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 Our Staff 
Rev. Dr. Ritva H. Williams
Rev. Dr. Ritva H. Williams

I was called to serve as pastor of St. Stephen's in October 2011. This is my second call, my first as a solo pastor. As pastor, I see myself as the congregation's worship leader, teacher of theology, and provider of spiritual care. The best part of my call is baptizing babies, and anyone else who wants to be baptized for that matter. 

The "Dr." in my title refers to my Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins (University of Ottawa, Canada). I taught at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL) for 12 years, and have written some books, articles, and essays. You can check out my website and CV here.

If you want to get in touch with me, email me


Sherry Mercil, Office Administrator
Sherry Mercil, Office Administrator

Sherry coordinates all operations of the church office, and provide administrative support for the pastor, program staff, and congregational leaders.  Her primary responsibilities include producing our weekly print and digital worship materials, maintaining our master calander, online database, member directories, mailing lists and prayer lists, and collaborating with our new Communications Coordinator in the production of congregational resources as needed.  To contact Sherry, click here.


David Zorn - Communications Coordinator
David Zorn - Communications Coordinator

David looks over all of the church's communications - email, website, social media, and messengers! If you have any questions regarding the ways in which things are communicated at St. Stephen's, reach David @ sslcommcoord@gmail.com

David Haas, Music Director
David Haas, Music Director

David directs our adult choir, coordinates the worship ensemble, and leads our children's music.


Leslie Hyland, Accompanist
Leslie Hyland, Accompanist

Leslie is our lead musician, playing the piano at all worship services and for our choir.

     

      

     


Marilee Torres - Minister for Faith Life
Marilee Torres - Minister for Faith Life

Marilee is a long time friend of St. Stephen's and now acts as our Minister for Faith Life! Marilee looks over outreach, confirmation, youth group, and the overall goal of St. Stephen's to live, learn, and share Christ in our community. 

Reach Marilee @ mflmarilee@gmail.com

To Know, Live, and Share Christ

 

St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, ELCA

610 31st Street SE | Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 | 319-364-2637 | ©2014