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Reverend Andrew Smith

Rev. Andrew Smith was born in January, 1970 in Middletown, Ohio. He received his pre-seminary education at Concordia Lutheran College, Austin, Texas and received a B.A. in Communications in 1992. From Austin, he moved to St. Louis to attend Concordia Seminary, and was a visiting scholar at Westfield House, Cambridge, England from 1994 to 1995. He served his pastoral internship at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Denver, Colorado from 1995 to 1996 before graduating in 1997 having earned the Master of Divinity degree.

He served as pastor to St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Memphis, Michigan from June, 1997 until being called by Board for Missions of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod to serve as a U.S. Navy Chaplain in January, 2000. After deploying to the Middle East three separate times in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, he was honorably discharged from the Navy in December 2007 and decorated for his service. Pastor Smith served as pastor to Augustana Lutheran Church, Hickory, North Carolina from March 2008 before being called to Heavenly Host Lutheran Church in April of 2013.

Pastor Smith and Kimberly (Page) of New Orleans, Louisiana, were married in August, 1991. They have been blessed with two children, Erika, and Daniel.

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Emily Leising, Director of Christian Education

Emily is a graduate of Concordia University, Nebraska where she received a B.S. in Elementary Education, a Lutheran Teacher Diploma (LTD), and the Director of Christian Education (DCE) certification. She served as a DCE in West Fargo, ND (January, 2015 – August 2019) prior to accepting the call to Heavenly Host in August 2019. Outside of church, you can find Emily doing crafty projects, baking, looking for waterfalls, or pretending it’s perfectly normal to take her cat Stella for a walk. Emily is excited to be sharing Jesus and spending time with our children, youth, and families!

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Holly Zywica, Administrative Assistant

Holly is the administrative assistant who works in the church office at Heavenly Host Lutheran Church. She has been a resident of Cookeville, Tennessee for almost 20 years prior to her position with us. She is also a mother of three grown children and two grandchildren.

Holly has lived all over the mid-west from Michigan to south Florida. Living in Oklahoma she began elementary school then moving to Howell, Michigan; finally, completing High School in Newbern, TN. She has an AS degree in Mathematics from Volunteer State Community college in Gallatin, TN and a Medical Secretary diploma from Medvance Institute.