LEADERSHIP TEAM

 

Pastor David Mattson, Senior Pastor

As the lead pastor, Pastor David has a passion for communicating the love of God in ways that are uplifting and practical. He has served at Gloria Dei for sixteen years. He and his wife Kimberly have two children (Emma and Anders). David has also been a pastor at two other Lutheran congregations in California and Arizona.

His interests include hanging out with the family, traveling, reading, sports of all kinds, music, and anything outdoors.
 
Email: pastordavid@mygloriadei.org
Pastor Sabrina 2

 

Pastor Sabrina Vasta

Pastor Sabrina’s does everything! Besides all the normal pastoral duties, her areas of focus include: Adult Education, Pastoral Care, Women’s Ministry, Young Couples, and more. She is married to Chris and they have three children, Gabriel, Oliver and Cecelia.

Her hobbies include reading, traveling… and more recently tutoring in junior high subjects.
 
Email: pastorsabrina@mygloriadei.org
Shelli Parajeckas
 
Shelli Parajeckas, Preschool Director
 
Shelli has been with our preschool since 1989. She has served in every capacity and truly loves leading this program. She embraces a high quality program, as well as one that provides children with genuine love and respect. 
Shelli is an Ambassador for ELCA Schools; she provides schools with resources and accreditation support. She also works very closely with Orange County Department of Education in their Quality Star Program.
Shelli enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with her family and friends.
 
Email: preschool@mygloriadei.org
Barb Collins

Barb Collins, Children and Family Director

You will see Barb hanging out with Sunday school teachers and students, at Fellowship/Friendship Events because those are several of her important areas of ministry. Barb works part-time at Gloria Dei leading our children in Sunday school and in all family type of events like dinners, “Trick or Trunk,” etc. She also teaches student teachers at Cal State Fullerton. She is married to Craig and they have four children.
 
Barb loves camping, cooking, family gatherings, reading,…
 
Email: sundayschool@mygloriadei.org
 
Paige Gulck, Youth Director
 
Paige plans all the fun events for the youth at Gloria Dei. The Senior High group meets monthly to do a wide variety of activities from helping at Serra’s Pantry to enjoying a night out at Knott’s Scary Farm. She also helps with the Thursday Night “T.A.G.”  (Thursdays are Grace) program and confirmation classes.
 
Paige enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and community theater.
 
Email: youth@mygloriadei.org
Carol Weinhardt
Carol Weinhardt, Administrative Assistant
 
Carol is involved with day to day, “behind the scenes” workings at Gloria Dei. She manages the office, organizes and prints the weekly bulletin & monthly newsletters, organizes our wonderful volunteers, and ‘pitches in’ wherever Pastor David and Pastor Sabrina need her most. Carol, Chuck and their three children are members of Gloria Dei, so you’ll see her milling about on Sundays too. Her interests and activities include: time spent with family, friends and animals, yoga, tennis, surfing, running, travel, playing cards and games, music, cooking and reading.
 
 
Email: gloriadei@mygloriadei.org

Kathy Person

Kathy Person, Music Director
 
Kathy arranges all music at Gloria Dei and directs three musical groups: The Sanctuary Choir (Teen – Adults), The Hand Bell Choir, and The Children’s Choir (Elementary). She is a gifted violinist and arranges instrumental and special music through the year. She is married to Greg and their daughter is Emma.

Fred Johnson, organist/pianist

Fred has performed nationally and internationally for over 30 years. He began playing the piano at age 4 and  studied for 15 years in Cleveland, Ohio with Ms. Helen Faber, a pupil of the late great Artur Rubinstein. He also attended the famed Interlochen Center for the Arts for several summers and studied piano and organ with many notable pedagogical and concert artists including Van Cliburn, Dr. Max Camp, Natalie Matanovic, Robert Murphy, Kenneth Sweetman and others. Additionally, Mr. Johnson graduated valedictorian of his class at the United States Armed Forces School of Music and played solo piano for dignitaries while a part of the United States Navy Band.

 
Church Council 2017
 
(left to right)
Kristina Mayfield, Dennis Pysz., Bill Ramsey, Craig Collins (President), Chuck Weinhardt, Lisa Ellis (Financial Secretary), Don Caskey, Jim Bankson, Annette Fettis (Secretary), Kim Santore, Liane Schuller (V.P.), and Mark Desmond (Treasurer)

Council 2017