Apostles Preschool & Childcare

Apostles Preschool & Childcare is accepting registrations. The Holy Nation Curriculum is an academically complete program that is designed to imbed all instruction within a biblically inspired framework. The curriculum and teaching style is modeled in conjunction with our current four-year-old program, expanding the Holy Nation Citizenship theme. Emphasis is placed on mathematics for reasoning and phonics based reading acquisition. It also includes a full component of history, science, geography, literature and arts.  If you would like a tour or additional information please see Nanette Roberts Administrative Director in the Preschool office or call 757-410-1797.


Council & Ministry Team Leaders

Do you have questions and don't know where to turn?  Do you want to serve but just don't know where to start? Here is a list of the major ministries at Apostles Lutheran Church and the names of the people who lead them.  For more information or to get in touch with a ministry leader, please contact the church office at office@apostles-lutheran.org.

  • Acolytes -  Pastor Dave Peterson
  • Altar Guild  - Lynn Schaubert
  • Baby Baskets - Heather Pinkerton
  • Children's Ministry - Arden Peterson & Jane Ackerman
  • Financial Secretary - Tony Roberts & Melinda Lockhart
  • Lawn Care  - Phil Fuller & Becky Wittman
  • Lay Readers -Chris Domino  
  • Men’s Ministry  - Jim Weaver
  • Nursery - Arden Peterson
  • Prayer - Marlin Stoltz
  • Prayer Shawls - Georgia Barton
  • Property - Phil Fuller
  • Quilters  - Susan Weaver & Carrie Johnston
  • Sound & Media Ministry - Walt Eley & Arnie Barkow
  • Stewardship  - Chris Domino  
  • Visitor Committee - Heather Pinkerton & Chris Domino
  • Sunday School Superintendent - Jane Ackerman & Arden Peterson
  • PIN Ministry Meals  - Gina Smith & Carrie Johnston
  • Ushers  - Paul Schaubert
  • Women’s Ministry - Marian Barkow 
  • Women’s Bible Study - Lisa Hirschman & Robin Delloro 
  • Youth Group  - Jane Ackerman & Laura Huguenel
  • Facebook Live - Dale Hirschman, Stephen Peterson & Rebecca Hirschman
  • Worship Music Ministry - Gary "Juju" Garlic & Marian Barkow
  • Church Cleaning Ministry - Marian Barkow
  • Coffee Hour Ministry - Lisa Hirschman & Marian Barkow


Apostles Prayer Shawl Ministry


What do you feel when you place a shawl around your shoulders and arms?  Warmth? Peace? Solace? It is a welcome embrace...right? Out of the mouth of a child “when you wrap a prayer shawl around you, you feel God’s love.”

Georgia Barton has worked in this ministry since its inception and took over as the lead in 2010. Each hand-crocheted prayer shawl that Georgia creates is prayed and meditated over from the time she begins her work in creating the shawl to its completion.  At completion, the shawl is then individually prayed over and blessed according to the needs of the recipient by Pastor Dave or a member of the Prayer Team. The shawl is then delivered to the recipient with love and a scripture message. A true blessing intertwined with the prayers of others, who believe thru the power of the Holy Spirit, all prayers are answered.

Who are the recipients?  We all have circumstances in our lives chosen or unchosen when we need to feel the close embrace and unconditional love of God; whether it be in times of sorrow or joy.  If you or someone you know has a need such as a pending surgery, suffering from an illness, struggling in a time of bereavement, or any stressful situation – that’s the right time!  Shawls can also be delivered in anticipation of joyous events such as the birth of a child or commitments of an upcoming wedding, or for personal prayer and meditation.  All are reasons to be blessed with a prayer shawl.

If you have an interest in obtaining a prayer shawl for yourself or someone else, you may contact Georgia at (757) 373-1686. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, Georgia would welcome the help.

May those who need to feel comfort, spiritual sustenance, solace, and God's peace be blessed with a prayer shawl which, like your salvation, is a gift with no strings attached.

Apostles Lawn Care

This ministry helps provide the necessary care and maintenance for the grounds of Apostles Lutheran Church.  Volunteers help by donating their time on a regular basis. For more information, please speak with Marlin Stoltz and Becky Wittman.         


