Pastor Dave Asendorf is a 2007 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. After serving his internship at Salem in 2005-2006, he began his ministry here on January 1, 2007. Prior to entering seminary, Pastor Dave worked 25 years for the Federal government. He and his wife Nancy have two married children, Nicholas and Amy.
Pastor Dave was raised in Ellicott City, Maryland, was a member of the first graduating class of Mount Hebron High School in 1971 and a 1975 graduate of Valparaiso University. As part of his discernment process before attending seminary, he did graduate work at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology in Baltimore.
Pastor Dave serves on the Board of Catonsville Emergency Assistance, is Chairman of the Delaware-Maryland Synod’s Candidacy Committee and has helped lead the Catonsville Ministerium, a fellowship of Catonsville clergy. From 2013-2015 he co-chaired the Synod’s Malaria Campaign which helped raise over $330,000 to eradicate malaria. He served on the Board of the Lutheran Campus Ministry in College Park from 2007 to 2015 and on the Synod’s Forward in Faith campaign team.
As a result of Pastor Dave’s stewardship in both the church and local community, he was presented with the prestigious ELCA Peterman Award in 2019.
Pastor Asendorf has experienced the Salem congregation as a welcoming community grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The people of Salem are generous and seek to share their abundant gifts with those in need. The Salem congregation is healthy and growing and open to newcomers. He says, “I am very privileged to lead such a wonderful group of God’s people in mission.”
Pastor Sarah Garrett Krey is Salem’s Associate Pastor. She graduated from United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) in Philadelphia in 2019. Sarah is a lifelong Lutheran from Middle Tennessee. She majored in Christian Leadership at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and served as a Director of Children and Youth Ministry for a year before entering seminary in 2015. She interned at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan under Reverend Heidi Neumark. Sarah found her vicarship to be “both transformative and challenging in a community reflecting the kin-dom of God where community and kinship are prioritized over hierarchy.” Returning to ULS, Sarah was recognized by the faculty and her peers by being awarded the Frederick Buechner Excellence in Preaching Award and was selected to speak at commencement.
Pastor Emeritus Ed Whetstone served as Salem’s pastor from 1977 to 2010. In recognition of his service to Salem, the Church Council voted to name him Pastor Emeritus upon his retirement in June 2010. After early years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Hagerstown, Maryland, he attended Gettysburg College and the Lutheran seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was ordained in 1971. He and his wife Vicky are parents of two grown children and proud grandparents of two grandsons in St. Paul. Since youth his most cherished bible passage is Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and love kindness and walk humbly with your God?”
Mary Miller has been Salem’s Director of Music and Organist since 2001. Previously, she held the same positions at Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church in Ellicott City. She comes from a musical family where the piano and organ were played constantly. Following in her mother’s and brother’s footsteps, she started piano lessons as a child. In 1989 she began studying piano at the Peabody Preparatory under the direction of Miss Beth Jovich and then at the Conservatory under the direction of Mr. James Warthen. Her organ studies have been under the direction of Michael Britt. She has earned a Certification in Church Music from Colby College in Maine. Mary plays for all Salem’s worship services, as well as directing our music program and three of our five choirs at Salem.
Anita Lane is our Director of Youth Ministry. Anita has been a member of Salem for 15 years and has been an integral part of the Youth Group and Summer Drama Camps for several years. She has also served as a substitute Confirmation Class teacher. Her enthusiasm for working with the Youth of Salem is evident in the in the fun and exciting events that she plans.
Anita has two children, Ashley and Greg, who are now both graduated from high school. They were both very involved in the Youth Group and attended several National Synod Gatherings together among many other events. Anita has taught for the last 25 years and has worked as a Music Teacher at Central Special School in Anne Arundel County for the last seven years. Anita is a member of Salem’s Adult Choir and has performed in many of Salem’s Supper Club events. She is also a member of Salem Players.
Robin Schaefer became Salem’s Office Manager in April 2016. She has been married to her husband Rusty almost 38 years; they have two sons and three grandchildren. Robin studied music at Towson University and has been the organist at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Lansdowne for 20 years. Robin retired early from Kmart after almost 30 years of service, the last nine years as Office Manager. Her first “retirement job” was the Assistant to the Administrator and then Administrative Assistant at Peace Lutheran Church, Glen Burnie. Robin currently serves the Synod as the convener of the Synod Worship Action Team, which plans and executes Synod-Wide Worship services such as those at the Synod Assembly. She is a member of the Synod’s Mission through Leadership Team. Robin is also a Deacon in the Order of St Stephen serving as their treasurer.
Alex Tragert is Salem’s Saturday Evening Worship musician. Originally from Frederick, Alex is a graduate of UMBC in music composition. Eventually, he hopes to complete a master’s degree in music education as well. Alex currently lives in Pikesville, teaches piano, and has been an auxiliary musician at Living Grace Lutheran in Urbana for the last three years. He plays eight different instruments, although piano is his primary instrument.