Last updated on November 3rd, 2022
Our Pastor 2021-
My name is Annika Klappert and I’m pastor of Martin Luther Church. What I love about my job is that I get to meet so many people in various situations and stages of their lives. It gives me purpose to share their joys and troubles and together search for ways to encourage and nourish them in their faith. I thrive when working with others on new ideas and projects, trying to be the church God needs in this day and age, serving the people of our neighbourhood.
Karl Wulf, 1957 – 1959, (2 Jahre)
Otto Winter, 1959 -1964, (5 Jahre)
Eberhard W. Schwantes, 1964-1999, (35 Jahre)
Stefan Wolf, 2000 – 2007, (7 Jahre)
Alexander Mielke, 2007 – 2013, (6 Jahre)
Dr. Christian Ceconi, 2013 – 2020, (7 Jahre)
Annika Klappert, currently serving August 1, 2021–
Our Church Council 2022-2023
Current council members are (pictured from left to right): Mona Kakoschke Frantzke, Andrea Dannecker (Interim Secretary), Pastor Annika Klappert, Martin Haefele (Treasurer), Iris Schweiger (President), Kai Herrmann (Vice President). Not pictured are Prerit Gomez and Tanya Zielke who are on leave of absence.
1. Iris Schweiger
I am Iris Schweiger and at the moment I serve as President of the Martin Luther Church. My passion is inspiring people to live in and work with the love of Christ. I am always seeking to establish new ways to open the church doors to help neighbours, friends and congregation members find their programming needs. In 2017 I completed a lay preacher training program at the EKD in Germany and have been leading worship on occasional Sundays in English and German at MLC, First Lutheran and St. Georg’s Lutheran Church. In the spring of 2020 I was asked to join the leadership at Fresh Expressions Canada. I figured they really needed a Lutheran in the mix and stepped up. My favorite bible verse is found in Romans 15,7: Accept one another as Christ accepts us.
2. Prerit Gomes
My name is Prerit Gomes and I am part of the Church Council. I joined the congregation in 2017 when I moved to Canada from India. When I was new in the country I was looking for a way to be part of a community and my association with the Lutheran community as an exchange program many years ago made me look out for a Lutheran church in the area I lived. By God’s will I walked into Martin Luther and I felt I belonged there. Even when I moved away from Lakeshore area I still feel connected with the community through the church. Hoping to contribute through the council even more!
3. Andrea Dannecker
My name is Andrea and I have been a member of our Church Council for four years and am currently serving in my second year as Vice President. I am also chairing the Dinner Church team of which I have been a member for three years. I am excited about our many long-standing as well as new and innovative programs and am passionate about making more connections in our neighbourhood.
4. Mona Kakoschke – Frantzke (new 2021)
5. Martin Haefele
I am Martin Haefele and I used to live close to our church at Marina del Rey in the mid 1990, when I first noticed the Martin Luther Church while driving by numerous times. I only became an active member in 2009 and took on the role of treasurer right away. Two out of my three sons were baptized at our church and also two out of three were confirmed here with one still to come hopefully soon. I enjoy the community we have with members of German background of all generations.
6. Kai Herrmann
My Name is Kai Herrmann and I joined Council this year. My family joined Martin Luther when we were looking for a congregation to baptize our first child. I moved here from Germany 17 years ago and this congregation is my connection to my home country and reconnecting to the values of Lutherans. As a family we enjoy the services and the leisure activities in our congregation, and I am happy to be part of maintaining and growing the community.
7. Tanya Zielke
My name is Tanya and I am one of the Council members this year. This is my 7th year on Council. I enjoy being part of a team that helps the congregation move forwards. When I’m not on Council, I’m busy singing in the choir, helping around the church, running camp and from time to time leading worship as a lay preacher. My most favourite part of any service is when we sing. Singing hymns is how I feel connected to God and the Holy Spirit. When I’m not at church, I’m either at school working as an Early Childhood Educator (I teach French Immersion SK) or I’m at the Olympium working for the City of Toronto. I love being able to reach out to community groups and find ways to bridge the gap between church and community. Can’t wait to see you at church!
Our Three Martin Luther Church Lay Preachers
Our Vicars und Interns:
The following vicars and interns have served our church over the years.
Vicars: Susanne Hoffman, Katharina Prozniak, Moritz Menacher, Catharina Klein, Mirjam Steinebach, Silke Fahl, Adam McComb, Jordan Smith, Caroline Raddatz.
Interns: Luisa Lenz, Alena Mathis, Hilke Troff, Ann-Christin Hohaus, Nils Timm, Anne-Marie Prueser, Rahel Roemer, Nefeli Xiggos,