First Lutheran Staff
Pastor Judith Rainforth accepted the call to First Lutheran Church in the Fall of 2003. She is a native of Nebraska, born in Wood River. She did her first two years of Seminary work at Pacific Lutheran Seminary in Berkeley, California, and her third year at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Pastor Rainforth has a BS and MS degree from University of Nebraska, Kearney, and a Masters degree in Hospital Administration from University of Minnesota. Her MS of Divinity Degree is from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in CA.
She has three grown sons who live in Nebraska. Her hobbies and interests include: horseback riding, walking, reading, traveling, biking, and playing with her six grandchildren.
Ruth Ann Barth
Ruth Ann is just beginning her journey with First Lutheran. She is a Nebraska native and, for the most part, has gained her educational and professional experiences in her home state. She is married to Gregg and they have been blessed with four fabulous children and five fantastic grandchildren. When not at work, she enjoys stitching and spending time with friends.
Simone Weber is excited to join the ministry team at First Lutheran Church as the Director of Music Ministry. She grew up in the Midwest and recently happily returned after three enjoyable and challenging years in New York City. Simone performs, writes, teaches and leads music inside and out of churches across the state.
Born into a Lutheran musical family, she received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She went on to study with a teacher from Julliard and perform in New York while gaining experience in churches throughout the city. At First Lutheran, Simone intends to inspire and empower the congregation and neighborhood through music and outreach.
She is blessed to have a husband, Matt, who is a great chef, musician and companion. Simone enjoys reading, traveling, running and watching beautiful sunsets.
Click to visit Simone's website at www.simonegweber.com