Staff Directory

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  • SANDRA D'AMICO

    Pastor

    Pastor Sandra D’Amico began her ministry career as a Vicar for Good Shepherd Lutheran in Westborough, MA in 2009. Her first pastor call was at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Attleboro, MA for nine years beginning in 2010. Since then, she has served several churches as a consultant or interim pastor. She most recently served at St. John Lutheran Church in Sudbury, MA, last year.

     

    Pastor Sandra has served the New England Synod on the Council, as the Council Chaplain, and as the Chair of Mission Table. She hold a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with studies in Economics and a Master of Divinity from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. She spent her Luther Year at Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia.

     

    Over the course of her ministry, Pastor Sandra has received additional training in Conflict Mediation, Healthy Congregations, and Interim Ministry, among other things. She also participates in continued studies in Art as Therapy, Printmaking, and Curating at the Rhode Island School of Design.

     

    Here is her Purpose Statement:

     

    I seek to serve the community with pastoral care and creative explorations of our call to love our neighbor generously, care for creation wisely, raise our children in faith, and be curious.

     

    The gifts and tools that I bring to this endeavor are skills in leadership, teaching, spiritual care, creative arts, and the faithful curiosity to dare building community with friends and strangers.

     

    I believe the holy stories, and their life-changing power for every generation. There is a blessing when we wonder with all ages about what the holy stories may mean now, and always, in our unfolding story as God’s beloved people.

     

    I seek to serve the community with pastoral care and creative explorations of our call to love our neighbor generously, care for creation wisely, raise our children in faith, and be curious.

     

    I listen deeply for new holy and sacred stories being made and shared.

     

    I believe the holy stories, and their life-changing power for every generation.


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  • Kathleen BartKowski

    PARISH ADMINISTRATOR & Organist/ Accompaniest

    Kathleen holds a Master of Music in Piano Accompanying from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Connecticut.  She is the accompanist for the Vernon Chorale and is  frequently invited to accompany choral festivals, musicals, and other school ensembles.  

    For over thirty years, Kathleen has served churches throughout New England as organist and choir director. At this time, she is the Organist and Celebrate Accompanist for St. Luke Lutheran Church in Gales Ferry, Connecticut. She has  served as a Member-at-Large on the Connecticut ACDA Executive and the New London American Guild of Organists Boards. Her professional achievements are recognized in Who’s Who in America.


    In July of 2016 Kathleen expanded her role at St. Luke by becoming our Parish Administrator.


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  • Gina Williams

    Director of Music

    Gina Marie Williams is the Director of St. Luke's extensive music program. She studied Music Education at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and the University of Rhode Island. She is an accomplished flutist who also performs on clarinet, oboe, bassoon and saxophone. She is founder of the Ledyard Community Band and the Thames River Big Band and is a founding member of Celebrate! our contemporary praise band.

    Over the past fifteen years, Gina has prepared numerous instrumental arrangements for our Senior Choir including arrangements for handbells.  "All tolled," we have about 58 ringers and 45 singers who work with Gina to praise God through music.

    Gina lives in Ledyard and has four grown children.


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  • DIANE HANSEN

    Bookkeeper

    Diane has 15 years of accounting experience in non-profit and government organizations. She worked at the City of New London, CT; the Memorial and Library Association of Westerly, RI (Westerly Library and Wilcox Park;) and the Fishers Island Ferry, a District of the Town of Southold, NY.

     

    She is Assistant Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Riverside Park Conservancy; and Co-Chair of the Hodges Square Village Association, both New London not-for-profit organizations in her neighborhood. She is a long-time volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity of Eastern CT ReStore. Diane also serves at the New London Meal Center with St. Luke outreach.

     

    Diane joined St. Luke Lutheran Church in 1983. She raised her three sons, Kristian, Karl and Kurt Balinski in this congregation. Granddaughters Emilee Balinski and Hailey Salen are baptized members of St. Luke.


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  • LEE EASTBOURNE

    COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

    Lee was born and raised in Bradford, England, approximately four hours north of London. He completed his undergraduate education in the United Kingdom and currently holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Sport and Education Studies from Liverpool Hope University.


    Lee moved to the United States in late 2004 for what he thought was a short commitment to work and gain valuable experience before returning to England to pursue a career in Education. That plan never came to fruition as Lee met, and is now married to Jennifer, with whom he lives in Gales Ferry, CT with their two children, Emmeline and Noah.

     

    During his time in the United States, Lee has held roles in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, serving as Client Services Manager, Account Executive, Operations and Marketing Manager, and Director of Development with varied responsibilities including Communications, Marketing, Sales, Development, Operations and Administration.

     

    Lee currently serves as the Executive Director of the Jonnycake Center of Westerly, a 501(c)3 non-profit Social Services organization located in Westerly, RI,


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