The Reverend Steve Jester
Pastor/Head of Staff
Steve Jester was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, a Presbyterian-related small liberal arts college, in 1979. He graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas, in December of 1983. Steve served churches in San Antonio, the Dallas area, and the Ft. Worth area before being called to Second in November of 2008. He and Diana have been married nearly 35 years and have a grown son, David, who lives in Louisville. Steve loves all things related to worship, teaching, especially the Bible, and writing. For relaxation he enjoys reading good mysteries, watching baseball live and on television, watching British detective and crime series with Diana, meals and other gatherings with friends, and cycling (bicycle) as often as possible.
Associate Pastor for Formation & Mission
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The Reverend Jordan Akin
Associate Pastor for Formation & Mission
Jordan Akin was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she grew up as a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Little Rock. She was an active member of the youth group throughout school and served as a youth deacon. Jordan graduated from Hendrix College with a B.A. in Religious Studies. After college, she served for two years as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV), a service program through PC(USA). Her first YAV year was in Hollywood, CA working for People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), and her second YAV year was in Asheville, NC working at a YMCA conference center in Black Mountain and as the intern for youth at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.
During her time at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS), Jordan served as the Seminary Intern at different churches around Louisville, including First Presbyterian in Frankfort, Highland Presbyterian Church, and at Second Presbyterian Church, Louisville. She graduated from LPTS with her Master of Divinity in May 2019. In the summer of 2019, Jordan worked as the Youth Intern at Second; that fall she took the role of Interim Youth Director. She has been on staff as our Associate Pastor for Youth since January 2020.
During her spare time, Jordan loves to explore this wonderful city she now calls home. Her hobbies include hiking and pottery, and she can often be found enjoying God’s creation from the rocking chair on her porch.
The Reverend Rich Gianzero
Interim Associate Pastor
The Rev. Richard A. Gianzero, Interim Associate Pastor at Second, has served as a solo pastor and associate pastor at ELCA Lutheran congregations in Denver, Colorado, and Louisville, Kentucky. Rich, his spouse Rachael, and their four children relocated to Prospect in early 2021. Rachael works as a senior clinical research program manager in the global med-tech industry. Rich earned his M.Div. at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, where he also serves as an adjunct instructor.
Rich has an eclectic background as a formerly incarcerated person who later enjoyed a career in health care marketing and business development prior to ordination. While in prison, he served in a unique hospice program for fellow-prisoners in New York under the supervision of Rev. J. Edward Lewis (Calvary Presbyterian, Newburgh, NY). Rich first felt a call to ministry while working with dying fellow-prisoners and has shared his story on public radio, with students, and in many churches.
Rich enjoys playing guitars, and is an avid fan of the blues and baseball. One of his favorite pastoral activities is leading small-group Bible studies that invite people to engage the scripture in ways that are relevant to daily life and societal trends. 1 Corinthians 15:10 remains a grounding verse: “by the grace of God, I am what I am.”
Director of Worship and Music Ministries
Jim Rittenhouse joined the staff at Second Presbyterian in August 2017, and serves as Director of Worship and Music. He has served churches in Virginia, Indiana, and most recently at St. Paul United Methodist Church as Associate Director of Music. He holds the Performer's Certificate and Master of Church Music degrees from Southern Seminary. Jim has been a frequent soloist with regional choral and chamber/orchestral ensembles since 1989, including the Louisville Orchestra, and the Blanche Moyse Chorale in Vermont. Until 2020, Jim was owner of R2 Impact/McKinney Speakers, a speakers and talent bureau. Jim has been married to Janet for more than 30 years, and they have two daughters, Katie Rittenhouse and Anna Gesell (Randy).
Organist/Worship & Music Assistant
Samuel Libra is a recent transplant to Louisville, where he is Communications Assistant and Organist at Second Presbyterian Church. A native of Minnesota, he graduated from Luther College in Decorah, IA where he studied organ and church music with Dr. Gregory Peterson. He completed his graduate studies in organ performance at the University of Washington as a student of Dr. Carole Terry. Samuel has undertaken further training at the McGill Summer Organ Academy and with Jean-Baptiste Robin at the Royaumont Foundation under a grant from the UW. An impassioned church musician, Dr. Libra has served in numerous churches in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, most recently as Associate Organist at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society, having been a Biggs Fellow at the latter’s 2017 convention. For the Seattle Chapter of the AGO, he served as a board member, a regular presenter at chapter events, and a faculty member at their 2019 Pipe Organ Encounter.
Coordinator of Children's Choirs
Coordinator of Student Music
Ministry Coordinator for Care & Stewardship
Michelle was born and raised here in Louisville. She grew up in the church, was baptized as a Lutheran, and later joined and attended another local Presbyterian church with her family.
She remains close with her mother and two older brothers who live in the area with their families.
Michelle obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville and enjoys cheering on the Cards, especially during basketball season. She has a big soft spot for animals and actually spent ten years working for a veterinarian in various roles. Some of those years while she was in school, working toward her college degree. She has one cat that she rescued after she was abandoned at the veterinary hospital where Michelle worked.
These days Michelle enjoys spending time with her thirteen-year-old niece and three-year-old nephew, spoiling her cat, attending concerts, exercising, exploring nature, and cooking and trying new recipes. She is excited to join the Second Presbyterian team and flourish in her new role!
Hi, my name is Amy Kiefner, and I'm a Louisville native.
I graduated from Seneca high school, and stayed local for college, graduating from Indiana University Southeast. I have one sister who is a professor in Ohio, and I have two fur babies.
I love art and photography and do both in my spare time.
I love helping people and have worked primarily for non-profits throughout my career. During college, I started working for the Community Ministries and ran an after-school tutoring program, and worked in the Assistance Center. From there, I went on to Passport Health Plan (which at the time was nonprofit and centered around Medicaid), and I worked as a call center representative before moving on to the role of trainer.
I'm very excited about the opportunity to work for 2nd Presbyterian Church and look forward to getting to know everyone here!
Ministry Coordinator for Formation & Mission
I was born and raised in a small town in upstate NY and received my undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. I moved to Lexington, KY to pursue a graduate degree from the University of Kentucky and in the process, I met a boy and fell in love, and we moved to Louisville in 2001. We have now been married for almost 19 years and have 2 wonderful teenage boys and one spoiled dog. In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time in nature, and playing board games with my family.
I am a member of Christ Lutheran Church where I have been an active volunteer planning youth events and working with the Wednesday Friends landscaping group. As the Conference Youth Coordinator, I worked with the other ELCA Lutheran churches in the Louisville area to plan combined youth events. I am excited to start working at Second Presbyterian and getting to know you all.
Hi, I’m Jim Rogers from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, where I still live with my two young sons, Owen, and Noah. It is a pleasure to be here working with all of you. I worked for 30 years for Marriott International as a Maintenance Manager. I retired in July 2019 from Marriott; upon the birth of Noah, I worked at the Kentucky center for the performing arts as a Maintenance Manager. After that, I worked for Hobart corporation as a service technician and sales, and now I’m working with some wonderful people whom I can’t wait to make into lifelong friends.
I am very excited to be a part of the 2nd Presbyterian family!
I love God. I enjoy recording music, and spending time with my family!
A Seafood Dinner is my favorite type!
Let’s grow together and have fun doing it!