Lutheran Church of the Savior is blessed to have dedicated leaders who seek to help the congregation grow in faith, and to joyfully share God's love in our community. Current Council members from left to right are:

President - Kerry Thurn

Vice President - Chet Hills

 Financial Secretary - Dianne Hanson

Treasurer - Karine Carls

Secretary - Kay Landfair

Officer - Debra Cook

Officer - Kevin Radke

Officer - Lee Marsh

Youth Officer - Gavin Knapp

Church Administrator Jill LeBeau

Deborah Rafferty graduated from Michigan State University, where she received her Bachelor's degree in School Music Education (B.M.Ed.) and was a middle school band and orchestra teacher until she and her husband David began their family.  Since 1976, she has been a church organist and choir director at Episcopal and Lutheran churches in the area, serving at LCS since December 1997.  She has also been a member of the American Guild of Organists since 1977 and played flute in the Kalamazoo Concert Band since 1973.   

Pastor Nikki was born in Indiana, PA where she attended college at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (no affiliation with IU). She graduated with a degree in anthropology and a religious studies minor. She attended seminary at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in May of 2017. She was ordained on February 17, 2019 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Madison, IN. Her husband James Smith is also an ELCA pastor currently serving at St. John Lutheran and Trinity Episcopal in Three Rivers. In August of 2020 Pr. Nikki & Pr. James welcomed their first child, a son Titus. They look forward to welcoming their next child in January of 2022. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, cooking, reading mystery novels, enjoying ethnic foods, and cheering on Notre Dame football.


Pastor Joshua was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Kivu province in Uvira city. He has been serving as the pastor of the African Christian Fellowship (ACF) since 2017. His hobbies include soccer and listening to music. 

His office hours are normally:

M-F 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: (612) 227-1746


Church Council

Church Musician Deborah Rafferty

African Christian Fellowship Church

Pastor Nikki Smith, OCC 

Pastor Joshua Kibezi Munonge Ruteye

African Christian Fellowship

Lutheran Church of the Savior 

Jill was born in Pinckney, Michigan and attended Michigan State University.  She has a BA in business and worked in the human resources field in the public sector.  She then stayed home with her two children, Aidan  now 13 and Emily now 9.  Her husband Scott and their family have moved numerous times and have lived in New Hampshire (Manchester), Northern California (Sacramento), Southern California (Orange County), Indiana (Lafayette and Muncie), Ohio (Dayton area), and now back to Michigan!  She started working for Lutheran Church of the Savior in November of 2017 and has been Lutheran all of  her life.  She enjoys teaching Sunday school and serving on Council.  Her hobbies include, exercising, boating, skiing, snowmobiling and spending time with her family.