I grew up in Pittsfield, MA, attending Zion Lutheran Church (where former pastor of Faith, Rev. Dennis Kohl also once served). I went to Tufts University where I ended up getting 3 degrees: BS, MS, and MD. After med school and residency, I had a primary care medical practice (board-certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics) in Westborough, MA which was affiliated with UMass Medical Center. In 2003, I felt a call to full time ordained ministry and attended United Lutheran Seminary in Gettys-burg. I did my internship in Seattle, WA, serving a congregation as well as the Lutheran Public Policy Office. My first call was as associate pastor at St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, PA. In 2014, I moved to Alexandria, VA where I served as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church until returning home to Massachusetts. I am currently living in Lynnfield. I enjoy movies (and was an AMC A-List member pre-COVID), hiking, my golden retriever Beebe, Zumba, roller coasters, and travel (my last trip was to Rome, Assisi, and Florence in February – just before the pandemic hit). I am particularly interested in bringing the church into the community – both in real life and virtually – and am looking forward to getting to know Andover and the sur-rounding towns. I miss singing in church – I’m an alto. I also play the flute and piano.
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I have been a member of Faith Lutheran since September 2006, when my family moved to North Reading from North Kingstown, RI. My husband Scott and I have four children: Charlie; Laura; Tommy; and Lucy. Since coming to Faith, I have over time been involved with the Logos program and the Ringers of Faith handbell choir. I also served one term on Council as the liaison to Worship and Music. Before leaving full-time work to raise my family, I was an attorney with the Secretary of the Commonwealth for a number of years. I have been the office administrator at Faith since June 2012.
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My name is Tom Schauer and I am the Youth Director at Faith Lutheran Church. In my position as Youth Director, my main responsibilities are to help grow the participants’ faith in God, improve their self-esteem, create bonds between members, and strengthen relationships with the church community that is Faith Lutheran Church.
I accomplish these objectives by planning events and service projects for the three youth groups and providing times where I can get to know the participants and they can get to know me and each other.
I began this position in January and before that I was a teacher and Congregational Coordinator at Camp Calumet in Freedom, NH where I served on the year-round staff since 2004. In my many roles at Calumet, I led numerous programs and retreats that involved youth, families and senior adults. I not only planned and directed activities, but was also responsible for devotions, worship and outreach to churches. At Calumet, I met many great people from Faith Lutheran Church, and I hope to grow and strengthen these relationships during tenure here.
I spent many great summers at Calumet as a counselor, unit leader, program director and wilderness coordinator. It was at Calumet where I nurtured my love for people, leading devotions, the outdoors and hiking. I have led over 100 wilderness trips in the White Mountains and have hiked all of the 4,000-foot mountains in NH. I also hold a degree in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University. I spend most my free time hiking, preparing for triathlon season and buying things for my new house in Gloucester, MA. I also have a dog named Jackson.
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Abby Schoppe became the organist, choir director, and handbell director at Faith in February 2011. A 2003 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Abby holds a BFA in Piano Performance, a minor in Accompanying, and certification in Piano Pedagogy. At age 14, she began playing the organ at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in St. Johnsbury, VT, and since then, she has held organist and choir director positions in a number of churches, including Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopal and Lutheran congregations. Most recently, before coming to Faith, she spent three years as the director of music at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Holliston, MA.
Abby also maintains a large piano studio for students of all ages (though she especially enjoys teaching young children). Many of her students have won state-wide competitions, have received the highest marks in the state in the Royal Conservatory of Music exam program, and have performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York.
Originally from St. Johnsbury, VT, Abby now resides in Andover. In her rare free time, she enjoys playing board games and reading omnivorously.
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Hi, my name is Ingrid Marstaller. I’ve been the director of the Faith Lutheran Praise Team (informally known as Rock of Ages) since 2001. I coordinated Faith’s Logos program for children for seven years and have taught the Bible Story segment of VBS since 2005. Prior to working at Faith, I played piano and sang in praise teams for churches in Virginia and Maryland, starting in 1988. I completed my Associate of Arts degree in Music at Northern Essex Community College in 2012 with high honors. While there, I participated in the Piano Ensemble concerts as the accompanist for vocalists in diverse styles. In addition, I worked as a tutor for Piano, Music Theory and Aural Skills until 2018.
Outside of church, I teach private piano lessons to children and adults in the Andover/North Andover area as well as Methuen and Lowell. I live in North Andover with my partner Brian Scanlon, with whom I play music (classic rock, Irish, shanties etc.) under the name of The High Seas. Also living with me are my two adult daughters, Kiana and Michaela Morano, and two dogs.
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