Who We Are

FLC Gainesville is intergenerational in its make-up, impassioned in its worship, and inspired in its service to the Gainesville community and university setting. As a church, FLC is designed to bless the community, to engage with the universities around us (University of Florida and Santa Fe College), and invite everyone to follow Jesus with us.

We take the Bible seriously when it says that God gave the world people willing to go and serve, to speak truth in love, to tell the good news of Jesus, to tend to those in need, and to teach the whole counsel of God. We believe firmly that these apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers do not have to be full time churchworkers, but come from among all the people in the church.

Our staff, full-time and part-time churchworkers, serving FLC and the Gainesville community are not meant to do everything at the church (Ephesians 4). They are meant to lead us with vision and equip us for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ and blessing the world. Take a moment to get to know them…

STAFF

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Pastor John Glover — Senior Pastor. Pastor Glover joined FLC in August 2014.  Throughout his ministry he served churches in Berkeley, Menlo Park, and Stockton, California, Palatine, Illinois, and Hamilton, Ohio.  His heart is in teaching God’s message to his congregation members, families, and the surrounding communities.  He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis in 1991, and completed his undergraduate studies at Concordia New York.  Pastor John served FLC as campus pastor during his internship/vicarage at the University of Florida.  This is when he discovered his passion for teaching and ministering to young adults.   He is a life-long learner and avid reader.  He enjoys sharing good food with good friends. He loves playing and listening to live music and his tastes are vast and wide.  With roots in New Jersey, and a love for the coast, John, his wife, and daughter are very excited to serve FLC.

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Kimberly R. Green — Kimberly is the Executive Assistant at First Lutheran Church of Gainesville. She is an only child originally from Woodbridge, Virginia but moved to Gainesville in 1998. She’s a graduate of Eastside High School (Go Rams!) and obtained her Masters of Business Administration degree from Saint Leo University in 2010. She is happily married to the wonderful John E. Green II and the proud mother of four beautiful children sons Xavier, Mason, Quincy and daughter Sydney.  She enjoys anything that involves family time, traveling and riding the Harley with her husband.

Stephanie Karolus — Director of Christian Education. Stephanie started as DCE at FLC in August 2017. Prior to serving at FLC, Stephanie served as a DCE in Barnesville, MN. She is a 2013 graduate of Concordia University Chicago. Stephanie loves connecting with people of all ages and sharing with them the Good News of Christ’s love for everyone! She is excited to be serving and working with the families and members of Open Arms and First Lutheran Church. In her spare time Stephanie can be found reading a good book, cooking, or cheering the Green Bay Packers on to victory.

Hye Jin Park — Director of Music. Hye Jin has learned and played the piano since the age of six, and she earned her bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. She started her career as an organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Gainesville, and during her time there she furthered her goal of growing her skills as an organist by earning a Master of Music degree in pipe organ performance at the University of Florida’s School of Music. She has been serving the First Lutheran Church of Gainesville as the music director since November, 2017. Hye Jin hopes that her music can help people to get one step closer to God and to experiencing genuine worship. She loves to cook and to listen to music, but above all she loves to be the wife of her loving husband and the mother of her two beautiful daughters. 

DSC_0261Angie Burr — Director – Open Arms Lutheran Child Development Center. Angie has been the Open Arms CDC Director since October 2010. She has worked in childcare for 14 years and enjoys seeing the children learn about the love of Jesus. A huge Gator football fan and Angie likes going to the games with her two boys. She believes it is truly is a blessing to work at Open Arms Lutheran Child Development Center and serve the Gainesville community and its families in this way.

Ken Chitwood Associate Pastor. Ken is first and foremost a dutiful husband to Paula Rötscher who is currently living and working in Amman, Jordan. When not Skyping across the Atlantic with Paula,  Ken is a Ph.D. candidate with the University of Florida, studying Global Islam and Religion in the Americas. At FLC he preaches, teaches, assists with pastoral duties, shepherds our LSF College Ministry, and oversees our digital ministry efforts. His research is currently on the idea of “Muslim cosmopolitanism” among Puerto Rican Muslims and he has a book on Islam in Latin America and the Caribbean coming out in Spring 2019. He has served in California, New Zealand, South Africa, Arizona, and Texas working with youth, college students, and children; in foreign mission partnerships, urban settings, and suburban missional communities. Ken also enjoys living in, and exploring, Gainesville’s nature and culture while training for ultra-distance running events. He also enjoys well-placed sarcasm, craft beer, bike-commuting, traveling, hiking, camping, & rugby. He is a religion journalist and cultural commentator and his published and personal work can be found at www.kenchitwood.com or by following him on Twitter — @kchitwood.

Executive Board: The elected governing board of the church, which is comprised of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Chairman of the Board of Elders, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and appointed Head Trustee.

Endowment Board: Elected by the congregation to shepherd endowments given to the church.

Trustees: Are tasked with maintaining all church properties.

Publicity/Advertising: Facilitates the creation and distribution of First Lutheran Church publications for newspaper, brochures and the Internet.

Volunteers for Administration: Are needed occasionally for all administrative activities including but not limited to: answering phones, newsletter/bulletin assembly, greeting visitors etc.

Offering Counters: Meet at the bank on Mondays to count all monies that come into the church each week.

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