The Rev. Andy Willis
Rev. Andy Willis has been the pastor of the English-Speaking Congregation of the ELCG since March of 2014. Originally from Minnesota in the United States, he has studied at St. Olaf College (B.A.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Luther Seminary (M.Th.). Andy has also lived in Jerusalem, working as a missionary alongside the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and served as pastor of St. Christopher’s Community Church in Olympia, Washington. He is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
In his free time, Andy loves hiking, playing the guitar and banjo, and chasing his two young sons. He and his family live in Geneva.
Minister of Music and Choir Director:
Rev. Terry MacArthur
Terry MacArthur grew up singing in the state of Michigan in the United States. For seven years he was a United Methodist pastor there. For 12 years he was the worship consultant for the World Council of Churches as a United Methodist missionary, during which time he also directed the ELCG choir.
He loves songs for worship from all over the world and he invites us to sing along as he weaves music and prayer into creative liturgy themes for our worship services.
Minister of Music:
At the age of five, Koko started singing in a vocal trio with her two sisters under the supervision of her mother who was a church pianist and who never wanted to have a choir in the church where Koko’s father was the pastor. For she believed that everyone who attended the worship should sing. So after each Sunday worship the whole congregation rehearsed for the next Sunday.
Koko learned to play the recorder at the age of six and gave her first performance at twelve. After graduating from the Centre de Musique Ancienne in Geneva with Gabriel Garrido, obtaining the diploma for recorder, her love for the music of the Renaissance took her to Italy, France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland with the Ensemble Daedalus, which made several radio recordings and CDs. After seven years of this activity, she now enjoys playing tuba in a Swiss folklore band called “La Brante”. In 2004, she founded a Duo with the percussionist, Sylvain Fournier, playing music of all types from that of Iraq (where she lived for two years) to that of Japan. (duonpq.com)
She lives in Geneva since 1979 and teaches recorder at the Consevatoire Populaire de Musique, Danse et Théâtre.
Regine was born in Germany into a family in which everyone played music. Following in her mother’s footsteps as church musician, she studied at the Frankfurt music conservatory, then completing her studies at the Conservatoire de Genève under Pierre Segond and Michel Corboz.
After having held organist positions in different reformed parishes and directed the choir in Corsier, she became resident organist of the German and English congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Geneva, a position she has held since 1986.
She is also choir director of the church’s German parish where she produces regular concerts, leads children’s music camps and gives music lessons to students from ages 3 to 80.
When she is not sitting on the organ bank, you can meet Regine playing the flute, pedaling her bicycle, riding a horse, in front of the stove, or picking vegetables from her garden.
Donna has called Geneva home since 1999 when she arrived from the USA along with her husband and three children.
Having grown up in a family deeply engaged in church and international ministry, Donna recognizes the value of behind-the-scenes work to help a congregation fulfill its mission. She has enjoyed her role as administrative assistant for the English-Speaking Congregation of the Lutheran church since June 2013.
When Donna isn’t in the office, you might find her biking with her family, volunteering with several groups in the area, or curled up on her couch with a good book.
Our Pastoral Intern:
Meet Our Pastoral Intern, Josh Menke
Josh Menke is a candidate for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and he will be serving as a pastoral intern in our congregation from September 2018 through August 2019. Please join in welcoming him to Geneva and to our community!
(More about Josh here).