Staff

Pastor Randy Buecheler

Senior Pastor
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Pastor Buecheler is a Southern California native. He grew up spending many weekends and vacations in Lake Arrowhead after his parents bought a cabin when he was three years old.  During college, he worked on Lake Arrowhead as Lake Patrol.  He is an Eagle Scout.  Pastor Buecheler was called to serve at Mt. Calvary in 1996.  Since arriving the church has continued to grow, opening a Child Care Center in Running Springs and expanding its ministries in Lake Arrowhead. Pastor Buecheler is  always looking for new ways to connect people to Jesus. He is a member of the Lake Arrowhead Rotary and is a Hospital Chaplain at Mountains Community Hospital. He is married to Dr. Nancy Buecheler, a Financial Associate of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. They have four daughters, Rachel, Abby, Anna, and Emily.

Pastor Greg Robertson

Visitation Pastor
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Pastor Robertson grew up in Corona, CA, and became a member of the LCMS through adult confirmation at Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church, Irvine, CA, in 1983. He has spent extensive time involved in missions, having lived in Germany (almost three years), in Indonesia (almost four years), and having made many mission trips to Mexico, a trip to Guatemala, and trips to other countries. He has done pastoral internships in inner city Detroit (summer, 1989) and in S. Central Los Angeles (’90 – ’91) and has worked in prison ministry. In 2005 Pastor Robertson was certified for pastoral ministry in the LCMS. From 2008-2016 his primary work has been as the Certified Administrator, owner, and operator of Mountain View Terrace, a state licensed “six-bed” Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) in Redlands, CA. Pastor Robertson closed his RCFE in 2016 and soon thereafter began attending Mt. Calvary. Robertson quickly fell in love with the Mt. Calvary congregation and Pastor Buecheler soon began putting him to work. Robertson is a chaplain at Mountains Community Hospital where he does weekly services, is the visitation pastor to hospitalized congregation members, is a chaplain for a local chapter of the Christian Motorcyclist Association, teaches Growth Group classes at Mt. Calvary, and fills the pulpit for Pastor Buecheler when his busy schedule takes him out of town.

Bob Scholz

Music Director/DCE
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Bob came to Mt. Calvary in 1995 and serves as director of Mt. Calvary’s choirs and praise team, plans worship, plays the organ and piano, and assists in a myriad of ministries.  He is the musical director for Mt. Calvary’s annual Broadway show and plans special events such as concerts and hymn festivals. Bob is a native of San Jose, Ca., and gained his first mountain-living experiences visiting his grandparent’s cabin in the High Sierras each summer growing up.  Bob trained as a church musician and as a director of Christian Education at Concordia University, Irvine. He also has a graduate degree in organ from Cal State Fullerton. He believes the mission of the church is to continually share the good news of God’s grace, to offer worship and praise to God, and to reach out and care for its members and the community around it.

Kim Kopecky

Youth Director
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Since moving to the mountains in December of 2000, Kim has been very involved in Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. While her kids were growing up in the church, she began helping out with first the children’s ministry and then as they got older with Youth Ministry.  She began as the Youth Director in January of 2013 and since then she took a group to the National Youth Gathering in San Antonio as well as many exciting youth events throughout the year.  Kim also works at our school as a teacher and assistant director.  She feels very blessed to be a part of the Mt. Calvary staff and so privileged to be able to share the love of God with kids from 18 months to 18 years! She has been married for 21 years now to Andrew and has two daughters, Macyn, and Jenna.

Judy Creasy

Office Manager
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In 1995 Judy moved up to the San Bernardino Mountains where she discovered Mt. Calvary. Prior to that, she had been attending a Lutheran Church in Glendale, California. She is a 33 year retiree of the phone company and has 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

Currently Judy holds the position of Office Manager at Mt. Calvary’s Church Office. She keeps the church office running smoothly and is often the voice you hear when you are calling the church office for church related information. She loves all the church events that are held at Mt. Calvary, and even more so, loves providing support to these events whenever she is needed. In her spare time, Judy likes to sew, is involved in Cursillo, a spiritual retreat program, is a member of the Church Choir, and loves to participate in Mt. Calvary’s Annual Broadway Show.

