OUR PEOPLE

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Pastor David Klemm

Pastor David Klemm

When I was a teenager, someone said, “You should become a pastor!”  First thought, “Are you kidding me, you do not really know me at all!”  Sure I loved God, but a Pastor?  I don’t think so!  Well the Lord had different plans, I finally became a Pastor but at age 38, and after a career as a liquor store owner.  Sure not the typical path into ministry, but it was God’s plan for me.

I love being a pastor because I get to share God’s grace and His love for each one of us.  And that is what I want people to understand, that they are loved and the “most important” person to God.   To understand that God loves them deeply.  That Jesus actually died for them and rose again for them, because of His LOVE for them.  

I came to Peace 10 years ago and what drew me to this place was the people.  Peace is not just a church or a community of faith; it’s more like Family.  The people here are not perfect, and we are not a perfect church, BUT, the people here love the Lord and love each other.  Our goal at Peace is to share God’s love with all people, helping them to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Oh, that academic stuff that should be in here, like that I am a graduate of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, with a B.A. and also graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, with a Master of Divinity degree.  I should probably should also include that I was pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill, Wisconsin for the first 9 years of ministry. 

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Mrs. Holly Nelson
Director of Family Life

Mrs. Holly Nelson, Director of Family Life

I entered into ministry as a Family Life Director because I have a passion to teach families of every walk of life about Jesus, helping families learn to teach their children and grandchildren, and teach Jesus to others.  

 

“Even when I am old and gray,

    do not forsake me, my God,

till I declare your power to the next generation,

    your mighty acts to all who are to come.” Psalm 71:18  

 

Here in Shelby Township, it is important for us, as Christians, to be lights in our community.  Peace does that.  Peace is a part of my family, and the community at Peace continues to greet my kids and makes our family feel special and loved by Jesus, through the people here.  Here at Peace, my ministry continues to be focused on all ages.  I work closely with the kids in KidZone (4 years - Grade 4), Junior Youth Ministry (Grades 5-8), High school youth (Grades 9-12), Parents, Grandparents, and adults in every walk of life.  I believe it is important for all of us to have continued spiritual growth and a firm foundation when the hardships of this world draw at us. 

 

 “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.” Isaiah 7:9b 

 

I have been in ministry as a Family Life Director for over 10 years.  I graduated from Concordia Nebraska (Go Bulldogs!) with a Bachelors of Arts in Music, emphasis in Outreach, and a Director of Christian Education Certification.  I previously served the people at Trinity Lutheran in Gardnerville, NV (near Lake Tahoe, not anywhere near Vegas) before being called to ministry here at Peace Lutheran in Shelby Township, MI.  

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Mrs. Diane Evanson
Financial Secretary

Mrs. Diane Evanson, Financial Secretary

My name is Diane Evanson and I feel blessed to be a part of the Peace staff.  I am a lifelong Lutheran, attended St John Fraser Lutheran School and Lutheran High School North.  My husband and I are members of St John Lutheran Church in Rochester.  Previously I worked at Trinity, Utica for 19 years in the church office.  I am excited about my new role at Peace and I look forward to meeting the students and families. 

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Mrs. Kim Domerese
Office Assistant 

Mrs. Kim Domerese, Office Assistant

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Mrs. Jeanette Meyer
Office Assistant

Mrs. Jeanette Meyer, Office Assistant

2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold the new has come."   (ESV)

 

I'm new!  New to the area, new to Peace, and new to most of you.  And, thanks be to God, we are all new - new creations in Christ.  I look forward to getting to know many of you this year in my role as office staff here at Peace.  My background is in education, and I have taught high school, homeschooled my three children, and also worked at a homeschool bookstore prior to joining the staff at Peace.  My husband, daughter and I moved here in August from Grand Rapids. 

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Mrs. Talayna Redford
Office Assistant 

Mrs. Talayna Redford, Office Assistant

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Ms. Jessica Franckiewicz
Media Liaison 

Ms. Jessica Franckiewicz, Media Liaison

Growing up, I am blessed to have been raised in a supportive Christ-centered family, and I am also blessed to have been raised in the Christian community of Peace Lutheran Shelby. Peace has been my second home since the age of 4, when my parents and I became members and I started Preschool. I attended Peace through 8th grade, went on to high school at Lutheran High School North and I am now finishing my education at Michigan State University. When I think of Peace, I think of family. I love that I have been given the opportunity to continue to share the family aspect of Peace and the love of Christ everyday through my work, all while continuing to grow in my faith.

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Mr. Carmelo Ferrante
Maintenance

Mr. Carmelo Ferrante, Maintenance

I grew up in a very small town in Italy called Messina, where I played soccer and attended barber school at age 11.  I came to America and worked for Chrysler for 35 years.  In fall of 2007, my family and I found Peace, and Mr. I began working for Peace in 2012.  I enjoy gardening and repairs and remodeling of my home.  “At Peace, everyone is like a one big family.  My faith is strengthened more each and every day seeing how Christ moves in everyone.” – Mr. Carmelo Ferrante

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Mrs. Judy Franckiewicz
Custodian

Mrs. Judith Franckiewicz, Custodian

Peace Shelby was the answer to prayers for a house of worship starting in 2004, when our child entered preschool. 

 

After retiring from 20 years with the Kmart Corporation, it made sense to me to give back to our Peace community when there was an opening position for the part- time custodian. 

 

During my time here at Peace, I have made wonderful connections through the years.  I look forward to many more years of support and fellowship serving at Peace Shelby.

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Mr. Nickolas Quail
Custodian

Mr. Nickolas Quail, Custodian