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Rev. Dr. Mari L. Thorkelson with Patrick Foley

Intern James Vitale with Isabel and John Ezra

Greetings from Minnesota! We are excited to begin serving at the American Church in Berlin this fall. We will move to Berlin from St. Paul, Minnesota, where Jim has been pursuing a Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary. We are also excited to bring along our newborn, who is expected to enter the world sometime in August. A native of Albany, New York, Jim graduated from Houghton College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and a minor in English. In his free time, he enjoys writing, listening to and playing music, hiking, cooking, and watching Netflix. A native of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Isabel graduated from Houghton College in 2013 with a Please Note: Jim, Isabel, and new baby to arrive this month are planning to join ACB the first week of October. Let us hold them in our prayers with wishes for a healthy delivery. We are still searching for an apartment closer to church to rent between October 2017 and August 2018.

Office Manager Ric Carpenter

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Amelia PuspitaWe are excited to have Dr. Amelia Puspita serving as ACB Organist. Amelia has been with ACB since June 2011 and is a talented musician and accompanist. Together with her husband, Dr. Andreas Boelcke, they have established the Piano Academy Berlin. You can learn about Dr. Puspita and the Piano Academy Berlin by clicking on the academy's name.

Eva Diestel is ACB's Praise Band leader. She first arrived at ACB with Chamber Choir Director, Travis Shaw in 2010.  Over the past years Eva has accompanied all of ACB's choirs (Chamber Choir, Contemporary Choir and Gospel Choir.) She co-founded the 50 member gospel choir Marvelous Praise and was the keyboarder of the Christian Gospel band, Abraxas. Since 2014 she leads a wonderful group of musicians and singers of the ACB Praise Band on the keyboard during the 13:30 Gospel Praise Service.

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