Our Staff


Rev. Jeff Marquardt, Pastor

I have had the privilege of being the pastor at LNLC since February 2009. Born in the Midwest and a graduate of Concordia College, Portland, Oregon,  and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, I was ordained in 1994.  Prior to LNLC I served congregations in Virginia and Florida.  My wife Nancy and I met in Japan as we served as lay missionaries there.  We are blessed with four children.  
As you can see, I've called a lot of places home over the years, but I'm very pleased to call "Denver of the East" home!  Favorite pastimes include reading, gardening, kayaking, camping and spending time with family.  My favorite chapter of the Bible is Romans 8.  I'm excited about the future ministry that Lake Norman Lutheran has in store for its members and friends and communities. 



Rev. Mark Schild, Assistant Pastor

I grew up in Dolton, Illinois. I work in the IT field and am employed with Lincoln Charter School. In addition to my work as Assistant Pastor here at Lake Norman Lutheran Church, I am also our Youth Ministry Leader and have enjoyed attending many National Youth Gatherings and taking our youth on mission trips. I have been married to my wife Patty since 1997 and we have a son, Kenny.



Eddie Ryhne, Lay Deacon Intern

I am a life-time resident of Lincoln County. I was born and grew up on our family farm in the Vale area of the county. I am also very proud to be a life-time member of the Lutheran faith. My wife Debby and I have been married for 22 years and we have 3 wonderful children and 4 terrific grandchildren. It is indeed an awesome blessing to have the opportunity to serve Lake Norman Lutheran Church as your Lay Deacon Intern.


Reita Smyre, Administrative Assistant 
My name is Reita Smyre and I am a Charter Member of Lake Norman Lutheran Church. I was born in Wilmington, NC; however, my family soon moved to Charlotte, NC where I grew up. I have been married to my wonderful husband Paul Smyre for 55 wonderful years and we have 3 married children and 5 grandchildren. I am a member of the Altar Guild, a Stephen Minister and the Administrative Assistant for Lake Norman Lutheran Church. I have been active with the church for over 40 years and love the church fellowship with fellow Christians.  



Jenna Creque, Music Director

I was born and raised on a potato/hog farm in Wauseon, Ohio and am the only daughter to Jan and Linda Bernath. I have three brothers named Nathan, Jaron and Micah Bernath. My husband Scott Creque and I have been happily married for eleven years now. We have three wonderful children--Jayden, Clairissa Jo and Lincoln. I’m a 2008 graduate of Toledo University in Toledo, Ohio, where I received a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing the piano and flute, reading, cooking, knitting, crocheting and walking.
I am very excited and blessed to be given the opportunity to be Lake Norman Lutheran Church’s Music Director. I have played piano for 23 years and was the church organist for 11 years at St. James Lutheran in Archbold, Ohio before getting married. I am currently a stay at home mom and teach piano lessons in the evenings out of my home. I look forward to using my talent to serve the Lord and bring others to Christ at Lake Norman Lutheran.