Rev. Duane Bamsch has served Grace since October of 2018. Prior to accepting the call to be the shepherd of our congregation, Pastor Bamsch served at Zion Lutheran Church in Terra Bella, CA and before that a rural congregation in central Texas for 10 years. He grew up on a farm and spent most of his free time there hunting and fishing. He has been married to his wife, Stephanie, for over 24 years and they have two children, Emma and Andrew.



deaconessDeaconess Elizabeth J. Froh was born in Sacramento, CA, to Rev. Charles and Janet Froh. She was brought to the holy waters of baptism shortly thereafter, where she was forgiven and given a new name, God’s Own Child. She spent the majority of her youth and young adulthood in San Mateo, CA. She has two sisters (both married with children) and a brother.

Deaconess Froh is a graduate of California State University East Bay, receiving a BA in liberal arts with a special education option. She received her MA and Diploma of Deaconess Vocation in August 2015 from Concordia Theological Seminary. Grace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley, is her first placement as a deaconess.

Deaconess Froh enjoys reading and singing. She also likes to cook and hopes to find gardening as equally rewarding.