Faith Lutheran Church welcomed “Pastor Bob” as the parish’s pastor on February 21st, 2016. He was born in Buffalo, NY in 1962 and has three children, Andrew, Joshua, and Rebekah. Pastor Kasting has not always been a minister. For 20 years, Pastor Kasting was a chef in numerous restaurants in North Carolina. Pastor Kasting’s education is impressive as he received his Associates degree from Johnson & Wales University in 1988, his Bachelors degree from Montreat College in 1997, and attended Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and received his Masters Divinity in 2001. Pastor Kasting greatly enjoys leading worship. Before coming to Faith, Pastor Kasting spent time spreading the message of God in Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Mocksville, NC, Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church in Newberry, SC, Faith Lutheran Chapel in Pickens, SC, and Tree of Life Community in Jamestown, NY. We are extremely happy to have him with us here at Faith.
Linda volunteers her time in the church office and is a valuable asset to both Faith Lutheran Church and Faith Nursery School. Linda is always willing to jump in and help out during the school day, and coordinates all church events. Linda is on the Youth and Family Committee, an Alter Guild member, sings with the Church Choir, and sees to it that coffee hour is ready on time.
Linda has been a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church for 48 years. She served on the Church Council for two terms, and spent one of the six-year terms as Council President. Linda taught Sunday School for many years and has been the Superintendent of the Sunday School for over 30 years. Linda worked at Faith Nursery School for over15 years as an Assistant Teacher, and as a Toddler Teacher.
Linda has lived in the community since 1969 and has three grown children.
All three attended Faith Nursery School and Sunday School, received First Communion, and were Confirmed here at Faith Lutheran Church. When she’s not here at church, Linda enjoys spending time with her 5 grandchildren.
Lee Ann Jacobsen comes to Faith Nursery School and Faith Lutheran Church and with a M.S. in Early Childhood Education from LIU Post, a B.F.A. in Communications from NYIT, and an A.A. in Liberal Arts and Theater from Nassau Community College. She holds a Professional New York State Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2).
Lee Ann came to Faith in the summer of 2014, when the church and school had taken on the rigorous task of applying, registering, and obtaining a Child Day Care License for Faith Nursery School. Her dedication, expertise, and diligence are accredited to Faith finally receiving a Child Day Care License in August of 2015 from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
Lee Ann feels that there is a very important connection between a child and his or her faith. She feels blessed to have been able to establish a religion program for Faith Nursery School and lead the children in the weekly children’s chapel services her first 2 years at Faith, before there was a full time Pastor.
Lee Ann Is committed to sustaining and improving the quality of Early Childhood Education and the care Faith provides. She has put forth great efforts to ensure that the school environment is secure, safe, fun, nurturing, positive, and always Christ-centered. Lee Ann’s passion for literacy prompted her to establish a children’s library in the school. She has also inaugurated science and math centers in the classrooms, improved writing and art centers in the classrooms, and is vigilant that staff keeps up to date on training, especially in STEM, STEAM, and knowing the OCFS regulations.
Miss Lee Ann wears several hats in her job. In addition to being the School Director: acting as administrative agent for all school related operations, special event coordinator, and overall supervisor, Lee Ann is the music teacher. She runs weekly music and movement classes, prepares the children for chapel services, and various events thought the school year.
Lee Ann has 15 years of professional teaching experience at several schools across Long Island. She has taught Pre-K, Nursery school, Toddlers, and a Mommy and Me Class. She was also a home child-care provider for 3 years.
Lee Ann was an active member of the Hicksville School District’s PTSAs for 14 years, serving as Chairperson for several committees, and a board member. She was a Girl Scout leader for 8 years, and a Substitute Religion Teacher at her church. Lee Ann is currently involved in Creative Ministries – Journey: Cross and Crucifixion, a traveling troupe that presents a musical interpretation of the Stations of the Cross during Lent.
Travis Bloom is a sought after accompanist and coach in NYC. With a passion for the vocal arts, Mr. Bloom’s coaching platform is based on musical accuracy, performance practice techniques, dramatic integrity, diction accuracy, and vocal health in alignment with the Bel Canto school of singing. Mr. Bloom has strong sight-reading capabilities, concise rehearsal techniques, versatile stylistic vocal capabilities, and excellent musicianship as a collaborator. He recently joined the Indiana University Ballet and Opera Theater music staff as a rehearsal pianist and coach for Rossini’s Italian Girl in Algiers, Menotti’s The Last Savage, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. He has also accompanied numerous voice recitals, master classes, competitions, auditions, and opera workshop productions. Prior to coaching at IU, he worked as the chorus master for the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival (2010-2012) training opera choruses for Bizet’s Carmen and Verdi’s La Traviata. Most recently, Mr. Bloom served as the staff pianist for the Sankt Goar International Music Festival and Academy in Germany where he was also selected to accompany auditions at the Baden-Baden Opera House. This fall, Mr. Bloom will serve as a staff rehearsal pianist for the Bronx Opera Company.
Mr. Bloom holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University and is an alumnus of Indiana University.