Pastor Sara Wirth was called to serve as pastor of Advent in December, 2022. A 2001 graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, she previously served congregations in Montana and Colorado. Originally from South Dakota, Pastor Sara has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Pastor Sara is a certified leadership coach, is a lead trainer with Excellence in Leadership, and is the synod's representative at the ELCA Systems Academy. She is a wife, a mother of twin teenagers, and a frequent indulger of the family dog, Patch. Hiking, skiing, camping and reading keep her connected with family and spiritually centered.
Linda was ordained as a Deacon in the ELCA in 2019.
She completed a Masters in Congregational Ministry and Leadership at Luther Seminary in 2017 and then went to Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary becoming a Certified Spiritual Director in 2021. She previously received a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. Linda worked professionally as a therapist, health/human services administrator, researcher and facilitator before becoming a Deacon. She served as the chair of the Rocky Mountain Synod Council for 8 years, worked as a researcher for the Churchwide Organization of the ELCA leading the Congregational Vitality Project. Since becoming a Deacon, Linda has worked with several congregations in discernment and transition. Linda enjoys playing cello and bass. She has a husband Rick and two young adult children, Dan and CJ.
Cindy serves as both the Office Administrator and Technology/Social Media Coordinator at Advent. Cindy is a life long Lutheran. She grew up in Deerfield IL, attended Carthage College in Kenosha WI. Cindy has been a member of Advent for over 20 years. Her daughter grew up here at Advent. Cindy enjoys reading, taking long walks while listening to audiobooks, exploring new restaurants and historic small towns. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Greg is the musical director and organist at Advent Lutheran Church. He has been a part of the church for many years and hopes to continue to play beautiful music for the congregation for many more.