Pastor & Staff

Interim Pastor

Pastor Chris Price was born to Kiggy and Myra Price of Madison, VA, the community where he grew up. He was baptized and confirmed at Hebron Lutheran Church, one of the oldest Lutheran congregations in the country. Chris graduated from Roanoke College in 1975 with a BA in German. In 1979, he received his MDiv from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, and was ordained at Hebron Church on June 10. For over four years he served as the associate pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Newport News, and then for almost thirty years he served as the pastor and senior pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Richmond. He “retired” from Epiphany’s pastorate in the spring of 2013, and some months later joined Lutheran Church of Our Saviour. On April 1, 2014, he accepted the call to serve as an assistant to Bishop Jim Mauney of the VA Synod, from which office he “re-retired” in December 2018. In July 2019, he was appointed as the interim pastor for First English Lutheran Church in the City of Richmond. A Covid outbreak and a few large demonstrations against Confederate monuments later, he concluded that ministry in mid-October 2020 when the next called pastor arrived.

As a pastor in the VA Synod, Chris has been the chair of the Candidacy Committee, the chair of the Region 9 Coordinating Council, and the dean of the Richmond Conference. For over twenty years he served on the Roanoke College Board of Trustees. He chaired the College Life Committee and was a member of the Board’s Executive Committee.

Chris got more than a degree from Roanoke College. In 1976, he married Terry Koehler, whom he first met in Frau Good’s German class! People might not think German is a romance language, but “Ich liebe dich” worked for him. The couple enjoys living but ten minutes away from their daughter Megan, son-in-law Rob, and grandchildren Stella and Nick!

Pastor Price may be contacted at pastorprice@lcosva.org.

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Administrative & Communications Assistant

Kayleigh Dumont, born and raised in the Midlothian area, is a long-established member of Lutheran Church of Our Saviour and began her position in early 2018.

She received her AS degree in general studies from John Tyler Community College in 2014 and transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University that fall, where she graduated summa cum laude in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, including two minors in creative writing and psychology.

Her attachment to writing and editing has extended beyond her studies. In 2016 she served as a copyediting intern at Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts, and as an editorial intern at Virginia Living Magazine during the summer after graduation, where she oversaw the 2017 Made in Virginia Awards. Kayleigh also worked at both VCU Writing Center campus locations as a writing consultant, from her last semester into the end of 2017; during this time, she won the 2017-2018 Undergraduate J. E. Whitesell Award for her critical essay analyzing the use of character and form in Virginia Woolf’s 1922 novel, Jacob’s Room. She will continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree in English with a research concentration at VCU, starting in the fall of 2019.

Kayleigh may be contacted at admin@lcosva.org.

Choir Director

Susan Kish became our music director in January 2018. She is perhaps best known in our community for her prior role as choral director at Manchester High School, where she taught for 33 years and grew the choral program from 60 students in her first year to its all-time high of over 400 students in 11 choirs. Growing up in a large Disciples of Christ congregation, she was playing the organ by the age of 15 and studied sacred music and hymnody as part of her major in organ and music education at Lynchburg College. A Lutheran for over 30 years, she loves sharing the great hymns and choral music of the church at LCOS while directing the voice and bell choirs and working with the Sunday School and preschool kids. Susan is married to Rick and has three daughters and sons-in-law, four stepsons, and six grandchildren five and under.

Susan may be contacted at musicdirector@lcosva.org.

Accompanist

Kenneth Taggart grew up in Chesterfield, just a few miles from LCOS. He studied piano as a child and began playing the organ for his church in middle school.

Kenneth attended Eastern Mennonite University and VCU, where he studied organ and majored in music, with a minor in religious studies.

After college, Kenneth served as the music director for Main Street United Methodist Church in Bedford, Virginia for eight years. While there, he joined the volunteer fire department. He now works for Spotsylvania Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Management as a firefighter/medic.

Kenneth may be contacted at accompanist@lcosva.org.

Preschool Director

Mary Dumont has served as the director of The Giving Tree Preschool since 2000.

Mary was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY, and graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1981 with a BA in mechanical engineering. She then worked for Penelec (Pennsylvania Electric, Co.) in Warren, PA for eight years before moving to Chesterfield in 1989 with her husband, Brian.

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Mary may be contacted at preschool@lcosva.org.

Interim Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Karen Watkins is a long-time member of LCOS and a career elementary math educator. Now retired, she frequently subs at our preschool.

For more information about Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and other children’s events, Karen can be reached at kswatkins@verizon.net.

Nursery Attendant

Inga Noble formerly worked as a lead teacher for three- and four-year-olds at Skipwith Academy. Her favorite Bible story is Noah’s Ark. What she loves most about working with children is observing how they grow emotionally, spiritually, physically, educationally, as well as how they mature throughout the year.