Meet The Staff

Senior Pastor, John Lillie

Pastor John has been at Lutheran Church of the Foothills since 2003. He serves the broader church as a representative of the Grand Canyon Synod to the Arizona Ecumenical Council; and is also part of the congregation’s team involved with the Missional Leadership Academy program, sponsored by the Synod and two ELCA seminaries. Pastor John and his wife, Cheryl, have two daughters, and one feisty dog. Favorite Hymn: O God, Our Help in Ages Past by Isaac Watts; Favorite Saint: Brother Lawrence (1605-1691) because the kitchen is always the place to be.

Administrative Assistant, Leslie Johnson

Leslie has been our Administrative Assistant since 2010.


“Desert Song” Pianist Marjorie Ahlstrand

marge-portraitMarjorie received a Bachelor of Music Education from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois; and a Master of Music from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. She taught in Illinois and in the music ministry of the Lutheran church for over forty years. In addition to serving at Lutheran Church of the Foothills, Marge is accompanist for Catalinas Community Chorus and also directs Grace Notes, a women’s choral ensemble..




Organist, Ralph Geror, Jr.

Ralph “Gig” Geror is one of the founding members of Lutheran Church of the Foothills.


Celebration Choir Director, Dr. Andy Bade

Andy Bade began working with Lutheran Church of the Foothills in 2014.