Our Staff

 

Dr. Anthony Pattin - Director of Music

Anthony Pattin is a native of Toledo, Ohio, where he received his first musical instruction from his brother Leslie. Later as a young adult they formed the two-piano duo known as "The Pattin Brothers" and performed at one piano, two- pianos and piano and organ. Tony majored in piano performances and received degrees from The University of Toledo, The University of Michigan, and in 1994 after he had moved to Alabama, the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Alabama.

He was recruited by the University of Montevallo to join their piano faculty in 1987 and soon afterward was promoted to the rank of tenured full professor. He was awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award in 2001 and the next year was designated as the University Scholar. He retired from UM in 2011 . The Dr. Anthony Pattin Steinway Scholarship Endowment was set up to honor him upon his retirement.

 

His performances on piano have taken him all over the world, having played with symphony orchestras including the Alabama Symphony, and the Tuscaloosa Symphony. In addition he has played recitals in New York's Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Public library, broadcast live on National Public Radio, televisions broadcasts and on tour in other countries including Central America, Japan and Europe. He has recorded 6 CDs on the APT label, some are still available.

 

He has always been involved in church music and has written and published an enormous amount of sacred choral and instrumental music. He joined the staff as Director of Music at Shades Valley Lutheran in Marcy, 2017. He was Director of Music at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church from 2004-2016.

 

Tony may be reached at (205)871-3512 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sarah Beth Hall - Office Professional

Sarah Beth Hall grew up in Cahaba Heights. She has been a member of Shades Valley Lutheran Church for 30 years. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama. She also holds a M.S. in Early Childhood: Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University: Portland. She has been teaching preschool and elementary school for the last 17 years. Sarah Beth has helped with our Youth programs and is very active in the church. She is married and has 3 wonderful children. All members of the family are deeply involved at Shades Valley Lutheran.

Sarah Beth can be reached at (205)871-3512 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Reverend Dennis Fakes- Bridge Pastor

I was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church.  I attended a Lutheran high school, St. John's College, Concordia Senior College, Concordia Seminary.  I graduated in the first graduating class of Seminex.

My first parish was a small church in Kingman, KS.  Then I served as a hospital chaplain at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC.  For 12 years I was pastor at a church in suburban Toledo, OH.  In 1990 I accepted a call to Messiah Lutheran in Lindsborg, KS.  Fro there I served as Senior Pastor to the largest parish of the Sierra Pacific Synod in California.  

My calling to St. Mark's in Huntsville came in 2004.  I retired in 2014.

I have five published books.  The most popular are G.R.A.C.E. (2002) and Exploring Our Lutheran Liturgy (1997).

I have always had a passion for the parish believing that it is in the body of Christ, the church, that the good news of Jesus comes to pass.  In this community people make the important connection with God and others.  This cruciform connection satisfies our greatest human hungers and needs.

My great love is for Jesus (and His church), my wife Hilda, and my family. My grandmother had a saying I have never forgotten: "Only one life, it'll soon be past; only what's done for Christ will last."

 

Pastor Fakes can be reached at (205)871-3512 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Council

The Church Council serves as SVLC’s Board of Directors. The Council is responsible for setting church policy, making financial decisions, and providing spiritual oversight of the church. The congregation votes to elect the Church Council at the annual meeting, upon recommendation of the nominating committee.

The church council meets the second Tuesday of every month, if you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information regarding the next scheduled meeting.

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Officers:

Paul Schabacker– President
Stephen Schrader- Vice President
Susan Harchelroad - Secretary

Other members:

Rick Mittermaier - Planning & Review

Shannon Curlings - Church Family Ministry

Lance Gardner - Stewardship

Kristin Bakkegard - Social Ministry

Lane Graham - Property

Greg Vitalis - Finance

Nikki Bradish - Fellowship

Amy McDonald - Evangelism

Rick Mittermaier - Youth

Kristin Bakkegard - WELCA

Shannon Curlings - Boy Scouts