Pastor Troy Schmidt

Senior Pastor

tschmidt@glctempe.net

My job is to:
I feel my job is to awaken and equip the local church to maximize it’s kingdom impact and am blessed that God has called me to do that at Gethsemane.

I love my job because:
I enjoy the challenge of leading a complex ministry like Gethsemane and having the opportunity to be a part of what God’s people are doing in this community.

Background:
I received my bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Concordia University, Austin TX in 1999. In 2004, I graduated with a Master’s of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.

Upon graduation from Seminary, I received my first call to serve as an associate pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston, TX. During the four and a half years I served there, I was involved in everything from leading our network of nearly 100 small groups to being the campus pastor of our League City campus.

In 2008, I received the call to be Senior Pastor at Gethsemane and have been serving here ever since.

A Bible verse I turn to time and time again is:
Psalm 139 (www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+139) has always been important to me.

Early on in ministry, I feel that God used it to encourage me to be the pastor He had wired me to be and place my trust and confidence in what He is doing. I often turn to this Psalm for encouragement and strength.

Something fun you don’t know about me is:
I golf for fun, run and bike for exercise, cook to relax, and enjoy the company of good friends and family.

Pastor Jerry Kosberg

Assistant Pastor

jmk61568@cox.net

My job is to:
My focus is to provide pastoral care, especially to our elderly and home bound members. I also assist with hospital calls, teach/lead Bible classes, assist in worship leadership/preaching as Pastor Troy assigns.

I love my job because:
I am most thankful that my position at Gethsemane allows me to share God's love in Jesus with folks, lead them in growing in their faith and understanding of Scripture and generally support and encourage folks as the Holy Spirit guides them in their spiritual journey.

Background:
Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia Senior College, Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Ordained into the pastoral office in 1972. Served congregations in Kansas, Illinois and Colorado. Served as Director of the Department of Evangelism for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod from 1994-1999. Served as Mission Developer for the Pacific Southwest District from 1999 to 2009. Upon retiring from the District position I joined the Gethsemane staff in my part time position in September of 2009.

A Bible verse I turn to time and time again is:
“Finally, brothers (and sisters), whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
There is so much in our world and in us that would have us focus on things that don't honor God or encourage people. In God's grace I strive to keep my focus on that which God can use to build us up.

Something fun you don’t know about me is:
My wife, Jan, and I have 4 children and 8 grandchildren. Also, I am a physical fitness enthusiast who hikes South Mountain 4 times a week.

Kristina Arnold

Organizational Administrator

karnold@glctempe.net

My job is to:
In my role I am responsible for any business related items, including all accounting, finance, and HR. I also oversee any maintenance and facilities operations.

I love my job because:
I love the people and the community at Gethsemane. We are a very diverse group of people, but come together in our mission.

Background:
I graduated from ASU with a Bachelors of Finance and worked in the Hospitality industry as an Assistant Director of Finance for 12 years. I started at GLC in May 2014.

A Bible verse I turn to time and time again is:
1 Corinthians 12:12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.

Something fun you don’t know about me is:
I played trombone in the ASU Marching Band in college… Go Devils!

Cristy Schmidt

Director of Family Ministry

cschmidt@glctempe.net

My job is to :
My job is to oversee and guide ministry opportunities for families. This includes Sunday Morning classes, larger kids/family events, as well as middle school and high school ministry.

I love my job because:
I love seeing kids and families excited to come to Gethsemane to learn from God's Word!

Background:
I graduated from Concordia University Texas with an Elementary Education Degree, specializing in Reading and English and Lutheran Education. I have taught preschool and 1st grade. In my years of ministry I have led numerous Bible Studies for women and Junior High Girls. I have been at Gethsemane for 7 years serving in a variety of roles.

The Bible Verse I turn to time and time again:
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. It is so easy to get stressed out and focus on the struggles in this life. God calls us to trust Him and keep our hearts and minds on Him.

Something fun you don't know about me:
I love giving old things new life! We recently remodeled an old camper that we go "glamping" in (Glamorous/Camping). I dream of one day owning an Airstream and traveling the US!

Nathan Huse

Director of Worship

nhuse@glctempe.net

My Job Is To:
I spend my time equipping, developing, and leading a team of worship leaders, artists, musicians, tech folks, and all around great people! I also lead a team that develops the weekly liturgy (what we do when we gather as a church) for each of our services.

I love my job because:
My favorite thing about leading worship is seeing God do things in our gatherings that we could never have planned for. It never gets old seeing people’s lives changed when they encounter God through worship, His word, and sacraments.

