Pastor Shawn, Debbie and Cathy

Our mission, vision
and goals.

As beloved children of God sustained by the Holy Spirit, we are called together to be the hands and heart of Jesus for one another, for our community and for the world — we will:

WELCOME ALL  Invite others to encounter Jesus in worship that is joy filled, musically diverse, and rooted in Scripture.

LOVE AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER  Provide opportunities to deepen our relationships with one another.

SERVE THOSE IN NEED  Engage community members and leaders to discern current needs.

GROW IN THE SPIRIT  Increase ministry opportunities with youth and families.

Our Staff

Pastor Shawn

Along the path that led to Gloria Dei! in 2014, Pastor Shawn served as a Sabbatical Pastor in both Bowie, MD and Annandale, VA. He spent seven years as co-pastor for Baudette Lutheran Parish on the Minnesota/Canada border, the area where he was also raised.

Pastor Shawn graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He was ordained to Word and Sacrament Ministry in 2003, then was the Secretary to the Bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod in St. Paul, MN, and the Minister of Music and Education in Mendota Heights, MN.

In the Bay Hills area, less than two miles from Gloria Dei!, Pastor Shawn lives with his husband, Mo Goff, their dog and cat. He and Mo (a seminary student at United Lutheran Seminary) have a daughter who lives in Washington, DC and a son who lives in Fairfax, VA. Meet Pastor Shawn’s family with the article link below.

Pastor Shawn fills out his Sabbath times walking, kayaking, biking, singing and watching British crime dramas. And, you just might bump into him at O’Loughlin’s Restaurant & Tavern on Friday nights!

Please feel free to contact Pastor Shawn for prayer, conversation or any needs you may have.

Cathy

Cathy Hatch

Parish Administrator

With her background in retail management and administration, Cathy keeps our office running like a well-oiled machine. Cathy came to work with us after being a longtime church member. When not working, Cathy keeps busy attending her sons’ sporting events and relaxing on the bay with friends.

Rev. Dr. Thomas Williamsen

Pastor Emeritus

In 2016, we held special worship services to celebrate the lifetime ministry of retired Pastor Thomas P. Williamsen. At that time, we were honored to give him the title of Pastor Emeritus, in keeping with the long standing traditions set by the Evengelical Lutheran Church. Pastor Tom faithfully, effectively and lovingly served Gloria Dei! Lutheran Church for over 33 years.

Our Council

The Church Council has general oversight of the life and activities of our congregation, guiding us in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Our Council members help us set prioritized long-range milestones toward achieving Gloria Dei!’s mission, vision and goals.

Engagement Opportunities

We are blessed with the talents and devotion of many volunteer members helping through altar guild, social justice work, worship leadership, youth ministry, bible study, fellowship and many other ways.

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