First Lutheran Church
1212 Minneapolis Ave.
Tom Otis, called to be our Pastor in February, 2015
Intern Kelly Ylitalo
Kelly grew up in the Copper Country of Michigan in Lake Linden and is a true “Yooper” through and through. She is currently a seminarian at Wartburg Theological Seminary (Dubuque, IA) and moved to Gladstone to complete her Masters of Divinity in Word and Sacrament Ministry in partnership with First Lutheran. She holds an undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University in Second Education, English and predominantly spent her adult life serving in Youth and Family/Outdoor Ministry before discerning a call to ordained ministry. Kelly shares her home with two cats, Chole and Hoolu, and her Siberian Husky/Pekingese dog, Cheza. She loves to spend time playing her guitar and singing (including in the women’s barbershop chorus, Noteworthy, as a lead), creating works of art and writing, and cooking. The simple things in life are the best (sunsets, dragonflies, orange pop from a glass bottle, walks on the beach, campfires, etc.), and they’re even better when there is someone with whom they can be shared.
Office Administrator, Rhonda Husbye
Rhonda was born and raised in Escanaba. She and her husband, Eric, have four children. Rhonda studied psychology and early childhood education & development. She worked at Flinn’s Flowers & Garden Center, managing the main Escanaba location for 28 years working in all aspects of the company, ending as their Floral Manager and Lead Designer. After retiring, and she took a six month health break and later found work at Lakestate Industries as a Job Coach until First Lutheran called.
Secretary, Reyna Rose
Reyna Rose, a member of our church, is our new secretary. Reyna is a lifelong resident of Escanaba. She lives in Cornell with her husband, Scot, four children, and a menagerie of dogs, cats, goats and chickens! Reyna volunteers with our Sunday School and said one of her favorite parts of the church and working here is the music she hears.
Volunteer Coordinators for Sunday School
are Reyna Rose and Amelia Seawright
Dave Strom – Custodian
Dave is a member of First. He attended Sunday School and was Confirmed First Lutheran. He graduated from GHS and has lived most of his life in the area. Dave has two adult children, Dan and Emily. Dave is our custodian and sits on the Property Committee
Musician, Paul Rajala; Director of Music, Ray Miller