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Pastor

Rev. Dr. Charles R. Vogeley

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          On February 9, 1975, the Reverend Dr. Charles R. Vogeley was Ordained into the Holy Ministry of Word and Sacrament and installed as Our Savior’s fifth pastor.  This Ordination and Installation was by the Reverend Dr. Rudolph P.F. Ressmeyer, former President of the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) and later Bishop of the East Coast Synod of the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America (AELC).

            Brooklyn-born and LI-raised, the pastor married Jean (Ocker), a native of Plainview and of the Church & School of the Good Shepherd – Lutheran.  Jean retired in 2011 from teaching  K-5 Physical Education at Guggenheim Elementary School. Jean and Pr. Charley are blessed with two adult children and one granddaughter.  McKenna Rose was born to Elizabeth & Bryan on January 9, 2013; Bryan is the 2nd assistant chief in the Port Washington Fire Department.  Lisa Vogeley currently resides in Walnut Creek, CA; she is the women’s lacrosse assistant coach at St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga.

            The pastor received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in Classical and Biblical Languages and a minor in English literature from Concordia Senior College (LCMS) in Fort Wayne, IN in 1970.  The following fall he entered Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (LCMS) and graduated with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) concentrating in Biblical exegesis from Christ Seminary – Seminex 1974.  His Clinical Pastoral Education unit was at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, NE followed by a parish internship year at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Los Gatos, CA. 

            In 1992, he was awarded a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Homiletics from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (ELCA).  Thanks to a four month sabbatical by the congregation in the fall of 2002 and pastoral coverage by the sainted Reverend Dr. C. Thomas Spitz, Jr., he successfully completed a Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) degree at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (ELCA) in 2004.

            He recently returned to the Board of Directors of LI Lutheran Middle & High School in Brookville.  He is formerly an adjunct religion instructor at Lu-Hi; Chaplain and Board member of Nassau Lutheran School in Mineola; Dean of the West Nassau Conference of the Metropolitan NY Synod; and, Board member of the Kimmel Foundation.

            He served, since the 1980’s, as President of the Port Washington Clergy Association and as President of Landmark on Main Street Limited Partnership until 2015, when he stepped down from both positions, but remaining with both organizations. He is a member of the Town of North Hempstead’s Board of Ethics, and serves as a senior housing consultant.

in addition to 2015 being the congregation's 100th anniversary, it represents Pastor Charley's 40th year in serving as its pastor.


Director of Music

Federico Teti

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Federico Teti is currently living in New York City and he serves as Director of Music at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Port Washington, New York, where he plays the organ and the piano for all services, conducts and accompanies the choir, and makes music together with vocal and instrumental soloists for special celebrations.

As background, Mr. Teti studied Piano, Choral Conducting, Organ and Composition in Rome at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music where he graduated with the highest honors.  He won the First Prize of the Competition for Young Organists “Rome 1981” and his performance given at the “Prize Winners’ Concert” was broadcasted on Italian National Radio (RAI). Since then, Mr. Teti has given solo recitals in his native Italy, the United States, Germany and Japan, and participated in Music Festivals and Competitions in Italy, France, Denmark, England, Scotland and Lithuania. Among his teachers and coaches are Daniel Roth, Ewald Kooiman, Giancarlo Parodi, Hedda Vignanelli Illy, Elio Solimini, Giorgio Carnini, Klemens Schnorr and Peter Westerbrink. He was awarded a scholarship to study at the “Accademia Musicale Chigiana” of Siena, Italy and a European Community Scholarship to study at the Academy of Italian Organ Music of Pistoia, Italy and he furthered his musical studies at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome, where he took courses in Organ and Gregorian Chant.

An active church musician, he was organist of the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in the historical center of Rome, where he played on an early 19th century Italian organ for the Sunday Latin Mass, enriched by the singing of a Gregorian Schola.

        Mr. Teti attended the Juilliard School in New York City, where he completed advanced studies in Organ Performance under the direction of Dr. John Weaver and pursued his conducting studies with Judith Clurman, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Eduardo Browne and Isaac Karabtchevsky. While at Juilliard, he also studied Harpsichord with Lionel Party and Improvisation with Dr. Gerre Hancock. He made his Lincoln Center debut playing the Theodore Kuhn tracker organ in Alice Tully Hall and made his conducting debut at Juilliard Paul Hall, Lincoln Center, conducting the Chopin Piano Concerto No.1. Mr. Teti conducted in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and at The Riverside Church Theatre, the Cantata for solos, choir and orchestra “The Children’s Requiem” by Judith Fleisher, and has been the conductor of the School for Strings Orchestra in New York. He has performed, among other venues, at the Cathedral of St. Patrick and at Saint Thomas Church in New York City and has given recitals in Japan at the Toyota City Concert Hall, at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art and in Nagoya. He has also performed in a benefit concert in Japan to help people of the area stricken by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

   


Parish Administrator

Marianne Reardon

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Marianne joined Our Savior's staff in 2016 as Parish Administrator, assisting the Church Council with the administrative side of church operations.


Use of Church Building and Facilities

Linda Murphy

As a member of the congregation, Linda donates her time and effort to manage and oversee the use of our facilities, coordinating their use for all members and outside groups. Anyone interested in using any of the Church building facilities should contact Linda Murphy only through her mobile phone at 516-242-0459(c).

 


Church Council

2017 Church Council Roster

Officers

Martha Schweitzer                   President            

Richard A. Marra                       Vice President  

Gunter Georgi                             Treasurer   

Denise DePalma                        Recording Secretary 

         

Members-at-Large

Nikos Andreadis                        Richard Ertel 

Randall Fairhurst                      Barbara Ferro  

Eleanor Gilder                             Tom Rice

Laura Boehm Warnke            Doris Whittemore            

 

 


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