MEET OUR PASTOR AND STAFF
PASTOR ZACHARY DEAN
MINISTER OF MUSIC
Pastor Zach grew up on Long Island, attending Saint John Lutheran Church in Bellmore. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Queens College, and then pursued his Master’s of Divinity at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia. During seminary, he served as Seminarian at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in King of Prussia, PA and as Vicar at Calvary Lutheran Church, West Chester, PA. He also served as port chaplain to those who work on cargo ships with Seafarer’s International House in the post of Newark, NJ.
With a passion for the worship life of the church, he loves to discover God at work drawing us into deeper relationship and then sending us to love our neighbor. This passion grew when he was serving as Minister of Music at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in New York City, where he first felt the call to ordained ministry.
Now that he is back on Long Island, Pastor Zach is excited to be close to the beach where he can ride his bike with his fiance, Ana. Together, they live here right in Hauppauge so Pastor Zach can be close to those he is in ministry with.
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.
Minister of Music
PATRICIA MACKAY BOMBACE
PARISH ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT