John M. Palka, Ph.D.
One of the things that gets me stoked about being in Venice is that on so many levels Venice and the Westside of LA set trends that lead the nation. Where Venice and the Westside are today is where the nation will be in the years to come. It is an honor and pleasure to be working in this mission field with God’s saints at First Lutheran Church figuring out how the church can thrive and grow in this challenging and exciting environment.
My wife, Missy, and I invite you to join us and the FLV family:
- being present and relevant in the community,
- saturating the Westside with the Gospel through small groups of people committed to loving God, one another and neighbors and
- not doing this alone, but by developing partnership with great churches and organizations already in our community.
Brenda Stoppel was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Venice and has been a life-long member. Throughout the years she has served in various roles, including Financial Secretary, songleader and choir member. After a long career in the finance and human resources departments at GTE and Verizon, she decided to take advantage of an early retirement package offered in September 2010.
Just about the time she was starting to look for a new job, she was asked if she would be interested in the Secretary position at First Lutheran Venice. She initially dismissed the idea but later said she felt like God was calling her to serve her home church in this role. Brenda has been the Secretary at FLV since July 2011.