Faith Lutheran Church

Loving God Supremely ... Serving Others Joyfully


360 South Main Street Andover MA 01810
978-475-4059
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  • Pastor Jon Heydenreich

    Jon Heydenreich

    Pastor

    I am Jon Heydenreich.  I have been Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church for over 24 years.  We have grown from a church of 130 people at Sunday worship to a church with 220 to 290 at worship.  In addition we have seen the development of many different ministries from the addition to the second and third Sunday services to the development of most of our youth programs.

    We are involved with ministries from as far away as Africa to as close as our next door neighbor - the Creative Living Organization,  which tends to the developmentally disabled. I spend a good deal of my time planning and leading worship and visiting folks in the parish.

    I was raised in Connecticut, the son of a Lutheran Pastor.  My brother (deceased) and I are the 5th or 6th generation of Lutheran Pastors in our family.  I have lived in New Jersey, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia and North Carolina.  For 7 or 8 years I taught in a very part-time position in the theology department of a local prep school.  I ride my bike a lot.

    Marsha and I married 33 years ago.  We met while I served a church in Gardner, Mass and she served a church in Orange, Mass.  We have two adult sons.

    Contact Jon at jon@faith-andover.org

  • Pastor Marsha Heydenreich

    Marsha Heydenreich

    Pastor

    Hi Everyone, I’m Marsha Heydenreich, associate pastor at Faith. Over twenty years ago I started here at 15 hours per week as the Youth and Family Minister. Over the years, with the changing size and needs of the church, my position changed to 30 hours per week.

    Before joining Jon at Faith, I served as Assistant Pastor at Redeemer in Woburn and before that as Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Orange, MA. I graduated from the Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale.  I have a degree in Music with a major in voice and a minor in piano from Westminster Choir College. 

    Most of my work here involves teaching and visitation, things that I greatly enjoy. I also try to feed my spirit by using my music background as much as possible.

    When I’m not at Faith, I’m at home tending to our Labrador Retriever, Scout, cooking crock pot meals, or out for a walk. Jon and I have been married for 33 years and have 2 adult sons, Gus and Zeke.

    Contact Marsha at marsha@faith-andover.org

  • Shauna Wagner

    Shauna Wagner

    Church Administrator

    Shauna has been a member of Faith Lutheran since September, 2006. She and her husband Scott attend Faith regularly with their children: Charlie; Laura; Tommy; and Lucy.  Shauna has been involved with the Logos program since coming to Faith; first as the nursery parent and later working in and then running the kitchen. She is also a member of the handbell choir, Ringers of Faith, since its inception. With children in the Firefly and Fly groups, she is often at Faith helping out with their activities. Before leaving work to raise her family, Shauna was an attorney with the Secretary of the Commonwealth for a number of years. She is active as a volunteer with Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass and as a leader to her son’s scout den.

    Contact Shauna at shauna@faith-andover.org


  • Tom Schauer

    Tom Schauer

    Youth Director

    My name is Tom Schauer and I am the Youth Director at Faith Lutheran Church.  In my position as Youth Director, my main responsibilities are to help grow the participants' faith in God, improve their self-esteem, create bonds between members, and strengthen their relationships with the church community that is Faith Lutheran Church. I accomplish these objectives by panning events and service projects for the three youth groups and providing times where I can get to know the participants and they can get to know me and each other.

    I began this position in January and before that I was a teacher and Congregational Coordinator at Camp Calumet in Freedom, NH where I served on the year round staff since 2004. In my many roles at Calumet, I led numerous programs and retreats that involved youth, families and senior adults. I not only planned and directed activities, but was also responsible for devotions, worship and outreach to churches. At Calumet, I met many great people from Faith Lutheran Church, and I hope to grow and strengthen these relationships during my tenure here.

    I spent many great summers at Calumet as a counselor, unit leader, program director and wilderness coordinator. It was at Calumet where I nurtured my love for people, leading devotions, the outdoors and hiking. I have led over 100 wilderness trips in the White Mountains and have hiked all the 4,000 foot mountains in NH. I also hold a degree in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University. I spend most of my free time hiking, preparing for triathlon season and buying things for my new house in Gloucester, MA. I also have a dog-named Jackson.

    Contact Tom at tom@faith-andover.org

  • Abby Schoppe

    Abby Schoppe

    Organist, Choir Director, and Handbell Director

    Abby Schoppe became the organist, choir director, and handbell director at Faith in February 2011.

    A 2003 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Abby holds a BFA in Piano Performance, a minor in Accompanying, and certification in Piano Pedagogy. At age 14, she began playing the organ at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in St. Johnsbury, VT, and since then, she has held organist and choir director positions in a number of churches, including Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopal, and Lutheran parishes. Most recently, before coming to Faith, she spent three years as the director of music at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Holliston, MA. As a pianist, Abby has worked extensively as an accompanist/vocal coach, and she currently maintains an active piano studio for students of all ages (though she especially enjoys teaching young children).

    Originally from St. Johnsbury, VT, Abby now resides in Andover, MA. In her rare free time, she enjoys playing board games and reading omnivorously.

    Contact Abby at abby@faith-andover.org

  • Ingrid Marstaller

    Ingrid Marstaller

    Praise Band Director

    Hi, everyone! My name is Ingrid Marstaller. I am co-director of the Contemporary Praise Service, in which I also play piano. I have been doing this since 2001 at Faith Lutheran. Prior to playing at Faith, I played in churches in Maryland and Virginia (since 1989). I also coordinated the Logos program at Faith from 2004 through 2011. Some of you may know me as the Bible Story lady at VBS, although I’m never quite myself there … (If you've been there, you know what I mean).

     

    I grew up in Germany, where my mother put me into a music class when I was five years old. My first instrument was melodica, then accordion. At age 13 I started taking piano lessons. A few years ago I decided to expand my musical education by working towards a degree, and I am currently attending classes at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, where I also work as a peer-tutor/teaching assistant and accompanist. 

    I have three children: a son, David, and two daughters, Kiana and Michaela . My husband Steve Giordano and I and the girls live in North Andover. Aside from working at church and going to school, I teach private piano lessons in the Andover/North Andover area and also work for the Homeowners’ Association at Millpond, where I live. In my spare time I like to read, crochet, make jewelry, do some gardening, and enjoy walks through nature and swimming in (or ice skating on) the local pond.

    Contact Ingrid at praiseband@faith-andover.org