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Pastor & Staff

Pastor

Reverend Rebecca Ajer Frantz grew up in Southern California and felt the call to ministry while attending Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in music and religion, she began seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education in Omaha, NE and spent a year interning at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vancouver, WA before graduating with her Master of Divinity in 2013.

In 2014, she was ordained in and began serving Shepherd of Life Lutheran Church in Lake Elsinore, CA. She felt the Spirit calling in a new direction and took a call to serve St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Littlestown, PA two years later, where she was a solo pastor for five years. After leaving St. John’s, she served as a co-interim pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster, MD and as a part-time interim pastor at Big Springs United Lutheran Church in Newville, PA.

Pastor Becca has supervised seminary students from United Lutheran Seminary and has always gotten involved with local Lutheran Outdoor Ministry sites. She loves worship and faith formation, and has written for the ELCA resources “Bread for the Day” and “Sundays and Seasons”. In recent months, she began serving as a board member for Young Clergy Women International.

She is married to Andrew, a park guide at Petersburg National Battlefield, and they have a two-year-old named Owen, who loves music, trucks, and animals.

Pastor Becca may be contacted at pastorbecca@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 Undergraduate J. E. Whitesell Award for her critical essay on Virginia Woolf’s 1922 novel, Jacob’s Room. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in English at VCU, where she has been volunteering with Blackbird and British Virginia, as well as won the 2021Graduate J. E. Whitesell Award.

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.

For more information about the Preschool, click here.

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.