Meet Our Staff
THE REV. DR. ROBERT STELTER
Pastor Bob has served Faith Lutheran Church since 2000. During his leadership, the congregation has experienced growth in membership, facilities, spiritual programs, benevolence giving and staff.
He initiated the following programs at Faith Lutheran Church: Multi-campus sites; support of missionaries in Mexico City and Africa; Stephen Ministry; Via de Cristo and Teens Encounter Christ retreat ministries; prison ministry; seminary partnership; large mission trips; healing services; Wednesday evening ministry of fellowship, music and education; contemporary worship services; expanded confirmation ministry; support of Knox Adaptive Education Center; new facility and addition of kindergarten to the Faith Early Learning Center; new church constitution, guiding mission and purpose statements and by-laws; Salvation Army homeless men’s shelter outreach; spirituality book club; the acquisition of a new building and 700+ seat sanctuary, and much more.
Pastor Bob holds two doctoral degrees, a Doctor of Ministry (1995) and a Doctor of Theology (1997) with studies at Notre Dame University, New Orleans Baptist Seminary, the Graduate Theological Foundation and Columbia Seminary. He holds Advanced Standing in Clinical Pastoral Education (1987) and is a certified counselor. He has extensive background in addictions and recovery, mental health, family systems, youth ministry and outdoor ministry. He is former Camp Director of Lutheran Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville, Texas and Program Director of Lutheran Association of Southwest Camping. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (1988) and Bachelor’s degree from Texas Lutheran College (1981.)
He was ordained at his hometown congregation Trinity Lutheran Church in Orange, Texas in 1988. Prior to his pastorate in Knoxville, he served as pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Rosenberg, Texas (1988-94) and as senior pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Lilburn, Georgia (1994-2000.)
His term as pastor of our congregation has seen a growing diversity among members and worship styles. He encourages, works for and welcomes continued diversity within the church. Under his leadership, the congregation is poised for continued growth in ministries, worship experiences and service opportunities, such as the successful Shepherd of Hope Food Pantry.
Pastor Bob says, “It is an honor to pastor such a fine congregation. The members of Faith Lutheran Church have been supportive of my ministry for many years now. I love these people and this church. We share the same mission: love God, love others and serve.”
Pastor Bob is a native Texan who enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking, finding secluded swimming holes and fishing. He plays guitar and mandolin and listens to all sorts of music from opera to the blues. His dream is a garage full of 60s/70s muscle cars and old hot rods.
Each Sunday morning, Pastor Bob greets the congregation with these words: "The joy of the Lord is our strength!" (Nehemiah 8:10)
MAIN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: Office management, staff support, administrative support including finance administration for the church and school, personnel management, records keeping, communications, facility/grounds management, special projects and event organization.
Mary has served as office manager at Faith Lutheran Church since July, 1999. In 1985 she graduated from National University in San Diego, CA and in 2015 earned a Non-Profit Management Certificate for the University of Tennessee. Her background in administration and finance began in 1974 with an 11 year tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps having multifaceted responsibilities in duty stations located across the United States and abroad. She continued her career employed as the Vice President of Administration with 3 financial institutions in Southern California. In 1989 she accepted a position with a commercial printing company in southern California where for 9 years where she managed the office, assisted with production schedules and customer service as well as property management of business owned assets. Before coming to Tennessee, she spent a brief time with Isuzu Motors of America as an information systems coordinator while concurrently teaching tax preparation for H & R Block and earning a secondary teaching credential. In 1997 she began a career with CAE Vanguard, a Canadian-owned corporation at their Knoxville plant where in addition to office management, her duties involved traveling to various U.S. based railroad transportation service plants to develop operation and maintenance procedures and ISO-2000 compliance documentation. She grew up in Jeffersontown, a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky and at age 18, enlisted in the Marine Corps and attained the rank of gunnery sergeant and honorably served until 1985. Her husband, Ron, grew up in Alcoa, Tennessee.