Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church Leadership
Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and discerning God's will for our church. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and church staff.
Rev. Amy Janssen
Pastor Amy was called to serve as Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church's Pastor on June 15, 2020 and she was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on July 18, 2020. Prior to that, she served as a pastoral intern at Sierra Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
The attributes that best describe Pastor Amy are strong preaching, collaborative leadership, and radical hospitality. Pastor Amy enjoys visiting members in their homes and in nursing facilities, teaching and encouraging young people in their faith, and leading worship.
Some of Pastor Amy's hobbies outside of the church include going to the movies, watching TV, reading historical fiction, attending community events, and spending time with friends.
Pastor Amy graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN in May 2020 with a Master of Divinity degree. Before that, Pastor Amy lived in Denver, Colorado, where she taught Adult Basic Education and GED preparation at a family resource center. Her undergraduate degree was in Music Education and was earned at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.
Brenda "Bunny" Varani has been the Gethsemane secretary since February 2010.
She is a friendly face in our church office every day of the week, greeting newcomers and longtime members alike.
In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her dog, Tank, and husband, Rick.
Congregation Council President
Bennet began his current service as Gethsemane's council president in 2019. (He had previously been council president from 2007-2010)
Bennet is now happily retired, and formerly spent many years as a physical education teacher for Virginia Public Schools.
(pictured here with his wife, Joyce)
Congregation Council Vice President
Mary began her current service as Gethsemane's council vice president in January 2022. She had previously been a member at-large on the council.
Mary is retired and serves on our church's offering counting team, as well as many other service opportunities within and outside of the churc. She also enjoys cheering on her grandchildren in sports, music, and other activities.
Congregation Council Secretary
Congregation Council Treasurer
Lance is our part-time church custodian. His work in keeping our church building clean and functional is much appreciated and enjoyed by all the members and friends who come to worship, learn, or visit.