Staff & Leadership
Melissa Ehrhardt, Reverend
Pastor Melissa has served Peace Lutheran since 2016. She is a native Nebraskan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Midland Lutheran College and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Pastor Melissa was ordained in 2007 and has been in full time ministry since.
“I’m crazy blessed.” “Life is full with God.” - Pastor Melissa
Ernest Whitmore, Organist and Choir Director
Since 2008, Ernest has graced Peace Lutheran with his God given gift of organ music at the 5:00pm Saturday at 8:30am Sunday worship services. He studied organ performance at North Texas State University in Denton. After finishing his Master's degree in 1985, Ernest taught (mostly Math) at John Brown University, the University of Arkansas, and Ecclesia College, while serving as organist at First United Methodist, Siloam Springs.
"I truly love hymns, and our Lutheran heritage in sacred music is just phenomenal. It thrills me that Luther and his comrades transformed Christian worship by introducing the congregational hymn; 250 years later Bach revolutionized things all over again, still largely based on Luther's hymnody; and now 500 years after the Reformation we are STILL singing Luther's thoughts and melodies--in Northwest Arkansas, of all places! Amazing!" – Ernest
Nick Intintoli, Praise Team Leader
Nick has been leading the 11:00am Sunday Praise Team since the beginning of 2018 and has been a member of Peace for over 10 years. His love for worshiping through music performance began as a child singing in the Children's Choir at his home church in Arizona and has continued since. Prior to moving to Northwest Arkansas, Nick attended the University of Arizona where he studied in several music classes focused on vocal performance before graduating with a degree in Marketing in 2007.
“I love being able to lead our live band and vocals at the 11:00am service. I’m passionate about bringing new songs to the congregation, with a focus on relevant music that helps connect the message to your heart with song.” - Nick
Joan Boysen, Office Administrator
As Office Administrator, Joan has sustained the heartbeat of Peace Lutheran since 2018 by managing day-to-day operations of our church and coordinating the many activities and groups that use our facility. Joan moved to Rogers from the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked for a philanthropic foundation.
“There is so much going on here, amazing music, the food pantry serving thousands of people every year, youth groups, PeaceKids Learning Center and Preschool, a wide-range of community events and the most incredible Pastor and volunteers who make everything happen. I am in awe every day.” - Joan