Staff

The Reverend Paul (Joe) B Conner

Pastor

Before entering the Ministry, Pastor Conner became a Naval Officer after graduating from The Citadel in South Carolina in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Zoology. Pastor Conner has been in the Ministry since 1987 after earning a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He has served in three parishes ( in one moving from Associate Pastor for Christian Ed. & Youth to Senior Pastor from 1989 to 1994 ). He also shepherded the Zion Lutheran Church in Staten Island, N.Y. through the 9/11 trauma after the terror attacks (from 1994 to 2003 ). He was Pastor of Hope Lutheran church in St. Petersburg from 2004 to Sep 2010. He joined Lamb of God as Senior Pastor on Sept 14, 2010.

Philippa White

Administrative Assistant

Philippa was born in Nassau, Bahamas and grew up in Iran, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. She and her family moved back to the United States when she was 13 years old. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1990 with a degree in International Relations. After college she returned overseas, working for an American non-governmental development organization in Angola and Mozambique in southern Africa. She then moved to Kuwait where she worked diplomatic security at the U.S. Embassy and at the U.S. Army Base, Camp Doha. Upon returning to the United States in 1999, she moved to San Antonio, TX where she worked as a detector dog trainer and handler, doing drug and bomb searches in the public schools throughout the state of Texas. In April 2001, Philippa moved to Florida. She worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car for five years before joining the staff of Lamb of God in December 2007.

Bill O'Rourke

Music Ministry Coordinator/Choir Director

As a professional church soloist, choral singer, private teacher and choir director throughout more than four decades, Mr.O'Rourke has developed a way to teach that is fun and exciting. Equally comfortable as a soloist, choir member or Choir Director, he has worked in the church almost continuously since the age of thirteen.

Having performed at New York's Carnegie Hall as a member of the American Youth Performs Chorus at the age of thirteen, Mr. O'Rourke was a sought after church and synagogue soloist throughout his early years as a singer. Studying at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York, Mr. O'Rourke studied for four years under Operatic Bass-Baritone, Herbert Beattie.

Comfortable in styles from Opera to Country, Mr. O'Rourke has performed in over one-thousand concerts and has sung a wide variety of music. Having sung at St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Thomas's Church and Riverside Church in New York City, Mr. O'Rourke is highly experienced in singing and directing the music of the church. Having been a long time member of "The Bach Choir of Bethlehem" in Pennsylvania, a renowned and recorded choir, Mr. O'Rourke is an expert on the performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and he has performed with several choirs while touring throughout Europe.

As a founding member of "The Summer Harmony" chorus in Allentown, PA, Mr.O'Rourke has performed just about every other style of music that you can think of.Having appeared as a back up singer for Andy Williams and the Cheiftains at the State Theater in Easton, PA, there is very little that Mr. O'Rourke is not musically familiar with.

For more than 8 years, Mr. O'Rourke was previously the Director of both the Vocal and Bell Choirs at Elim Lutheran Church in Port
Orchard, Washington. Mr.O'Rourke was also extremely active in the Kitsap County, WA area as a church musician and vocal soloist and vocal coach.

Brenda Kavelak

Church Musician/Organist

Brenda was born and raised in Ridgway, PA. After business college, she worked as a secretary for the electric utility office for 20 years. During the years Ridgway she filled in as a substitute, playing organ and piano for Bethlehem Lutheran Church. After marrying her husband, Rich, they moved to Brockway, PA where she played for Moorhead Methodist Church. Brenda has four step-children and 10 grandchildren. Upon moving to Lake Wales, FL she became a member of Lamb of God Lutheran Church and enjoyed substituting for the Director of Music when needed. Brenda has worked for various law offices in Lake Wales and is currently employed at Bunting,Tripp & Ingley, LLP, an accounting firm located in Lake Wales. Her hobbies include working in stained glass, crafts, reading, baking, cooking and enjoying time at the beach.

Liz Heidegger

Director of Youth Choirs and Handbell Choirs

Liz has a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Capital University, in Columbus, Ohio. She also achieved the Mastery of Kodaly Certification and Level I and Level II of Orff Certification. While teaching music for 29 years in the public school system in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Florida., she also was a presenter on Performance-based Teaching and Sequential Teaching with State Goals and National Standards at county and state workshops for teachers. Liz's middle school choirs received outstanding ratings at state contests.

Beyond teaching school Liz was very active in the music programs of the following churches where her husband was pastor: St. Peter's Lutheran, Stendal, IN: started a children's choir, directed the adult choir and was the organist; St. John Lutheran, Ft. Wayne IN: sang in the adult choir and directed the church school choir; Zion Lutheran, Elgin IL: started a choir school for young children which developed into a childrens choir and a youth choir, directed the adult choir, and was the organist; Bethel Lutheran, Bartonville IL: directed three children / youth choirs and started three handbell choirs (two for children and one for adults), sang in the adult choir and was the substitute organist. While her husband was Chaplain at the Good Samaritan Village in Kissimmee FL, Liz started two handbell choirs for residents, playing several years at Walt Disney World for the Christmas season. Liz has over 20 years experience in directing handbell choirs for all ages. After joining Lamb of God Lutheran in 2002, Liz was a substitute organist, joined the adult chorale, played in the handbell choir, and started a children's choir which developed into the present youth choir.