Pastor Laurie Cline received her Master of Divinity degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now part of United Lutheran Seminary.)  She was called to serve Saint John Lutheran Church in Bellmore in May, 1997 and was pastor there for twenty-one years.  During that time Pastor Laurie served as Dean of the Eastern Nassau Conference, convener of the Bellmore Merrick Clergy Group, and on the Diaconate Council of the Metropolitan New York Synod, in addition to other synodical committees and community groups.  She also served as coverage pastor for several congregations and was called upon as a mediator.  Pastor Laurie has been a member of the Lutheran Anglican Roman Catholic (LARC) Dialogue of Long Island for twenty years.  She retired from full time ministry in July 2018 and now serves as an interim pastor for the Metropolitan New York Synod.


Prior to her call to ministry Pastor Laurie was a preschool teacher and a staff accountant.  She has been married for 47 years to Edward and they have three adult children and their spouses and seven grandchildren. 


Pastor Laurie is honored and excited to serve with the people of Calvary Lutheran Church during this interim period. 

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Paul Elsener began piano lessons with Helen Vrionides at age thirteen. Following a few years of piano studies, he also started studying organ. All of his music skills have been developed over the years through private lessons. Other teachers over the years included Rossina Vrionides, Joyce Haraka and Walter Klauss. Paul has played in Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, Congregational and Christian Science churches. He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and is the current dean of the Suffolk Chapter of the AGO. Much of his continuing education has been through conferences, workshops and master classes over the years.  He has been at Calvary Lutheran Church since November 2007. In addition to his private music studies, Paul holds an undergraduate liberal arts degree and a graduate degree in library and information science. He retired as director of the Harborfields Public Library in 2005. Over the years Paul also worked in his sister's pipe organ servicing and tuning business.  

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Paul Elsener

Minister of Music