Leadership Team

Meet Our Staff

Committed to Instilling Faith into All Congregants
Our Waldheim UMC staff exists to serve God, you, and the church. We love what we do, and we want to help you in your efforts to be involved in our faith community and to grow in Christ. Please feel free to contact us using our email address listed in our biography.

Katie Glass

Katie Glass

Pastor

My name is Katie Glass, and I am 28 years old. I first received my call to ministry while I was a senior in High School, and while it took me some time to accept that call, I am glad I did. I attended Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana, where I graduated with honors and received my bachelor’s degree in Christian Education. I then went to Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas, where I again graduated with honors and received my Master of Divinity. Following graduation, I received my first appointment as Associate Pastor at FUMC Alexandria. I was then appointed to serve Louisiana Memorial in Opelousas and First United Methodist Church Eunice in Eunice! I was ordained a this past annual conference  in June of 2022 after ten years of work and dedication. 

I am very passionate about making scripture, worship, and church accessible to all people, which has led me to do some work in disability ministries. I believe church should be open to all people. My goal is to provide a place of worship where everyone feels like they  belong and have a seat at the table.

My favorite scripture is Micah 6:8, which says, “He has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.” This verse is the guide of how I do ministry.

Pasha Johansen

Pasha Johansen

Technical Director

Pasha’s love of technology, coupled with his aesthetic sensibilities in photography and videography make him a natural fit as our A/V Leader.
Vera Zholondz

Vera Zholondz

Traditional Worship Leader

 

Originally from Eastern Europe, pianist, violinist, vocalist and organist Vera Zholondz was born in Voronezh, Russia, into a family of musicians.
Growing up in a rich musical environment, Vera started playing the piano and the violin, as well as singing in a choir at the age of four in the Children’s School of Arts in her hometown. At age 7, Vera entered Voronezh Professional School of Music for gifted children, studying violin, piano and singing in the Voronezh School of Music Concert Choir, where she sang for 7 years. 

Vera also serves as a pianist for Northlake Performing Arts Society. Some of the latest performances have been a concert with Trisha Yearwood (Baton Rouge, La, 2020) and numerous performances of an all-Piazzolla tango program in collaboration with her brother, Anton Zholondz, as well as a recent recording session with Mrs. Rebecca Posey – also an instructor at Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts. Vera is excited and thankful to join wonderful Waldheim Church community and serve as a music leader in both Waldheim and First United Methodist Church in Covington.

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