Since December 2016, Rev. Bill Schwertlich is Hosanna’s part-time Interim Senior Pastor during our pastoral search and call process. He serves under call from the ELCA Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod Council. He has thirty-three years of experience as an ordained Lutheran pastor.
Bill, 61, was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He began studies at Concordia University at Austin and completed his Bachelor’s in Elementary Education Concordia University, Chicago in 1978. He completed his Master of Divinity degree in 1982 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri and was ordained the same year.
Pastor Bill has served in a variety of ministry positions, including solo, assistant, associate and interim pastorates throughout Texas. He has served in interim positions since 2007. During his career, Pastor Bill has studied Family Systems process promoting healthy relationships and has completed training in the Bridgebuilder and Healthy Congregations processes.
Pastor Schwertlich and his wife, Kathleen, have their home in Bear Creek Meadows in Katy. Kathleen is a 1977 graduate of Texas Lutheran University. They were married on January 1, 1984 and have no children. They have lived in the greater Houston/Katy area for over 30 years. Both are grateful to God for the blessing of a new opportunity to serve among God’s people at Hosanna Lutheran.
Anna Marie Flusche, O.P., is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Houston. She has been organist at Hosanna since 1989. Previously she served at St. Michael Catholic Church in Houston for 18 years. During her time at Hosanna she has also worked at St. Christopher Catholic Church, Houston and at St. Christopher Catholic School, where she was in charge of the liturgical music for the school.
Sister Anna Marie received her Bachelor of Music degree from Dominican College in Houston, her Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree (the first!) from the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University in Houston.
Sister Anna Marie is the author of the book The Life and Legend of Gerbert of Aurillac: The Organbuilder Who Became Pope Sylvester II (The Edwin Mellen Press). She is a member of the Houston chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and is on the steering committee which is preparing for the AGO national convention in Houston in 2016.
Sarah Łysiak, director of choral activities at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas, is currently in her first season as a member of the Houston Grand Opera Chorus, and maintains an active teaching studio of over 25 students. Equally at home on stage, her recent engagements have included the roles of Mimí in La Bohème, Marianne in Der Rosenkavalier, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Matilde Neruda in Il Postino, First Lady in The Magic Flute, La Baronne in La Vie Parisienne, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, and Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte. Ms. Łysiak is a graduate of the acclaimed opera program at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, and received her undergraduate training from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Łysiak currently resides in Houston and studies privately with Rice University professor, Barbara Paver.
Emma Hartmann is the Family Life Director at Hosanna Lutheran Church. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2015 and is working on her Masters of Social Work at the University of Houston. Emma has been a member of Hosanna since 2003 and enjoys volunteering, traveling, spending time with family and friends and petting her cats.