Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman - LCMS Strategic Mission Developer, Eurasia
Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman recently served as a career missionary through The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (LCMS), based in Leipzig, Germany. In this role, he served as an evangelistic missionary, assisting regional and mission partners throughout Eurasia with theological education. He provided instruction in institutions of partner churches, thus enhancing the cultivation of future pastors and leaders within their respective spheres. Additionally, he worked to develop liturgical, hymnic and musical resources, equipping partner churches with essential tools for churchly life and mission. He regularly held both lectures and masterclasses at secular institutions and performed recitals throughout the region, testifying to the person and work of Jesus thematically in both research and artistic expression. Further, he regularly assisted with presiding, preaching, and liturgical and catechetical support in regional congregations.
Christopher and his wife Elizabeth, along with four children, currently live in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Benjamin Kolodziej - Chapel Organist, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Benjamin Kolodziej serves as Chapel Organist at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, where he has been an adjunct lecturer in sacred music at Perkins School of Theology and where he plays for 150 weddings, memorials, and civic events a year at Perkins Chapel. Graduating with an undergraduate degree in organ performance from SMU in 1998, Mr. Kolodziej holds Master of Sacred Music and Master of Theological Studies degrees from Perkins School of Theology, SMU. He is a frequent organist for hymn festivals and organ concerts, having performed throughout Texas and the United States as well as many times in the UK as well as in Germany, Austria, Norway, Italy and Switzerland. As a lecturer on topics of church music, he has presented to AGO chapters and universities, maintaining an interest in liturgical, hymnological, and theological history and practices.
Sam Eatherton - Minister of Music, Zion Lutheran Church, Dallas, TX
Sam Eatherton is the minister of music at Zion Lutheran Church in Dallas, where he directs the choirs and instrumentalists of the church and school and assists in leading the liturgy and hymns for weekly chapel and Sunday services. Eatherton enjoys composing for both choir and organ and has had several works published by Concordia Publishing House. Sam is currently in a DMA program at Baylor University, studying organ with Isabelle Demers. His research interests include early Lutheran Sunday School hymnals in English and the philosophy of children in worship. This semester Sam is teaching a class at Baylor: Formation of the Christian Musician.
Sam and his wife, Lois, have been married 21 years and have 5 children, ages 7 to 16. Lois teaches 3-8th Grade Music at Zion and assists with other aspects of the music program as well.
John Krueger - Director of Music, Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Houston, TX
John Krueger has served as the director of music at Christ the Servant since September 2004. He holds degrees from Hillsdale College and Concordia University Wisconsin, and recently completed a certificate in liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame. John has presented two papers to Societas Liturgica and had an article published in CrossAccent. Over the years, he has sung 45 shows with the Houston Grand Opera, five productions with the Houston Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and ten operas with Opera in the Heights. John has two solo CDs out, has two sanctioned 300 games to his credit in bowling, and loves playing bridge.
Rev. Dr. Mark Nuckols - Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
Rev. Dr. Mark S. Nuckols has been Senior Pastor of St. Paul, Austin since 2004, having served as senior pastor at Holy Cross in Kansas City, MO from 1997-2004, active duty Army chaplain at Ft. Campbell, KY from 1995-1997, and sole pastor of Faith, Richmond, MO from 1989-1995. He was twice deployed as an Army Reserve chaplain for yearlong tours of duty in Iraq while here at St. Paul. In 2004, Pastor Nuckols received a Doctorate of Ministry in “Building the Local Parish on the Marks of the Church” from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne.
Married for 30 years to Carla nee Pullmann, they are blessed with two adult children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Robert Achterberg - St. Paul Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
Dr. Robert Achterberg currently sings in the St. Paul Choir, chants, plays brass and woodwind instruments, studies the interaction of Christianity and culture, reads extensively in WWII history, and enjoys photography, furniture building, and remodeling. Prior to retirement he taught a wide variety of the music courses at Concordia University, Texas, including up to 3 sections of Vocal Technique each semester, supervised student teachers in Dallas and Austin, directed a TAPPS High School Class A State Champion choral program, and directed bands and other instrumental ensembles. His high school and university Early Music consorts have performed 9 original madrigal feasts. His degrees include a B.S. in Ed. from Concordia University, Nebraska, a Master of Church Music from Concordia University, Chicago, and a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.
Kathy Achterberg - Minister of Music, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
Kathy Achterberg is Minister of Music at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Austin. A graduate of Concordia University, Nebraska and of Concordia University, River Forest with the Master of Church Music degree, she has served congregations in Illinois, Michigan, and Texas. She has served as an instructor for Lutheran Music Enrichment, accompanist for the Austin Children’s Choir, worship and workshop leader, hymn festival organist and on committees for CPH, AGO and the Synodical Worship Institute’s planning committee. She and her husband, Robert, have two grown children and two grandchildren.