Foothills in 2014.

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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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Michael Baumann

Council Member-at-Large

Michael was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and moved around the U.S. growing up.  He graduated from the University of Arizona’s Eller School of Management and now lives with his wife Carie in Tucson, where they have raised several dogs, a cat, and their four children, Nick, Cade, Olivia, and Sam.   The Baumanns became members of LCF in 2004. Mike has been in business development for the IT industry since the late 1990s.  He self-published his first book, Venom Wars of the Desert Realm, in 2017 and is partnering with an animation studio to develop the book into a limited animated series.

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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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Karen Nickey

Council Member-at-Large

Karen Nickey has been a member of Lutheran churches in four states.  Of her time at Lutheran Church of the Foothills, she says she’s felt at home since her very first Sunday and that’s how she wants others to feel.  Karen has two children and two grandchildren living in Phoenix.  In her free time she loves to read, especially mysteries, natural history, and nature studies.