Staff

Pastor Bill Stehr
Pastor Bill Stehr

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.

 

Cindy Slone, Secretary
Cindy Slone, Secretary

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.

 

 

Musicians

Cheryl Best, Choir Director and Piano
Cheryl Best, Choir Director and Piano

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!

 

 

Connie Struzik
Connie Struzik

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.

 

 

James (Jim) Wyatt Earp
James (Jim) Wyatt Earp

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.