Rev. Sandra Shaw
The Rev. Sandra Cox Shaw was installed as our church's sixth pastor in December 2005, bringing new energy and fresh ideas to our congregation. Her dynamic, loving, and future-focused ministry has drawn more and more new members to our community of worship.
"I believe that the entire Bible reveals that our God is a God of liberation and transformation - of individuals and communities," Pastor Sandra says. "I am passionate about the power of faith communities. I believe everyone has spiritual gifts, and that discovering and putting these gifts to use brings great joy to individuals, and also strengthens communities in the proclamation of the Gospel."
Pastor Sandra - a lifelong Lutheran and native of Spartanburg, S.C. - attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where she earned a master’s degree in divinity and graduated with honors in homiletics (preaching).
Pastor Sandra and her husband Stephen Shaw have one son, David, who lives with his family in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a very proud and doting grandparent!
When she's not busy leading Living Faith into the future, Pastor Sandra enjoys completing crossword puzzles, reading murder mysteries, attending plays, and traveling. (France and Turkey are the favorite places she has visited thus far.)
Annette Morgan has served as our Parish Administrator since January 2013. She has lived in the Gaithersburg area since 1960, though back then she was known as Annette Bleadingheiser. She graduated from the University of Maryland – College Park with a BS in Information Systems. Annette worked for more than 20 years as a government contractor on various contracts throughout the Washington-Baltimore area.
After marrying Rod Morgan in 1989, Annette transitioned to more administrative work. Some of her work has included the American Astronomical Society; Assistant Registrar at Georgetown University School of Medicine; and Field Staff and Warehouse Manager for a Department of Education contract at Westat, a Rockville-based statistical firm.
Annette has been a disciple at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Rockville since 1989 and became the congregation’s Office Manager and Treasurer in 2005. She is happy to be able to share her many talents with the staff and members of Living Faith Lutheran Church.
Director of Music
Deborah Richardson joined the staff as music director in January 2015. She is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Music and has served in churches in the Baltimore-Washington area as both paid soloist and music director. She is also the office manager in a geriatric psychiatric office. She enjoys writing music and plays. Her husband Rees is a professional trumpet player and has also served as a church music director. They have two adult sons.
William Parsons has a long and impressive history as an organist. He holds a Masters of Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary in New York, studied organ in Germany through a Fulbright Grant and has studied at the College of Church Musicians at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He has over 40 years of experience as a church Choir Director/Organist. He is retired as a Music Reference/Research librarian from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Artist in residence
Rees Richardson, a native of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, is a respected local trumpet player who focuses mainly on orchestral playing, recitals and church music though he is quite capable of working in all venues. He really enjoys the challenge of performing the difficult Baroque era trumpet parts. Rees was a trumpet player with the US Army for over 20 years during which time he performed on numerous occasions at the White House, throughout the United States, Europe and in Central America. He has performed with symphony orchestras in Germany and in the eastern United States. He has also been on the music staff of several churches in the College Park, Maryland area. Rees still performs frequently in various ensembles and as a soloist. In addition to performing on trumpet as often as possible Rees is and active private trumpet instructor and a member of the choir at Living Faith Lutheran Church.
Rees has studied trumpet at Morehead State University, Duquesne University, Mannheim University and the Conservatory National Superior for Music and Dance in Paris. Among the teachers Rees has studied with are Thomas Koneski, Edwin Shiner, Jack Stettler, Paul Taylor, Adolph Herseth, Adolph Scherbaum, and Maurice Andre.
Gregory is a native of Montgomery County where he grew up as one of 13 children! He is an avid fisherman, loves to garden and enjoys showing his award winning vintage 1978 El Camino at Auto Shows. With his great eye for detail, he keeps the building running smoothly.