Senior Pastor Rob Dotzel was ordained in June of 1983 after graduating from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Before being called to Gloria Dei Pastor Rob served three ELCA congregations - Faith in Junction City, KS, St. Johns in Des Moines, St. Andrew in Cedar Rapids, and he was the Lutheran Campus Pastor at the University of Iowa from 1997-2014. He is married to Stephanie, who teaches orchestra at NW Jr. High. They have two daughters, Krista and Rebekah. Krista is working on a doctoral degree in archaeology at UConn, and Rebekah is earning a master’s degree in cello performance at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. Pastor Rob did his undergraduate studies at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS, where he met Stephanie. They enjoy bicycling, kayaking, cross country skiing, gardening and sitting in their backyard, and caring for their three cats, Hendrix (aka Snickels), Roger, and Pizzi.
Pam Larabee-Zierath, an associate in ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, has been Minister of Congregational Life since 2008. She received a Master’s degree of Theological Studies from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and a certificate for contemplative prayer group leadership from Shalem Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Former parishes she has served include:
Pam lives near West Liberty, Iowa, in an 1890's farmhouse with five cats and husband, David (of 35+ years), who tends to the family’s two-acre prairie grass planting. Daughter Jenny lives in Manhattan. Pam like to read, knit, watch birds, and walk and pray on prairie.
Director of Music Ministries, Michael Zemek hails from Minnesota where he attended Gustavus Adolphus College and taught secondary choral music before completing his doctorate in music education at the University of Illinois. His "day job" is that of coordinator of music education and co-chair of the Music Department at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, where he conducts several choirs, teaches music methods and conducting courses, and supervises music education students. In addition to being a frequent guest conductor and clinician, Michael has published several articles and been recognized for his work involving youth as musical leaders in worship. During the summer months he has served as program director for Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival as well as Young Lutherans Sing sponsored by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Michael's wife, Sangeetha Rayapati, is head of the voice faculty at Augustana, and together their lives are surrounded by the music of their three daughters, Annika, Karenna and Linnea.
Ruth Hurlburt, organist, is a native of Montana where she earned a bachelor of music degree in organ from the University of Montana and worked with the Montana Arts Council. She has lived in the Iowa City area since 1983 when she arrived to study organ, and subsequently earned master of fine arts in organ from The University of Iowa. Since then, she has served area churches and has been an active member, officer, and recitalist with the River Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In addition to continuing to learn more organ repertoire, Ruth’s professional interests focus on liturgy, hymnody, spiritual growth, and congregational song. Ruth is employed in Human Resources at The University of Iowa and enjoys implementing and administering services for faculty and staff. She enjoys swimming, reading, and traveling with her husband, Russ.
Brian Middleswarth , Office Manager, is a native of Charlotte, NC. He received a Master of Arts in Religion from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and is an Associate in Ministry in the ELCA. He has served three congregations over the last 15 years in Iowa, most recently serving First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, IA as their Director of Teen Ministry. Brian also serves on the planning team for WIYLDE, a youth leadership school based at Luther College. In his spare time he enjoys reading and woodworking.
December 18, 2014
5:15 pm Monday, Dec 22
Family Christmas Service
5:15 pm Wed, Dec 24
7:30 pm Wed, Dec 24
Christmas Day Service
10:00 am Thurs, Dec 25
plays during worship services!
Sunday Dec 21
Celebration and farewell POTLUCK
for Brian Middelswarth
Sunday Dec 21 @ Noon
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Gathered by Grace, Scattered for Service
Sunday Adult Forum
Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP)
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Countdown to Christmas