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Meet The Staff

Pastor Patsy Koeneke posing in front of a blue background.Pastor — Rev. Patsy Koeneke

Pastor Patsy Koeneke started serving as Interim Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Foothills in August, 2020. She is a second-career pastor. Ordained in 2007, she then served as solo pastor for a total of eight years at churches in Kansas and Texas. Beginning in 2015, she transitioned to work as a trained interim pastor. Lutheran Church of the Foothills will be her fifth interim assignment, bringing her back to Arizona after recent service in Virginia Beach, VA. Pastor Patsy has two grown children, Brian and Kelly, and an intelligent and sweet dog named Beau.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

Administrative Assistant — Dakota Worden

Dakota Worden graduated from the University of Arizona in May of 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Illustration. She started working at Lutheran Church of the Foothills in August, 2019.




“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.