Ron Unger, Pastor
Ronald B. Unger was born in 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Evanston and Wilmette, Illinois. Ron graduated from Concordia College in Ft. Wayne, Indiana with a B.A. degree in 1965. He attended Concordia Theological Seminary in St Louis, Missouri receiving a Master of Divinity degree in 1969. His internship was in Brooklyn, New York.
Rev. Unger was first called to serve as pastor of Peace Lutheran Church & Student Center on the campus of DePaul University in Greencastle, Indiana (1969-1974). His next call was in North Canton, Ohio at Holy Cross Lutheran Church (1974-1983). From 1983-1987, he served St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1987, Ron moved to the Greater New Orleans area serving St Paul Lutheran Church (1987-1991), Bethlehem Lutheran Church as a vacancy pastor (1994-1999), and Lutheran Church of the Galilean (1995-2005). Pastor Unger is currently serving as Pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Kenner.Rev. Unger has served campus, suburban and inner city congregations. The churches have been white, multi-cultural or African American. They have been situated in the Midwest, Northeast, and the South. In the early and mid 1990's, he served as Catholic Charities Administrator of RAIN (Regional AIDS Inter-faith Network), a state-wide program of congregational based care teams serving people living with AIDS. This was followed by service as the Executive Director of the Northlake AIDS Network (the primary AIDS agency for Region 9 of Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals) before returning to full-time ministry.
He and Deborah have been married for sixteen years Deborah teaches Gifted English at Hahnville High School. They share four grown children: Natasha and Nina Unger, and Brad and Amanda Baudot.
Sandra Barnes, Associate in Ministry
Sandra Barnes has lived in the New Orleans area all of her life, graduating Valedictorian from Riverdale High School. She then attended Loyola University in New Orleans from which she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies as a Presidential Honors Scholar.
Sandra completed an internship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Marrero. As an Associate in Ministry (AIM), she served House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Harvey for four years while they went through the call process. In October 2003, Christ the King Lutheran Church called Sandra to serve as Associate in Ministry for Parish Education. She then served as Transitional Pastor before Rev. Ron Unger was called. Sandra Barnes is currently going through the candidacy process for ordination and attends Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.
Throughout her ministry and career, Sandra has devoted herself to children. In addition to her service at Christ the King, Sandra is also an elementary school teacher. She has been teaching since 1989, and has won a variety of educational awards over the years. Sandra and her husband David have two children, Robert and Samantha. In their precious little spare time, they love camping and Disney World.