You might get the impression that he's friendly and likes to have fun (even in church) and you'd be right. He's also got a pretty good theological head on his shoulders so he talks a lot about love and grace and forgiveness and salvation and the One who brings it all to us...Jesus, the Son of God, as He is revealed to us in the Bible.
We should probably mention that Pastor Dave loves the Bible since it tells us what God wants us to know. And it teaches us to trust in God alone and recognize that everything we are and everything we have belongs to God and we should use it accordingly for things that would make God happy.
Pastor Dave was born in Alabama, grew up in Minnesota and has served congregations in North Dakota, Idaho, and Washington. He has what some would consider non-traditional hobbies for a pastor. He is a percussionist and has played for worship bands, Christian Youth Theater, Spokane Children’s Theater, and Lake City Playhouse. Given that, this next one may not come as a surprise. He's involved in theater and acting! He has acted with several community theater groups, and has been in a few TV commercials and movies filmed in Spokane. Finally, he is an avid motorcyclist and currently rides a 1987 Honda Goldwing Aspencade which you may see parked in front of the church on numerous occasions.
He's married to Theresa and they live in the Valley with one cat, two “kids”, and two grandchildren. You should really come and meet him. He'd like that.
Pastor Dave is currently on sabbatical leave; he returns to Central Lutheran on Sunday, December 15.
Lisa has been working in the Central office since 2009, having come to us from the banking industry. She lives in Spokane with her husband and children. You can often find her working in the yard or shuttling kids to various activities.
Paul Brueggemeier taught instrumental and choral music in the Spokane Public Schools for over 35 years. In that capacity he received Staffer of the Year in 1978, Music Teacher of the Year for Eastern Washington in 1987, Washington State Excellence in Education Award in 1990, was inducted into the Music Educator’s Hall of Fame in 2000, and was recognized as the Eastern Washington University Alumnus of the year in 2006.
He has directed church choirs all of his adult life, the last 25 years of which have been at Central. He gives of his personal time directing tours at the Historic Davenport Hotel as a docent. He regularly is invited to conduct honor choirs and adjudicate music festivals throughout the Northwest. He and his wife Sue have three adult children and eight grandchildren.
Joel was born in Iowa as a PK (Pastor's Kid) and his love for the Church was instilled in him at an early age. He studied piano and organ for many years but Handbells have been his adult musical passion. He and Jodi played in the Spokane community De Colores Handbell Choir for many years. In his professional career, he was computer programmer and a software technician. Here at Central, if you don't find Joel adjusting bells or setting up bell tables, you will find him doing worship planning, physical worship setup, maintaining church facilities, singing in the Chancel Choir or as sound system operator.
He and his wife, Jodi share life together with their daughter Emma.
Ed is a singer and organist, with wide experience conducting around the world. A native of Portland, Ore., Hurd became a fan of music from the Baroque period at an early age. He has performed with or directed numerous early music ensembles, most notably with New York Pro Musica Antiqua, and the Northwest Bach Festival, where only original period instruments are used.
Hurd holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, where he spent four years as organist and assistant music director at First Presbyterian Church. While teaching at East Valley High School in Spokane Valley, he served as director of music ministries for Opportunity Presbyterian Church. He was full-time director of music ministries (organist/choirmaster) for First Presbyterian Church in Mesa, Ariz. while completing his graduate studies in choral conducting at Arizona State University. For ten years, he served as associate director of music and organist for All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Phoenix. He has conducted choral ensembles twice at the St. Moritz Festival (Switzerland), and numerous tours and festivals throughout England, Ireland, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Russia. Hurd’s principal conducting teachers include B. Fred Hammack, G. Gordon Leavitt, and the late Douglas McEwen.
While in Nebraska, Hurd served as director of traditional worship (organist/ choirmaster) for the 2,500-member congregation of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in La Vista, Neb. for nine years. He was artistic director for the 200-voice community chorus, Voices of Omaha, for eight years. He was performance rentals director for Omaha Performing Arts which operates the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center, joining the organization as general manager in 2003.
Since returning to Spokane, Hurd was organist/bellmaster for Opportunity Presbyterian Church in Spokane Valley before joining the staff of Central Lutheran Church. He is a busy substitute teacher for Spokane Public Schools and maintains a private piano teaching studio.
Hurd is a member of the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, and Handbell Musicians of America. He is also a member of the American Guild of Organists and currently sits on the board of directors for the Spokane Chapter.