Rev. Kathryn L. Pocalyko was ordained and installed as Pastor of Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in the Virginia Synod’s Richmond Conference on March 14, 2015.
Raised in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, she is a cradle Lutheran and the eighth generation of Protestant clergy in her family. Born just fourteen days before the ELCA came into being, she is a graduate of the Fairfax County schools and was a United States Senate Page.
Pastor Katie graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2010 with an AB degree in English and a certificate in Spanish. She studied at Universidad de León in Spain, walked the Camino de Santiago as a pilgrim, traveled in the Middle East, and worked for the European Commission at the Roma Rights Centre in Budapest. Pastor Katie is fluent in Spanish and can also preach in the Spanish language.
She received her MDiv degree, Diploma in Lutheran Studies, and Institute of Sacred Music Diploma from Yale Divinity School in 2013. At Yale she was both a congregational fellow and a ministry fellow of the Fund for Theological Education (FTE). She served in rural ministry in the Virginia Synod’s Page Conference and spent significant time in monastic cloister with Cistercian Nuns. She completed her congregational internship at Advent Lutheran Church in Manhattan, in the Metropolitan New York Synod.
In December 2018, the Bishop of the Virginia Synod appointed Pastor Katie as Dean of the Richmond Conference. In this role she oversees 8 congregations and 32 ELCA pastors, assisting congregations undergoing organizational and leadership changes, supporting them through transitions and conflicts, performing new pastor installations, and providing pastoral care to retired clergy. She is the only Dean in the Synod under 40.
Pastor Katie is married to Daniel Silverman and they have two children, Naomi and Paul.
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Administrative Assistant & Communications Coordinator
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.