The Rev. Edward G. Barnett has been pastor of St. Peter’s since July 1999. He enjoys the diversity of families and people in Baldwin. His love of God coming into the lives of people through worship and service are the highlight of his work here. In his own words, “I always try to be accessible to people for the deepest extraordinary spiritual needs that they have in the midst of our ordinary lives. It’s amazing to see the power of the Holy Spirit drawing people into great love with God and one another in this place called St. Peter’s.”
Prior to coming to Baldwin he was the Associate at Prince of Peace Church in Dublin, OH. A native of West Virginia, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in music with a minor in business at WVa Wesleyan. His theological formation occurred in a variety of seminaries, culminating in a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Church Music degrees from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. His pastoral internship was in inner-city urban ministry at Trinity Church on the North Side of Pittsburgh where he was mentored by the Rev. John Cochran. He is pursuing a Masters of Sacred Theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He has also done additional studies at Union Theological Seminary, New York.
Luana Schilling has been a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church since 1975. In the 1980s, she was instrumental in the expansion of the St. Peter’s basketball program and served as St. Peter’s Basketball Commissioner many years. She also served as a Board Member of the Long Island Lutheran Basketball League. She served on the Board of Directors for Camp Ma-He-Tu, Bear Mountain, NY, a Lutheran girls summer camp that is affiliated with the Metropolitan New York Synod of the ELCA, from 1994 to 2011 and on the Advisory Board from 2011-2013. She presently serves on the Metro New York Synod’s Assembly Planning Committee.
Luana was born and raised in Bellerose, Queens before moving to Baldwin to raise her family. She is a Certified Medical Assistant and for over thirty years managed a surgical practice in Hempstead and Garden City. From 1996 to 2000, she attended Nassau Community College in pursuit of a paralegal degree. In 2000, she founded LSS Medical Billing, a medical billing service, which she still owns and operates.
In 2000, she was called to enter the Diaconate and was set apart as a Synodical Deacon in April 2005.
She has two adult daughters and five grandchildren.
A Long Islander since 2006, Angela Rios is a city girl at heart. Born in Brooklyn, her family moved to Flushing, Queens when Angela was 11 years old. She now lives in Baldwin, Long Island and is a business professional in Manhattan. With a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Berkeley College in Manhattan, Angela has always had a head for administration, managing the Early Childhood Office at the Lutheran School of Flushing & Bayside for seven years before becoming an Executive Assistant in the world of finance in 1999. Angela was confirmed at The Lutheran Church of St. John in Flushing. Both of her (now grown) children were brought up in and confirmed at St. John's as well. She began serving as a deacon at St. John's in 1994 with focused ministries in Christian Outreach, Confirmation Bible Class and Family Bible study. Angela and her husband Edward moved from Queens to Baldwin in 2006 and became members of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church soon after. It didn't take long for Angela to become involved in the activities of St. Peter's. She brought a vibrant Vacation Bible School program to the church in 2011 and began a Women's Discipleship Group the year before that. She serves as the chair for Christian Education on the church council and teaches Bible to the confirmation students. On March 3 of 2013, Angela was installed as deacon at St. Peter's. "St. Peter's is undoubtedly where God wants me to be, I have never felt more at home than I do here. I pray God continues to act in me so that I can always serve Him joyfully and to His glory."