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.
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
Financial Secretary, Jodi Tianen
Jodi was born and raised in Escanaba, now lives in Rapid River on their Hobby Farm “Horsin Around Acres” Jodi married David Tianen (Jr) back in 1988. Her husband was confirmed in this church. They have 2 grown children in college, and the youngest is now in Jr. High. Also to keep life interesting, there is a farm full of animals from horses to a mini-pig! Jodi’s background has mainly been in banking, but did serve for 3 years as the Office Manager at First Presbyterian Church before moving to Marquette. Asked what her absolute favorite job is with First Lutheran, she said, “you just cannot beat the feeling of being in a church all day, hearing the music, feeling the common love and serving one another in our Church Family”.
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.
Music Ministry Staff
Director of Music:
Organist, pianist, chancel choir and junior choir director, and handbell director.