Meet Our Team

Pastors & Teaching

Pastor Rusty Sullivan

Lead Pastor

Office: 972-539-1031

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Pastor Rusty is the spiritual leader and God’s vision caster for the ministry at Faith. His primary responsibilities include: Preaching and teaching God’s word, equipping, encouraging, and empowering leaders for service, oversight, and care for the church staff, and setting the strategic direction for the ministry.

Life Passage: Proverbs 3:5-10

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body. Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

Pastor Nick Schmidlin

Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry

Office: 972-539-1031

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Pastor Nick is the Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry.  His primary responsibilities include preaching and teaching God’s word, pastoral care, and leadership and direction for all ministries that encompass youth/young adults and families. Pastor Nick loves working with young people to help them to develop their faith and love for God and one another.

Life Passage:  Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Ann VanLoenen

Day School Director

Office: 972-691-5491
Website: shapingyounghearts.org/
Facebook: @FaithDaySchool
Twitter: @FaithDaychool

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Ann is the Director of Faith Lutheran Day School. Her primary responsibilities include: Providing a quality Christian early childhood setting in which each child is encouraged to grow, learn, and develop as a child of God. She encourages and empowers the Day School staff each day to create the best environment for each child. Ann loves to develop relationships with the children and families the school serves. She works with the Day School Board to set the vision and direction for the school.

Find the Faith Lutheran Day School on Facebook and Twitter!

Life Passage: Philippians 4:13

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

Worship Arts

Ben Owens

Director of Worship and Music

Office: 972-539-1031

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Ben Owens is the Director of Worship and Music. Ben grew up in Longview, TX where he attended First Lutheran Church. He graduated from the University of North Texas with degrees in math and a minor in music. He currently teaches math at North Central Texas College (NCTC). His primary responsibilities at Faith include leading the contemporary worship band, coordinating a dynamic and engaging worship experience, leading the new music selection team for contemporary worship, and fostering musicians to grow as contemporary worship leaders.

Life Passage: Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

Luke Colbert

Associate Director of Music

Office: 972-539-1031

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Luke Colbert is the Associate Director of Music. He is Faith's organist, leads the adult choir and handbell choir, and coordinates music selection and rehearsals for the classic worship service. He grew up in northern California, where he received a bachelor's degree from University of the Pacific. He holds a Master of Music degree in Multiple Woodwind Performance from the University of North Texas, and teaches woodwinds privately in local public schools.

Life passage: Matthew 6:26-27

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Dave Bruns

Contemporary Worship Leader

Office: 972-539-1031

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Dave Bruns is a Texas native who is passionate about finding ways to innovate the worship experience. Dave graduated from Texas Lutheran University, where he sang in the Concert Choir, and then completed a Masters degree at the University of Minnesota. Dave works in Human Resources at a global technology company. At Faith, he is a Contemporary Worship Leader and assists with bringing new music and ideas into our community worship life.

Life passage: Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?


Chris Abram

Director of Video Ministries

Office: 972-539-1031

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Chris is responsible for conceptualizing and creating a progressive, culturally accurate video ministry that enhances worship and acts as an instrument for evangelism. Through the video ministry, Chris supports discipleship development and serves the needs of the overall ministry mission.

Life passage: 1 John 4:7-8 (Nasb)

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Discipleship & Community

Kari Voight

Executive Director of Operations

Office: 972-539-1031

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Kari and her family have attended Faith since 2000. She served in a variety of roles before joining the staff as the Director of Operations. In this capacity, she has the opportunity to experience a variety of functions such as Personnel, Accounts Payable, Purchasing, Planning, Financial and Facilities.

Life Passage: Ephesians 4:2-3

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Christi Cook

Office Coordinator

Office: 972-539-1031

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Christi Cook is the Office Coordinator. Christi grew up in Thousand Oaks, CA where she attended Ascension Lutheran Church throughout her childhood. She moved to Flower Mound in 2013 with her husband and 2 children and has attended Faith. Christi worked at Briarwood Retreat Center as their Office Manager for 4 years and is looking forward to using her gifts and talents in the Office at Faith.  

