Rev. Martin Schultheis
Pastor Martin’s love for the city began early, having been raised in what some would describe as rougher communities in New York City and Baltimore, but which he always viewed as simply growing up among neighbors and friends. He interned in North St. Louis City and then served as pastor of his first church in Long Island, where he also helped lead cross cultural ministry efforts throughout NYC. Pastor Martin moved back to Baltimore when he took the call to pastor Emmanuel Lutheran Church in 2004. Located just inside the beltway on the west side of Baltimore, Emmanuel is now a multi-ethnic, thriving congregation and K-8 school . Ultimately, Pastor Martin loves the city and knows how much his Lord loves all whom He has created.
Tina Jasion, ACC, DCO
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Tina has a great passion for helping people reach their God-given potential and a keen ability to translate big picture ideas into accomplishable tasks. Tina is the puzzle master of the team, sorting through the pieces and putting them in place. She lives her life to B.L.E.S.S. people (Befriend, Listen & Learn, Eat Together, Serve, and Share). Once a month, Tina coordinates a community care outreach involving local churches that includes a hot meal, sandwiches to go, fresh fruit and personal care items. Tina has a B.S. in Business Administration and a M.A. in Christian Outreach. She has an ACC certification from the International Coach Federation and also works with ministry teams in the U.S. and internationally developing new ministries. Her life motto is “to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT and REFERRAL SERVICES DIRECTOR
LeChelle, whose child attends Emmanuel Lutheran School, has 16 years of experience working in some of Maryland’s highly noted non-profits specifically with underserved men. LeChelle has gained a vast amount of knowledge and certifications to support her role in both writing and implementing workforce development programs. LeChelle has developed relationships through her outreach in the community with the men and tells the story to whomever will listen: “The men on Pennsylvania are just like me. I’ve been judged, lost my father very young and in most cases felt that no one loved me, but God. If God can lead me out of darkness I know he can do the same for the men. In this life I’m learning that every trial that I’ve gone through has just been testimonies to share with the men.”
FOOD PRODUCTION DIRECTOR
Marlena is a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and a graduate of the Food Science program at Penn State University. She has over 14 years of professional food industry experience and has worked with diverse food products, in various capacities, including Product Development, Quality, and Regulatory, at both larger and smaller companies. She has also studied Pastoral Counseling as part of her passion to serve others. Her versatile skill set coupled with her strong interest in workforce development, uniquely positions her in this role. She believes the Lord has finally responded to her longing for the chance to work in a position where food and ministering to others can intersect.