Pastor Kent Schaaf was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana. He, is first and foremost, a redeemed sinner bought by the blood of Jesus Christ his Savior, washed clean in Holy Baptism, and fed and nourished by His body and blood. He is also a husband to his loving and dedicated wife Martina and father to four blessed children, Carolyn, Velta, Effie and Ottilie.
Pastor Schaaf is a graduate of Ball State University (B.A.- 1998) and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne IN (M-Div.- 2002). He served his vicarage at Calvary Lutheran Church in Yuma, Arizona. He received his first call into the Holy Ministry to serve as pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Charlotte, NC (www.allsaintslutheran.org). During his time in Charlotte All Saints went through a congregational move and replant to a new location in South Charlotte. Pastor Schaaf also served as trained firefighter and fire chaplain for the Pleasant Valley Fire Department in Fort Mill, SC. (http://pvfd14.org/wordpress) By the Lord’s grace All Saints grew and found a firm rooting in its new location and Pastor Schaaf served that congregation for 12 years until he was called in 2013 to Grace Lutheran in Grass Valley, CA.
Pastor Schaaf has been very active in Higher Things, a national Lutheran youth organization. He has been invited to speak and teach at numerous Higher Things national and regional conferences and retreats. He also served as chaplain at the Higher Things conference in Utah in 2014. Pastor Schaaf currently serves as the bi-circuit secretary for Circuits 4 and 19 in the CNH District.
Pastor Schaaf enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, camping, hiking, fishing, and playing music and tennis. He loves to cook and he is also a home brewer. If you should desire pastoral care or counseling please feel free to contact Grace Lutheran Church or Pastor Schaaf at anytime, he would be happy to meet with you.
Deaconess 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.