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Meet The Staff

Pastor — Rev. John Lillie

Pastor John Lillie has been serving at Lutheran Church of the Foothills since 2003. Prior to that Pastor John served a congregation in Warrenton, Virginia, and as a staff member of the Lutheran Council USA. He and his wife, Cheryl, have two daughters and one feisty dog.

“Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart.”  II Corinthians 4:1




Administrative Assistant — Leslie Johnson

Leslie Johnson has been our Administrative Assistant since 2010.





“Desert Song” Pianist —  Marjorie Ahlstrand

Marge Ahlstrand 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 completed his doctorate in conducting at the University of Arizona in 2013. He previously served congregations in Illinois and Oklahoma. In addition to his service at Lutheran Church of the Foothills he is the afternoon music announcer for Classical 90.5, KUAT-FM, Tucson, and teaches music classes for the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute. He began working with Lutheran Church of the Foothills in 2014.