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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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Ceci Gunderson

Administrative Assistant

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Ceci became Adminstrative Assistant at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in October of 2018.  She has been a member of Christ the Servant since September of 1996 after moving to Allen.

Ceci married Lennie Gunderson in 1983 and they have two adult children, Adelia and William.  Ceci is a member of the church choir and an avid fan of Allen Eagles sports, particularly the football team.

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Alex Kirton

Church Musician

Office: 972.727.3191 Ext. 226
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Alexander Kirton grew up in Long Island, NY.  He has spent his entire life attending church.  He accepted Christ in his heart at the age of 5.  He started tinkering on the piano at the age of 3 and quickly discovered that he was able to play by ear the songs that he heard.  He started taking piano lessons at age 5 and would often get into trouble from his piano teacher for aurally rearranging  songs, changing notes and harmonies that were not written in the original score.  He attended and graduated from South Shore Christian School in 1992.  He has earned an Associate Degree in Piano Performance from SUNY-NCC, a Bachelors of Music and a Masters of Music Education from Hofstra University, a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary and recently will be graduating with a Principal Certification from the University of Texas at Tyler. He has spent the last 21 years music at the Elementary school level.  He has been working as a church musician for the last 25 years.  He is married to his best friend, Keyla for 18 years and has two amazing children, Ally (16) and Matthew (11). They currently reside in Plano, TX.  He is thankful for the opportunity to serve as the Music Director at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church.