The Reverend Mike Louia
Pastor Mike Louia began his call as Senior Pastor at First Lutheran in November 2014. Prior to beginning his call at First, Pastor Mike served as pastor at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Funkstown, MD. He is excited to serve with the disciples God has called into this community as we reach out into the world with God’s loving words of grace and mercy.
Pastor Mike graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, where he began his theological studies after retiring from a 20-year career at Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo). He currently serves as team leader for our synod’s Mission Through Leadership Team and on our synod council.
He is married to Nancy and has two adult children, Ryan and Megan.
Wayne L. Wold joined the staff of First Lutheran as part-time Director of Music Ministry/Organist in September of 2013, after serving seventeen years in a similar position at Camp David. He also is Associate Professor, Organist, and Chair of the Music Department at Hood College in Frederick MD.
Wayne is widely known as a performer, having presented organ recitals and hymn festivals all across the U.S. and in Europe, and he is harpsichordist with the Hood Chamber Players and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. An active composer, over 300 of his compositions have been published.He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College in Moorhead MN, a Master of Sacred Music degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester VA, and is certified as an Associate of the American Guild of Organists.
Lauren Gray is First Lutheran's Director of Youth and Children's Ministries.. She received her Bachelor's Degree of Children, Youth, and Family Studies from Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Washington. Lauren has always loved being a part of children's and youth ministry. She loves building relationships with young people and helping them grow in their faith. She also loves to sing and spend time with her family and friends. Lauren is very happy to be a part of the First Lutheran staff.
Phyllis Lott, Administrative Assistant, publishes the weekly bulletin and parish notices, edits the Messenger (monthly newsletter), maintains the church archives and assists the treasurer in financial management.