Pastor Cheryl was born and raised in Longview, Texas. Following graduation from the University of Texas in 2002, she spent three years as an English teacher/missionary with the ELCA Global Mission Unit at Hongo Student Center in Tokyo, Japan. She began her seminary training at LSTC in Chicago and then transferred to the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where she received her Master of Divinity degree in 2010. She has served as pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas for the past ten years. She is married to Alfred Gorvie, who is from Sierra Leone. They have two children, Evan, who just turned 8, and Lily, who is 5 years old. "I’m passionate about social justice causes and want to work with Lutherans, rooted in God’s Word, who live their faith in the public sphere. Right now, the world needs the kind of hope this congregation can give!" https://www.gethsemanestl.org/pastor-blog
Kim Elliott - Office Manager
Kim is a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church. She and her husband Mike are the proud parents of two girls, KT and Rowan.
Gretchen Jenson - Connections Coordinator
Gretchen works with our social media presence, our volunteers, and our new members, helping us communicate and get connected! Summer is her favorite season but New Years Day is her favorite holiday. As a breast cancer survivor she encourages all women to get their yearly mammograms and encourages everyone to vote for leaders and policies that enable everyone to stay on top of their health. She and her husband, who are both St. Louis transplants, have three teenagers and two rescue mutts.
Dr. Aria Thome Choir and Bell Choir Director
Born in St. Louis, Aria is a native, but spent most of her time in Phoenix, AZ where she completed her Masters and Doctorate in Sacred Music. She wrote the music curriculum for the Diocese of Phoenix and performed as a contralto in the Cathedral Choir after stepping aside from directing to teach, direct community choirs, and serve the community as a voice teacher. Eleven nieces and nephews, however, pulled her from Phoenix back to St. Louis where her family resides. She loves reading the works of mystics, is a trained sound healer, as well as a shamanic practitioner. She's excited to bring Sacred Music to the community at Gethsemane and delve into getting to know this congregation. Please don't hesitate to introduce yourself to her!