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Pastor Ed 3

LEAD PASTOR – ED THOMAS was a cartoonist and graphic artist before going to seminary. He spent his first ten years in ministry in New Mexico. He and his wife Mary Louise delighted in coming back in their native North Carolina. He has now served Spirit of Joy since 2004. They have three sons, two daughters-in-law, two grandbabies, two dogs, a cat, and a chicken.

Pastor Conda 3

PASTOR OF RETREATS AND MISSION – CONDA LASHLEY is a life-long Lutheran and has been a member of Spirit of Joy since 1992. He graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, was ordained, and joined the staff as the Pastor of Retreats and Missions in 2016. He is married to Ann and they have two adult daughters, Erin and Julie. Conda also has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland that each combine computer science and business administration. He retired from a 32-year career in information technology in 2015.

Retired – Pastor Fran Matheson, Pastor Emeritus

Ministry Staff

YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY – BRANDYN AND BRYN ZIELKE Brandyn grew up at Spirit of Joy and as a young adult, he met his bride here. Bryn has worked in a few churches in a variety of positions, including Youth Ministry. Brandyn is a seminary student in the Lutheran Department of Lutheran Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. They are passionate about worship, working with youth, and building strong families. They also raise ducks.

FAITH DEVELOPMENT AND COUNSELING – KRISTEN JAMISON is a graduate of Columbia International Seminary with a degree in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Formation. She coordinates Small Groups and Christian Education.

VISITATION – KAREN WEINER has worked at Spirit of Joy for over ten years. She uses her people skills now to connect people to the church.

Music Staff

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC – RHONDA MAUNEY is a very talented, joyful musician. But her greatest gift to us is her faith. It lifts our worship.

ACCOMPANIST – JENNA FERRAZZO is a private music teacher and a preschool music teacher. Her faith, too, lifts us up.

Support Staff

ADMINISTRATOR – TRACY WELCH shepherds all of the details and communication.