Background:
I attended Concordia University where I studied Theology, and Dallas Christian College where I studied Ministry and Leadership. I have been involved in worship leadership for the past decade at churches in Texas and Michigan.

My family includes:
My wife Hannah and my three kids, Micah, Tessa, and Jonah.

A Bible verse I turn to time and time again is:
Hebrews 10:22-25 as it reminds me of the sufficiency God’s unending grace to cover all of my shame.

Something fun you don’t know about me is:
Drinking tea and craft beer, writing music, reading theology, videography, and cycling are a few of my passions.

Miguel Torneire

Assistant Pastor/Deployed Missionary

info@glctempe.net

My Job is to:
I serve full time with CALMS guiding short-term teams to various countries in Central America, I link people from the USA to people in Central America and equip leaders in the US and Central America to be desciples of Jesus.

I love my job because:
It allows me to work on the mission field, proclaim the Good news about Jesus and demonstrate God’s love.

Background:
Bachelor of Divinity at Seminario Concordia Brasil, Bachelor of Arts at ULBRA Brasil, Master of Arts at Concordia University, St, Paul, MN
Pastor Iglesia Luterana El Divino Salvador Guatemala 2004 - 2008, Started with GLC in 2012.

A Bible verse I turn to time and time again is:
“What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 ESV

Scarlet Johnson

Children's Ministry

sjohnson@glctempe.net

Coming soon...

Elizabeth Steinbart

Choir Director

esteinbart@glctempe.net

My job is to:
I direct the adult choir. We are a small group of 15-20 people that love to sing! We meet once a week to prepare songs that we sing twice a month for the 8am service and special songs for quarterly combined services at both 8am and 10am. I also pick out hymns for Sunday worship at 8am and assist as needed with leading worship at 10am. Choir is always looking for new voices to sing with us, we meet Thursdays at 6:30pm and range in age from high school through adults.

I love my job because:
Choir is such an awesome community! There's nothing like joining your voice with others to create something beautiful. The team we become is a great example of living together as the body of Christ, each bringing their own unique gifts and talents that joins together with others to create a harmonious medley!

Background:
I graduated in 2007 from Concordia University Irvine with a degree in piano performance and a certificate as a director of parish music. I served in New Zealand and South Africa from 2007-2009 as music director and music teacher for the Lutheran church, and then took my first full time call at Memorial Lutheran Church in Katy, TX from 2010-2014. I spent a few years in in Florida serving as part time music director at First Lutheran Church in Gainesville before moving to south Florida doing some odd jobs by the beach. My family all lives here in the East Valley, so in 2016 I moved back home. I recently married my best friend, Joel Schrank, in October 2017 and we bought our first home together in Mesa where we live with our two dogs and fish. I currently teach full time K-6th grade music at American Leadership Academy and have nine piano students I teach from my home studio. When I'm not teaching or directing choir, you can find me adventuring outside or exploring the world (I love to travel)!

A Bible verse I turn to time and time again is:
Once I really wanted to hear God say, "I Love You." I opened up to Isaiah 43:4 which reads, "Since you are previous and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life." What a beautiful reminder that we are indeed loved.

Something fun you don’t know about me is:
I am the founder and director of a small 501(c)3 nonprofit called Elephantopia - our goal is to save elephants and build community. Since 2013, we have fully supported Kavala, an orphaned elephant victim of the ivory trade and since 2016 we support 80 students that attend a rural elementary school in Mukambi near Kafue National Park. In 2017 we partnered with the South Tempe Rotary Club to raise funds to complete a water project for the Mukambi community school and village that allows everyone there access to clean, fresh water.

Joel Schrank

Worship Assistant

jschrank@glctempe.net

Coming soon...

Cherie Pittman

Office Assistant

cpittman@glctempe.net

My job is to:
Put together slides, bulletins and bulletin inserts for services, and help out around the office with various tasks that need to be completed.

I love my job because:
I have flexibility with work and home life, I have great co-workers who are supportive and I get to help bring the word of God those who attend and visit Gethsemane.

Background:
I am a licensed cosmetologist, massage therapist and certified pharmacy tech. Prior to working at Gethsemane, I worked for 6 years as a cosmetologist and massage therapist for a salon in Tucson and then I spent 3 years in a pharmacy in Mesa.

A Bible verse I turn to time and time again is:
Matthew 5:44

Something fun you don’t know about me is:
I am a creative person. I enjoy sewing clothing for my self and children, creating art and hand lettering.

Mandy Troilo

Office Assistant

mtroilo@glctempe.net

Coming soon...