Rev. Dr. Damon D. Laaker, Pastor
A graduate of Christ Seminary – Seminex, Pastor Laaker has served Grace for the last 34 years. Heralding from Western Nebraska, Laaker began his ministry in Omaha on the northside. He now serves on the near south side in an urban area.
Pastor Laaker received his undergraduate training at St. Pauls College, Concordia, Mo. earning an A.A. degree in 1972. He received his B.A. degree from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, In. in 1974. He graduated from Christ Seminary, St. Louis, in 1978 with an M. Div. degree. He received his Doctor Of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in May 1995.
Pastor Laaker serves half-time at Grace. He also serves St. Luke’s Lutheran half time.
Brenda Spahr, Secretary
Brenda Spahr became the part-time office secretary of Grace Church in March of 2010. She brings a patient love to serve all people.
Colleen Jeffrey, Organist
Colleen Jeffery became Grace Lutheran’s Music Leader in October 2011. Colleen brings a professional style to music leadership.
Alma Lopez, Sexton
Alma Lopez began working part-time for Grace in February 2014.
Tyler Birkhoff, Director of Outreach
Tyler begins working for Grace in August 2018, as Outreach Coordinator.
David Nange, Sudanese Ministry Leader
David Nange is a dedicated leader that has a passion for helping the Mabaan community in Omaha and beyond. We are blessed by his leadership. Sudanese Nebraska is a place where you can see some of the special ministry efforts with Sudanese people in Nebraska.