Pastor Sonja Gerstenberger
515-292-2131 or 515-554-4348
Pastor Sonja Gerstenberger joined the St. Andrew’s ministry team in March 2021. She is passionate about making the love of God in Jesus known to the world through ministry, service, and relationship. Pastor Sonja has her B.A. from Wartburg College in English education and is a 2020 graduate of Luther Seminary’s MDiv Distributed Learning program. Pastor Sonja’s ministry is informed by careers in education, human resources, communication, and finally lay ministry. She served for seven years as faith formation director in an ELCA congregation, where she heard and answered the call to ministry. Pastor Sonja and her husband, Scott, have three children (Lucas – 2006, Nikki – 2008, and Analise – 2010) and most anything that can be considered a hobby or pastime involves caring for or spending time with them.
Office and Communications Manager
My name is Brittney Harryman. I moved to Ames in 2019 for college, where I received my BA in Psychology in 2021. I am currently working on a graduate certificate in Family Financial Planning and I have a blog focusing on personal finance. My partner and I have two cats – Mattie and Malaak. I have been teaching myself Arabic, and I enjoy watching tv shows and playing video games.
Director of Choral Ministries
Steve Hoifeldt directs the adult choir at St. Andrew’s and is well-known in central Iowa for his excellent choral directing. He grew up in Iowa and has lived here most of his life. He received a BA in Vocal Performance from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS and a MA in Vocal Performance from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He has been teaching in Ames as a private voice instructor and choral conductor for over 30 years. He teaches Applied Voice, Music Appreciation and World Music and directs several choirs in the area.
Sarah is the organist at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (2005-present, 1973-1980). Previously, Sarah was organist and choir director at Atonement Lutheran Church, Springfield, IL. She has also substituted as organist at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, West Salem, WI, United Church of Christ in Ames, IA, and Northminister Presbyterian Church, Ames IA. Sarah holds a B.S. in Industrial Administration, as well as an MBA, both from Iowa State University.
Connie serves St. Andrew’s as choir accompanist and instrumental ensemble director. Her music background includes 25 years teaching vocal and general music at schools in Illinois and Iowa. Besides music, Connie enjoys gardening, travel, sewing and reading. Connie and her husband, Tom (DMACC instructior) have two grown children—Joe in Pennsylvania and Megan in Colorado.