Pastors, Staff

Meet the team that is here to help you find ways to engage, to help you heal & grow strong in God's love. 

Senior Pastor Rusty Leavitt

The Reverend Rossetter (Rusty) Leavitt was born in San Benito, Texas. He received a degree in education from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska and later a Master’s of Divinity from Concordia Lutheran Seminary.


Pastor Leavitt formerly served as Director of Christian Education at Zion Lutheran in Orlando, FL, completed his Vicarage at St. Paul Lutheran in Sioux City, Iowa in 1980 and was Pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran in Mineral Wells, TX for 7 years. Prior to joining Beautiful Savior in January, 2002, he was Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran in Vernon, TX for 14 years.

Pastor Leavitt and his wife, the former Lynn Karmer (a school teacher) of Quincy, IL, have 5 grown sons, and two daughter-in-laws, and also two grandchildren.


Associate Pastor Todd Kuehn

Pastor Todd and his wife Jessi have been members of Beautiful Savior for several years serving the Church in teaching Bible classes, Vacation Bible School leader, music, and facilitating church services and special events with audio and visual expertise.  Pastor Todd was ordained January 15, 2012 and serves at Beautiful Savior leading the Sunday morning contemporary worship and several Bible studies (at church, online and off campus in the community).

Office Manager - Pam Rooney

Pam became a member of Beautiful Savior in 2009. She moved to Florida from Glenview, Illinois in 1993.  She has one grown child, Tim, who lives in Clarksville, Tennessee with his wife and 2 children.  She had previously worked in an administrative position for a boat manufacturer for 11 years.  She is also a volunteer for the Beautiful Savior Altar Guild.  Other members of her family who are part of the Beautiful Savior family are her mother, Janet Schildberg, and her sister and brother-in-law Linda and Chris Daley and their children.

Worship Music Leader ~ Norm Vagn

Norm was born in Chicago and grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.  He received his Masters Degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Kansas.  Norm taught for 10 years in McHenry County, which is an hour west of Chicago.  Norm currently teaches at Riverview High School in Sarasota. He teaches band, jazz ensemble, orchestra and IB Music. Norm plays piano, bass trombone, electric bass and loves to sing.  He has been involved in church music for all of his adult life.



Director, Family Ministry -- Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell joined the staff at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in July 2017.  She is a 2007 Concordia Texas graduate and has served in both the Southern Illinois and Nebraska District and she will be entering her tenth year of service in October. She moved from Fremont, she'll be certain to love our Florida winters without snow!

Faith & fun defines Amanda. She brings enthusiasm to inspire those around her, and give hope to those facing challenges in life. She looks forward to developing relationships with all the members of Beautiful Savior and helping grow the faith of our youth.

Amanda also loves sports, football being her number one sport and she is wise as she is a Green Bay Packers fan!!