Meet our staff  

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Pastor Will, Senior Pastor

Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Pastor Starkweather has a background in the helping field, having graduated from Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA) with a degree in Human Services. He worked for a year with at-risk youth at the Children’s Stabilization and Assessment Center in Canton, Georgia before pursuing a call to ordained ministry. A graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, Pastor Starkweather spent his first two years of seminary as the youth director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Mound, Minnesota. He completed his vicarage at Christ Church Lutheran in Minneapolis.

After seminary, Pastor Starkweather’s first call was to the Lutheran Parish of Northern Dutchess, a partnership of three ELCA congregations in the Hudson Valley of New York. Along with the daily work of the Parish, he was an active participant in the ecumenical and community organizations of Rhinebeck and Red Hook, New York, and served on the Innovation Team of the Metropolitan New York Synod. In September 2017, Pastor Starkweather was called to serve at St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he continues to exercise his passion for worship, pastoral care (especially in relation to addiction and mental health challenges), and faith in daily life.

Pastor Starkweather has a daughter, Ryan who lives with him here in Sugar Land. You can contact Pastor Will at: pastor@stmartinslc.org.

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Parker Grimsby, Office Manager

Parker Grimsby has been our Office Manager since late 2017. He handles all of the daily needs of the St. Martin’s office as well as teaching Krav Maga, Israeli self defense, at his other job in the Houston area. You can contact Parker at: officemanager@stmartinslc.org.

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Amber Nichols, Staff Tech

Amber Nichols grew up here in Sugar Land, Texas, and studied communications at University of Houston's Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. She became Staff Tech at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in 2014 and is in charge of producing the slideshows and bulletins for services, as well as the newsletter, IT in the office, and editing the website. You can contact Amber at: stafftech@stmartinslc.org.

 
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Jenny Salyers, Church Musician & Children's Choir Director

At St. Martin's Jenny plays organ and piano during worship. She also serves as accompanist for the Church Choir and directs the Children's Choir. Music has been an important part of Jenny's life for many years. She began playing piano when she was 4 years old. Her mother was her teacher until she went to college. Jenny attended Arkansas State University where she studied with Mrs. Harriet O’Neal and graduated cum laude with a BM in piano performance. She has been teaching piano privately for over 20 years and currently has a studio of 40 students. Before moving to Texas in 2007 she spent 5 years as a staff accompanist at Ouachita Baptist University. Jenny also served 10 years as the pianist for Our Saviour Lutheran church in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Jenny Salyers has been married to her wonderful husband, Bruce for many years and they have two great girls, Sidney and Isabel.

You can contact Jenny at: churchmusician@stmartinslc.org.

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Alvin Johnson, Adult Choir Director & Worship Leader

Alvin Johnson has been using his vocal gifts since he was a boy singing in the children's choir at Peace Lutheran in Memphis, Tenn., his home church.

Alvin has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Mississippi and a Masters of Education in Administration/Supervision Higher Ed from the University of Houston.

He taught music and choir at Queens Intermediate in Pasadena ISD for 5 years and then served as Music Director for New Life Lutheran Church in Pearland. Currently, Alvin is the Associate Director for Learning Success at the University of Houston - Downtown. He also sings in local community choirs such as the Houston Ebony Opera Guild Chorus and the Opera in the Heights Chorus. He's lived in the Houston area for 15 years and has a home in Missouri City.

You can contact Alvin at: choirdirector@stmartinslc.org.