PASTOR JACK SHANNON, Senior Pastor
Senior Pastor Jack was called to serve as Associate Pastor of ALC in March of 2011 and assumed the role of Senior Pastor on May 21, 2012. He previously served Lutheran congregations in Billings and Bigfork, Montana. Pastor Jack graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa in 1993 and holds a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling (1985) and Bachelors degree in Secondary Education (1980) from Montana State University-Billings. Prior to attending seminary Pastor Jack was employed as a licensed substance abuse counselor and also the director of a substance abuse treatment center. His favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11. Pastor Jack is married to LuAnne and they have two grown children, Tomren and Jaclyn.
PASTOR ERICH SOKOLOSKI, Associate Pastor
Erich was born in Seattle and has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He met his wife, Tricia, in the 8th grade at Central Lutheran Christian School in Tacoma. They married in 1993, when they were both 20 years old. Erich and Tricia together studied at Western Washington University and the University of Hull, England. In 1999 they both graduated from Western Washington University, Erich with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. In 2005, Erich attended Faith Evangelical Seminary (originally Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary) and graduated in 2009 with a Masters of Divinity. That same year, he was ordained at Central Lutheran Church into the Conservative Lutheran Association (CLA) and joined the LCMC clergy roster in 2010. Before accepting the position of Associate Pastor at American Lutheran Church, he served at Central Lutheran Church as Senior Pastor and at Faith Evangelical Seminary as Professor of Undergraduate Studies, where he taught Christian doctrine, apologetics, philosophy, Biblical studies, church history and Lutheran confessional theology. Erich enjoys reading, writing, hiking, camping, and traveling. He has a heart for quality and creativity in different forms of artistic expression. He loves craftsmanship and has a deep appreciation for old things. Above all else, he believes in Jesus as his Lord and Savior, daily seeks to grow in his relationship with Him, and has a great passion to share His living and active Word. He and Tricia have three children.
PASTOR STEVEN BALOG, Pastor of Caring Ministries
Pastor Steven T. Balog is a retired army chaplain. He served sixteen years as a chaplain, three years as a combat engineer and four years as a military police officer. In his twenty-three years of Army service, he participated in four combat deployments earning a Bronze Star for actions under direct fire. Pastor Steve served as Pastor and Caregiver for thousands of soldiers and their families as unit Chaplain before he retired in Lawton, Oklahoma where he was asked by the ACNA Bishop of the Armed Forces to start an Anglican parish, St. George's Anglican Church. At that time, he owned two businesses serving the local community. He closed the doors to both businesses and moved, in 2017, to Prescott Valley, Arizona to fulfill the role as rector to Anglican Church of the Holy Spirit. He now serves as the Pastor of Caring Ministries, American Lutheran Church.Pastor Steve holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Nashotah House Theological Seminary and a Church History / Theological Degree from Oral Roberts University. He is married 28 years to Darcien. They have four grown children Ashleigh, John, James, Nick and one grandchild Aramis.
DAVID BARNES, Director of Administration
Originally from Tennessee, David went to graduate school in North Carolina, where he worked as an Economic Developer and a Thrivent Financial representative. He moved to Chicago to attend seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology. David was ordained in the ELCA in 2009 as a Mission Developer to start a church in Maryland. He then moved his credentials to LCMC in 2010. David has a very diverse Christian background and has continued to serve in the Air Force Reserves for 16 years, since 2004. He is currently the Wing Chaplain (and Major) for the 914th in Niagara Falls, NY, but has requested an assignment closer to his new home in Prescott. In 2020, he completed his Ph.D., focusing on Economics and Global Development, from the University of Delaware School of Public Policy and Administration. While pastoring over the last 10 years, he has also taught college full-time and part-time in economics, statistics, investment management and organizational change leadership. He has two grown children Macy and Levin. He currently lives near Willow Lake where he enjoys hiking trails with his dog Frodo.