Pastor Deb Dingus has over 10 years experience as a pastor. Besides the expected spiritual strengths and gifts, she is extremely strong in education, working with youth, and reaching out to the community. She is a relationship builder who uses her many gifts to resolve conflict so that each person's view are considered and a consensus is constructed. She has experience creating mentoring relationships that promote individual and collective spiritual growth. In addition, she is gifted in training lay individuals to lead and carry out ministries. Pastor Deb is married with three young children.
My name is Bob Akins. I am coming to Lord of Life after a 40 year career as a Nurse Anesthetist. Most recently practicing at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. My wife of 42 years Donna and I are excited about becoming part of your family. Donna is a Registered nurse at Children's Medical Center in Dayton. We have 4 children and 9 Grandchildren aging from 7 weeks to 15 years. We are fortunate that 3 of the families live close enough that we can be an active part of their families. Sarah and Chad live in Clayton Ohio (Dayton Suburb). Deb and Tom live in Columbus, Pete and Melissa live just down I75 in North Cincinnati. Andy and Chris live in Springhill TN. Donna and I have lived in Englewood OH for the past 19 years. Englewood is on the north side of I70 just west of the Dayton Airport.
My outreach passion is the Lakota Sioux of South Dakota. They are a wonderful people who need our help. More about that as the year goes on.
Donna and I are currently members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Dayton. We have been involved in the choir, teaching Sunday school and I was Council president for 10 years back in the early 1990's. We are looking forward to meeting each of you and sharing your families throughout the coming year.
Welcome to our new Music Director, Drew Cremisio! Drew brings a plethora of musical gifts to our Lord of Life congregation and will start on Monday, June 21, 2010. A New York native, Drew earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University, studied Professional Music at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music and earned a Master’s degree in Music at the University Of Cincinnati College Conservatory Of Music. In addition to choral conducting, he conducted wind instruments, high school marching, concert and jazz bands, and served as a music specialist for school children and teens. Adding to his experience in the education field, he implemented a contemporary worship service at Northern Hills United Methodist Church and served as the Music Director for Christ the King Lutheran for eighteen years. Having composed a song dedicated to his seventeen year old daughter supported by his vocals and keyboard, Drew especially enjoys professional baseball and playing the trumpet. He has contributed to Synod Assembly music and made numerous recordings with other artists.
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Bob has been our organist since the very first worship service at Lord of Life Lutheran Church. He has played an instrumental part (no pun intended) in the growth of Lord of Life since its beginning. He and his wife Jane and their two children, Chris and Jenna reside in Indian Springs, Ohio.