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Church Council

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Bob Sauer

Married to Connie for 32 years, dad to Ryan (married to Rachel), Katie and Aidan, grandfather to Renee and Ayla. Civil Engineer/Construction Manager for Wood plc currently working at the San Diego Airport. Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and Squadron Commander. Member of Incarnation since about 2004. Council treasurer (which Pastor Luther reminded me was the role Judas Iscariot had with the disciples…).


Other than family, work and church: Born in Ohio. Lived in Michigan, South Dakota, Germany, and Virginia before coming to California in 2002. Connie was born in Oregon. We met in South Dakota. She teaches special needs kids at Mesa Verde Middle School. Other things: Scouts, marching band, soccer dad, orchestra dad, HOA board. Interests: grandkids, kids, camping, history, riding off-road, water sports, traveling and now riding motorcycles with Connie.

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Joan Bohnstedt

Joe Kaiser

After being raised Episcopalian, Joan came to Incarnation in 1994 at the invitation of a friend. Joan is the council liaison to the Christian Education Committee and Chair of Global Mission. She has been involved in all four phases of mission including being an advisor to the youth group and traveling to regional youth events, teaching Sunday School, working at Vacation Bible School, being on Mutual Ministry, and on the Nominating Committee. She has traveled to Cameroon, Mexico and India on mission trips. In looking towards the future, Joan is excited about continuing to expand our ministry both online and in person as well as working towards an RIC (Reconciliation in Christ) designation for Incarnation.


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John Schmitthenner

John has recently retired as Controller for Corovan, a local moving and storage company. He and his wife Brenda have been members of Incarnation for over 20 years.  John has served on the finance committee for most of that time, as well as serving as a lector and a member of the audio-visual team.  John was previously on the Church Council at Incarnation and served as treasurer for two years.  A life-long Lutheran, he has served on church councils for several other congregations.

John is a graduate of Penn State University and spent over 45 years in various accounting positions in the electronics and service industries. He and Brenda have three grown children and six grandchildren.  They currently live in Rancho Bernardo with their 2 Shetland Sheepdogs.

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Nancy Datte

I’ve been a member of ILC for just about 20 years – since December 2001. During a lot of those years, I wasn’t super active in the congregation. My engagement with ILC and our mission of “serving God in the service of God’s people” has been an evolution – a continual crucifixion and resurrection process. There was a time when I seriously questioned whether to leave this church. What kept me connected was being in the band, having some good friends and the fact that my husband Darrell was committed to staying. As I remained, my evolution continued. At this point in my life, my greatest desire for myself and our congregation is to ever more fully express the love of Christ that lives in each one of us. To abandon ourselves to that Presence and let it fully live and breathe in us! There are so many ways in which we already do this, and I believe there are unlimited other opportunities for us. Each one of us has purpose and value, and is a unique gift to the world. My vision for our congregation is that in fully living our mission, we are a community that others find so attractive, impactful, welcoming, and just plain loving that they say, “Hey, I want to be part of what they’re doing!”

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Stacey Roberts

Member of ILC since 2015.  Has taught upper elementary
Sunday School at ILC and previous churches.   Currently involved in hand bells, communion assistant, Alter Guild and Stewardship.   

One of the things I value in the ELCA is communion partnership with other denominations.  Recognizing that we have more in common than our differences
and that in some areas we can agree to disagree while acknowledging that we
are all part of the body of Christ. 

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Joyce Miller

I am a retired retail store manager, I also owned and managed a restaurant for 20 years. I have 5 grown children and 10 grandchildren. I have served on the Stewardship Committee at this church and my former church, I have served on the Church Council for 12 years and been a member of the Local Mission Team. 

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Darren Kirkpatrick

My name is Darren Kirkpatrick, and I am a CCA Reverse Engineering Supervisor with Centurum Inc. a Navy contractor. I served my country in the Navy for 20 years until retirement in 2004. I have an electronics background after graduation from Navy BE&E school in 1984. Completed Electronics and Dimensional Calibration school in 1990 and was a supervisor of multiple calibration labs in and out of the service. Also completed a 3 year welders certification at Palomar College in 2008.

I have a deep-rooted value in family, friends and honesty. I tend to be a “can do” type of person and I’m very passionate about automobiles and building my home. I see challenges as “if you have not tried it then you do not know if you can do it or not”.
I have been a member of this congregation since 1998. I came back to Christ after having a near fatal motorcycle accident. This accident fractured my neck, ribs and broke my back. I am here to tell all that God provides when needed. I have enjoyed participating in choir, cleanup days,

repairs of the facilities, cooking and kitchen staffing for lunches, dinners and other food activities. I currently enjoy being the sound engineer for our Revived band.
I am sure that the council and myself with your help can meet the challenges to our church and congregation head on.

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Nancy Henroid

Where you are from

  • I was born and raised in Ohio.  I have lived throughout the Midwest including stints in WVA, Detroit and Chicago.  I am a big Ohio State Buckeye fan.

How you came into ILC

  • My husband and I moved from Chicago to San Diego and we were looking for a church home.  We are so glad to have found ILC.

Current role within Council

  • In addition to being on Church Council, I am the Local Mission Committee Chair.

Future hopes for the ILC church community 

  • With the support and involvement of the Congregation, it is my hope that we continue to expand our Local Mission and outreach efforts to those in need.

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Walter J. Davis

Vice Admiral Walter J. Davis, USN (Ret.) is cofounder EvoNexus Technology Incubator.  He is former VP for Business Development at GDE Systems (BAE).   He was a cofounder of E-fire, a technology startup.  He served in Navy as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, N6.   He was a Navy fighter pilot, Fighter Squadron Commanding Officer (VF-114), Aircraft Carrier Commanding Officer (USS Ranger (CV-64), and Battle Group Commander (CG-6). Ashore in Navy he served as a test pilot, Navy Engineer for the F-14, Executive Assistant to Vice Chief of Naval operations for Air Warfare and Naval Warfare IT Architect (SPAWAR).   He is an Ohio State University Electrical Engineering graduate.  He and his wife Connie live in Poway.  They have two married daughters, Sharon Clayton (Larry) and Kim King (James) and 4 grandchildren, Alex, Andrew, Aaron, and Jasmine. I enjoy being outdoors and have fun biking, hiking, gardening and walking our dog, Benji, with my family.

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Ronald "Ron" Irick

My name is Ron Irick and my wife, Jacque Whitaker, and I have been members of Incarnation Lutheran for approximately four years. We love the enthusiasm, openness and friendliness of the members and the energetic and highly visible mission outreach. We have participated in a number of these local mission activities including the Mexico house build project, Inter-faith volunteer opportunities, and others. My wife and I are also Stephen Ministers and I have served as a greeter, usher, and member of the ILC Personnel Committee. I am a retired military officer (Navy 4 years and Marine Corps 17 years). I am also a retired corporate lawyer and now an adjunct law professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law. I have undergraduate degrees from Augusta College (now Augusta University), Master of Science degrees from the University of Southern California and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a law degree (Juris Doctor) from the University of San Diego. My hobbies include golf and flying. I am also a volunteer pilot for the Civil Air Patrol (the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force). Jacque and I have been blessed with six children between us, their three caring spouses and three wonderful and energetic grandchildren. We live in Rancho Penasquitos and are very fortunate to have Jacque’s very active mother, Joyce Johnson, living with us.

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