Pastor Kim Eifert Krogstad is a native Californian, originally from Long Beach. Raised as a Catholic, she was invited to a Lutheran church while in high school during a difficult time in her life and there found a caring community and home. After attending Cal State Long Beach, she did her seminary work at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has served as an ordained minister for 28 years with churches in Newport Beach, San Carlos in Northern California, the City of Orange and San Clemente.
Contact Pastor Kim-- Pastorkim@firstlutheranredlands.org
Melissa Burgess brings 15 years of experience in early childhood education to the Children’s Center. She is a graduate of Yucaipa High School who earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts at Cal State San Bernardino and her credential in early childhood education and a master’s degree at Azusa Pacific University.She and her husband, Ryan, have two children.
Contact Melissa Burgess-- email@example.com
Kimberly Amin has taught piano at the University of California, Riverside since 1996. She performs regularly as a pianist and organist with individuals and ensembles throughout Southern California. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and a Master of Music Degree in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California where she studied with Dr. Jean Barr and Gwendolyn Koldofsky. Ms. Amin serves as organist at First Lutheran Church in Redlands, and La Sierra University Adventist Church in Riverside and has additionally performed with the Long Beach Bach Festival Chorale, the Neumark Ensemble, the Idyllwild Summer Arts Festival Choirs, and the Finzi Singers of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Leslie Gunn is originally from Redlands, and moved back in 2013 after many years living in Florence Italy, where in recent years she served as the Parish Administrator at St. James Episcopal Church. Her career has included research, writing, translating, and teaching.
Contact Leslie-- Office@firstlutheranredlands.org
Dr. Tamara Craver offers a wealth of experience and education as choir director for First Lutheran. She has served on the vocal/choral faculties of Cal State San Bernardino, Victor Valley College, Indiana University, Syracuse University, Smith College and Concordia College. She has directed a number of church musical groups including children’s and adult choirs, praise team and handbell choirs. As a vocal soloist she has performed with collegiate and regional orchestras and presented song recitals. She currently teaches voice and beginning piano to students for two charter schools and directs the Victory Singers, a choir designed for home-schooled children in the High Desert. She is the owner and principal teacher at Diamond Music Studio in Victorville. Tamara holds a bachelor of music education degree for K-12 from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio; a master of music degree in vocal performance from Syracuse University, and a doctor of music degree in choral conducting from Indiana University.