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Church Elders and President

Brian Filter

Congregational President

Contact: bgfilter@gmail.com or 435-817-1877

Brian Filter was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. He graduated from the State University of New York, University at Albany, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, in 1989. Brian was then admitted to study law at Syracuse University and received his Juris Doctorate degree from that institution in 1993. Brian is a practicing attorney with over 20 years of experience. He is currently a Deputy District Attorney in Douglas County, Nevada. Prior to that he worked for the Washington County Attorney’s Office in St. George, Utah, as a prosecutor from 1995 through 2014.

Brian is a husband and father; he and his wife Linda have been married for over 20 years; his daughter Erika, is the pride of his life. He enjoys sports, being a fan of the Syracuse Orange and New York Yankees. Although a knee injury has hampered his running in recent years, one of his greatest accomplishments was finishing the New York City Marathon.

Baptized and raised in Catholicism, Brian studied Lutheranism after meeting his wife, a lifelong Lutheran, and developed a deep and fulfilling faith life. Brian became a member of the LCMS Church nearly 15 years ago. Brian previously served as an Elder at Trinity Lutheran Church, in St. George, Utah and at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, in Carson City, Nevada.

Dennis Strange

Family Assignment (by last name): A – Den
Contact: dstrangeguy@gmail.com or 775-434-7285

Dennis is blessed to be married to his best friend, Lora since 2002 with whom they share the responsibility of raising four sons, Nicholas, William, Christopher and Phillip. While they moved to Carson City in January of 2017, Dennis is a fourth generation Nevadan born in Boulder City. While his youth was spent outside of the church, he was blessed with being baptized to our Lord in 2001. Although he has lived in many locations, Dennis has been active in their congregations as a Sunday School teacher, Youth Group Leader, Church Council Member and Elder prior to coming to Bethlehem.

Dennis has worked as a Federal Wildland Firefighter for over 20 years and is currently the Carson City District Chief. He enjoys camping, hiking and spending time outdoors.


Jeff Davey

Family Assignment (by last name): Dev to H
Contact: jefferyldavey@gmail.com

Jeff was born in Yuba City, California. He was baptized a week after he was born at First Lutheran Church in Yuba City, CA. Jeff attended First Lutheran School from first to sixth grade. He was confirmed at First Lutheran during 8th grade while attending Brittan Elementary School in Sutter, CA. Jeff met his wife, Janelle, in grammar school. They dated through high school and through their college years as well. Jeff attended the University of California, Berkeley, as well as California State University, Chico, where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Computer Science in 1985, and an M.S. degree in Computer Science in 1992.

Jeff married Janelle in January 1985. They have two girls, Bethany and Leah. With Jeff’s career as a Chief Information Officer (CIO), the Davey family has lived in Minden, NV, Atlanta GA, and in the Milwaukee, WI areas. They attended Trinity Lutheran in Gardnerville, Nv where Jeff was an Elder. They attended Rivercliff Lutheran church in Sandy Springs, GA where Jeff was the Vice President of the Church Council. They also attended Peace Lutheran Church in Sussex, WI where Jeff served as an Elder. The Davey family moved back to Minden, NV when Jeff was transferred in his role at GE.

 Jeff is currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for GE’s Digital Solutions business, a $5B global business. Jeff and Janelle currently live in                                                                                       Minden, Nevada. They enjoy spending time with family, house boating, water skiing, drag racing and working on home improvement projects.

Paul Eckert

Family Assignment (by last name): J to Mar
Contact: ccnveckerts@charter.net or 775-720-8724 (cell)

Paul married Cecilia in 1995 and has 2 children, Christopher and Kimberly. He was born in Redwood City, CA (1964) and raised in Los Gatos, CA; Baptized at Trinity Lutheran in San Jose, Confirmed at Holy Cross Lutheran in Los Gatos; now lives in Carson City and has been a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church since 1998 and has served in several positions including Board of Christian Education, Board of Elders, School Board, Sunday School Teacher, and Sunday School Superintendent. Paul graduated Leigh High School in San Jose (1982) and from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1986 (Mechanical Engineering). He currently works for the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Sustainable Materials Management as a Staff Professional Engineer (Solid Waste Permit Writer). His hobbies include spending time with family, bass guitar, road bicycle trips, and soccer referee.

Joshua Karges

Family Assignment (by last name): Mas to Sp
Contact Information can be found in the Church Directory.

Joshua Karges has lived in Northern Nevada since 1990, and attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church for the same amount of time. He attended Bethlehem Lutheran School from Kindergarten through 8 grade. Josh graduated college from Concordia University in Irvine California, with a BA in Business Administration. Both of his parents are  teachers. He also has two brothers and one sister.

Edward (Butch) Gansberg

Family Assignment (by last name): St to Z
Contact: ed.gansberg@dinter.com
Edward Gansberg married Rachel in 1982 and have 4 great children together. He was born and raised in Gardnerville, NV (1957); Baptized and Confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church-Gardnerville; now lives in Carson City and has been a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church since 1981. He has served on several Boards and Committees including Church President, Vice President, Board of Trustees, School Board, and Building Committee. Edward graduated from Douglas High School in 1975 and then continued onto graduate from Arizona Institute of Drafting and Design Engineering, Glendale, AZ in 1976. He currently works for Dinter Engineering Company in Reno as an Assistant Electrical Department Manager. His hobbies include spending time with family; playing percussion in Capital City Community Band since 1979; basketball several days a week; singing with daughter(s) in Church; Church choir; hunting; Giants baseball, and 49’er football.