This is who we are

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Pastor Scott Peterson

Interim Pastor

Born in Minnesota, and grew up Sioux Falls, SD. College and seminary was spent back in MN attending St. John’s University for B.A., and Luther Seminary for M.Div. and M.Th. degrees. His M.Th. thesis was entitled, “Martin Luther’s Emphasis on Christ as a Preacher”.

After serving congregations in Montana and SW Minnesota from 1981-88, Pr. Scott accepted a call to serve as a Mission Developer in Madison, AL. With his wife Bonnie Jane, and their children Rebekah, Christine, and Paul, they settled into the South. The mission development work was blessed by God and became Messiah Lutheran Church where he served for 32 years as senior pastor. In January 2022 he accepted the appointment of Bishop Kevin Strickland to serve as Christ the Lord’s interim pastor.

CTL’s motto ‘Caring People. Caring for People’ has rung true for me. I have been blessed to enter this congregation which has been lovingly shaped by my friend Pastor Bob Mitchell. Like Pastor Bob, my call is to preach the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God has plans for the future of this congregation filled with caring disciples. For me, my calling to serve CTL during this exciting transition time is an honor and blessing.

Diliana Slavova

Director of Music Ministry

Diliana earned a master’s degree at Georgia State University and started working at Reinhardt University. She has been performing, teaching, and collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists for over 30 years. Although she had been trained as a classical pianist, over the past 10 years she also focused collaborating with Musical Theater performers. Quite a different “animal” from the classical genre. She loves a good challenge and loves learning. She shares this to let you know that while serving as Music Director will be a new challenge, she is excited for another opportunity to learn and grow!

Janice Aldridge

Parish Administrator

Janice has been a member of Christ the Lord since 1989. She has served as a volunteer in every ministry of the church at one time or another. Janice previously served on staff as Director of Lay Ministry from 1995 – 1998 and recently served as the part-time bookkeeper from 2009- 2013. She rejoined the staff full time as Parish Administrator in 2013. Janice is a lifelong resident of Gwinnett County having graduated from Norcross High School and attending Dekalb College. She and Donald have been married since 1990 and have five children and six grandchildren. Away from work, Janice enjoys reading, watersports, spending time with her family and being a Grammie.


Director of New Member Ministry

Jenny joined the staff in March of 2000 as Director of New Member Ministry.
Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Florida, she has lived in Gwinnett Country since the early eighties. Jenny’s experience includes serving as a LCA Youth Staffer for the Southeastern and SC Synods, participating in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Baltimore, MD and serving as Youth Director for several Lutheran churches in the Atlanta area.

She retired from the Gwinnett County School System in 2016 after 26 years as a Kindergarten paraprofessional. Jenny is the smiling face that welcomes you at the front door and sees you though the new member process.

Diane Thomas

Director of Faith Formation Ministry

Diane has been a member of Christ the Lord Lutheran Church since 1992. She raised her three children in the warm welcoming environment of Christ the Lord. Diane became the Director of Children’s Ministry in 2001 and her position expanded to Faith Formation Director in 2019. Her bachelor’s degree in Child Development and volunteer experience with the church’s programming make her well suited for the position.

Diane has taught Vacation Bible School, confirmation, Friends of Faith, and served on church council. In her free time Diane enjoys crafting, hiking, and being a grandma.


Nursery Attendant

Dymond Mackel and her family have been members of CTL since 2006. She and her husband, Jimmy, have been married for 16 years and they have two boys. Trey 16 and KJ. She has lived in Lawrenceville for 24 years and works in a Gwinnett County Elementary School as an assistant manager in the cafeteria.

Dymond enjoys all children and appreciates their different personalities. Trey and KJ have both grown up at CTL starting with the nursery. She began serving in the nursery in 2018. She is excited to get to see the littlest CTL members come through and grow in their faith.

Christ the Lord Lutheran Church is located at 1001 Duluth Highway (State Route 120) at McKendree Church Road in Lawrenceville, GA. We are between University Parkway (State Route 316) and Interstate 85. Our phone number is 770-963.4499.

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Worship Times
9:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service

Education and Fellowship
10:00 a.m. Adult Fellowship/Coffee Available
10:00 a.m. Sunday School Classes for all ages
10:00 a.m. Confirmation (6th ,7th and 8th grade)

Nursery is available for children birth – 4 years, 9:00 a.m. to noon