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Staff

Pastor

Lowell Michelson

michelsonPastor Lowell Michelson has been talking to people about Jesus all of his life, but has been professionally telling God’s story for twenty plus years. As a “P.K.” (pastor’s kid), Lowell spent his childhood hanging out in the back pews of churches in Northeastern Ohio, where he grew up. He received an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH).

After serving as a youth director in St. Paul, MN and a traveling musician across the U.S. and Germany, he packed up his drumsticks and followed God’s call to be a pastor. Lowell continued his studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Columbus, OH). His pastoral education included ministry with Lutheran Campus Ministry at The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) and Resurrection Lutheran Church (Portland, OR).

Lowell came to Lord of Life after serving with the good folks of Reformation Lutheran Church (Wichita, KS) and St. Paul Lutheran Church (Davenport, IA). While in Davenport, Lowell was blessed to be a part of the Transition into Ministry pastoral residency program, sponsored by the prestigious Lilly Endowment.

Lowell still finds time to play music. He and his wife Tera are parents to three kiddos. Together, they explore parks, used book and music stores, and restaurants with hot sauce on the table.

Pastoral Intern

Corey Wagonfield

Corey Wagonfield was born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio, and has been a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church. He was baptized, confirmed, and married at Faith Lutheran Church in Oxford, Ohio, before his family joined Lord of Life Lutheran Church in West Chester, Ohio, in 2011.

He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Theatre, with a focus on theatrical performance. Knowing that ministry was calling his name, he forwent the move to New York City to become rich and famous, and worked the next ten years as the director of a Lutheran family camp on Lake Erie, Camp Luther, part of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio. He eventually heeded the call of the Holy Spirit and enrolled at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Corey is excited to be learning, serving, worshiping, playing, and praying alongside the people of Lord of Life Lutheran Church for the next two years (July 2018-May 2020). He feels particularly blessed to be serving in the congregation where his parents, his wife (Megan) and their three kids are currently members.

 

 

Music Director

John Johns

john head shotChurch music has been part of my life since I can remember and it has always influenced my journey. While beginning my studies at Capital University in Columbus, I received a call from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to be their paid soloist and choral section leader. For four years, the liturgical skills I learned at St. Mark’s augmented the musical skills I learned in school.

When I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance, I moved to Dayton and began a career at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. At St. Paul’s, I led an adult choir, handbell choir, children’s choir and instrumental ensembles.

During my time in Dayton, I performed with Dayton Opera, the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus and I was on stage and music director at several theatres in the area. I have also had opportunities to sing at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Washington National Cathedral,  Worcester Cathedral and Lincoln Cathedral, both in England. Most recently, I was privileged to play the carillon at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in the center of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Preschool Director

Paula Drake

I have been married to my husband, Marty, for 21 years and have three gorgeous children, Jordon, 19, Cameron, 17, and Allison, almost 15. Allison is a Freshman this year and Cameron is a Junior at Lakota East. My oldest, Jordan is a Sophomore at Ohio University. I love being a mom! I have a Bachelors Degree in Recreation Administration from Indiana University, and have always worked with children. I worked for the Parks and Recreation Department throughout high school and college. After graduating, I moved to Dallas and worked for the Boys & Girls Club (in Dallas and later Fort Worth). While at "the Club", I was the Aquatics Director, the Education Director and eventually the Branch Director, responsible for the operations of the entire club. After my second child was born, I decided not to return to the working world, and I opened my own in-home child care. I did this for almost 5 years. I taught preschool (4 year-olds) for 7 years in Grapevine, Texas. Six years ago, my husband was transferred up here to Cincinnati. This is my fifth year teaching at Lord of Life Christian Preschool. I absolutely love teaching. It is so rewarding! This is such a fun age - they pick up on so much. I am going to work very hard to ensure that the children have a great school experience and are well prepared for Kindergarten. I am SO EXCITED to be teaching the 3's & 4's classes again. We strive very hard to develop a lifelong love of learning and have tons of fun along the way.

VEIL Ministry Leader

Pastora Carmen Colón-Brown

Pastora Carmen comes from the New Jersey/New York area.  She was born in the US to parents from Lares and Moca, Puerto Rico, and is the oldest of five children.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Thiel College (ELCA).  She was consecrated a Deaconess in 2010 through the Lutheran Deaconess Association at Valparaiso University, IN.  She has been married to Charles Brown for 28 years and they have two daughters: Autumn and Sienna.  In May of 2010, Deaconess Carmen received a call to serve the Southern Ohio Synod as a Latino Mission Developer.  In August of 2010 the call was extended to serve as Pastor of Vida E†erna–Iglesia Luterana (VEIL).  She is currently enrolled in the TEEM (Theological Education for Emerging Ministries) program seeking ordination.  VEIL is celebrating its 5th anniversary as a ministry and worshiping community of the Southern Ohio Synod.

Office Administrator

Cara Hasselbeck

cara headshotCara grew up in Pittsburgh, and is a lifelong Steeler fan and Lutheran. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University with a degree in Information Technology, she worked briefly for a defense contractor in northern Virginia before moving to the Cincinnati area to work for General Electric. After meeting her husband, Greg, at GE, Cara took at job as a consultant, and ultimately worked for Procter & Gamble for several years before taking a break from the workforce to raise their daughter Lauren.

The Hasselbecks joined Lord of Life in 2002. Since that time Cara has served in a variety of roles on church council and as a Youth MAC. She has been working in the office since 2017.

Cara enjoys vacationing with her family, reading, and baking.

 

Financial Manager

Donna Harvey

Custodian

Lori Krach