Pastor Lisa Arrington
Lead Pastor for Mission
Born and raised in Ohio, Pastor Lisa graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary 2000 and pursued a Doctor of Ministry from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 2007. Pastor Lisa has a passion for preaching, creative worship, invitational ministry, and community outreach that involves hands and hearts. Her hobbies include walking, reading, baseball, and visiting family in Ohio, Tennessee, and Maryland. Pastor Lisa is married to Noel who graduated from Towson University. Noel has 2 adult children: Allison, who lives in NYC, and Jonathan, who lives in Baltimore. Ask them about their pet “Mr. Zimmerman”!
Pastor Adam Forbes
Pastor of Discipleship
Before coming to St. John’s, Pastor Adam spent 7 years as a case manager in Columbus, Ohio, at North Central Mental Health Services, during which time he provided services for those with severe mental disabilities. Adam is passionate about helping others remember the freedom they have in Christ, and helping them explore their unique Spiritual gifts to be visible signs of God’s Grace to others and to “poke holes in the darkness,” through bearing witness to God’s light and life in the world. When Adam isn’t working, you may see him at the gym, enjoying time with his wife Kristin and their two sons or training for his next obstacle race.
Pastor Siegfried Otto
Pastor of Visitation
Pastor Otto was born in Liegnitz, Silesia (now Poland) and studied theology in Bavaria, Germany. He served 3 congregations in Canada and worked as a port chaplain in Toronto, Halifax and Montreal then served as pastor of Zion Church in Baltimore before coming to St John’s in 1999 as our Minister of Pastoral Care. Pastor Otto has been married to his wife Bärbel since 1960. They have 2 daughters, 2 sons, and 5 grandchildren. In his younger years, he liked scuba diving but now he enjoys gardening and collecting junk, hoping to find a new use for it. Interpreting every phenomenon in a theological dimension seems to be his obsession, which he will admit sometimes gets him into trouble!
Director of Youth and Family Ministries
Jeremy has been our Director of Youth and Family Ministries since graduating from Eastern University outside of Philly with a degree in Youth Ministry in 2010. Jeremy is currently attending Fuller Seminary to earn a M.Div. with a focus in youth and culture. He is passionate about helping young people find their identity as being loved children of God and then helping them figure out how to use their gifts and passions to serve God and others! When not with students, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his wife Sam, eating mexican food, watching movies and non-competitive beard growing.
Director of Children’s and Family Ministry
Director of Traditional Music and Organist
Mike is Director of Music and Organist for Traditional Worship. His passion is finding ways to use music to enhance and enrich the worship of God, and helping others use their musical gifts to do the same. Mike graduated from Towson University, earning a BS degree in Music Education with organ as the applied instrument. Fully German on his mother’s side, Mike’s favorite food is sauerbraten, although he doesn’t indulge in this dish too often! Mike began his service at St. John’s in 1975.
Summer Worship and Arts Intern
Molly has been an active member of St. John’s community since 2008, when her family started attending the church. She has a passion for sharing the love of God through the arts. She volunteers with children’s ministry, youth and family ministries, and contemporary worship. She will attend Eastern University to major in Youth Ministry. She will also participate in both the Leadership Fellows Program and Chapel Worship Team. Molly finds deep joy in contemplating the victory of Jesus and leading others into encounter. Her desire is to teach others what true surrender in worship looks like. In her leisure time she loves impromptu kitchen dance parties with her mom and sisters, hammocking, and learning new musical instruments. Additionally, you can often find her singing to her cat, Mr. Jingles or goldfish, Felipe and Osario.
Laurie Krieger came to St. John’s on October of 2012 after 31 years at Verizon. In her free time she enjoys reading and watching tv, especially crime dramas. She also really loves animals. Laurie is very involved with St. John’s in Parkville where she serves as the chair of the hospitality and fellowship committee. She also is a part of the alter guild, eucharistic ministers, vicar care committee and women’s Bible study.
Julie grew up in the Gardenville area of NE Baltimore City and currently lives in Perry Hall with her husband Dale Jr. and daughter Emily. Julie is a member of Zion Lutheran Church of the City of Baltimore and Dale is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Parkville. Before they were even dating, Julie and Dale were involved with the Young Adult Group here at St. John’s in Sweet Air. You’ll find that Julie is passionate about enjoying the simple pleasures in life which include watching Emily grow. She was previously employed by BGE/Constellation Energy where she worked for 20 years.
Randy came to St. John’s after St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Timonium closed. His first week was baptism by the fire of the enormous Country Day Fair. Thankfully, He survived and continues to help us to thrive. Here at St. John’s, Randy cares for our campus inside and out. He works closely with property volunteers; sets up for events; completes routine cleaning; and welcomes various repair professionals when needed. Randy is a member of Mt. Pisgah CME church on Fulton Avenue, Baltimore City. Did you know Mt. Pisgah is the mountain from which Moses viewed the promised land (Deuteronomy 3:27) and CME stands for Christian Methodist Episcopal? Randy leads Sunday School and have been a big brother in mentoring and coaching.