Pastor Christa Compton
The Rev. Dr. Christa M. Compton is a lifelong Lutheran who grew up in Lexington, South Carolina. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1993 with a B.A. in English and a Masters in Teaching, Christa spent the first decade of her professional life as a high school English teacher in Columbia, S.C. Christa moved to California in 2002 to pursue a PhD in the Stanford School of Education, which she completed in 2007. From 2002 to 2009 she worked with the Stanford Teacher Education Program and enjoyed serving as a supervisor and course instructor for people entering the teaching profession.
Over time, however, the call to ordained ministry grew stronger, and in the fall of 2009 Christa entered Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary to begin the preparation process to become a Lutheran pastor. Her seminary years were filled with many rich ministry experiences, including an internship year at Sierra Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Vista, AZ and opportunities to serve in congregations in the Bay Area. Christa graduated from the seminary in May of 2013 with her Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree and joined Gloria Dei in August of that year.
We invite you to call the office if you would like to speak with Pastor Christa. She can be reached by phone: (973) 635-5889 and by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carol Beadle Serves as Minister of Music
Carol leads the music ministries at Gloria Dei, from congregational singing to prepared choral pieces and instrumental preludes and postludes. She is a talented musician, educator and choral director, and also directs the Adult Choir and the Joyful Noise Children’s Choir.
The formal search for a Minister of Music is being led by John Crouthamel. Please contact the church office for details or interest in the position.
Lynda Pullis Serves as Administrative Coordinator
Lynda coordinates administrative matters for Gloria Dei. Her roles include preparing the Sunday worship bulletin and other worship materials, coordinating all worship service roles, managing the office, and organizing our communications via mail, phone, and e-mail.
Lynda also supports the Congregation Council and works on other special projects as needed.
Gloria Dei has a Church Council that oversees the life and activities of this congregation. (More about our Council)