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

Sarah Krolak is our intern. Sarah is originally from Rochester, MN and the surrounding area. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and educational studies from St. Olaf College in 2014. Between college and seminary, she taught English language and literature at a Lutheran high school in Bratislava, Slovakia, worked in camping and retreat ministry at Good Earth Village (a Lutheran Outdoor Ministries camp in MN), and was the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, MN. She currently attends the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where she has found herself particularly drawn to the ministries of music, pastoral care, and preaching. She loves music, painting, and surrounding herself with nature, and she looks forward to spending the year here at CVLC and getting to know everyone! Contact


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

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

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 


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  or call the church office at 239-597-1043.