Pastor Don Erickson
Hi there. I’m Pastor Don Erickson. I’ve served at Rock of Ages for 7 years. I have a background in both the business and faith worlds. After 23 years with Hallmark Cards I retired and went to seminary in Chicago and then served a congregation in suburban St. Louis for four years. Following that I served as President/CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators Foundation and VP Marketing for Wycliffe Bible Translators in Orlando for a total of 8 years. After a brief second retirement I served as interim pastor at Rock of Ages. That led to a call to be the permanent pastor. Throughout my vocational life I have witnessed the transformational power of the Gospel in many different contexts. It is my privilege to serve at Rock of Ages. I look forward to serving you.
Emily Smith, Office Manager
Hi, I’m Emily Smith, office manager of Rock of Ages. I relocated to The Villages with my husband, Andy, in the summer of 2021. We are from Papillion, Nebraska, where we raised our two daughters, Carrie and Katie. I have spent my career working in various office settings, from insurance to higher education. We thought we were going to retire, but God had other plans for us. I am so blessed to have found Rock of Ages and am looking forward to getting to know everyone.
Royce Ruther, Pianist
I have been a church musician since I was 12, playing piano and organ and directing choirs. I’ve served at Rock of Ages since 2011 and consider my musical leadership my primary form of worship.
I graduated from the Music Conservatory at Capital University and was married to a Lutheran pastor for over 48 years.
I love the Lutheran worship liturgy, and strive to connect the music to the Scripture readings each week.
Randy Chidester, John Stahl, Karen McQuay & John Kilguss
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