Faith Lutheran Staff

 

Reverend Karen Boda, Pastor

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Pastor Karen Boda moved from Marietta, Georgia in October 2016 to serve as pastor at Faith Lutheran Church. She is a second career pastor, having worked for 23 years at Hewlett Packard and then as a managing partner with Twinstar Consulting. Her undergrad degree was in Math/Computer science from Furman University in Greenville, SC. Pastor Karen attended seminary at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, taking Lutheran courses through the Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary in Columbia, SC. She interned at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Atlanta. One of Pastor Karen’s favorite verses is Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and courageous, do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Pastor Karen and her husband, Alan, have three young adult children, Brian, Katherine, and Allison. The family’s blood runs purple, as all have graduated from or are attending Furman University. Go Dins!

Pastor Karen is an avid reader, enjoys hiking and exploring Northern Alabama, sharing time with family around the kitchen table, and attending local festivals.

 


 

Dr. Adam Bowles, Pianist

Dr. Adam Bowles

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Dr. Adam Bowles has served as pianist for Faith Lutheran Church, Clay, Alabama, for the past 16 years. He is based in Birmingham, Alabama and is an active member of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance. Dr. Bowles has been on the faculties of Birmingham-Southern College and the University of Montevallo and performs solo and chamber music concerts around the country. He is a founding member of Luna Nova, performing a wide range of twentieth century classics and music of established living composers, and premiering emerging composers. His recordings can be found on the Living Arts and Centaur labels.

Dr. Bowles holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM), New England Conservatory (MM), and he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

 

 


 

Terrie Awtrey, Preschool Director

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Terrie began the ministry of the Faith Lutheran Preschool in 2006, serving as a teacher first, then as Director since 2007. Terrie has an Associate degree in Child Development and her heart and life have been focused on helping the children. When she’s not at Faith, she’s a team coach and instructor at ACE Cheer in Trussville. Terrie’s life is guided by Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” and Dr. Seuss, “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”  Terrie, her husband Tim, and her extended family are long time members of Faith Lutheran. Terrie and Tim have two children and two beautiful grandchildren.

 


 

Martha Lewis, Office Manager

Martha Lewis

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Martha has been managing the office functions at Faith Lutheran for three years. She and her husband are longtime residents of Trussville and have three children. Martha is an avid crafter and has gifted us at Faith with her creativity. Jeremiah 29:11 guides her life “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”

 

 


 

Fred Ehrensperger, Choir Director 

Fred

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Fred is the choir director at Faith and truly enjoys contributing to our thriving music program. Our choir features the voices of high school students and adults, singing weekly during worship and also singing as part of our outreach ministry. He and his wife, Joyce, joined Faith Lutheran in 1961 and have been long-time and dedicated members. When not at church, Fred enjoys bowling and cheering on the GA Tech Yellow Jackets.

Faith Lutheran Church | 6704 Deerfoot Parkway Clay, AL 35048 | (205) 680-2144 (office)