ELC Staff

Jeffery L. Carpenter, Pastor  

Beth Olejniczak, Deaconess  

Lynne Martin & Beth Olejniczak, Parish Nurses  

VACANT, Director of Music Ministries–Apply Now


Jeffery L. Carpenter, Pastor
Phone: 479-442-3040      
email: pastorcarpenter@elcnwa.org

Pastor Carpenter was born in a military hospital in Panama while his father was serving in the Army during Vietnam War. After his father completed his service, the family returned to the U.S. Pastor Carpenter attended different schools during his childhood as his family moved frequently.

During his senior year in high school, he met his sweetheart, Nanette who was then a junior. They began dating and after graduating high school, they both attended the University of Arizona. It was during their time at the university, that they were invited to attend a Lutheran Church near the campus, called Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  In time, they both participated in adult bible courses and in 1989, they became members of the church.

In 1990, Pastor Carpenter received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona. He and Nanette were engaged and in July of 1991, he married his high school sweetheart. They lived in Tucson, Arizona for two years, and in 1993, they moved to Austin, Texas so Pastor Carpenter could attend the Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest. While in Austin, God blessed them with their first son, Jeffery.  After completing his Masters of Divinity Degree in 1997, he took a call to North Central Kansas where he served a Two-Point Parrish with approximately 500 members. The congregations were Olsburg Lutheran Church and Walsburg Lutheran Church.  In 1999, their second son, Joshua was born in Manhattan, Kansas.

In 2000, the family moved to Fredericksburg, Texas where he served on a pastoral team as a co-pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church, a congregation of about 1,000 members.  During their time at Bethany, God blessed them with their third son, Jacob.

In 2006, the family moved to Boerne, Texas where he served on pastoral team at St John Lutheran Church, a congregation of about 1300. He served that congregation for almost 11 years.

In 2017, Pastor Carpenter was called by the faithful people of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas to serve as their first full time pastor. He will be installed as their pastor on Easter Sunday.

Pastor Carpenter has enjoyed a variety of sports and outdoor activities over the years including football, basketball, baseball, motocross, road and mountain bike racing, skiing, hunting, fishing, camping etc. He has been blessed to serve with church friends on Disaster Relief Teams over the years. He has also participated in international mission and ministry projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Honduras and Mexico.


Deaconess Beth Olejnizak

Beth Olejniczak, MSN, RN is our Deaconess. She received her BSN in 1987 & MSN in 2007 from Valparaiso University. Her specialty areas are women’s health and faith community nursing. She began her deaconess formation process with the Lutheran Deaconess Association in 2011. She believes that health is a dynamic process that encompasses the spiritual, psychological, physical & social dimensions of the person. As parish nurse, she focuses on the whole person to emphasize wellness, disease prevention and health promotion, including healthy spirituality. Her care is based on the belief that health is growth toward wellbeing and emphasizes the interrelationship of body, mind and spirit. Health is related to everything a person does, thinks, and feels and is not merely the absence of disease. As a servant leader, Beth believes her work & caring for others is that of the hands and feet of Christ in this world. She also assists Pastor Carpenter with worship services, Christian Education, and visiting those who are home bound or hospitalized.

Phone: 479-442-3040

Email: betholejniczak15@gmail.com



Parish Nurses

We are fortunate to have two well qualified. professional nurses to serve our Congregation:

Lynne Martin

Beth Olejniczak

The scope and nature of the Health Ministry program can be fond by GOING HERE.



Director of Music Ministries (VACANT)

With the resignation of Dr. Tatiana Taylor to accept a teaching position in Missouri, we are searching for someone to fill our part-time position as Director of Music Ministries..

If you or know of anyone who is qualified/interested in this position, we encourage you/them to apply.   To learn more about the position GO HERE!!!