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.

The Reverend Nathan Sautter The Reverend Nathan Sautter
Associate Pastor for Community Life
nsautter@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 221
The Reverend Nathan Sautter
The Reverend Nathan Sautter

Associate Pastor for Community Life

Nathan joined 2nd Pres in July of 2015 as an Associate Pastor. He is originally from Nebraska but has lived all over including Ohio, California, New Jersey and Georgia. He was raised in the non-denominational/evangelical church and has served in a variety of denominational contexts before becoming Presbyterian. He attended Azusa Pacific University where he studied Youth Ministry and then served as Youth Director for four years at Lebanon Presbyterian Church. Prior to 2nd Pres Nathan attended Princeton Seminary where he became "thoroughly Presbyterian" and after seminary served as the Associate for Family Discipleship at First Presbyterian in Columbus, GA.

He loves calling Louisville home and is regularly amazed and blessed to be a part of the great work God is doing at 2nd Pres. He has become an avid Louisville City FC supporter since moving to KY. He also loves Nebraska football, Reds baseball, skiing, drinking good coffee, learning Spanish, and enjoys gardening. He has been married to Joy for over a decade and they love to travel and especially love to visit their nieces and nephews in Colorado and Iowa.

Jordan Akin The Reverend Jordan Akin
Associate Pastor for Youth
jakin@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 213
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.

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).

Lorie Williamson Lorie Williamson
Director of Children’s Ministries
lwilliamson@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 219
Lorie Williamson
Lorie Williamson

Director of Children’s Ministries

Lorie is a native of Louisville, graduating from Manual/YPAS and U of L. She then completed her graduate work in music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her love for children's ministry began while teaching in the Los Angeles parochial school system where she could address the musical, educational and spiritual needs of each child. She was most passionate about lessons that taught character, compassion and grace because these lessons always led back to the examples of Christ. Lorie has three daughters: Elise, Sierra & Loren who fill her life with love, laughter, music, and dance!

Sam Libra Samuel Libra
Organist

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

Organist

Samuel Libra is a recent transplant to Louisville, where he is 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

Admin

Lisa Bickett Lisa Bickett
Pastoral Assistant
lbickett@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 218
Chelsea Beasley Chelsea Beasley
Formation Assistant
cbeasley@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 227
Beth Haendiges Beth Haendiges
Community Life Assistant
bethh@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 216
Virginia Fortner Virginia Fortner
Worship & Music Assistant
vfortner@2ndpreslou.org
895-3483 ext. 223

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