Staff and Council

Vicar Jason Mills

Vicar

Vicar Jason M. Mills, CTICS(SS/IW), USN, Ret., is a native of Grand Ledge, Michigan and had few to no college aspirations due to lack of financial support for college.  Not wanting to work minimum-wage jobs any longer, he enlisted in the Navy in 1998.  Upon graduation from basic training in Great Lakes, IL he reported to Russian Language Training at the Defense Language Institute, focusing on Humanities with an emphasis on both the Russian Culture and Language.  It was in the Monterey Bay Area, at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church that he experienced the Call to Ministry, bolstered by attending a discernment weekend at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley California and mentorship from, the late, Pastor Roy Blumhorst.

His initial fleet assignment, after completion of Technical School in San Angelo, Texas was the Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Kunia, Hawaii.  Continuing a focus on ministry, he wrote and presented the prayers of intercession at the Barber’s Point Naval Chapel.  Transferring in October 2003 to, then, NSGA Fort Meade, Maryland Vicar J led mission development and management efforts, working with leaders across Navy departments and National Security Agency offices to increase efforts securing national interests and safety of military personnel abroad.  In 2006, Vicar J moved to Taneytown, Maryland to escape the hustle and bustle of the D.C. Metro area.  By chance, he bought a home right next door to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, subsequently transferring his membership there, officially.  Jumping into the life of the Congregation immediately, he was elected to the Congregation Council in 2007 and served as the President from 2007 to 2009 (and again in 2013-2015, overseeing the Pastoral Call Process both times).  Vicar J volunteered for a National Intelligence Support Team deployment to Iraq in 2009, supporting CSG Baghdad, the 1st Cavalry and 1St Armored Divisions in Kirkuk, Iraq.  He returned to Navy Information Operations Command, Maryland in 2010, supporting submarine deployments world-wide, and deployed 12 additional missions aboard 11 submarines in both SIXTH and SEVENTH  Fleets for the remainder of his career; a total of 615 days deployed.  Vicar J served as a Direct Support Leading Chief Petty Officer-at-sea and Mission Supervisor for teams of up to 20 Sailors and Officers from as many as three Navy Commands, supporting special operations in potentially hazardous regions.  He qualified in SUBMARINES in 2010, and Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist in 2013.  Prior to retirement, after 21 years of service, Senior Chief Mills led the Direct Support Department, with 180 deployable Sailors under his charge, and working diligently to stand up a new Navy Command structure for 400 Sailors, writing Navy instructions and ensuring the diligent command support for Sexual Assault Prevention and Casualty Assistance programs.

Active with Trinity throughout all of the assignment changes since 2009, serving on multiple committees and teams in addition to Council, he was a primary Assisting Minister and heavily engaged in the leadership guidance through a period of congregational conflict, ever focused on answering the Call in every capacity possible while awaiting the “right” time.  Moving through the ELCA Candidacy Process in the fall of 2017 and being granted a positive “Entrance” decision from the Delaware-Maryland Synod, he opted to postpone retirement for one year and begin part-time studies at the Gettysburg Campus of United Lutheran Seminary.  Having completed all residential requirements during the Spring Semester of 2020, he is serving the Southwestern Texas Synod of the ELCA while on Internship with Lord of Life Lutheran in Austin.  Being geographically closer to his daughter while serving as a Vicar and completing online studies is the icing on an already gloriously blessed cake.  Vicar J plans on graduating from United Lutheran Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, and moving to Ordination in Word and Sacrament in 2022.

Vicar J has one daughter, Ava Morgan, age 14, who resides in Burton, Texas.

Kelley Harbert

Office Manager / Executive Assistant
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Kelley has over 18 years of administrative experience from working at the Texas Department of State Health Services.
In March 2016, after staying home to raise her children for about 7 years, she joined the staff at Lord of Life as the the Office Manager / Executive Assistant.

Stephanie Morrison

Minister of Music
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Welcome Stephanie Morrison, our new Music Minister for Lord of Life. She has experience in worship accompaniment with piano and organ, as well as choral direction. She says she “looks forward to contributing to the congregation’s spiritual life through music.” Lord of Life looks forward to her music ministry as we begin 2020.

 

Tealithia Oliver

Nursery Attendant
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Hello! My name is Tealithia Oliver and I am the Nursery Attendant for Lord of Life. I have been the Nursery Attendant since January of 2007. Along the way I have watched our youngest members of the church grow into wonderful teenagers on their way to adulthood. I love working with children and along the years have started a family of my own with two sons, two step-daughters, and my husband, Manuel Oliver.

My passion has always been to help others, especially children, the elderly and the disabled.

I was born in Bryan, TX, but mainly lived and grew up in Sacramento, CA, raised by my mother Wanda Williams. As a single parent, my mother showed me at a young age the importance of helping others and to be responsible. I first started helping people in high school by feeding the homeless in my community. In high school, I joined the People and Student Reaching Out program, which involved traveling to elementary schools speaking to children about strangers, drugs, abuse, and where and who to go to for help. My first jobs were working at Chuck-E-Cheese’s as a birthday party hostess on the weekends and a file clerk for an attorney during the weekday evenings at the age of 16. Some of my hobbies were cake decorating, track and tennis. During my spare time, I would babysit for 4 families from the private school.

After graduation, I worked at Children’s World Learning Center as a day care assistant during the week and would walk to Merryhill Elementary Private School as an after school counselor. I went to American River College at night for Early Childhood Education.

During this time, my mother and I found out that my grandmother had a stroke and decided to move back to Texas in 2003 to take care of her. While in Texas I transferred to continue working for Children’s World Learning Center and went to school at Austin Community College a year later. In 2006, I landed my first state job with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice working in a state prison while pregnant with my first child. I have moved up along the way and now currently work for Family and Protective Services. I first started with Adult Protective Services for 3 years, and now Child Protective Services for 4 years. Our mission is to always protect the unprotected. I have experience working with children from all different backgrounds, ages, and disabilities. One of my many goals is to find a way to be able to continue college and complete my education in order to help children with learning disabilities.

I consider Lord of Life as a second family. Both of my children were baptized here and I officially joined the church in 2015. In the nursery, you are always welcomed and invited. I encourage parents to come meet me along with the other wonderful Sunday school staff. Parents are always welcome to stop by anytime!

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Council Member
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2020 Member of Church Council

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Finance Ministry - Congregational Treasurer
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Treasurer of Lord of Life

Glenace Klinker

Finance Ministry - Financial Secretary

Financial Secretary

Denise Sheehan

Evangelism and Outreach Ministry
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Evangelism and Outreach Ministry Team Lead

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Worship Ministry
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Worship Ministry Representative Team Lead

 

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Youth Ministry Coordinator