Church Staff

Our Staff Welcomes You

Rev. Barb Lemke, Pastor

pastor@bethelaurora.org

Pastor Lemke has been at Bethel since August of 2000.  Graduating from Wartburg Seminary in May of 1984, she received her first call to Shepherd of the Hills in Fort Collins.  She served from 1990 to 1999 at Joy Lutheran in Parker with her husband Pastor Mike Lemke.    In 2003, she received her Doctor of Ministry from Philips Theological Seminary with an emphasis in prayer and the ministry of the laity. One of her favorite things to do is to play her guitar for preschool chapel.  She loves to share God’s love and word with the children.  It’s easy to know that God is the center of her life, just look at her enthusiasm and bright smile.

Donna Hudson, Office Secretary

office@bethelaurora.org

Donna has been at Bethel since October, 2003.  She was born and raised in the Denver area.  Donna and Larry have two daughters and three grandsons.  She is a delightful office worker and has the ability to welcome each person with warmth, grace and hospitality.

Megan Buness, Choir Director

choir@bethelaurora.org

Megan united with the Bethel Lutheran Adult Choir in November 2004 and began conducting choir rehearsals in January 2005. Hearing the choir share their voices and faith through song continues to be a great source of joy for her.

Megan has a B.A. in Vocal Music from St. Olaf College and a M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Denver. Megan is extremely happy with our current choir membership; she would also be delighted to hear your voice. Email choir@bethelaurora.org if you are curious about joining us!

Liudmila Startsev, Organist/Pianist

keyboardist@bethelaurora.org

Mila was born in Kurgan, Russia; living there until a year ago when she moved to the United States with her children. With all her Masters Degrees in Music, she has accumulated 17 years of musical education. She says music not only helps her adjust to a new country, but also is an international language to communicate with others. She has a wonderful talent and we are very happy to have her here at Bethel.

Linda Grimm, Children’s Choir Director

childrenschoir@bethelaurora.org

Linda is a long time member of Bethel and has been directing the Children’s choir for since 1991. She recently retired  after years of working with the special needs children at Aurora Public Schools (Physical Therapist). She was certified in Music and Movement through High Scope in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Other music endeavors include: singing in the adult choir, and continued  weekly instruction on the piano, harpsichord and accordion.

Kim Baumert, Bell Choir Director

bellchoir@bethelaurora.org

Kim loves music and loves to hear the bells playing. She was baptized, confirmed and married at Bethel.  When she returned from Oklahoma she rejoined and began the Youth Bell Choir.  Mrs.Baumert was a member of the Bell Choir as a child and it was the start of her musical love.  A vocalist, pianist, cellist and bell choir member, Mrs. Baumert adds Bell Choir Director to her musical journey.  We at Bethel are so grateful for her energy with and vision for the Youth Bell Choir.