Peace Quilters

JOIN US! No experience needed. All are welcome. Just bring your sewing machine, thread, and a desire to serve God by making lap quilts for those in need. We meet in the Annex at Apostles every second Saturday of the month from 9 am until 12 pm.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact Susan Weaver at 757-609-3294 or Carrie Johnston at 757-436-1157.

PIN Ministry Meals

Every other month, volunteers from Apostles help to make sandwiches for the People in Need at the Hampton Roads Area (PIN Ministries).  Please see Gina Smith for more information or contact the church office at 757-547-4692.

Community Missions

Matthew 5:16 -- “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” 

Union Mission - http://www.ummnorva.org

Prayer Ministry

Prayer Ministry meets after the 9 am worship service.  Anyone is welcome to come up to the front of the Sanctuary for prayer ministers to pray over them.  If you have any questions please contact the church office to be directed to the prayer ministry leader.


Men's Ministry

Saturday Morning Coffee 7:30 - 8:30 am in the HeBrews Cafe 
Join us for coffee and fellowship! All men are welcome. We're looking at ways to help us deal with different stages in men's lives. God has great plans for each and every man! We're called to be leaders in our homes and that's not easy to do!  We're learning together how to do that.


Women's Ministry

Women's Wednesday Night Bible Study

You are invited to seek a closer walk in the Lord and grow in love toward each other. Join us on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm in the classroom near the A.S.T.M office.


Music at Apostles

This group offers hymnal music at the 9 am Sunday worship service. All music lovers who love to sing to the Lord are welcome! Currently, rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm.

This group leads the praise and worship experience at the 9 am service on Sundays. The current schedule for rehearsals is Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm.  Come out on Tuesday to sing for the Glory of God (and for a little practice). To become a part of this ministry, contact the church office.


Small Groups

Apostles members and friends are encouraged to meet in a small group each week to grow in discipleship and fellowship with the Lord. To get started, call the church office at 757-547-4692 or email at office@apostles-lutheran.org.

Council Ministry Assignments

Below is a description of the different council assignments.  For more information, please click on the Title and Name and you will be directed to an email address.

DISCIPLESHIP - Marlin Stoltz: Oversees the Christian Education ministry, emphasizing and promoting the importance of life-long Christian education in maturing the faith walk of those in this congregation and those whose lives they touch.  

EVANGELISM - Heather Pinkerton: Joyfully shares the good news of the sovereign love of God calling people to repentance, to personal faith in Jesus Christ, to active membership in the church and to obedient service in the world.

FINANCE - Melinda Lockhardt: Provides oversight for expenses, supplies, and budget needs to support the administrative functions of the church.

INREACH - Marian Barkow:  Maintains the profound importance of fellowship through planning social gathering experiences for the members of this congregation.

OUTREACH - Marian Barkow:  Keeps the fundamental mission given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ to share the Gospel with all people.  She will explore regular and systematic opportunities in which our Apostles family can be actively involved in sharing the Good News with the unchurched of our community.

PRAYER - Marlin Stoltz: Keeps before the eyes of the Apostles family the profound importance of prayer in the life of this congregation and its community.  He will explore and implement regular corporate and private prayer opportunities such as prayer vigils, intercessory prayer teams, and a formal church prayer line.

PROPERTY - Phil Fuller:  Maintains facilities and equipment of this congregation.

SOCIAL MINISTRY -Marian Barkow:  Keeps the importance of social ministry as a part of the Christian calling before this Apostles family by seeking ways in which we can cooperate with other people of faith in meeting the needs of this community.

STEWARDSHIP - Chris Domino:  Keeps the importance of a faithful life of stewardship before the eyes and hearts of this congregation by continually educating the membership on the meaning of stewardship and also conducting efforts to promote stewardship by enlisting a commitment of talents, time, work, intellect, service, and money.

WORSHIP -Dale Hirschman:  Oversees activities in the conduct of worship of this congregation; including music activities, altar guild, usher duties, acolytes, lay readers, and greeters.

YOUTH - Jane Ackerman: Develops, implements, and monitors programs that assist the development of the spiritual and social needs of the youth of our Apostles family.