Reverend Dave Helfrich, Pastor


Phone: 770.953.3193 ext. 103


Pastor Dave Helfrich has served as pastor at LCR since 2006. Prior to moving to Georgia, he served congregations in Virginia and Maryland. He graduated from Gettysburg Seminary and has served as pastor for over 30 years. He is committed to deepening people's relationships with Jesus Christ and believes the church's mission is to build the Kingdom of God by doing exactly that.

Pastor Dave and his wife, Sharon, have one daughter, Christen, a son-in law, Andy, and two beautiful granddaughters, Sophie and Savannah.  An avid Green Bay Packers fan and car buff, Pastor Dave enjoys sports, traveling and people. One of his guiding principles in life is "the only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth."

Reverend Stephen Friedrich, Pastor


Phone: 770.953.3193 ext. 107


Pastor Stephen has served as pastor at LCR since 2015.  Prior to moving to Georgia, he served in Amarillo, Texas.  He graduated from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC in 2011.  He loves baptism and is committed to helping people to grow as disciples of Jesus.


Pastor Stephen and his wife, Betsy, have one daughter, Sarah.  The Friedrichs cheer for the University of Tennessee and Lenoir-Rhyne University teams.  Pastor Stephen played soccer in college at Lenoir-Rhyne and loves to watch teams play when he gets the opportunity.  One of his favorite bible verses is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."




Sharon Leon, Children’s Ministry Coordinator


Phone: 770.953.3193 ext. 106


Sharon grew up in the Lutheran Church, taught Sunday School and served as Superintendent of Sunday School at her prior congregation in New Jersey. She moved to East Cobb in 2007 along with her husband, Richard, and son, Andre, and joined LCR. With a background in early childhood development, Sharon used her gifts and talents to serve as vice president of the Wheeler High School Marching Band Booster Club as well as Band Camp Coordinator where she successfully recruited and led student and adult volunteers. Her friends jokingly refer to her as Mary Poppins and Martha Stewart with her bottomless pocketbook of supplies and her uncanny ability to fix or create anything in need.



Allison Lizdas, Director of Lay Ministries


Phone: 770.953.3193 ext. 101




Helen Weiss Phelps, Director, Worship & Music Ministries

Email: helen at

Phone: 770.953.3193 ext. 105


Helen Weiss Phelps, a life-long Lutheran from Colorado, has served as LCR’s Director of Worship & Music Ministries since 2000. Helen came to Georgia from Rochester, NY where she received her bachelor’s degree in music from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. She has played and directed at a number of churches, adjudicated festivals and participated in leading workshops for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Helen was also Director of Kindermusik of Genesee Valley, a music program for children ages newborn to seven years.  She is married to David, an advertising art director.

Andrea Roche, Director, Children & Youth Ministries


Phone: 770.953.3193 ext. 104


Andrea is a native Georgian, born and raised on Lake Lanier. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Furman University and continued her education at Columbia Theological Seminary, receiving her Masters of Divinity in 2008. Andrea enjoys developing activities that help children and youth deepen their relationships with Jesus Christ. Her passion is guiding youth to learn what their faith means to them and how they can live Christ-centered lives as they cope with challenges faced daily. When she is away from church, Andrea loves spending time with her dog Sidney, the most adorable Germ

Sigrid Thies-Smith, Office Manager & Bookkeeper


Phone: 770.953.3193 ext. 102