Our Pastor & Staff


Meet Pastor Jay Grave


Pastor Jay began his ministry with the people of Hosanna Lutheran in June of 2017, having served congregations as an ordained pastor in Texas, Minnesota, and Missouri; before that he served as the director of youth ministry for five years, in Minnesota. His passion for leadership and his flair for translating deep theological concepts into practical vocabulary allow him to speak into the lives of people whether he is in the pulpit or in the grocery store.

Pastor Jay was ordained in 2005. He is a graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He did his undergraduate work at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. In 2016, Pastor Jay became the Rev. Dr. Jay after completing a doctorate in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. HIs Midwest upbringing and a well-traveled life have shaped Pastor Jay into an approachable and relevant husband, father, and pastor in his forties, who could pass for his thirties, and sometimes acts like he is in his teens.

Pastor Jay is married to Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a native Texan and talented homemaker who takes the role of Pastor’s wife to new heights rocking her high heels. Spent just a little time with Elizabeth and you will see that she is truly a “jane of all trades.”

Jay and Elizabeth have two daughters, Isabelle and Ilsa, who keep them super busy and loving every minute of i! As a family they enjoy traveling, good food, and live music.

Pastor Jay reminds us that God has gifted us all to proclaim the love of Jesus with all people, in our words and particularly in our actions. Feel free to contact Pastor Jay at the church office if you have any questions.


Emily Clamser

Youth & Family Minister


Emily Clamser was born and raised in Queens, NY, and later moved to Long Island, NY, where she graduated from St. Joseph’s College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and received her Masters of Arts in Reading from CW Post College.
Emily was a teacher for five years and holds a license in Special Education K-adult and General Education K-6.
In June of 2006, Emily joined the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wilmington, NC staff as their Director of Youth and Family Ministries and served for 10 years. Emily is certified as a Youth and Family Minister through the Center for Youth Ministries of Wartburg Theological Seminary; and in 2016, Emily graduated from Luther Seminary with a Masters of Arts in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. This January, Emily was commissioned as the first Deacon in the NC synod.
During her personal time, Emily enjoys, reading, theater, and old movies!
Emily’s greatest joys include spending time with her children, Kevin and Amber and playing with “Mugsy,” (her puggle). She loves building relationships with youth and their families and teaching ways to support the home so that - "HOME is CHURCH too!"


Jay Grave – Pastor

Marilyn Boudreaux – Preschool Director

Vicki Entzel – Small Groups Coordinator

Emily Clamser – Youth & Family Minister

Brian Johnson-Osborn
Director of Music, 10:30 am

Troy King


2017 Council

Church Council consists of elected members and the pastor.
Council members are given the responsibility for the oversight of the mission and ministry of the church.

Tara Bremond – President

Ginny Sirera – Vice President

Ron Entzel – Secretary

Brad Phillips – Treasurer


Purpose Area Liaisons

Gina Weber – Worship

Erica Hoffman – Discipleship

Alex Abram – Evangelism

Greg Thompson – Fellowship

Stephen Wetekamm – Ministry