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1701 Russell Blvd
Davis, CA 95616    (530) 756-5500

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AgendaChurch CouncilMinutes
Tony Tanke, President

Tony and his wife Beth have been LCI members since 2005. As an attorney practicing in Davis, Tony specializes in civil appeals in the California state and federal courts. He has handled church property disputes in multiple denominations. He also teaches law at Santa Clara University. Tony has served for 30 years in numerous positions at the national, synodical, and congregational levels in the ELCA including as: Discipline Committee Member, PLTS Board Member and Trustee of the Graduate Theological Union, Adjunct Professor of Law and Religion at PLTS and the GTU, Sierra Pacific Synod Council Member, Synod Attorney, Candidacy Committee, and many others. He is involved in adult education at LCI.
LCI Documents

LCI Constitution

Hate Speech Resolution

Outside Organizations and Interfaith Dialogue Resolution

Emily Rustad, Vice President

I came to Davis in 2011 to begin graduate school at UC Davis and am currently in the Plant Pathology Department. I joined LCI in the fall of 2011 and have been involved in teaching Sunday school for pre-schoolers and am now a youth group leader for middle schoolers. I love making pancakes and have organized many fundraiser pancake breakfasts over the years at LCI. Some of my favorite things to do include baking and spending time with my wonderful dog, Bernie. I am excited about helping to get a young adult group started at LCI and look forward to continuing to be a part of the vibrant and welcoming community at our church!
Jo Ann Anderson, Secretary

A native Californian, my husband of 29 years is Robert (Andy) Anderson, and we live in Woodland. I have four step-children and six grandchildren.

I graduated from California State University Northridge with a B.S. in Business Administration and worked as a personnel administrator, telephone installation and repair supervisor, Sacramento Mayor/City Council office supervisor, contracts administrator, and school district office supervisor.

A life-long Lutheran, I joined LCI in 2013 where I sing in the choir and work with advocacy and visiting ministry. My faith is very important to me, and I feel passing on God’s word and love to those around me is what life is about. Over the years I have served as youth choir co-leader, youth group sponsor, Sunday School teacher, financial secretary, worship and music chair, community concerns chair, and church council member.
Debbie Kennedy, Treasurer

I grew up in Davis, graduating from Davis High School and have been a member of LCI since 1974.  After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in SF & LA, I worked in women’s fashions in Southern California before returning to Davis where I worked many years in her father’s shoe store.  Later I opened Canterbury Lanes and then worked at County Fair Mall in a variety of positions ending up as the Mall Property Manager.  I am currently employed at the Davis Enterprise.

My passion at LCI runs deep having been active in Education, Sunday School, Youth Group, Council, Council President and I am currently the LCI Treasurer.  On Council I am a voice for improving the financial condition of LCI and for efforts to enhance success in attracting new families to our spiritual journey.  If you are interested in joining LCI or need more information, please contact me at

Cathy Kerr, Financial Secretary

The Kerr family arrived in Davis from Ohio & became members of LCI in 1972. I am a graduate of Capital University and taught elementary school in Ohio for 5 years but was a stay at home Mom during the early childhood years of our 2 children. I returned to the work force in 1979 and worked for the University Food Service at UC Davis for 33 years ultimately as the Administrative Assistant/Controller of the Retail Operations on campus. Involvement at LCI has included coordinating funds for special projects, teaching Sunday School, participating on Altar Guild, & coordinating the Greeter schedule. Currently, I am a member of the Afternoon Book Club and make use of my organizational skills and enjoyment of working with numbers by serving as LCI's Financial Secretary.
Jeff de Ropp

Jeff is a retired UCD scientist and administrator. He has been attending LCI since 2010. He is a long-time resident of Davis, as is his wife Jill. They have two young-adult children. In retirement, Jeff enjoys volunteering in the Davis public schools.
Mick Finn

Mick and wife Kay have been ELCA members since 1978, and LCI members since 2013. They retired to Davis from Indiana in 2012 to be near family.

Mick's previous church positions include worship committee and choir. His B.S. degree from Loyola Chicago includes minors in both theology and philosophy.

His business career includes over 30 years as a technical sales representative--initially for medical instruments, and then in the financial services industry. After retiring from business, Mick taught biology for a metropolitan high school for 6 years.. He continues working with kids today in the Davis schools as a volunteer with the Writing Buddies program.

Carol Huegli

Bio coming soon
Dave Kukis

I grew up in the Sacramento area, graduated from UC Davis, and have been working for the University for almost 30 years. My wife Jen and I love Davis as a vibrant and friendly town, and a wonderful place to raise our daughter Molly. We have been attending LCI since 2011. I have worked in Stewardship in every church I’ve attended, and LCI is no exception. I appreciate it and enjoy it more every year. In previous congregations, I’ve taught Sunday School, served on Council, and served as Financial Secretary.
Marvie Paulson

My husband, Tim and I, moved to Davis in 1991 after serving in the Peace Corps in Botswana, Africa. We joined LCI shortly after moving to Davis. We both were raised in the Lutheran Church. We met in Washington, D.C., where we were part of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. Volunteering has been a big part of my life and has contributed to my passion for social justice. I have been on the synod Hunger Task Force for over 20 years. My faith and commitment to social justice were also nurtured at California Lutheran University, where I graduated with a degree in Religion in 1978. I also earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from CSU Sacramento. Tim and I have 2 daughters, Kessy and Kendal, who are both in college. We both work for Davis Joint Unified School District. I am a school counselor and enjoy talking to students about their future plans and volunteer opportunities they can participate in. Life is full with family activities, church life, work and play.
Pastor Dan Smith

I was born in 1973 in the Los Angeles area and spent the first four years of my life in Iowa, where my father attended seminary.  The son of a pastor, I grew up in Oakland and then Davis, attending Davis High School (class of 1991).  I majored in Biochemistry/Cell Biology at the University of California San Diego (class of 1995) and then studied at the University of Hamburg, Germany during the 1996-97 academic year, where I became fluent in German.  While I was there I became engaged to my wife, Nele, a native of Germany.  We were married in May, 1998, and were thrilled by the births of our two sons, Jakob (2002) and Lukas (2004).

Feeling a call to the ordained ministry, I entered Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary where I earned Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Systematic Theology degrees in 2000, writing my thesis on the theology of the cross in the writings of Martin Luther and Søren Kierkegaard.  I was ordained in 2000, and my first call was to King of Glory Lutheran Church in Orange County, CA (2000-2004), where I was Associate Pastor for Discipling Ministry, responsible for adult education and small groups.  After that, I accepted a call from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in San Carlos, CA in 2004 where I served until 2010 before beginning my ministry at Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in February of 2010.

In addition to pastoral ministry, I am also an academic theologian.  I completed a Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA in 2013, writing a dissertation entitled: Toward a Lutheran Theology of Nature: An Ecological Ethics of the Cross.  One of my great concerns and passions is helping the church go green and move toward a more sustainable way of living with the planet.  I am also a lover of jazz, an avid reader, jogger, a guitar player and a sports nut.  I love children, especially my two boys.  You can reach me by calling the church office or via email at

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