Meet the Staff

Pastor Tom 2010Pastor Tom Slater has been serving as senior pastor of CVLC since 1996.  He grew up in Northeastern New Jersey and went to Concordia College in Bronxville, New York. From there, he attended seminary at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA. He was ordained in 1985 and has served churches in Loganville, PA (Christ Lutheran), Jacksonville, FL (Faith Lutheran), and now Naples, FL (Christus Victor Lutheran). His passion for ministry lies in reaching out to all with the love of Jesus Christ. He is the proud father of three beautiful daughters and six charming grandchildren. He loves Burger King, M&Ms, and working on houses, and his dream job in retirement is to be the maintenance guy for a church.  Contact him at PastorSlater@cvlcFL.org.

Joshua Copeland is our intern. Josh is originally from Hickory, North Carolina. Joshua received his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Development and Sacred Music from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2017. He is currently attending United Lutheran Seminary (Gettysburg Campus) where he will graduate in December of 2020. Josh is engaged to Emily Potter, who lives and teaches Music in North Carolina. They plan to get married after internship in April of 2021. Josh is passionate about music and worship and sharing the wonderful story that we have to tell as Christians. He looks forward to spending the year here at CVLC and getting to know everyone!   Contact him at  intern@cvlcFL.org.

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Susan O’Brien is our Director of Education and Youth. Susan grew up moving all over the world while her dad served in the Army, graduating from high school in Japan. She married a military man and continued to travel for many years while they raised their four children (3 boys and 1 girl). The boys are all grown and attending college, while Christy is a senior at Barron Collier HS. Susan has worked in the Lee County school system, teaching preschool with Head Start. She is excited to be on staff at Christus Victor and looks forward to working with our children, youth, and adults. Contact her at susanobrien@cvlcFL.org

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Dawn King serves as our Office Administrator. She has been an active member of Christus Victor since 1992, and has especially enjoyed teaching Sunday School for many years. Dawn lives with her husband, Bruce, in Naples, and their daughter Jacquelyn resides and works in Tampa. She joined the CVLC staff in 2009. She can be reached at (239) 597-1043 or at ChristusVictor@cvlcFL.org.

Joyce picture for CVLCJoyce Reitz has been serving as our Director of Music since 2012.  Joyce was born in Cairnbrook, PA  a very small coal town in Somerset County.  She studied piano and organ under Rita Sadlon, the organist at her home church, and pipe organ at Shippensburg University. She has been playing for congregations since age 13, and has served as organist, pianist, and choir director of many churches in PA and FL. She is enjoying working with Pastor Tom, the choir, and getting to know the congregation.  Her favorite past times are working in her yard, doing odd jobs around her home, helping her neighbors, and spending time with her significant other, Eli. You can reach her with inquiries about CVLC’s music programs by calling 239-415-4969 or by email at musicbyjoyleen@aol.com. 

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Sherry Slater is Christus Victor’s Senior Ministry Director.  Sherry grew up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania but has lived in Bonita Springs for over 19 years.  She’s been married for 33 years and enjoys spending time with her family, reading and crocheting.  She has her Master’s Degree in Business from Hodges University, and after retiring as the General Manager for the Club at Rapallo, God has called her into this new Venture of Senior Ministry.  Sherry is available to answer, or research answers, for all your questions that might arise on “senior” needs.  Feel free to contact her at seniorministry@cvlcFL.org  or call the church office at 239-597-1043.