LEADERSHIP

Pastor Rick Goeres - Senior Pastor
Phone (757) 625-1953
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The joy of being a cherished child of God in the midst of a challenging world is what Pastor Goeres helps us celebrate.  His personal mission statement is: “reflect the presence of God through my living and sharing so that as I walk with others they may be in awe of the Spirit’s flame within them which guides, comforts and causes thanksgiving.” In addition to sharing the Good News, Pastor Goeres enjoys family time with his wife Neva and their adult children Gloria and Richard. He also enjoys their dogs, exercise, bicycle riding, motorcycle riding, working outdoors and exploring new places.  Pastor Goeres has visited all 50 States, lived in Japan and gained great insight on trips to Tanzania and Israel. Pastor Goeres earned a BS in Psychology from James Madison University, an M-Div. from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Drew University. Pastor Goeres was ordained on June 17, 1984 and called to serve as pastor of  Holy Cross, Lincolnton, NC.  He has also served as  Assistant to the Bishop in the NC Synod, Senior Pastor of Incarnation, Columbia, SC, and Senior Pastor of St. Paul, Strasburg, VA. 

  
Pastor Lauren Carlson - Associate Pastor
Phone (757) 625-1953
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After graduating from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Psychology, Pastor Lauren served for a year (2005-2006) in Edinburgh, Scotland through the Young Adults in Global Mission of the ELCA.  The following summer she headed to Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA where she graduated in 2011 with a Masters in Divinity.  After receiving her first call from First Lutheran, she was ordained on July 16th, 2011.  Walking together in the love of Christ and sharing with one another our stories of faith in daily life is one of the greatest joys of Pastor Lauren’s ministry.  The time spent with others in relationship and conversation makes all the “behind the desk work” worthwhile.  She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, singing, and being out in God’s creation.

 

Pastor Paul Carlson - Associate Pastor
Phone (757) 625-1953
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Pastor Paul is originally from California where he grew up as a pastor’s kid, moving up and down the west coast quite frequently.  At a very early age he heard God’s call to ordained ministry and has continued to follow that call from San Diego State University, where he graduated with what he considers a double major in History and Surfing, to Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.  In 2008 he was ordained by Bishop April Larson in the La Crosse Area Synod where he served his first call as pastor to both Kickapoo United and Peace Lutheran Churches.  In seminary Pastor Paul met his wife Pastor Lauren and in 2011 the two of them, along with their one year old son, moved from Wisconsin to Virginia to begin their new call here at First Lutheran Church.  Every day Pastor Paul is amazed by the grace and love he is surrounded with and lives to share and recognize it with all of Gods children. 
 

  

Heidi Evans

Heidi Evans  - Administrative Assistant for Communications
Phone: (757) 625-1953 
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Originally from Colorado, Heidi earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado. A professional writer for two decades, she has been a reporter, columnist and writer for several newspapers, Military Spouse Magazine, and Military OneSource. She earned a web design certificate from Austin Community College, and designed many church and business websites. She served as secretary to two churches, one in Washington state and Our Saviour Lutheran in Virginia Beach. A Navy wife of nearly 20 years, she founded a Mothers of Preschoolers program at Silverdale (Wash.) Lutheran; served as Stephen Minister at Peace Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas; and assisted committees on transition and ministry development. She and her husband, CDR Michael Evans, have three sons: Zachary, Derek and Brett

 


Lawrence Carr - Organist 
Phone: (757) 625-1953 
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Lawrence Carr is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. While still in high school he studied as an honor student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he completed a Bachelor of Music with a double major in piano and organ performance in the classes of John Quincy Bass and David Mulbury. Carr completed graduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Maryland in organ and piano performance. His teachers included David Craighead, Barry Snyder, and Bradford Gowen. In addition to having served as a faculty member at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York and Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, he is often sought after as an accompanist in the Tidewater area and teaches privately. Lawrence’s most recent performances have included the entire J. S. Bach Clavierübung III for organ as well as the complete Chopin Etudes, Preludes and Valses for piano.

 

Cathy Jones - Bookkeeper 
Phone: (757) 625-1953 
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Cathy and her husband, Alan, were married at First Lutheran by Pastor Mauney in 1980, moving their memberships to FLC at that time.  Currently, Cathy participates in the Martha Circle of the Lutheran Church Women.  She has taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, served as a greeter, participated in lunch ministry, NEST, and has served as the board representative to the Lutheran Council of Tidewater.  Cathy holds a BS degree in Business Administration.  Cathy has held various positions in accounting and administrative management.  She taught accounting for 8 years at a local proprietary school before being named Assistant Director, and received the 2002 faculty award.  Cathy and Alan reside in the Larchmont section of Norfolk, and have two daughters, Lindsay and Emily.