Pastor Kerstin Weidmann
The Rev. Kerstin Weidmann was installed as pastor of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on Sunday, September 14, 2014 in a special celebratory service presided over by The Rev. Susan Strouse, Dean of the San Francisco Conference of the Serra Pacific Synod of the ELCA.
Pastor Kerstin, a native of Delmenhorst (near Bremen) in the north German state of Lower Saxony, has been a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1997. She received most of her theological and pastoral education in Germany, attending seminary at Kirchliche Hochschule Bethel, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, and Westfälische Wilhelms-University of Münster, finishing her studies with a double degree, equivalent to a M.Div. (Master of Divinity) and S.T.M. (Master of Sacred Theology). After moving to California, she fulfilled several requirements equipping her specifically for ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As part of those requirements, she spent nine months in 2001 as an intern at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco where she was ordained in 2002.
Pastor Kerstin has served congregations both in Germany and in the Bay Area and has gained many insights from being in ministry on both sides of the Atlantic. Since taking her first call to Zion Lutheran Church in San Jose in 2002, she has continuously reached out to the German speaking population of the Bay Area. She established a German language ministry for young families in the South Bay, and offered regular family-oriented Easter and Christmas Services in German in the East Bay. As a German serving as a faith leader in the U.S., Pastor Kerstin sees herself as a hybrid. She is well acquainted with the challenges many German speaking immigrants face as they live their lives in the ‘New World’, including the issue of holding on to traditions and customs from the ‘Old Country’ while adapting to life here.
Pastor Kerstin has a special passion for making a tradition-laden faith accessible to people in a post-modern and ever-changing world. She loves to engage in conversation about life’s joys and challenges and the relevancy of faith today.
In her spare time, Pastor Kerstin likes to travel, hike, ride her bike, read, sing, and take advantage of the many cultural events in the Bay Area. Her husband, Rev. Dr. Fred Weidmann, is a pastor himself and serves at Hillcrest Congregational Church in Pleasant Hill. Pastor Kerstin lives in Walnut Creek with her family, which includes her teenage children Marissa and Jonathan, dog Jake, and cat Khleo.
For a recent article in Pr. Weidmann’s hometown newspaper, go to http://www.weser-kurier.de/region/delmenhorster-kurier_artikel,-Delmenhorsterin-im-Auftrag-des-Vaters-und-des-Sohnes-in-der-Bay-Area-_arid,1032422.html
Angie Holt, Office Administrator
Angie Holt started working at St. Matthew’s on Wednesdays and Thursdays as a part-time Office Administrator in January, 2017. Angie was born in the Philippines, migrated to Guam as a teenager with her family and finally moved to San Francisco in 1975. After a few years of part-time work and going to school, she worked full time at AT&T and attended Golden Gate University at night where she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Accounting. At AT&T, she worked in the Building Operations Department, Residential Sales, Language Center, and lastly at Network Services. With a long commute from South San Francisco to San Ramon and after 32 years working at AT&T, she took the early retirement in 2012 and thereafter started working at West Portal Lutheran Church as a part-time secretary. She is married to Dan Holt, who is a teacher at West Portal Lutheran School.
Angie enjoys taking cruises to Europe, fishing, hiking, and cooking. When possible, she and her husband enjoy spending time at their cabin in Graeagle near the Feather River.
Elizabeth Karp, Office Administrator Emeritus
After moving to Hayward in 2006, Mrs. Karp began working on a part-time basis as Office Administrator of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco. Her husband is the pastor of St Stephen Lutheran Church in Hayward. She has two adult children living in Canada. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, Mrs. Karp received a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Alberta. Before moving to the Bay Area, she worked at the University of Alberta, Edmonton in the cataloguing department, as a cataloguer at the Yellowhead Regional Library in Spruce Grove, AB, Director of the School/Public Library in Barrhead, AB, and as a cataloguer for United Library services in Calgary, AB. She has citizenship in both Canada and the U.S. Mrs. Karp retired as Office Administrator at the end of January 2017. Her husband also retired as pastor of St. Stephen.
Gary Hunt, Music Director Emeritus
Gary Hunt was born in Moorehead, Minnesota. He started playing the piano when he was five and began composing at the age of seven. In elementary school and junior high, he worked on composition and arranging with his band director, Jim Ployar. He attended Concordia College where he graduated with a degree in Theory and Composition. After fulfilling a graduate teaching assistantship at University of North Dakota, Gary and his wife Constance moved to San Francisco. Gary has played piano and trombone with jazz bands, R&B groups, for Chinese funerals, for the circus and in the 49er pepband. He directed a choir for ten years, composing for and singing in the choir as well. He began playing the organ in 1996 and for many years played every Sunday at St. Matthew’s.
He is an avid photographer and has had numerous exhibits of his work around the Bay area. He composed a piece for alto flute for his niece in 2015. Gary & Constance now reside in Vallejo.
David DeAngelis started as organist at St. Matthew’s in January of 2013. He is currently the band and choir director at KIPP San Francisco College Prep High School, which opened in the fall of 2013. Prior to taking that position, he worked at Google in Mountain View, CA and taught music at Lee High School in Marianna, AR. When he’s not teaching, David plays keyboards in the San Francisco based rock band Dangermaker. David received his B.A. in music from Yale University in 2008, where he studied piano under Elizabeth Parisot and played in both the Yale Symphony Orchestra and Yale Precision Marching Band.
Nicole Hankemeier-Fahlman, Organist
Nicole Hankemeier-Fahlman is a third generation, native Californian with over a decade of teaching experience and two decades as a church musician. She has spent much of her career working for churches in the Monterey and San Francisco Bay Areas. She studied music and dance throughout her childhood and went on to earn piano scholarships while completing an Associate of Arts in Music at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. Nicole also studied at San Francisco State University and majored in music education with a diversified keyboard/choral concentration.
Church Council, Chairs and Staff
Dr. William Bremer, President
Mr. Walter Elliott, Vice President
Dr. Ingrid Rudolph-Angelich, Council Secretary
Mr. Juergen Fehr, Treasurer
Dr. Andreas Ginsbach
Dr. Ulrike Hodges
Mr. Alois Scholz
Ms Annett Wagner
Mrs. Ursula Younger
Pastor Kirsten Weidmann
Mr. Juergen Fehr, Chairman, Finance Committee
Mrs. Barbara Fehr, Counter
Mrs. Ingeborg Stottmeister, Counter
Mr. Alois Scholz, Chairman, Building Committee
Mrs. Dorothy Praeger, Worship Committee Chair
Mrs. Gerda Beisel, Special Events Co-ordinator
Mrs. Angie Holt, Office Administrator
Mrs. Frieda Schoenach, Coffee hour and luncheon Co-ordinator
Mr. George Cardiel, Custodian
Want to volunteer?
We rely on our members and friends and their dedication to our church on a daily basis. There are many opportunities to volunteer, including ushers, and readers. For further information on how you can help, please contact our Secretary, Ms. Holt by phone (415. 863. 6371) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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