Gloria Dei Leadership, Staff & Council

   Pastor Ed Barnett

The Rev. Edward G. Barnett comes to Gloria Dei Church with a wide variety of experiences in an extensive diversity of locales. A native of West Virginia, he completed his BA in Music at WV Wesleyan College. He then began study for the Holy Ministry, first in Chicago at the Lutheran School of Theology.

While there he served as Music Director for the University Lutheran Center/Church at Northwestern University. He then transferred to Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio where he earned his Master of Divinity and  Master of Arts in Church Music.

His Pastoral Internship was at Trinity Church on the North Side of Pittsburgh where he was immersed in Urban Ministry. His First Call was as Associate at Prince of Peace Church, Dublin, OH, a Columbus suburb. He was then Called to a long-term tenure at St. Peter's Church, Baldwin, NY on Long Island.


Mary Beth Morris, Office Manager

Mary Beth is a native of Schenectady, NY and grew up in Connecticut and New Hampshire. She attended Plymouth State College in Plymouth, New Hampshire and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Norwalk, Connecticut. She and her husband Bill have lived in The Villages, Florida since 2004.

In September 2005 Mary Beth became office manager at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Her duties include, but are not limited to, collecting and formatting all pertinent information to create, copy, and distribute the Sunday bulletins, monthly newsletters, and other publications as needed. Mary Beth also performs all of the duties necessary to keep our church office running smoothly.


Charlene Cranmer, Church Musician and Organist

Meet our new Parish Musician, Charlene Cranmer.  Charlene comes to us with many years as a church musician and a high school music teacher.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting, and a Master of Arts in Teaching.

She is equally at home playing the Rodgers organ and the grand piano at our church.  She is also directing our church choir.  Charlene has been very involved with the American Guild of Organists and has held various positions in that organization. She lives in The Villages with her husband, Steve.  Please call the church office if you'd like to contact Charlene.



President                               Bill Birdsall

Vice President                      Arlene Kelly

Secretary                               Diane Wasser

Treasurer/Financial Secy   Linda Hide


Stewardship                          Arlene Kelly

Property                                Bill Birdsall

                                                Craig Carlson

Worship & Music                 Crystal Kirkpatrick

Social Ministry                     Diane Wasser

Evangelism/Technology     Bill Birdsall

& Communications/Webmaster

Christian Education            Linda Steege

Mission Endowment           Linda Hide

Strategic Planning               Arlene Kelly

   Task Force

                                                  Linda Riikonen

                                                  Loraine Van Haecke




Worship & Music                 Crystal Kirkpatrick

Evangelism/Technology/   Bill Birdsall

& Communications/Webmaster

Social Ministry                     Leone Goding

Property                                Bill Birdsall

Fellowship                            Joe LaHood


Church Staff Liaison           Diane Wasser

Joining Hands Liaison        Diane Wasser

WELCA                                  Loraine Van Haecke

Strategic Planning               Forrest Berg

   Task Force