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.
Pastor Kim is looking forward to getting to know Redlands and being a part of the ministry in and through First Lutheran.
Mac has been a member of First for 40 years and has served in many capacities:
He has been the Parish Administrator (aka “Minister of Minutiae”) since July 2004.
Academic background: He graduated in 1969 from Mt. San Antonio College with a “major” in business data processing and a “minor” in choral music/performance.
Business background: His banking career (from 1969 – 1995) was finalized as a vice president with First Interstate Bank’s Corporate Compliance Division in charge of Bank Secrecy Act Compliance (anti-money laundering). Previous to this assignment, he had a wide variety of branch banking, headquarters banking and international banking posts. (First Interstate was later taken over by Wells Fargo Bank.) Taking early retirement in 1995, he then went into the financial services field (1995-2003) assisting numerous clients with their various needs for retirement planning, college planning, insurance needs and investment needs.
Military background: He was a member of the US Air Force from 1957 thru 1965 with his final tour of duty being stationed at Ben Hoa, Vietnam.
In early 2004, Mac felt the need for greater service to the church and elected to come on board in a newly created position of Parish Administrator. His duties comprise oversight and management of all non-Pastoral items and activities, essentially freeing up the pastors to not be burdened with “administration” and allow them to be the true shepherds for the congregation.
“Today our pastors are called upon for a tremendous amount of involvement and wide-ranging activities—all of which impact their lives and the lives of their families. It is my job to free up as much of their time as possible for themselves and their families and keep them from being burdened down with administrative minutiae unnecessarily.”
Mrs. Cook grew up in Denver, Colorado in a big family. She attended college in Grand Rapids, MI, where she received a BA in education and met her husband, Ron. Her post-graduate work has all been in Early Childhood Education. She has three grown daughters and four grandchildren. She and her husband are host parents to three boys who are international high school students from Asia.
Her professional experience is primarily with young children - teaching first grade, kindergarten, and preschool. She came to FLCC when her family moved from St. Louis, MO to Redlands. She has enjoyed teaching four-year-olds at the school soon after it opened and has been the director for many years. Young children and the developmental process are her passion and she sees this job as a wonderful opportunity to positively impact the lives of young families.
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.