Jim Mancini

Deacon

Jim loves being able to help Pastor Buecheler and the congregation as a Deacon. Jim works with the board of elders, helping coordinate their efforts.  He is a chaplain for Mountains Community Hospital. He also supports Cursillo by helping whenever he can with Cursillo retreats and with Kairos Prison Ministries. Jim is married to his wife Rita.  In his freetime, Jim loves riding motorcycles.

Tracy Taylor

Children Ministry Director/Missions Coordinator
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Tracy was born and raised in San Diego, and began working in children’s ministry at the young age of 14. Since then, she has more than 30 years of experience working with every age from preschool to junior high. She loves working with children because it gives her an excuse to be silly and have fun! She also has a passion for sharing the great news with kids that Jesus loves them and can make an amazing difference in their lives. In June, 2013 she joined the church staff as the children’s ministry director. She enjoys developing, coordinating, and maintaining the children’s programs here at our church.  For the last three years, she has also enjoyed developing missions programs for the church, including trips to both Mexico and Guatemala.   She feels truly honored to share in the wonderful work that the Lord is doing and to be part of such a dynamic and caring staff!  She is very blessed to share life with her husband of more than 23 years, Scott and her two children, Justin and Kylie.

 

Dorothy Greenlief

Office Assistant

Dorothy arrived in California from Connecticut in 1962 and settled in Southern California.  After retirement, she and her husband Jess (husband of 35 years) decided to move to Crestline, California in 2007.  Finding a church was not a problem as she and Jess both liked Mt. Calvary at first sight. In 2012, Dorothy moved to Running Springs. Her immediate family includes Jess’s 4 children, spouses, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  Mt. Calvary has come to be Dorothy’s second family.  Her service to God includes holding the position of Financial Secretary, LWML., helping in the office when needed or helping on any other mission that comes her way.  Dorothy and Jess introduced Cursillo and the Pinewood Derby Event to Mt. Calvary.  Her hobbies include gardening, sewing, kitting and crochet, crafts and and Serving God. Dorothy “accepts life as it is and knows that she is truly blessed.”

Rita Mancini

Lake Arrowhead School Executive Director

Rita has over 20 years retail management and 7 years of experience in child development.  Rita began working at Running Springs in 1999 when she returned to her passion of working with children.   She was made Director at the Lake Arrowhead School in 2004 and became Executive Director over both schools in 2013.  In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family and friends, travel and ride with her husband on his Harley.  Rita is mother to four boys, has 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Vickey England

Running Springs School, Director

Originally from the San Gabriel Valley, Mrs. Vickey has been working with children in different capacities since 1985.  She initially discovered her love for children while she was in college studying photography. During this time she slowly gravitated toward pre-school related jobs until she realized that she wanted early education to be her career.  In her role as Running Springs School Director, she supervises and mentors the teachers, makes sure that license requirements are being followed and  up-to-date, manages the school budget and performs other duties necessary to keep the school running smoothly.  In addition, Vickey actively promotes the school within the Running Springs community.  She is both a member of the local Chamber of Commerce and the local elementary school’s PTA.  In her spare time, Mrs. Vickey loves spending time with her family which includes her husband Chuck and daughter Molly. She is also a Girl Scout leader and AWANA leader, an avid photographer, and last but not least, a huge Los Angeles Dodgers fan.

Glynne Harris

Grief Ministry

Glynne has been a mountain resident and member of Mt. Calvary for over 30 years.  She loves to sing in the choir and any place else that will permit.  In her role as Grief Facilitator for Mt. Calvary’s Grief Ministry, Glynne counsels and companions individuals and families on their grief journey.  She is also part of a team which teaches and helps establish similar grief support programs in other congregations throughout the Southwest. Glynne is certified as a Pastoral Thanatology Counselor through the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and the National Alliance for Grieving Children.

Rosie Sogorka

Prayer & Flock Ministry

Rosie and Les met at a christian gathering 23 years ago and married about a year later. They have 4 adult children between them, all of them living with their families out of the area: in Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Texas.

Les, being a surfer, has come to love the mountains. Rosie has lived here 42 years. They enjoy the lake, sailing, mountain biking (Les), long walks, camping (up here), and playing with Mikki, their brilliant, beautiful black lab.

Les and Rosie have served at different churches on the mountain. They partner together teaching God’s Word and ministering in Prayer. God has placed them at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, and they are very thankful to be partnering with a great team, seeing people come to know Jesus better as we all grow in faith together.