The Rev. Sandra Carlson Alexis
Pastor Sandra Carlson Alexis began her ministry at First English on April 18, 2016 after serving a number of congregations in the Baltimore area as well as Hagerstown and northeast Pennsylvania. One of her favorite Scripture verses is from 2 Corinthians 4 which refers to the Good News of Jesus Christ being entrusted to mere humans: “We have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.” Those clay jars come in all sizes and shapes so Pastor Sandy has a special concern for inclusion of the diversity of God’s people — especially for those with special needs. Pastor Sandy has served as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for 25 years and feels blessed by the commitment and faith of those she has served with throughout that time. She prays for the faithful to continue to reflect the light of God’s glory in their daily lives.
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Joann Moorer, CAGO
Joann Moorer has a rich professional background in sacred music, choral conducting, vocal performance, and music education. She comes to First English Lutheran Church from Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in NW Washington, D.C. where she served as Assistant Director of Music since 2010. Previous appointments include Organist and Minister of Music at historic St. John’s Episcopal Church in Centreville, Virginia and St. George’s United Methodist Church in Fairfax, Virginia. Joann has earned music degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. She has taught piano and voice as a member of the Applied Music Faculty at Garrison Forest School, Owings Mills since 2012.
Amber Wilke is beginning her first year as director at FELP in the fall of 2021. Prior to working as director, Amber taught for 10 years in the 3 year old and 2 year old classes. Before joining the FELP staff, Amber taught 1st grade in Baltimore City public schools, then stayed home with her 2 children, Ava and Russell, until they began elementary school. Amber has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and she did her graduate work at Johns Hopkins. Amber started as a parent at FELP, a volunteer and then a teacher. She is happy to be a part of the First English Lutheran Community, and looks forward to a year of growth and cooperative work.
In addition to working closely with the First English Lutheran Preschool, Marcie and Amber are the building managers for the church. They supervise the cleaning service that keeps the church spic and span. They also oversee repairs and improvements to the building. Their latest big project has been a beautiful face-lift for the church Fellowship Hall.