I was born and grew up in Rochester, NY. I graduated from Wittenberg University, a Lutheran college in Springfield, Ohio. I received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Duke University, Durham, NC. I taught middle and high school English in North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Georgia.
For many years, I had a sense that running beneath the surface of my life, there was another calling. In 1986, after a career in teaching and a call as a full-time mom, I began the process of discerning what that something more might be. For two years, I studied at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. I served as intern at The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Macon. I completed work on a Master of Divinity at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC, and graduated on May 18, 1990.
On May 20, 1990, Saint John Lutheran Church, Griffin, GA, called me, and I served that congregation for 27 years. I served the Southeastern Synod as Conference Dean for 24 years and as a member of the Candidacy Committee for 11 years where it was my privilege to accompany candidates discerning a call to ministry. Now I hear a new call to serve as interim pastor with the saints at Resurrection, Newnan. God’s call to use my gifts in service to others brings me deep joy.
I would like to extend to you and your family the warmest welcome to Resurrection Lutheran Church. My name is Elizabeth Copeland and I am the Church Administrator. I have a BA in Biblical Education that I received from Beulah Heights University in Atlanta, Georgia. I also received an A.A.S. in Legal Secretarial Science in 1979 in Brooklyn, New York.
Matthew 6:33 states, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and these things shall be added”. This is one of my favorite passages of scriptures and working at Resurrection every day, I believe I’m striving to ‘seek ye first”. This is the joy of working at Resurrection. I get to seek the kingdom of God, the will of God, the plan and purpose of God by helping to proclaim the Good News. I have the opportunity to offer God’s love each and every day with the talent God has given me. It’s a joy to be able to use my skills in service to the kingdom of God. To be a channel wherein the Holy Spirit is able to move through is truly a blessing and a wonderful joy.
My name is Kathye Schattner, and I am excited to be the new Music Director for your warm and welcoming congregation! I enjoy providing sacred music for worship services in a variety of faith traditions. My goal as a church musician is to encourage the congregation to worship God in song!
There is nothing more powerful and spiritual than the sound of singing praise together as one. My husband and I have lived in Newnan for five years. My grown sons also live in the area.
Apart from music, I love to draw (Snoopy is one of my favorite subjects!), garden and am always interested in trying new recipes.
I have enjoyed playing the "King of Instruments" since I was in elementary school. My father, an IBM electrical engineer and gadget freak, bought an Allen Theatre organ with all the "bells and whistles" (literally!). I learned popular songs and had fun playing for my family and friends. After a while, I developed an interest in playing for church, and went on to get my Bachelor’s degree in organ and piano.
Since then, I have worked as a church organist, choir/community chorus director, folk group leader, accompanist, composer, music arranger, and cantor. I love to share the joy of music with other musicians, students, audiences, and my community.
Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator
My name is Lisa Saunders and I am Resurrection’s Youth and Family Coordinator. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education in 2008 and taught in the public school system for 6 years before staying home with my children. I’m married to my wonderful husband John Thomas for the past 13 years and we have 3 amazing girls, ages 7, 6, and 2. We love doing things as a family, especially swimming and camping.
I’ve been officially the Youth and Family Coordinator at Resurrection for 3 years now. It is absolutely rewarding and such a joy to work with our wonderful youth and their families. My job not only has me work with our youth in the Sunday School classroom, but to also create and plan family/youth based activities and volunteer opportunities. I love coming up with new and fresh ideas, hoping our youth feel loved and look forward to coming to church and get involved with helping others. Overall, this job allows me to work with my church family and see God’s spirit overflow each week through our families and our amazing kids.
Coordinator of Community Engagement
Vicar Connie served a pastoral internship at Resurrection from 2019 to 2020 and has now transitioned into a new, part-time role as Coordinator of Community Engagement. She will be working with young adults to deepen Resurrection's welcome to Millennial and Gen Z persons, as well as continuing work with our Outreach and other ministries. Connie’s passions include hiking, knitting, and sharing the love of God poured out in Christ Jesus for absolutely everyone. No exceptions.
Resurrection Lutheran Church (ELCA), 1250 Lora Smith Rd., Newnan, GA 30265. Phone: 770.254.8833