ANNE KRENTZ ORGAN
Anne Krentz Organ serves as the Director of Music Ministries at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, IL. Her responsibilities include worship planning, service playing, and the direction of the choral and instrumental music program which includes adult, youth, and children’s choirs, a handbell choir, and a variety of instrumental ensembles. Anne holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Valparaiso University, a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Illinois, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Church Music from Concordia University Chicago. Her compositions are published by Abingdon Press, Augsburg Fortress, Choristers Guild, Concordia Publishing House, Hope Publishing, and MorningStar Music. Anne currently serves as the President of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Institute of Liturgical Studies.
Chad Fothergill is a doctoral student in musicology at Temple University, Philadelphia, where he researches the office of Kantor in the late Renaissance and Baroque periods. In addition, he serves as editorial assistant for the journal Eighteenth-Century Music (Cambridge University Press). Beyond research and teaching, he is active as a substitute church musician in the greater Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas, and previously served congregations and campus ministries in Minnesota, Iowa, and Pennsylvania. He has contributed articles, blogs, and compositions to resources published by Augsburg Fortress and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.
Sarah Friesen-Carper is Assistant to the Bishop in the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the ELCA, working primarily with lay and rostered leadership development, and congregations in the call process. Initiatives under her leadership have included: renewed Youth and Faith Formation Teams, First Call Theological Education, new Anti-Racism Team, Open Hearts, Open Church task force, and the rostered leader retreat “You Matter.” A 2007 graduate of Lutheran School of Theology Chicago, she received their Alumni Award “Called to Lead” in 2016. Sarah and her husband, Rev. Andrew Tengwall find deep joy in their two sons, Micah and recently baptized Stellan.
Linda Kempke is a retired deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She holds degrees from the Baldwin-Wallace University, Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Columbus, OH), and studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Linda has served as Cantor in Lutheran congregations in the Cleveland, OH area; taught vocal music in the public school system, and is the former director of the Cleveland Lutheran A Cappella Choir. Linda has held leadership positions in the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and currently serves on the advisory board for the Center for Church Music at Concordia University-Chicago.
Susan Nachtigal was born and raised in Brookings, South Dakota. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Valparaiso University and served as a parish deaconess at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Since earning a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California she has served the following: St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sacramento, California (pastor); Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California (core faculty and dean of the Chapel of the Cross); Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester, Massachusetts (lead pastor). Susan has served on synod and national worship committees, led worship and spirituality retreats, written for preaching journals and is a past member of the Institute of Liturgical Studies Advisory Council.
Travis Scholl is the managing editor of theological publications at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He is the author of Walking the Labyrinth, and his most recent poems and essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, Assay, Saint Katherine Review, and Sehnsucht. He is completing a PhD in English in the creative writing program at the University of Missouri. A graduate of Valparaiso University and Yale Divinity School, Scholl serves on the Institute of Liturgical Studies Advisory Council.