Life Passage: John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Scott Taylor

Finance Administrator

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Scott Taylor is the accountant for both the church and the Day School. He maintains the financial records and prepares the financial reports used by the church and Day School leaders in the faithful deployment of God's bounty.

Life Passage: Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Rania Rayes

Director of Marketing and Communications

Office: 972-539-1031

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I studied Marketing and Event management in Wisconsin, right after I finished High School. After moving to Texas I decided to study Audio production because music production and audio engineering are also another passion of mine. My journey at Faith Lutheran Church started when I got hired as an audio engineer, time went by and this church started to feel like home. Finally, God opened another door for me, and that’s how I ended it up back to the Marketing field, and I gladly took that opportunity and went for it and I am so thankful.

Life verse: Proverbs 10:4 

Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Raymond Kimbrell

Council President

I have been a mission partner for over 10 years and we love worshiping at Faith.  My family and I have found a wonderful Church family and we are committed to the mission and ministries of Faith, spreading the great news of Jesus Christ.  Focus your thoughts, Love God – Love People!

Life Passage: Philippians 4:8

From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.

Ransom Alexander

Council Vice President

I moved to Texas 5 years ago for work. I joined Faith after a diligent search for a new church home. I chose Faith because of the welcoming environment and sermons that have “meat” for life centered on the Bible. I quickly learned that life is all about “relationships that matter”. I am privileged to have served Faith for the past few years on council, Sunday morning volunteer roles and a few events such as the tailgate and Trunks for Treats and I look forward to serving Faith in the new role.

Life Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Aaron Murphy

Treasurer

I began attending Faith Lutheran as a young child and returned as an adult with my then fiance. My wife and I now help lead the Young Family small group at Faith and participate in many roles throughout the church. Our two young boys attend Faith Lutheran Day School. Faith feels like home to our family and we are thankful for all of the love shown to our family each and every day.

Life Passage: Isaiah 40:31

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Bruce Turner

Secretary

Bruce has been a member of Faith since 2008 he has served in various areas of the church teaching Sunday school at Faith kids, served the Faith Lutheran Day School advisory team for five years and is currently serving his third year as secretary on the council. Bruce appreciates the strong pastoral and administrative staff at Faith Lutheran as well as fellow mission partners.

Life Passage: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Kayla Elder

Council Member-At-Large

I started attending Faith in 2009 when I was a Freshman in High School.  I served in the Faith Kids ministry back when it was Reach Kids, but participating on the council is the first real service commitment as an adult. I’m excited to be a resource for the church and our community as an at- large member on the council.

Life Passage: Isaiah 40:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Kristen McConnell

Council Member-At-Large

Kristen has been a member of Faith Lutheran Church since 2000. During that time, she has served on the day school board, participated in bible study groups, taught Sunday school and served as a volunteer for Sunday services. All three of her children had the opportunity to attend the wonderful day school.  Kristen loves being part of the Faith congregation because of the friendliness and the opportunity to build relationships with so many wonderful people.

Life Passage: Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Pia Owens

Council Member-At-Large

I’m Pia Owens, one of your 2022-2023 At-Large Council Members. My husband Ben and I have grown and served as Mission Partners in this faithful congregation since 2010. Faith is our church home because of the message that God’s grace and hope are for all, and “all means all!” That no matter who you are, you are welcome here. This truth is what I want my three children to grow up around. Currently, I enjoy serving on the council, in the Faith Kids ministry, and as a Communion Assistant.

Life Passage: Psalms 86:11-13 CSB

Teach me your way, Lord, And I will live by your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear your name. I will praise you with all my heart, Lord my God, And will honor your name forever. For your faithful love for me is great…

Kim Armstrong

Council Member-At-Large

I started attending Faith during Holy Week of 2017. I knew from my first visit that Faith would be my church home. I was touched by the warm welcome I received, and statements Pastor Rusty made - “It’s all about relationships” and “You don’t have to do everything, but everyone needs to do something”. The ministries I’m a part of are Women of Faith Bible Study, Refreshment Team, Altar Guild, serve on church council, and soon will be joining the choir for special services.

Life Passage: Isaiah 41:28-31

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.



Sunday Worship Services:
9:00 am Classic (Traditional)
11:00 am Contemporary

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