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The Resurrection congregation is being served by a small cadre of ministers from our Circuit and District, because our church’s resident minister position is currently vacant. Worship services are being held at the usual times. Our former pastor of 23 years retired in January 2019 and we have been served and guided through the transition process this past year by our interim pastor who has been assigned to another congregation just beginning this transition. Our Call Committee is in the process of seeking, researching and submitting to the congregation the names of ministers available to be called to serve as our new resident pastor. We submit ourselves to God’s timing and pray that we will soon welcome him into pastoral leadership!
Pastoral Office is currently vacant – we are in the process to call a full time Resident Pastor.
Susan Deck, School Director
Susan Deck was born in Gainesville, Florida, and grew up in a military family. She graduated from E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville, N.C., attended Campbell University for 2 ½ years and completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology at St. Leo’s College. She married in 1997 to Patrick W. Deck, US Army (RET), and has two children. She has lived in Newport News, Virginia, for 15 years.
Mrs. Deck has many years of management and leadership experience, gained while managing at Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Place in North Carolina, Virginia, and Hawaii. She has worked as a teacher in Pearl City, Hawaii, and here at Resurrection Lutheran School and Child Care teaching pre-school – 5th grade. It was during her first year of teaching at Resurrection that she gained a passion for educating children and helping them to develop emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
She is an active member of our church and continues to teach Sunday school. When not working, she enjoys reading and being outdoors.
Rich Peltz Parish, Administrator Organist
Parish Administrator Organist
A native of Newport News, Rich attended local schools and studied the piano privately under two teachers, one of whom, bandleader Jett Rollo, taught him clarinet, which was wisely put aside in favor of the piano. A graduate of Columbia University with a concentration in German language, Rich returned to his home town to be near his family. Along the way he has served as a theater pianist and conductor, and has taught the piano privately.
He has held positions with the local newspaper as well as with the scholastic testing subsidiary of Pearson International. A strong interest in foreign languages spurred him to complete an intensive immersion study of French at Middlebury College in the summer of 1998. Self-taught on the organ, Rich has served regularly as either organist or organist/choir leader in Episcopal, Methodist and Lutheran churches in the region, joining the staff of Resurrection as Senior Organist in 2003.
A year later he began his work as Parish Administrator here, leaving no doubt as to his full-time presence on the premises! Rich is a composer/arranger and is currently introducing several organ reductions of music from the era of Mozart.