• Pastor Kim Hester

    In her own words:

    I was born in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in Edgewood, Maryland (a suburb of Baltimore). My faith and involvement at church began at an early age - whether it was children’s choir/handbells, confirmation, youth group, or church softball, my family and I were always at church. I graduated with a BS in Education and a Masters in Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania – with a side of fun as a member of the University marching/symphonic bands and fraternity (Kappa Kappa Psi.) In 1998 I began my teaching career teaching 6th grade language arts and reading in a suburb of Washington DC.

    I began discerning God’s call to me to be a pastor while teaching but got scared and decided to show the world that God didn’t want me to be a pastor. So naturally, I began a PhD program in early adolescent literacy at Indiana University - only to learn that God can find you in Indiana! In 2003 I began my seminary education at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio where I received the Fund for Leaders in Mission Scholarship. I completed my internship year at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon and took my first call at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Dale City, Virginia as a solo pastor. In 2011 I accepted a call to serve as associate pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon where I focused on connections, middle school faith formation (confirmation), young adults, and communications. In late Fall 2015 I accepted a new call to Joyful Servant Lutheran Church in Newberg, Oregon as solo Pastor.

    In 2012 I married my husband Karl, who is also an ELCA pastor.  In creating this family, I gained two young adult (now) stepchildren – Nicholas and Caleb, and gave birth to an amazingly outgoing, inquisitive, and laughable son – Kai (now 4 years old.)  Together we enjoy board games, movies, good food, hands-on creations (Legos, Magnatiles, G-Ba-Maze) and just getting out and exploring the world. My own passions include connection and community, use of media and technology in faith formation, being authentic and real about who we are and who God has called us to be, ice hockey (#ALLCAPS!), a good beer, friends, laughter, art, poetry, and living boldly in faith every day.

  • Tami McKay - Church Administrator

    Tami is a cradle Lutheran from ND, who moved to NH from CA and associated with Christ the King asa member with her family in 1991.  She quickly became involved in ministry and leadership: Congregation Council past President and Ministry Liaison for Evangelism Ministry, Chapel School Council past President and Parish Education Ministry Team Coordinator, Youth Ministry Advisory Committee, Women of the ELCA past President and current member, Nashua West Volunteer Coordinator for Anne-Marie House and current volunteer.  Tami's previous employment history includes:  Director of Volunteerism and House Management for Family Promise of Greater Nashua, Hudson NH; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit RN at St. Alexius Hospital, Bismarck ND and Monterey Park Hospital, Montebello CA; Elementary School substitute Nurse and Classroom Teacher, After School Care Attendant, and Office Assistant at Presentation of Mary Academy, Hudson NH; Respite Caregiver and Companion Care Provider Nashua NH and Brookline NH. Tami currently resides in Brookline NH with her husband, sons, and grandson.

  • Lisa Cooper - Church Music Director

    Lisa first began her relationship with the Christ the King congregation as a child, attending services with her family. A graduate of Plymouth State University, Lisa teaches private voice and piano lessons along with her spouse, Jenny, at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts. Lisa can be heard weekly during Sunday Worship at Christ the King, as she leads the congregation in song both as leader of the church choir and accompanist to guest musicians, but also as a pianist and organist in her own right. Lisa currently lives in Groton, Massachusetts with Jenny, their three sons, and their chocolate lab, Kona.

  • Dee Dee Thurber - Chapel School Director

    Dee Dee Thurber has been in the Chapel School family since 2000. She began her career at Chapel School as a teacher in the fall of 2006 and was promoted to Director in the fall of 2007. Dee Dee is a certified instructor for the movement program, Brain Gym. She holds a Master's Degree in Special Education and a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and is a Level 1 credentialed Preschool Administrator by the State of NH. She also holds a state credential for Workshop Trainer and Individual Mentor. Dee Dee lives in Nashua with her husband, Jamie, and her 3 children, 2 dogs, and 2 rabbits.

Congregational Council

Linda Gillet, President 
Will Rideout, Vice President 
Kristen Schmidt, Secretary
Janet Waugaman, Treasurer
Dee Dee Thurber
, Chapel School Liaison
Becky Devani, Council Member 
Berta Denton, Council Member
Elise Thompson, Council Member
Jana Holst, Council Member
Laurie Skibba, Council Member
Pat Whalen, Council Member