OSLC's Minister of Music
Georgeann (Gigi) Paddock has given numerous performances both in the United States and abroad. She holds music degrees from Indiana University/Bloomington and from Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Paul, with further study at the Nürnberg Musikonservatorium.
As a professional soprano, concert performances include St. Paul, Omaha, Hong Kong, New York, Nürnberg, Munich, London, and, in 2006, premiered a new opera in Washington D.C. at the George Washington University Friday Music Series. Locally she has appeared as a soloist with the Virginia Opera, Virginia Symphony, Williamsburg Choral Guild, Virginia Choral Society, Richmond Choral Society, Cantata Chorus, Art Song of Williamsburg, and has presented chamber concerts at University of Nebraska/Omaha, Christopher Newport University, Old Dominion University, University of Richmond, and the College of William and Mary.
She has particularly enjoyed presenting historical music with the Nürnberg Meistersingers, Munich Bach Orchestra, Colonial Williamsburg, Peter Pelham Concert Series at Bruton Parish, Norfolk’s Cavalier Consort, Capriole, and the Bach Festival in Washington D.C. She has sung under the batons of Leonard Bernstein, Jan DeGaetani, Norman Luboff, Robert Page, Joann Falletta, Judy Clurman, and Bernt Dietrich.
In addition to performance, Gigi has coached voice and conducted for two decades. She served as Artist-in-Residence at Luther Seminary, Hong Kong, teaching voice and performing chamber music. She worked as a civil servant "music specialist" with the U.S. Army in Europe directing award-winning musicals and talent shows. She has served in numerous churches as accompanist, director, and arranger for adults and children's groups. She has published a collection of hymn arrangements and children’s songs as well as recorded archival and commercial projects.
Gigi actively supports arts in the public schools and encourages parents to insist on the presence of music and art in their communities.
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Pastor Alex Witt
The Rev. Alexis (Alex) Witt was called to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at the end of November 2018. She is thrilled to be serving this congregation and this community, looking forward to walking together in our journey of faith. Pastor Alex received her MDiv from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, with an emphasis in Biblical Studies in 2018 and her BA in Religious Studies from the University of Richmond in 2014. Pastor Alex previously served at Paradise Lutheran Church, Paradise PA as a Summer Intern (Summer 2013) and as a co-director of VBS for the next few summers, and as Intern Pastor at United Lutheran, Lincoln NE (2016-2017).
Pastor Alex was formed in her faith and her relationship with God and neighbor through a trip to Tanzania in 2007. The deep faith and the deep sense of community, being part of the body of Christ together, of the people left a permanent mark on her and her faith. She is forever grateful for the friendships she made there, many of which continue to this day. Pastor Alex has a deep love and passion for the Scriptures. She enjoys digging deeper into the texts, wrestling with them, like Jacob wrestling with God/ an angel at the Jabbok (Gen. 32:22ff). She enjoys bringing together the world of the text (its context, its language, etc.) and our world to find meaning and to preach Christ. Pastor Alex also developed a passion for digging deeper in areas of gender and sexuality, hoping to foster inclusion for all people.
Pastor Alex enjoys sports (especially tennis, baseball, and college basketball), playing games (card, board, and video games) with family and friends, and ballroom dancing. She is the proud dog momma of a shepherd mix, Ginger.
OSLC's Office Administrator
Shirley has been our office administrator since 2000, after moving to Williamsburg from Tampa, Florida with her husband, Clay, a retired police officer and renowned poet. Shirley is known for her love of animals (especially sloths!) and for her Christ-centered way of life - both here at OSLC and in the community. She is the week-day face of our congregation and is who you'll see or hear during office hours!
We thank Shirley for her many years of service to OSLC in our office, answering phones, creating bulletins and newsletters, and whatever else that is put on her plate!