Roger Steinke, Director of Christian Education
Roger Steinke grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Bethany Lutheran School in Parma, Ohio, and Lutheran High School in Rocky River, Ohio. There were many wonderful Lutheran teachers and Pastors there who influence his faith and life.
He attended Concordia Lutheran College in Seward, Nebraska, and Concordia Lutheran University in River Forest, Illinois. He graduated in 1983 as a certified Elementary School teacher (B.A.) and a Director of Christian Education in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. From 1982-1985, he served as the Director of Christian Education at Christ Lutheran Church in Milford, Michigan. From 1985-1987, he served as the Minister of Christian Education at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Kenmore, Washington.
In 1998, his family, including both a daughter Tori and a son, Ryan, joined First Lutheran Church here in Bothell! He worked management with the Bartell Drug Company from 1998-2005, when he returned full time to the church ministry. In April 2005, he joined the staff of First Lutheran Church in Bothell. As Director of Youth and Christian Education, Roger is very excited about serving our Lord Jesus Christ in the caring and dynamic congregation. He enjoys cooking, traveling, and working around his house on "projects".
Lucy Kay Osborne, Organist
Sarah Moran, Choir Director
Richard Edmonds, Ensemble Coordinator
Richard Edmonds leads the Ensemble which sings at the 11:00 am service. Richard is a retired Lutheran pastor, having served parishes in Port Orchard, Snohomish, Lake Stevens, and Monroe, Washington over a period of 35 years.
He is a graduate of the University of Washington and also studied at St. Olaf College. He was ordained at First Lutheran in 1969 after completing his Masters of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary in St. Paul.
After their retirement and many years away, Richard and his wife Judy returned to First Lutheran and became members. One of Richard's favorite aspects of parish ministry was planning for worship and participating in the musical life of the congregations he served. Coming from a musical family, he studied voice at St. Olaf and the University of Washington, and during his years of parish ministry. Richard enjoys planning and leading the music for the "blended" service at 11:00 am, as well as working with the Ensemble's group of talented vocalists and instrumentalists.
Rev. Tor K. Berg, Parish Pastor
Pastor Berg says it is a joy to be serving a congregation with a mission: Care, Grow, Serve, Proclaim!
He was born and raised in the Redmond, Washington area and attended Redmond Elementary, Junior High, and High School, graduating in 1983. He has four brothers, John, Paul, Svenn, and Carl (He falls between Svenn and Carl).
After high school he received a scholarship to run Cross Country and Track for Eastern Washington University and received his Bachelor of Arts in English in 1988. After college he worked for a printing company for two years before grudgingly acknowledging God's call to ministry.
Pastor Berg graduated Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota with a Masters in Divinity in 1994.
Susan and Tor were married on August 24, 1991 and their son Micah was born on March 25, 1994. His first call was to serve as Associate Pastor at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Lake Stevens, Washington in July 1994. It was a great place to serve his first call mostly because of Richard Edmonds, who was the Senior Pastor there! Their daughter Hannah was born on October 20, 1997.
Pastor Berg then accepted the call to be the Parish Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pullman, Washington in July of 1998. Susan was then hired as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries and they served together there until May of 2010 when he accepted the call to be the Parish Pastor here at First Lutheran Church!
Pastor Berg enjoys fishing, boating, golfing, and watching most sports. His favorite quote currently is one by Paul Tillich, "The opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty".
Kristin Smith, Office Manager/Bookkeeper
Kristin's accounting background prepared her for being the bookkeeper and office administrator at First Lutheran. Besides balancing the books and keeping things running smoothly at the office, Kris enjoys interacting with members and visitors in an informed way during the week. "The door is always open", she says with her trademark smile.
Kristin and her husband, Ken are longtime members and active volunteers at First Lutheran Church.
First Lutheran Church was established in Bothell in 1886, three years prior to Washington being granted statehood. Eight families started the new Lutheran congregation, and they named it Norwegian Danish Evangelical Lutheran Molde Congregation, of King County, Washington Territory.
Up until 1923, services were conducted in Norwegian. In 1924 the congregation voted to speak English, and in 1929 the congregation ratified the motion to accept First Lutheran Church as our official name.
For the first 25 years, pastors not only preached, but they often served as Sunday school teachers and led different youth and women's groups. Today we have a full time pastor, a Youth Discipleship Ministries Director, a Music Ministry Program, two office staff, and many volunteers that continue our congregation's work for Christ.
Currently, we adapt many of our organizations and activities to changing lifestyles, but we continue to share the traditional faith and beliefs of early pioneers. As Ambassadors for Christ we pray that we may intensify that faith and loving service for generations to come.