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Rev. Dr. Nathan Swenson-Reinhold

Interim Pastor

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Rev. Dr. Nathan Swenson-Reinhold
Interim Pastor

Pastor Nathan is thrilled to be Rejoice’s Interim Lead Pastor during this time of transition.

At present his pastoral call is through the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod Council to congregational development and support. He works with leaders, congregations, and denominational judicatories across the US supporting the work of leadership development, strategic visioning and planning, generosity development, and capital campaigns. Most of this work is within the ELCA, but it involves other Christian denominations and non-profits as well.

His family is relatively new to northern Texas. In the summer of 2022, he left a seven-year call as lead pastor of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, a multi-site congregation in Fairfax and Clifton, Virginia (just outside of Washington, D.C.) when his wife Erin, who is also a pastor, accepted the call to become Preston Meadow Lutheran Church’s new Pastor for Group Life. If you do not know, Preston Meadow is in Plano. Erin and Pastor Nathan and their daughter Emma reside in Frisco.

They have three children. Their oldest Sam (24) resides in Knoxville, Tennessee and works for a leadership non-profit. Their middle son Ephraim (20) is a sophomore at Texas A&M working on a degree in industrial engineering. And their daughter Emma (15) is a freshman at Lone Star High School in Frisco.

Pastor Nathan comes to you with 19 years of experience as an ordained pastor and with the gift of having worked with dozens of congregations and hundreds of leaders in transition. He has a deep and abiding love for Jesus and a core belief that Jesus loves and is still very much invested in the local church. He trusts that what he has to offer in the way of experience will be an asset to Rejoice as the church discerns its way towards new pastoral leadership.


Aaron and Katrina Colwick,
Directors of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries
Aaron Colwick, A/V Director

Aaron and Katrina have been serving the Northern Texas – Northern Louisiana Synod since 2006, either as Adult Advisors for the Lutheran Youth Organization, working at Lutheran churches across the Metroplex, living at Briarwood, or as members of the Christian band “Scattered Seeds”! They have a daughter (Ember) and two dogs (Ridley and Toby).

Aaron grew up here in the Metroplex, having lived in Rockwall, Dallas, Tarrant, & Denton county. He enjoys playing softball, smoking meat and cooking, watching movies, and dabbling in most things geeky and nerdy! He’s a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and knows that THIS YEAR they are winning the Super Bowl!

Katrina was born in Fort Worth, grew up in New Mexico, and moved back to Southlake, TX, for her high school years. Katrina has two degrees from TCU, and a Masters in Counseling from SMU, although she considers herself a Horned Frog first and foremost. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Gottman Level 1 Therapist; and a Play Therapist. Katrina currently has her own practice in Grapevine, Colwick Counseling. She enjoys hiking and singing, and spending time with family and friends.

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Josalyn Penner, Church Office Administrator

Josalyn grew up in White Deer, TX. A small farming town in the TX Panhandle near Amarillo. She graduated with 36 people in her class. She even worked on a farm in high school (drove a tractor and all kinds of things). She grew up in a small Methodist Church, and she’s glad she did. That means even more to her now that she’s older. She has had the same best friend since she was three years old.


She attended Stephen F. Austin State University and earned a degree in Rehabilitation Services.

She has been married to her husband, Chris, for 18 years and has two sons, Vincent and Zion. Vincent enjoys taking music theater classes and enjoys performing in the shows. He also likes to take swim lessons. Zion is an athlete and loves running track the most. 

She really enjoys cooking and flower gardening. She also likes to volunteer at her sons’ schools and at her church. She is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and loves watching football!


Lisa McKinley
Director, Rejoice Chancel Choir


Lisa McKinley has been involved in music ministry since high school. Born and raised in New Jersey, Lisa earned her degree in music with an emphasis in voice and organ from Montclair University.

She served in the Diocese of Austin, Texas, for over 20 years as choir director, liturgist, soloist, organist, and teacher.

In 2001 she and her family were invited to perform at La Chiesa Madre in Enna, Sicily in honor of her late husband’s great uncle, F.P. Neglia. In 2010 Lisa returned to NJ as a music and liturgy director for the Diocese of Camden and was guest conductor at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Lisa is honored to serve as choir director at Rejoice Lutheran which she considers her faith-filled home. Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, sons, Michael, Tony and her little guy, Joey.

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Katya Chernaya-Oh, Accompanist

If you have ever attended service at Rejoice, chances are you were moved by the beautiful music that rings through the church. At the piano, where you can find Katya Chernaya-Oh, is where much of our heavenly sound comes from. Katya has been the accompanist at Rejoice since April of 2009.

To say her resume is impressive would be an understatement. Katya is a world-class pianist who has earned awards and recognition for her work both in Russia and in the United States, in addition to competitions in both California and Wyoming. She is also an accomplished educator who has taught students at the University of North Texas, University of Wyoming, and Saratov State Conservatory in Russia.

Katya earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree from the University of North Texas and received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Saratov State Conservatory.


Kim Thomas, Bookkeeper

Kim is a native Texan…born in Austin and raised in Houston. After receiving her BBA in Finance from the University of Texas, she moved to Dallas to work for a small CPA firm. After 10 years at the firm, she started staying home with her 2 young children, while starting her own accounting & bookkeeping business, and adding another child. That business has continued to grow to include 3 employees and many small businesses (including Rejoice).


Kim and her family joined Rejoice in 1997. Her children (Michael, Sarah & Will) grew up at Rejoice and are out on their own. Even though her nest is empty, Kim enjoys taking care of her clients but also loves to spoil her 2 granddaughters, visit wineries, walk, read and travel.

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