Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Monday, December 11, 2017

Pastors

Pastors and staff can be reached at our main number 623-584-2000.  If you have a general question or you are not sure who to contact, send us an email at info@lolaz.org.  You can reach the pastors directly at their addresses below.
 
 

Pastor Stephen P. Beyer

 

If you ask Pastor Steve Beyer (sounds like "buyer") where he's from, the short answer is Wisconsin.  He's a Cheesehead who spent his formative years in a small town about an hour from Green Bay.  But he was born at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida and has lived all over the world as a Navy brat and then again as a Navy chaplain.

Pastor Beyer graduated from Concordia College (Milwaukee), Washington University (St. Louis) and Union Theological Seminary (New York).  Following ordination he served as pastor for St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, New York. That's where he met and married the love of his life, Toni. She is a registered nurse and recently went back to school to complete an RN to BSN degree at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
 
After six years as parish pastor and Navy Reservist, Pastor Beyer was "recalled" to active duty.  He and Toni thought they would try it for a few years.  Twenty-five years and ten duty stations later he retired from the Navy.  For the last year he worked as a chaplain at Norfolk General Hospital as a Clinical Pastoral Education resident in order to sharpen his pastoral care skills.  He focused on geriatric behavior health, emergency medicine, end-of-life issues and palliative care.  
 
 

Pastor Kim Sterner

 
Pastor Kim Sterner
I know you are curious so here is a little more about me. I am the youngest of three girls and the last to still live in Arizona. We have lived many places starting with Pennsylvania, then to Michigan, Massachusetts and finally in 1971 we moved to Tempe, Arizona.
 
I graduated from Tempe High School in 1977 and ASU in 1981 with a degree in Criminal Justice. After realizing that I didn’t want to be a lawyer I answered the call to serve God in pastoral ministry and went off to Seminary in Berkeley, CA.  
 

I graduated from Seminary in 1985. I received my first call to serve at Bethel Lutheran Church in Los Angeles, CA in 1986 and was ordained, October 5, 1986. I moved to Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church in San Luis Obispo, CA in 1989. The call of the desert was too strong to resist and in October of 1990 I started at Bethel Lutheran Church in Phoenix.

Along the way I gave birth to two wonderful children, Jonathan and Allison.

God didn’t create us to be alone. We are at our best when we work together to love and serve Him. I look forward to walking that path with you.