ELC Staff

Jeffery L. Carpenter, Pastor  

Doug Hallenbeck, Director of Music Ministries  

 

Volunteer Professional Staff:

     Beth Olejniczak, Deaconess  

     Lynne Martin & Beth Olejniczak, Parish Nurses  

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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.

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Doug Hallenbeck, Director of Music Ministries 

Email: musicdir@elcnwa.org

Douglas Hallenbeck began his music career playing for church as a young man.  He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the position of Director of Music Ministries having served in that capacity in several churches including Christ United Methodist Church, Olean, NY; Faith Congregational Church, Hartford, CT and Ridgecrest United Methodist, CA.    Douglas received his musical education from his maternal grandmother before attending Union Springs Academy (NY); Thayer Conservatory (MA) and The Julliard School Summer Program at the Chautauqua Institution (NY)

Douglas ran a singing studio in the New York area for many years where he was able to place students in leading universities and conservatories including The Julliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School, Indiana University and Cincinnati Conservatory.  Students were featured in supporting roles in the Broadway revival of “Annie Get Your Gun” with Bernadette Peters and Cheryl Ladd, the international tour of “The Sound of Music” with Marie Osmond and Bob Fosse’s “Dancin’” to name a few. 

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Holland America Line hired Douglas as a vocal coach/arranger where he prepared singers for featured roles on numerous ships in Broadway, light opera and pop shows in shipboard entertainment.  His original music arrangements in “Cantare” won the 2011 Magellan Award for Best New Show on the High Seas and he additionally won Magellan Awards in 2013 and 2014 for arrangements for “Classique” and “Droom”.     Highlights for all of these shows are can be found on YouTube.   In 2015, Douglas was hired as tour choir director for Barry Manilow’s “One Last Time” tour which extended into mid-2016.  He has continued to work for Mr. Manilow as choir director on an as needed basis.  In December 2018, he toured with “The Very Barry Christmas” show in Florida and California. 

Douglas is honored to serve as the Director of Music for Emmanuel Lutheran Church Fayetteville.  Having recently relocated to the natural beauty of Arkansas, he is happy to have a local church family and the opportunity to serve God through music ministry.  Douglas prays for God’s blessings  for the Emmanuel Lutheran Music Ministry in the years to come. 

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Deaconess Beth Olejniczak

Email:  betholejniczak15@gmail.com

Phone:
Contact Church Office-479-442-3040

 

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.

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Parish Nurses

Phone: Please call the Church Office-479-442-3040

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

Lynne Martin
Email: lynne1241@att.net

Beth Olejniczak
Email:  betholejniczak15@gmail.com

Our Parish Nurses are dedicated to improving the physical and spiritual health of ELC families providing life enhancing opportunities though counseling, education, group activities and empathetic support.  They are fully accountable to achieve interventions that enhance healing, spiritual growth and spiritual well being and  to celebrate these successes.

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