Peter C. Bender
Matthew W. Gatchell
Deacon Gatchell's future as a servant of the Church may have been foreshadowed from his youth, in his preparation as an Eagle Scout to his wandering through history in his college years, focusing on the Reformation and Church history with a minor in German language. Matthew is no stranger to fulfilling his duty, serving as a Lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery in the United States Army, stationed in Ft. Bliss, TX, and Germany. After discharge from service, he gained business experience as a restaurant manager before entering the diaconate. He has served at Peace Lutheran Church since 1994. In addition to his Lay Ministry Certification, Matthew has proficiency in Biblical Greek and taken various graduate-level courses in theology.
Deacon's primary service to others is through the administration of the temporal affairs of the congregation and the Academy. He is called upon to perform a variety of duties in his office: promoting the Concordia Catechetical Academy, assisting in catechetical instruction in Pastor's absence, or teaching a Reformation history class in the Academy. Off duty, Matthew spends time woodworking and clock making.
Awards and Accomplishments
Katherine J. May
Director of Cherub and Academy Choirs; Organist
Perhaps Kathy is the person who most clearly embodies the unity between the congregation and the Academy as expressed through the integral relationship between faith, music, and education. Maybe this is because she believes the Scripture: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God" (Colossians 3:16). Prior to Peace, Kathy has both homeschooled her children and taught in other private Lutheran schools in inner-city and suburban churches where she directed adult, hand bell, and children's choirs.
Kathy has been teaching music, leading children in singing, and directing the string ensemble at Peace, as well as maintaining her private studio of piano students. In true faith, she proclaims, "It is with thankfulness in my heart that I have the privilege to teach the children to sing, to hear them lead the congregation's singing, and to know that we are all being fed the Word of Christ richly through their music. It is a beautifully unique situation to see every child in the school sing with freedom and joy in daily chapel and devotions, choir rehearsals, and ultimately the Divine Service—a true joy in every way!"