Staff

Pastors

The Reverend Steve Jester
The Reverend Steve Jester
Pastor/Head of Staff
sjester@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 211
The Reverend Steve Jester
The Reverend Steve Jester

Pastor/Head of Staff

Steve Jester was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, a Presbyterian-related small liberal arts college, in 1979. He graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas, in December of 1983. Steve served churches in San Antonio, the Dallas area, and the Ft. Worth area before being called to Second in November of 2008. He and Diana have been married nearly 35 years and have a grown son, David, who lives in Louisville. Steve loves all things related to worship, teaching, especially the Bible, and writing. For relaxation he enjoys reading good mysteries, watching baseball live and on television, watching British detective and crime series with Diana, meals and other gatherings with friends, and cycling (bicycle) as often as possible.

Jordan Akin
The Reverend Jordan Akin
Associate Pastor for Youth
jakin@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 221
Jordan Akin
The Reverend Jordan Akin

Associate Pastor for Youth

Jordan Akin was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she grew up as a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Little Rock. She was an active member of the youth group throughout school and served as a youth deacon. Jordan graduated from Hendrix College with a B.A. in Religious Studies. After college, she served for two years as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV), a service program through PC(USA). Her first YAV year was in Hollywood, CA working for People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), and her second YAV year was in Asheville, NC working at a YMCA conference center in Black Mountain and as the intern for youth at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.

During her time at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS), Jordan served as the Seminary Intern at different churches around Louisville, including First Presbyterian in Frankfort, Highland Presbyterian Church, and at Second Presbyterian Church, Louisville. She graduated from LPTS with her Master of Divinity in May 2019. In the summer of 2019, Jordan worked as the Youth Intern at Second; that fall she took the role of Interim Youth Director. She has been on staff as our Associate Pastor for Youth since January 2020.

During her spare time, Jordan loves to explore this wonderful city she now calls home. Her hobbies include hiking and pottery, and she can often be found enjoying God’s creation from the rocking chair on her porch.

Rich Gianzero
The Reverend Rich Gianzero
Interim Associate Pastor
rgianzero@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 213
Rich Gianzero
The Reverend Rich Gianzero

Interim Associate Pastor

The Rev. Richard A. Gianzero, Interim Associate Pastor at Second, has served as a solo pastor and associate pastor at ELCA Lutheran congregations in Denver, Colorado, and Louisville, Kentucky. Rich, his spouse Rachael, and their four children relocated to Prospect in early 2021. Rachael works as a senior clinical research program manager in the global med-tech industry. Rich earned his M.Div. at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, where he also serves as an adjunct instructor.

Rich has an eclectic background as a formerly incarcerated person who later enjoyed a career in health care marketing and business development prior to ordination. While in prison, he served in a unique hospice program for fellow-prisoners in New York under the supervision of Rev. J. Edward Lewis (Calvary Presbyterian, Newburgh, NY). Rich first felt a call to ministry while working with dying fellow-prisoners and has shared his story on public radio, with students, and in many churches.

Rich enjoys playing guitars, and is an avid fan of the blues and baseball. One of his favorite pastoral activities is leading small-group Bible studies that invite people to engage the scripture in ways that are relevant to daily life and societal trends. 1 Corinthians 15:10 remains a grounding verse: “by the grace of God, I am what I am.”

Ministry

Jim Rittenhouse
Jim Rittenhouse
Director of Worship and Music Ministries
jrittenhouse@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 212
Jim Rittenhouse
Jim Rittenhouse

Director of Worship and Music Ministries

Jim Rittenhouse joined the staff at Second Presbyterian in August 2017, and serves as Director of Worship and Music. He has served churches in Virginia, Indiana, and most recently at St. Paul United Methodist Church as Associate Director of Music. He holds the Performer's Certificate and Master of Church Music degrees from Southern Seminary. Jim has been a frequent soloist with regional choral and chamber/orchestral ensembles since 1989, including the Louisville Orchestra, and the Blanche Moyse Chorale in Vermont. Until 2020, Jim was owner of R2 Impact/McKinney Speakers, a speakers and talent bureau. Jim has been married to Janet for more than 30 years, and they have two daughters, Katie Rittenhouse and Anna Gesell (Randy).

Sam Libra
Samuel Libra
Associate Director of Worship and Music Ministries

slibra@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 223
Sam Libra
Sam Libra

Associate Director of Worship and Music Ministries

Samuel Libra is a recent transplant to Louisville, where he is Communications Assistant and Organist at Second Presbyterian Church. A native of Minnesota, he graduated from Luther College in Decorah, IA where he studied organ and church music with Dr. Gregory Peterson. He completed his graduate studies in organ performance at the University of Washington as a student of Dr. Carole Terry. Samuel has undertaken further training at the McGill Summer Organ Academy and with Jean-Baptiste Robin at the Royaumont Foundation under a grant from the UW. An impassioned church musician, Dr. Libra has served in numerous churches in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, most recently as Associate Organist at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society, having been a Biggs Fellow at the latter’s 2017 convention. For the Seattle Chapter of the AGO, he served as a board member, a regular presenter at chapter events, and a faculty member at their 2019 Pipe Organ Encounter.

Christina Bouras-Recktenwald
Christina Bouras-Recktenwald
Co-Director of Children’s Choirs
callasbourasnpm@twc.com
Ricky Case
Ricky Case
Co-Director of Children’s Choirs
rlcase01@gmail.com

Administration

Tammy Kissling
Tammy Kissling
Ministry Coordinator for Formation & Mission
tkissling@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 227
Tammy Kissling
Tammy Kissling

Ministry Coordinator for Formation & Mission

I was born and raised in a small town in upstate NY and received my undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. I moved to Lexington, KY to pursue a graduate degree from the University of Kentucky and in the process, I met a boy and fell in love, and we moved to Louisville in 2001. We have now been married for almost 19 years and have 2 wonderful teenage boys and one spoiled dog. In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time in nature, and playing board games with my family.

I am a member of Christ Lutheran Church where I have been an active volunteer planning youth events and working with the Wednesday Friends landscaping group. As the Conference Youth Coordinator, I worked with the other ELCA Lutheran churches in the Louisville area to plan combined youth events. I am excited to start working at Second Presbyterian and getting to know you all.

Property

Weekday School

Hayley Abell
Hayley Abell
Director Weekday School
habell@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 242
Karla Wright
Karla Wright
Assistant Director Weekday School
kwright@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 241