MEET THE LCGS TEAM!
Pastor Dave Betzner (Vacancy Pastor)
- Born July 5, 1942 in Irvington, NJ
Concordia Prep 1957-1961
Concordia Jr. College, Bronxville, NY (1963, AA)
Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana 1965 (BA, Sociology)
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri 1969 (Masters of Divinity)
1969-1977 Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Statesville, North Carolina
1977-2006 Peace in Christ Lutheran Church, Frederick & Walkersville, Maryland
- 2007-2008 Intentional Interim Pastor, Concordia Lutheran Church, Wilmington, Delaware (18 months)
- 2009-2011 Intentional Interim Pastor, Christ Community Lutheran Church, Leesburg, Virginia (24 months)
- 2012-2013 Vacancy Pastor, Calvary Lutheran Church, Baltimore, Maryland (13 months)
- 2014-2015 Intentional Interim Pastor, The Lutheran Church of the Cross, Rockville, Maryland (16 months)
I met Sally at Concordia in Bronxville, NY in 1961 and it was instantly a match. We dated through college and seminary, marrying between the 1st and 2nd year against the wishes of our parents. Actually it helped me considerably to stay focused. Our children are Jennifer, married to Arthur who have provided 3 of our 6 grandkids; Rachel, who married Matt, who have provided the second 3 grandkids. Our 3rd, Chad, has a very close friend and plans are incomplete or unknown at this time. The kids are in their 40s and the grandkids range from 9-19. Sally, my beloved, died after 48 years of marriage in December 2014 after a brief illness of about 5 months. My hobbies are fishing, gardening, following sports and photography though I tinker with a number of other things.
Jasmine Berg was born June 23, 1980 in Tripler Naval Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. She’s lived all over the country in South Carolina, California, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida, and now Maryland. She graduated from Gettysburg High School and then Shippensburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Psychology. She is an alumni of Alpha Phi Theta Xi Chapter, as well as Lambda Pi Eta Speech Honors Fraternity.
She has two “daughters” and two “sons” that she sponsors, Sentayehu in Ethiopia, Navemkumar in India, and Naica and Shleydens in Haiti. She has had the blessed opportunity to visit and pray with her Haitian children. She has two sister’s, Shannon and Rebecca. Her mother’s name is Robin. She has five nieces and nephews, Destanee, Savannah, Antoine, Deija, and Remington.
Jasmine works in financial services, helping families achieve their financial goals and dreams by teaching them basic financial principles and walking with them to debt freedom and financial independence. She has a passion for helping people and has the Lord’s heart for the city and the nations. She also runs her own home organization business, RYL Organization “Reclaim Your Life!”. She has worked in various industries, to include corporate, office manager, fast food, landscaping, snowboard instructing, direct sales, event planning, mental health worker and higher education. This has given her a vast understanding of all different walks of life and the ability to relate with most individuals. She also served in the 281st Personnel Service Detachment of the Pennsylvania National Guard from 2000-2006.
She loves to worship the Lord, plays piano, guitar, and shaker egg, and loves to sing. She recently discovered she enjoys salsa and bachata dancing! Board games and karaoke are also favorites. Reading is a delight (especially Little House on the Prairie and Chronicles of Narnia) as well as anything creative, theater, and the arts.
She has a heart for those deemed “invisible” by society, the outcasts, and follows God’s promptings to serve them whenever possible and make sure they know they are infinite value and worth.
Jasmine has been very active all of her life, and in 2014 suffered a work-related injury which caused a few seasons of sedentary lifestyle. However, she is determined to make a full recovery and is running a Spartan Race in memory of a friend this July! She enjoys hiking, running, biking, soccer, volleyball, softball, really any team sport.
Jasmine traveled with Up With People, a global education organization which aims to bring the world together through service and music. She was a member of Cast A 2010 living with host families, serving in the communities, bringing message of hope and empowerment to the people, and performing for thousands around the world. They impacted various cities in the United States, as well as the Philippines and Mexico. It was in Gawad Kalinga Baseco in Manila, Philippines that the Lord transformed her heart for the world.
The most important thing to know about Jasmine is that she Loves Jesus with all of her heart, soul, and strength and loves people, seeking to see them with the Lord’s eyes. She believes God takes everything we face in life and uses it for the good of all, and she’s looking forward to meeting the church family and happy to serve the body in Christ.