Jeffrey Borgwardt, Pastor

Pastor Jeff Borgwardt has served at First Lutheran since November 2009.  He is responsible for the spiritual leadership of the congregation and oversight of the church staff.  His areas of passion are preaching, adult discipleship, and community service. 

Prior to his arrival in Longview, Pastor Jeff served congregations in Illinois and Iowa.  He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and hosting parties. His favorite hymn is Beautiful Savior.

John Parsons, Director of Youth and Families

We have recently filled the position of Director of Youth & Family Ministries! John Parsons has joined the staff at First Lutheran. John comes to us from St. MatthewLutheran Church in Fort Worth where he served in a similar position. 

Lou Bass, Director of Worship and Music

Lou Bass has served as the Director of Worship and Music at FLCL since May of 2006. He has spent over 30 years working for churches in marketing and development as well as music. Lou attended Stetson University, Lakeland Theological Seminary, and the Unity School of Christianity.

Lou's favorite hymn is Fairest Lord Jesus (Beautiful Savior), and he enjoys spending time building/fixing computers and parenting his dogs. Lou is an extremely talented piano player, and the congregation enjoys his musical offerings!

Tina Sewell, Church Secretary

Tina Sewell has been the church secretary since November of 2008.  As the secretary, she coordinates all office activities and manages the weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter, and "official" calendar. If you have a question about an activity or event, she is the person in the know!

Growing up with a minister father and marrying the son of another minister, Tina is a self-proclaimed church nerd. Her favorite Bible verse is Matthew 6:26, "Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?"

Tina enjoys spending time with family and traveling.

Karen Smith, Bookkeeper

Karen began working at First Lutheran in 2018. She has already had a very successful career at Good Shepherd. 


2020 Church Council
  • Renee Slegeir, President
  • Jim Hernholm, Vice President
  • Donna Ashby, Secretary
  • Bob Moody, Treasurer
  • Leslie Jenkins, Liaison for Relationship with God
  • Rachel Grundmann, Liaison for Relationship with One Another
  • Vivian McElligott, Liaison for Relationship with the Community