Senior Pastor

Pastor Nathan Allen

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Pastor Nathan Allen comes to Holy Spirit Lutheran from Tulsa, Oklahoma where he served as pastor of Joy Lutheran for over nine years.  He received his Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC).  At LSTC he completed a Biblical Studies Emphasis, a one-year pastoral internship at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and also interned in the Ecumenical and Inter-Religious office at the ELCA’s Churchwide headquarters.

Pastor Nathan was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he attended Kalamazoo College.  At K-College, Nathan majored in Classical Studies and minored in History and Latin.  He was also active in the music program, playing bass trombone in the Kalamazoo College Symphonic Band and as director and conductor of the student-led Pep Band during his sophomore and senior years.  During his junior year, Nathan studied in Rome, Italy for a semester at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies.  He later returned as part of the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii where he spent a summer as a field excavator.

Preaching the Word of God and administering the Sacraments are at the heart of Pastor Nathan’s ministry.  In addition, Pastor Nathan served on a variety of Synod committees in the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod including the First Call Leadership Team, Assembly Worship Planning Team, Eastern Oklahoma Conference Dean and on the Synod Council.  In Southeast Michigan, he has become an active member of the Grand Blanc Ministerial Association, served on the Synod's Flint Water Crisis Task Force in 2016, was one of the Synod's voting members at the 2019 Churchwide assembly, and was appointed the Dean of Conference 1 in 2019.

Pastor Nathan is passionate about Ecumenical and Inter-Religious work, having served as the Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Representatives Network (LEIRN) Liaison for the Arkansas-Oklahoma and Southeast Michigan Synods, a member of the LEIRN Board, an ELCA delegate to the National Council of Churches, and as President of the Board of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches.  As part of his continuing education, Pastor Nathan is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry in Transformational Leadership from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Pastor Nathan and his wife, Laura, are the proud parents of a son and daughter.

Associate Pastor

Pastor Cassie Todd

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Pastor Cassie grew up nearby in Davisburg, Michigan attending Holly Presbyterian Church. Receiving her Bachelors from Michigan State University and her Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary, she became ordained as a Presbyterian Church (USA) Minister of Word and Sacrament in 2011. Following ordination, Cassie served as the pastor of Williston Presbyterian Church in Williston, South Carolina for a two year residency, and then served as the associate pastor of Burnt Store Presbyterian Church in Punta Gorda, Florida for four years where she focused in the areas of Christian education, worship and pastoral care.

In the summer of 2018, Pastor Cassie became our new Associate Pastor of Christian Education. Her passions include building up our relationships with Christ, listening to Christian worship music, dance (and she has taught liturgical dance for worship for several years), MSU football and March madness, baking, and most of all spending time doing various activities with her husband Matt, and their two young daughters: Kennedy and Kinsley.

Cassie's usually in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays. Come stop by and say hi when you have a chance, or better yet grab a coffee with her! 

Director of Music

Frank Pitts

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Director of Youth ministries

Bree Leshinsky

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"Briana Leshinsky has been attending Holy Spirit since 2003; in 2016 she became the Director of Youth Ministries. Briana has her bachelors degree from the University of Michigan-Flint in History and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor from Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills. Briana has received peer ministry training from Living Waters as well as Peer Mediation training. In addition to working with youth, Briana likes to spend time with her husband, Bryan, and her two daughters, Hadley and Makenna. 

Administrative Assistant

Marie Copeland

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I am so thankful to be with you at all Holy Spirit. My being here is a result of discerning God's Will for me. It has take 18 months of trusting in His plan for my life, but I truly believe this is where the Father wants me to be. I look forward to meeting each of you. 

Congregational Council

Council Officers

President                       Mike Lipka                
Vice President               Rick Ballreich
Secretary                       Tammy Hingtgen    
Director of Finance        Karen Strader

Board of Directors

Discipleship                     Becky Martin
Worship                           Penny Bennett

Youth Ministry                  Nicole Lipka
Church Properties           Patti Kooy
Outreach                         Diana Lozon

Christian Education         Julie Hargrove

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Semi Annual Congregational Meeting Minutes - June 2016

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