Our Staff and Volunteers
Meet the Team
Rev. John M. Young
Pastor John M. Young has been in ministry for over 20 years. After completing his degree in Aerospace Engineering at Purdue University, God called him to serve as a pastor. He attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Pastor enjoys languages, technology, drone aviation, hiking, and cooking. He and his wife, Raquel, have two adult daughters.
Ken Ritter serves as our deacon. He assists in services and preaches sermons on occasion. He also gives guests a wonderful tour of the church making them feel welcome. Ken and his wife, Doreen, have four adult children and ten grandchildren.
Deacon in Training
Robert is in the process of joining the ministry as a Deacon. Once he completes his education and training, he will begin service as a valuable asset to our church family. He and his wife, Jacqui, have one daughter and one grandchild.
Deacon in Training
Grace is working on completing her Deacon training. She serves as our Member Care Chair where members receive birthday cards and visitations when they are in the hospital. Grace and her husband, Miguel, have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Organist and Choir Director
Justin serves as our organist and directs the Choir. With a background as a composer, he writes and arranges music for the choir and instrumentalists at OSLC on a regular basis. Many of his organ voluntaries are also improvised leading to fresh music every week. He and his wife, Tessa, have one young son.
Call the church or walk into the office and you’ll be greeted by Denise. Prior to serving as our church secretary, she has been a Sunday School director, led Bible studies, and been vice president of the church. Denise has three grown children and a granddaughter. She enjoys coffee, music, the beach, and playing with her granddaughter.
If you come to church at the right time, you’ll hear the beautiful voice of Mark Cook singing praise to the Lord while he cleans our church. Mark keeps us looking spiffy no matter how much of a mess we make in all the fun we have at OSLC.
Little Lambs Head Teacher
Stephanie is our head teacher at Little Lambs Preschool. She makes learning fun and creative while providing loving guidance to our little ones. Under her direction, the children learn about a variety of subjects, go on great field trips, and make lots of special memories in their preschool years.
Little Lambs Teacher’s Assistant
Tracey is our wonderful teacher’s assistant at Little Lambs. Her commitment to providing a great education in a warm, caring environment help make our preschool a great start to the children’s education. Tracey and her husband have two children – both Little Lambs graduates.
Alison serves as our council president. Having been a member for over 20 years and served in various ministries, she has a heart for serving the Lord. She enjoys cooking, gardening, music, and travel. Alison and her husband, Jeff, have two adult children.
Sunday School / VBS
Being a kid at heart makes Doreen an wonderful asset to our children’s ministries at OSLC. Ever creative, caring, and serious about having fun, Doreen insures that seeds of faith will be planted and nurtured in all children who come to OSLC. She and her husband have four grown children and ten grandchildren.
Sunday School / VBS
Making kids happy and sharing the love of Jesus with them is a priority for Amy, which is why she serves as both our Sunday School and VBS director. Originally from Missouri, she is married to Michael, who also hails from the Show Me State. They have three children: Allie, Lexi, and William. They also have two black cats named Salem and Whiskers.
Worship Band / Go Team / Youth
Raquel is blessed to be able to serve the Lord in music, outreach, and in our youth group. Born and bred in Texas, she and her husband, Pastor Young, have two college-age daughters and one very cute Boston Terrier. Raquel sings and plays flute, keyboard, and hand bells.
Ring for Joy / Youth
Molly enjoys praising our Lord with music, contributing her artistic talents, and helping with the youth ministry. Born in Vientiarre, Laos, Molly’s favorite foods are fish and cheesecake, but not together. A lifelong bell ringer, Molly directs our Ring for Joy bell choir. She also plays bass and sings in our worship band.
Buildings & Grounds
Marilynn is our brave and fearless Buidlings and Grounds chair. She oversees our church building, our parsonage, and our grounds. No fallen tree is too heavy. No leaking pipe is beyond repair. No paint job is too big. Thanks to Super Marilynn, our property is in great shape.
Social Committee / Friendship Circle
Donna is a lifelong member at OSLC. She serves as our Social Committee Chair as well as the Friendship Circle president. Donna enjoys being part of and serving among our family at OSLC and greets everyone with a smile.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Diane’s warmth and compassion are evidenced in our Heart and Soul Prayer Shawl Ministry. Not only have they blessed the hurting and needy in our community, but their creations have helped people in other countries. Under her leadership, they will continue this invaluable work.
OSLC Love INC Coordinator
Norma coordinates our Love INC Personal Care Pantry – an organization that coordinates the assets of various churches in Dutchess County to help those in need. Her work at OSLC is invaluable as we share God’s love in Dutchess County.
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