I was married to Lola in 1976 and we have two adult children, Billy and Dana. I was ordained in 1980 after graduating from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. I have served congregations in Miami and Jacksonville, FL before developing a new congregation in Fort Myers, FL.
It is a total joy to now be developing this great congregation in Sarasota, FL. The people of New Life are fantastic and if you are looking for a new church to become a part of, or just one to check out, then you have found the right place.
Thanks to everyone who is a part of New Life. Come join us.
My name is Cindy Slone, I am the church secretary. My husband, George, our teenage sons Nathan, Matthew and I have lived in Sarasota since 1985. I have been with New Life Lutheran since 2003 and I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet such a faithful and loving group of people. My husband and I enjoy kayaking, gardening, biking and volunteering at our church and around the community.
My name is Cheryl Best and I am the Music Director for New Life. My husband, Ron, and I have called Sarasota our home for 23 years. We have two wonderful sons, Greg and Jake. I am blessed to share this ministry with a talented and committed group of musicians and vocalists. Through music, puppets, and drama, I encourage all ages to join us in praising Jesus Christ and meet some great people in the process!
I am a teacher and a musician. For many years I have served as a chaplain at Doctor’s Hospital in Sarasota and a Bible Teacher at the Bradenton Jail as an ordained minister in the Gospel Crusade Ministerial Fellowship. I write Christian music and present a program that I call Psalmodies. My wife, Dee and I are happy to be members of New Life Lutheran Church.
My name is James Wyatt Earp, and yes, I am related. I was born in Franklin, Indiana and came to Sarasota in 1967 with my parents. I have been a professional musician for over 30 years. I am very happy to be a member of New Life Lutheran Church. New Life is a wonderful congregation and I enjoy Pastor Stehr’s messages which are educational and inspirational.