Pastor: The Rev. Courtney Erzkus
Pastor Courtney began serving at Grace Lutheran Church on Pentecost Sunday of 2017, and is both excited and honored to be called here. She was born in western Massachusetts but lived most of her childhood in Schenectady, NY, before heading off to college in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Messiah College in 2010 with a BA of History and then went on to earn an MDiv from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 2015. During her seminary career she spent a year serving in Bethlehem with the Young Adults in Global Mission Program as well as completing a year-long internship with The Lutheran Center, the Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to joining us at Grace she served at a two-point parish in central Nebraska. Pastor Courtney’s favorite thing about being a Lutheran is BAPTISM! You will hear her teaching and preaching about it a lot, and encouraging us to remember God’s promises to us in baptism whenever we can.
Pastor Courtney is married to the Rev. Ben Erzkus, who serves as a pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in East Petersburg, PA, and they are head-over-heels in love with their sweet daughter, Alice. The three of them love spending time with their dogs, Ollivander and Bocephus, and getting their property ready for chickens and goats in the future. They can be found gardening, exploring York and Lancaster counties through their stomachs, or playing music together. Pastor Courtney really enjoys arts and crafts, too. Her current projects include metal stamping, watercolors, and hand lettering. She is always up for meeting up for coffee or tea, and can’t wait to see what the Holy Spirit has in store for her Grace Lutheran family in the years to come!
Church Secretary: Ms. Teryl Cartwright
Director of Music: Dr. Mary Loyer
Dr. Mary Loyer has served as Organist and Director of Music at Grace Lutheran Church since 2015. She studied organ with Dr. William McRae, Gerald Mummert, and Donald Sutherland. Mary especially enjoys working with the Senior Choir and Ringers by Grace. She feels blessed to lead worship music during the traditional 10:45 AM service and appreciates the Christian fellowship shared at Grace Lutheran. Her favorite verse in scripture is: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:12-13)
Mary lives in Red Lion with her husband Jim and enjoys spending time with their seven grandchildren. She is also a freelance violinist and has performed with celebrities such as Tony Bennett, Shirley Jones, Henry Mancini, and Frances Drost.
Contemporary Music Director: Ms. Amy Fleming
Amy Fleming has served as our Contemporary Music Director since the formation of the Spirit Cellar contemporary worship service which started in 1999. As one of the band members she plays guitar, sings, and write songs that are incorporated within our services. Amy has a long history with Grace that extends even further, as she has been a member since 1983.
Amy, her wife Mindy, and their son Aaron live in Red Lion. Her eldest son, his wife, and her grandson live in New Hampshire with another grandchild due in January of 2019. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!”
2019 Church Council Members:
Council President: Joe Turek
Council Vice-President: Dylan Rexroth
Council Secretary: Priscilla Turek
Council Treasurer: Scott Hildebrand
At-large Council Members:
Cora Sue Herbst