The Rev. Thomas D. Busteed
Pastor Thomas Busteed was called to serve Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in July 2020.
Born and raised in the picturesque Pocono Mountains, Thomas served as a community artist and musician. Before and during theological studies, he served as church organist and choir director at churches of various denominations in the Northeastern United States. He has served on the executive committee of the American Guild of Organists, Lehigh Valley Chapter and currently serves on the executive board of the Mercersburg Society.
Pastor Tom received his BA in Music from Lebanon Valley College (2009), MDiv from Lancaster Theological Seminary (2013) and his MAR in Liturgical Studies from Yale Divinity School (2018).
Tom’s interests include 19th century German Reformed and Lutheran Liturgical reforms, cooking, vegetable gardening, knitting and yoga.
Jennifer Kishbaugh, MS Ed, Director of Music
Jennifer resides in Blandon with her husband, Matthew and 3 children, Dayne, Aurora, and Gavin. In addition to being Director of Music here at Faith, she is also a full-time Music Teacher in the Parkland School District. A graduate of Susquehanna University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education, Jennifer earned two Master's Degrees from Wilkes University; a Master's of Science in Educational Leadership and a Master's of Science in Classroom Technology. Jennifer is responsible for the supervision of the Music Ensembles here at Faith. She directs the Senior Choir, Children's Choir His Kids, and the Bell Choir. She also works with the Sunday school children in their Sunday morning openings. If you have any interest in participating in one or more of the choirs here at Faith please contact the church office so that Jennifer is able to contact you in helping to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord" here at Faith.
Sue Bellucci, Office Manager
Sue and her husband, Nic reside in Alburtis with their children. They have enjoyed family vacations and traveling together as their children grew. All 5 Belluccis are avid Penn State fans.
Sue began her career at Faith 15 years ago as the Administrative Assistant and in 2015 accepted the position of Office Manager. Before coming to Faith, Sue was employed by The Morning Call for 26 years in the Editorial and HR departments. Sue is an integral part of our church organization and enjoys being the "go to" person for Pastor and Faith's congregation.
Joanne Gantz Jalowiecki, Director of Christian Education
Joanne is a lifelong member of Faith Lutheran and the mother of 2 and "Nana" of eight. She is a graduate of Cedar Crest College and is the retired Director of HR with Red Cross of Greater Lehigh Valley with twenty-five years of service.
Joanne oversees all educational programs with Faith Lutheran such as Sunday Schools (all ages), Confirmation, youth groups, etc. She volunteers for multiple committees and social events at church as well as currently on church council.
In the community, you will also find Joanne volunteering her time with Perfect Fit and Northern Valley Ambulance Auxiliary. She is Past Matron of Rose Croix Chapter #235 Order of the Eastern Star and past board member of Lehigh County Conference of Churches.
Hobbies include traveling with family and friends, reading, travel, floral arranging, travel, spending time with grandchildren and did I mention travel?
A quote from Joanne:
"Christian Education is very rewarding to me as I see our youth 'growing in faith'. A question I normally ask our confirmands is, 'What is the name of our church and what does it mean in your life?'"
Linda Eberhart, Organist
Linda has lived in Catasauqua for the past 46 years where she raised her daughter, Tami Steidinger, an active and loved "daughter" of the congregation.
In 2006 Linda retired from First Valley Bank (now Bank of America) holding various positions after 18 years of full time employment.
Linda began her tenure at Faith Lutheran in 1977. She not only provides the music for our main services, but is the go to for weddings, funerals and special events. For the past 10 years Linda has joined with Shirley Moser to provide music programs at Luther Crest and Moravian Village. Linda's love of music is apparent - - she's a master of the keyboard - - from secular to classical to rag time and will take requests - no music needed.
Margy Muthard, Treasurer
Margy joined the staff of Faith in January of 2015. Her position requires her to maintain all financial records, checking, saving and investment accounts and present financial reports each month to the Church Council.
Margy is the mother of 2 daughters and resides in Northampton with her family. She has worked in the Accounting field for 28 years.
Her current position is Accounts Payable, HR and Payroll Administrator for a mid-size trucking company in Nazareth, PA.
Volunteering for LV Patriot Flames softball organization helps to fill her love for softball. When Margy has free time, she enjoys traveling, time at the beach and playing with her dogs.
Roger Reichard, Financial Secretary
Roger is a Whitehall resident and has been a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church for over 50 years. He is responsible for recording and accounting all collections from members and guests.
Roger retired as a Corporate Electrical Engineer with 25 years of service at Silberline Mfg. Co. Inc. His Prior employment includes Willard Battery, PPL and HRB Singer, Inc.
Roger graduated from Penn State University with a BSEE degree and functioned as an Electrical Engineer, Plant Engineer and Corporate Electrical Engineer.
Roger is presently an Alternate on Whitehall Township Zoning Board.