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Gordon Illausky

Senior Pastor

Office: 972.727.3191 Ext. 223
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Pastor Illausky is a life-long Lutheran who was raised in New England. Having obtained academic degrees in computer science, management and marketing from Central Connecticut University and Bentley University, he enjoyed a successful twenty-three year career as a consultant in those areas.

During his business career, Pastor Gordon continued to develop and be recognized for his musical talents as a vocalist and pianist which were first recognized by his parents and others at the age of seven. Those abilities enabled him to perform as a professional in multiple theater, operatic and musical venues. As a lay person he also served as Minister of Music at St. John Lutheran Church in Sudbury, Massachusetts from 1975-1993.

In response what he describes as a "life-long desire to become a pastor", Pastor Illausky graduated with honors and received a Master’s of Divinity Degree from Andover Newton Theological Seminary, Newton, Massachusetts in 1994. He then continued to pursue post-graduate studies at Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, Pa. Prior to his ordination Pastor Illausky served as a Chaplain at Boston City Hospital, Boston, Ma. for three years.

Since being ordained in 1996, Pastor Illausky served three congregations in New England before accepting a call from Christ the Servant Lutheran Church to serve as its Senior Pastor in 2006. In addition to those responsibilities, Pastor Illausky completed a six-year elected term Dean of the ELCA Texas North Central East Conference; a three-year elected term as a member of the ELCA, NTNL Mission Council; and appointed terms on several NTNL committees.

Pastor Gordon is passionate about preaching, sharing God’s Word, the Sacraments of the Church, reaching out to the community in which it exists and making Christ known to the world. He very much enjoys and has a reputation for inviting and involving children to participate in his weekly Children’s Message during the worship service.

Pastor Illausky and his wife Susan are the proud parents of their adult daughter, her husband and - most especially - their grandchildren, Jacob (7) and Emma (5).

Among the multiple scripture readings Pastor Illausky lists as his favorites, the concluding words of Romans 8:31-39 remain central to his personal faith and pastoral ministry:
"Who or what will separate us from the love of Christ? Hardship, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or sword? I am convinced that neither death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, powers, heights, depths or anything else in all of creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

 

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Stephanie Howard

Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry

Office: 972.727.3191 Ext. 245
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Stephanie Howard is the Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry. Stephanie has worked in church ministry since 2008. Stephanie’s heart is to teach about God’s unconditional love and his word, and to see students of all ages grow in a deep, meaningful relationship with the Lord that will last a lifetime. She also has a heart for evangelism and wants to equip students to serve others in their community.

Stephanie married Kenny Howard in 2006 and they have three young children; Kamryn, Johnston and Bennett. Their two older children are involved in church, community and recreational activities. During their free time, the Howards enjoy cheering on the Dallas Stars. They reside in Parker.

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Mary Schwerd

Church Secretary

Office: 972.727.3191 Ext. 221
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Mary Schwerd has been Christ the Servant's Church Secretary for more than 20 years. Originally from New York, she and her husband live in Allen and have two grown sons. She is now the happiest Grandma of her two grandsons!

 

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Jordan Smith

Director of Music & Organist

Office: 972.727.3191 Ext. 226
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Jordan Smith is a graduate of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. He is Minister of Music and Organist at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Allen, Texas. There, he conducts the chancel choir, handbell choirs, assists and oversees the children’s music program, as well as accompanying worship services and maintaining the church's concert series.

Professional memberships include the American Guild of Organists, Organ Historical Society, the Dallas Symphony Chorus and the Greater Dallas Handbell Association (Board Member since 2013).

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with emphasis in organ and sacred music from Bethany College, where he studied organ with Melody Steed. Currently, Jordan is pursuing a Master of Sacred Music degree from Southern Methodist University where he studies organ with internationally renowned German organist, Stefan Engels, and improvisation with acclaimed concert organist and composer, George Baker.