Our Church Leadership

Our Church thrives because of the energy and style of the people who are a part of our leadership. Here are a few of the people who make our church community special:


DSC 0195 Rev. Dr. George Lobien -- Interim Pastor

The Rev. Dr. George F. Lobien is currently serving as the interim pastor of Lakeside Lutheran Church. Before retiring, he served congregations in Hillsboro, Mo; Madison, Wis.; and Silver Springs, Md. He and Jane, his wife of sixty years, have two children and two granddaughters. Before moving to Venice, Pastor Lobien was an interim pastor at a congregation in Virginia Beach, Va., and Williamsburg, Va. He is a theologian and author as well as the past president of a group of Christian writers known as The Writing Academy.


Donna Smith

 Donna Smith -- Minister of Music drsmith90@comcast.net

Donna Smith is an accomplished pianist and violinist, holding multi-disciplinary degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, and Troy University. She began serving as Director of Music at Lakeside Lutheran Church in 2009. She is the former principal 2nd violinist of both the Venice Symphony and Charlotte Symphony. She currently plays violin and piano for Venice Symphony and has performed internationally. She previously served on the Board of Directors for Venice Symphony and the Special Libraries Association Florida/Caribbean Chapter. Donna is happily married to Rodger and they are the pet parents to three cats.


AlbertClaudia Albert -- Interim Preschool Director

Claudia Albert has been a part of the Venice Community for the past 30 years and Lakeside for 10 years.  She and her husband Glenn, have three adult children and three awesome grandsons.  Claudia earned her B.A. from the University of South Florida and will complete her capstone project summer 2017 earning a dual master’s in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on Literacy & Educational Technology from Concordia University.  Claudia has taught middle and high at a local private school and has been a Sarasota County substitute teacher, and is now serving as the Interim Preschool Director here at Lakeside. She has a heart for children & youth and God has given her the opportunity to lead his children into relationships with Him. 



 5628ShellyShelly Martini -- Office Administrator llc@lakesidelutheran.net

Shelly relocated to the Venice area in 2014 from Orlando and began working at Lakeside shortly after. Prior to joining the Lakeside family, she and her husband, Joe, owned a desktop publishing business producing textbooks for educational publishers while also dabbling in real estate. Shelly is the mother of two adult children, Samantha and Ryan. She enjoys living in the Venice area and spends her free time either at the beach or on the boat fishing.




MillerRev. Dr. Jack Miller -- Visitation Pastor jactun@sbcglobal.net

Pastor Miller and his wife, Tuni, retired in 2012 and moved to Punta Gorda in June of 2013.  They recently began attending Lakeside and really enjoy Pastor Winkel and his inspiring messages, the members of Lakeside, and the energizing music and worship every weekend. They came from the St. Louis area where Tuni was a professor at Jefferson College in the nursing program, RN level. Pastor Miller served as senior pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Arnold, Mo., for the past 12 years. They have two children, daughter Susan, also an RN, and husband, Steve, who live in St. Louis, and Scott and his wife, Rhonda, who recently moved to Florida from Indianapolis. The Millers are adapting well to, and enjoying very much, the Florida lifestyle.


2017 Church Council

Terry Williamson -- President

Rich Vaccaro -- Vice President

Nina Roush -- Secretary

Barbara Castleberry and Maria Krieger -- Treasurers

Linda Hoops -- Finance Secretary

Bob Thompson -- Head Elder

Anita Kunkle -- Education

Lynn Vaccaro -- Membership

Dorothy Nehls -- Social Concerns

Wells McGiffert -- Trustees

RuthAnn Eesley -- Assimilation


2017 Elders

Bob Thompson, Head Elder

Don Lutz

Dan Ladigoski

Bill Meints

Ray Hibbs

Joe Szkola

Dwayne Leininger

Brad Hays

Ken Gustafson

Tom Polzin

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