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Dear ACB Congregation,
Margit and I are excited about your invitation to  join you in this Interim time as you seek a new pastor.
We are grateful for the ministry that Pastor Steve and Kristi and family have shared in these past 7 years. We wish them God's richest blessings as they return to the States sharing their God-given gifts and talents. They will be missed.
Our plans are to leave Minnesota on Tuesday, October 17 and arrive in Berlin on Wednesday the 18th. We will return Tuesday, May 1. We will communicate more details soon.
We had the privilege of having Jim,Isabel and Ezra in our home Friday night for supper. They are delightful! We are excited to be able to share in part of his internship this coming year.
Thank you for all you are doing to make this transition smooth for all of us. We feel your love.
See you soon!
Ben and Margit Coltvet

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.

DIale ConradDiale Conrad joined the office staff as Financial Secretary in April of 2011. Although she originally hails from Cameroon, she has lived in Germany since 1986 with short stints abroad. Diale studied International Relations in Uganda, and after settling in Germany she returned with her husband and family to Uganda and worked from 1996-2002 for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German Agency for International Cooperation).

Diale sings with the ACB Gospel Choir and volunteers in various activities. One of her favorite projects is helping to prepare for the ACB Thanksgiving Event.

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.

 Chamber Choir Director Drew Luther 

Andrew Lusher, a native of Syracuse, NY, graduated in 2014 with a degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. While at Westminster he made multiple recordings and performed with orchestras from the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the London Philharmonia at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Relocating to Yorktown, VA he was a full-time choir director for the York County School Division as well as the Director of Music at KirkWood Presbyterian Church in Yorktown. Lusher is in his second year of his studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin where he is pursuing a Masters in Choral Conducting. In addition to his studies he holds a lectureship position at the Musikgymnasium Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach and guest conducts various choral ensembles throughout Berlin. 

Having started singing in the church choir in the 8th grade Lusher has since been a part of church music programs in multiple capacities from Worship Leader, Cantor, Staff Singer, and Director of Music in Catholic, Episcopal, and Presbyterian congregations. He is particularly passionate about congregational singing and believes that it is the calling of every worshiper to lift their voice in worship.  He is excited to join the ACB community and looks forward to a fruitful time together. 

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