Alan Sommer – Senior Pastor
Alan graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis with his M.Div in 1990 and accepted a call to Light of the Hills as Senior Pastor in 1997. As Senior Pastor, his focus is on congregational leadership and adult education and ministry. Outside of the office, Alan enjoys fishing, exercising, detective shows, and watching his native Seattle Seahawks come up short. Alan has been married to Beth since 1993, and they have two adult children, Abby (married to Ali), and David.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. – 1 Peter 1:3-4a
Contact: Pastor Alan Sommer
Kyle Weeks – Associate Pastor
Kyle graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis with his M.Div in 2019 and joined the pastoral staff at Light of the Hills in August of 2020. As Associate Pastor, his focus is on youth and family ministry in addition to general pastoral duties. In his free time, Kyle enjoys reading, running, hiking, watching basketball, and spending time with his wife Krista, and their son, Tobias. As a little kid he got the idea that Green Bay was the home team in the Bay Area, so he roots for the Packers…we’re still trying to figure out how to break the news to him.
Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” – John 6:28-29
Contact: Pastor Kyle Weeks
Beth Sommer – Office Manager
Beth is a graduate of Concordia University, Irvine. She started her career as a Lutheran School teacher in Northern California. A few years later, she met and married her husband, Alan, and raising their two children, Abby and David soon followed. Beth has been active in many of the education and music ministries at Light of the Hills over the years and is currently serving as the Chrismon Ministry leader. Beth enjoys reading, detective shows, making Chrismons (Christ centered Christmas ornaments), and spending time with family and friends.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31
The church office
Maureen Popielarz – Business Manager
Maureen was born and raised in South Yorkshire, England. She met her husband, John, while he was serving in the Air Force stationed in England. She moved to the U.S. in 1973 and worked as a church secretary at a Lutheran church in Orangevale, CA for 20 years. In 2005 she and her husband became members at Light of the Hills and in 2006 she become our Business Manager. Maureen enjoys reading, knitting, and spending time with family and friends. In spite of living in the U.S longer than she lived in England, you can still detect her British accent.
The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy! -Psalm 126:3
Contact: The church office
Dave Hanebutt – Groundskeeper
Dave has been working at Light of the Hills since 2011, and before that he had a career in underground water main supply. Dave and Marcia have been happily married since 1981. When Dave isn’t out on the back 40 at church, he enjoys fishing, snow-skiing, and towing rafts on the American River.
“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15b