The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Keith E. Gatling

I teach Computer Literacy and Beginning Programming at the Manlius Pebble Hill School in DeWitt NY, and I joke that between the time I've been in school and the time I've worked for schools, only seven of my 50 years have been off of the academic calendar.

I'm not a "cradle Lutheran," although I did go to Vacation Bible School at the local Lutheran church every summer. My sister and I went to Sunday School at the Baptist church just down the street from our house. Then, when I was in fourth grade, I was recruited to sing in the boys choir of a nearby Episcopal church. This was my first paying job, at $1.50 a month. Eventually my singing led me to join the Hendricks Chapel Choir when I attended Syracuse University, and it was my involvement at Hendricks Chapel that led me to Lutheran Campus Ministry and the Lutheran Church.

I've been a member of King of Kings church in Liverpool, New York for 20 years, and during that time I've been a choir member, choir director, Sunday School teacher, worship assistant, preaching deacon, and head deacon.

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