our team

Concordia is first and foremost under the leadership of Jesus. Having forgiven us through His death on the cross and marked us as His at our baptisms, Jesus is our Chief Overseer of this and every other Christian church. He is the Good Shepherd. Jesus then calls qualified men and women to serve on His behalf in the life of His churches.

  • matt gulseth

    pastor

    Pastor Matt is a 2007 graduate of the University of Idaho with a B.S. in Conservation Social Science and a 2016 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis with an M.Div. Formerly, he was in retail management and spent 6 years in Lutheran Outdoor Ministry. As a devoted follower of Jesus he has been a presenter for Lutheran Hour Ministries at their Regional Outreach Conference in Seattle and sat on various boards and panel discussions. He serves on the Board of Directors for Lutherhaven Ministries and the WA-AK District of the LWML. Pastor Matt enjoys camping, fishing, reading, and grilling.


    Matt was born in Phoenix, AZ and raised in Spokane, WA as the second of three children. He has an older brother who works in commodities and a younger sister that helps run an autism clinic in Portland, OR. In Spokane he met his wife Natalie at Redeemer Lutheran Church when he was a second grader and she was a Kindergartner. After two decades of friendship Matt and Natalie started dating and were married on July 31, 2010. They celebrated the birth of their son, Paul, on March 25. They are expecting their second child in April 2018. Natalie has her B.S. in Education from Washington State and an M.Ed. from Concordia University in Portland, OR.


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  • kenneth schuster

    licensed lay deacon

    Ken serves as our Licensed Lay Deacon. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, served as an Army Ranger, raise three children, and is a faithful volunteer in our Preschool! 


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  • ann summerson

    coordinator of campus ministry and missions

    Ann Summerson has led the campus ministry group at Concordia since 1996 and has loved every minute! Her roles include spiritual guide, accountability specialist and off-site Mom. She plans and organizes LSF (Lutheran Student Fellowship) activities, welcoming each student with unconditional love and respect. 


    Ann also coordinates mission trips to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. Every other year, Concordia sends a team to complete construction projects at their local community center and provide VBS to children in the community and at a local Lutheran school. 


    Ann earned her university degrees in education and English literature from WSU, graduating in 1979. She has been married to her best friend Mark (a psychologist) since 1977 and they have two fabulous sons, Paul and John, and a beautiful daughter (in-law) Rita.


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  • elizabeth o'loughlin

    preschool Director & lead teacher

    Elizabeth is our Director and Lead Teacher at Concordia Lutheran Preschool. She received her Early Childhood Education degree from Concordia University, Irvine. Elizabeth always thought her calling was to work with children at the grade school level, but after moving to the Palouse eight years ago, she found her true passion in teaching. She joined our team in 2014.


    Elizabeth is married to her high school sweetheart, Levi, and they have three beautiful children. 


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  • rachel tietjen

    preschool- assistant teacher

    Rachel is an Assistant Teacher at Concordia Lutheran Preschool. She is currently earning her degrees in Elementary Education and Elementary Special Education, through Western Governors University. She is a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and has taught children’s Sunday School there for the past fifteen years. Rachel has been a nanny for two little girls since 2011 and has been substituting at the preschool in recent years. She loves working with children and is looking forward to getting to know your child and your family. Rachel began working at Concordia in 2016


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  • jodie stahlecker

    administrative assistant

    preschool - assistant teacher

    Jodie Stahlecker is our Assistant Teacher at Concordia Lutheran Preschool and ourAdministrative Assistant in the church office. She joined our team in January of this year. Jodie graduated high school in 2006 and soon after began working for the preschool/daycare in her church in Mt. Angel. She feels called to share her time and talents with children as she helps them grow and learn about Jesus. 


    Jodie enjoys singing, gardening, horses, outdoors, art and all things crafty. 


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  • amber king

    preschool assistant director & lead teacher

    Amber is a Lead Teacher at Concordia Lutheran Preschool in the 2 1/2 Year- old Class. She received her degree in Elementary Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She is married to Martin King, a professor in the WSU Music Department. Martin and Amber, and daughter Lily moved to Pullman 2 years ago, excited for the adventure of living far from their home in Virginia. They love camping, hiking and exploring the Northwest. Amber loves working with young children, and has been with Concordia Lutheran Preschool since 2017.


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  • sarah Knight

    Preschool - 2 1/2 Year old Class

    Sarah Knight received her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Concordia University, Irvine. She worked for the State of California while her husband, Sean, attended graduate school. Together, they have three adventurous boys. After homeschooling her kids through preschool, she realized her passion in teaching. She is a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and has taught Sunday School for several years. She is currently the Education Board Chair. She has also been volunteering and substituting at the preschool for many years. Sarah began working at Concordia Lutheran Preschool in 2018.


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  • Charis Baty

    Preschool assistant Teacher - 2 1/2 year old class

    Charis moved from Nevada to the Palouse 3 years ago and has loved every moment of it. She has worked with kids for the past 10 years and is currently a full-time nanny to 5 amazing kids. Charis has earned an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in Early Care and Education through the University of Washington online program. Charis is passionate about working with children and believes it is what God has called her to do. She feels blessed to have this opportunity to be an Assistant Teacher and is looking forward to an incredible year with the preschooler's and their families. Charis began working at Concordia Lutheran Preschool in 2018. 


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