Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Rev. Dean Davenport

Senior Pastor

Pastor Davenport has been part of the Christ Our Savior (COS) family since 2009. He and his wife, Amy, have been blessed with five great children who know and love the Lord! They enjoy all things Pure Michigan – especially Northern Michigan, unsalted water, and sand. Pastor D. is passionate about relationships and he rejoices in seeing lives impacted because of God’s crazy love in Jesus. He is excited to be part of what the Lord is doing in Livonia, Metro Detroit, and beyond through His people here at COS.

Rev. Joel Eden

Associate Pastor

Pastor Eden was born in Illinois and grew up in Indiana and Michigan. He attended five colleges and universities in two states and earned two bachelor's degrees before attending Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He took six years to get through seminary and has been an ordained pastor since 2014. He has been married to his Jesus-following wife since 2000 and has seven children this side of eternity and one resting until the resurrection of the dead. He is a novice hunter and loves being outdoors any time of year, particularly if it’s with friends and family. He loves music and has performed in and directed a variety of ensembles. He has spent more than 20 years in the IT and AV fields. Pastor Eden says that he probably would have been a terrible pastor if God would not have shaped him for many years before He finally allowed him to graduate from seminary 20 years after he was called into ministry. His chief desire is to proclaim Jesus Christ crucified for all people and to train fellow sinful humans in a life of faithfully following Jesus.

Karla Schettenhelm

Children's Ministry

Karla is blessed to serve at the church where she grew up.  She is a charter member of Christ Our Savior which gives her a unique perspective as she serves the people here.  She always knew she wanted to work with children, but the desire to work with them in a church setting came later as she grew in her relationship with Jesus. Connecting with the children at COS, as well as nurturing and watching their growth with each other, with our church family, and with their Savior, is a great joy for her. Karla has two children of her own who are her greatest blessings.

Laura Myers

Early Childhood Director

Laura has a passion for early childhood education. She finds great satisfaction in helping children grow in their developmental skills. She considers herself blessed to be fortunate enough to do this in an environment where she can share her faith in Jesus Christ with little ones. Working with families to provide an atmosphere where they can confidently leave their children each day is a joy. Laura is married, has four children and has been working with children for 30 years.

Linda Hollman

Outreach, Assimilation, & Women's Ministry

Linda lives in Livonia with her husband Kyle, daughter Nora, and son Trent. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling in the U.S. and abroad doing mission work to further the Gospel. In her spare time, she loves to sew, sing, and read. She was born and raised on a farm in rural Nebraska.
She has served on staff at Christ Our Savior since February 2003.  Linda has a Director of Christian Education degree & Masters in Family Life Ministry from Concordia, Seward, NE. She also has a Director of Outreach degree from Concordia, St. Paul, MN.

Tom Schroeder

Director of Music 

Tom started his life journey in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his sister and three brothers. Growing up in Lansing and then Farmington, formal college training took him to Concordia, Ann Arbor, earning a degree in Secondary Music Education. He has taught instrumental and vocal music at the high school level in the Farmington School District since that time. He recently retired after 30+ years of teaching. Over the years, he’s served as music director and organist at various congregations throughout the years. He is happy to now be at Christ Our Savior serving them in their music ministry.

Noreen Lenardon

Business Manager

Noreen has served at Christ Our Savior since 2003 with a break to stay at home with her daughter for a few years.  In that time she has worked as a volunteer, served as an administrative secretary, communications, and now serves as business manager.  She is married to John and they have one daughter. In her 'free time' she and her husband enjoy watching their daughter play soccer,  perform in the color guard, and she enjoys church activities.

Laurie Riegel

Administrative Secretary

Laurie has been working at Christ Our Savior as the Administrative Secretary for eight years. She enjoys serving the pastors and members. She also enjoys getting to know the members and helping them as they follow Jesus, as well as playing in the Jubellation Handbells. Laurie and her husband, Paul, have two sons and their family has been part of COS for many years.

Communications Coordinator

This position is currently vacant.

Elders

Church Council