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


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Church Staff

Reverend
Daniel R. Smith

Pastor


pastor@lcidavis.org

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.

Elaine Sawyer
Office Administrator



office@lcidavis.org
I was born in Massachusetts and spent the first 19 years of my life living throughout the New England area, including my birth state of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. And though I’ve been in California since, I still consider myself a New England girl at heart. Nothing compares to the autumns back there…or the maple syrup! I’ve worked mostly in the administrative field while raising my children: Brandon (born in October of 1991) and Kaitlyn (born in April of 2001). LCI has been more important to me than I have the words to describe. In addition to working here, I’ve become active in fellowship, worship and volunteering. I’ve never met a group of people who are more welcoming, supportive and loving than the folks here at LCI. They truly are a special congregation and I’m proud to call them my friends.

Lindsey Burns
Lay Youth &
Family Minister


youth@lcidavis.org
I was born in 1979 and raised in the Sacramento area untilI graduation from Casa Roble High School in 1997. As a high school student I became involved in the Sierra Pacific Synod Youth Committee and discovered my love of working with other youth forging their faith journeys. I also spent a great deal of time serving my church musically through singing in choir, playing piano for the children’s choir and accompanying different groups on the flute. In the fall of 1997 I moved to Davis California where I attended UCDavis majoring in History. I continued my love of music by playing in the UC Davis Marching Band and taking as many music classes as I could. It was at UC Davis where I met my husband Travis and we were engaged a couple months before I graduated in the summer of 2001.

After graduation I entered into the management trainee program through Enterprise Rent-a-Car and worked my way up to Regional Sales Executive. During my almost ten years at Enterprise I gave birth to my daughter Reagan (2007) and my son Ethan (2010). After I re-entered the workforce from my second maternity leave I felt my heart pulling me in a new direction.

While worshiping at Advent in Citrus Heights the need for a Youth Director was publicized. Because of the wonderful experiences I had in youth group growing up and the great church leaders I had, I knew that this was what I had been looking for.

I started working with the High School and Junior High groups in December of 2010 and haven’t looked back.

Being a youth leader allows me to work with great kids and parents and has given me a chance to see how our Lord works through young people.

In my free time I play and teach piano as well as run around after my two kids on the soccer and baseball fields. I also enjoy spending as much time out doors as I can camping, hiking or on the lake.

Sam Bachelder
Worship Musician


music@lcidavis.org

I was born and grew up in Farmingdale, Maine. When I was nine years old I began studying piano and immediately fell in love with music. This love affair was partly inspired by the musical taste of grandparents, who avidly listened to everything from Ahmad Jamal to Tchaikovsky. I studied music at New York University, during which time I was also active as a church pianist at St. George's church in Manhattan. After graduating college, I became the full-time organist at the Church of St. James the Less in Queens, NY. In 2014 I joined the Air Force to be a full-time musician and pianist in the Air Force Band of the Golden West. This brought me to California, where I am very grateful to have found the congregation at LCI. It's impossible to say how grateful I've been for the graciousness and generosity I've been shown. I'm very excited to be part of the worship team here at LCI and am looking forward to making much more music here in the future!

Anthony Lien
Choir Director


choir@lcidavis.org
The Holy Spirit is alive and at work in the worship and music life of LCI and I am excited to be a part of it.  I have served as Choir Director here since January 2003 and have been overwhelmed by the blessings I have received.

I hold a Ph.D. in musicology (UC Davis) and masters degrees in both choral conducting (UC Irvine) and theology (Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary), and I bring to LCI a diverse background in Lutheran theology, ministry, and music.  I have conducted junior high, high school, collegiate, and professional choral and instrumental ensembles, taught students of all ages, and served as an adjudicator for vocal and instrumental competitions.

If you are interested in joining LCI's choir or have any questions about our music ministry, feel free to email me at choir@lcidavis.org, or simply show up at any one of our Thursday evening (7:00 pm) rehearsals.  Auditions and music reading skills are NOT required.  During the summer there is no evening rehearsal; instead we meet one hour before worship each week to prepare a song for that service.  Please visit the LCI Worship & Music page for more information.

Cathy Young
Nursery Care Lead


I was raised in Pennsylvania and attended Cabrini College.  I taught middle school English for two years before moving to Davis.  After teaching K-12 in Vacaville for another 11 years, I resigned to assume caregiving responsibilities.  Recently I have worked as a nature educator with Camp Putah, Explorit, Yolo Basin Foundation, and the UC Davis Arboretum, as well as a nursery caregiver at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin.


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