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Pastor RalphRalph Midtlyng 

Ralph was born and raised in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn N.Y. He graduated from the University of California, Long Beach in 1971, with a B.A. in Sociology. He worked as a therapy coordinator at a group home in the Bronx and for N.Y. State Department of social Services before going to Seminary at Luther-Northwestern, St. Paul, Minnesota, where he received a Masters of Divinity degree in 1982.

Ralph served two congregations in New York before coming to All Saints in 1991: Lutheran Church of the Epiphany, Hempstead, N.Y. and St John's English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lynbrook, N.Y. He now serves All Saints as well as working as a chaplain for VITAS Hospice Care.

Ralph is married to Linda Midtlyng who works at the Learning Center at All Saints They have three adult children and one granddaughter.

You can contact Pastor Ralph at


Rosemary LawsonRosemary Lawson 
Office Administrator

Rosemary has worked for All Saints for over 25 years. Rosemary was an active member of the congregation long before she took her present job. She is a long time resident of Burbank, CA.

Rosemary coordinates the calendar and does the secretarial and administrative work of the congregation. She is available to answer questions you have about our congregation.

Rosemary is in the office, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


Tamara MarchenkoTamara Marchenko 
Director of Music

Tamara was born in Russia.  She graduated from the music college named in honor of Rimsky-Korsakov in the city of Krasnodar with a bachelor degree as a concert master and piano teacher.  She received her masters degree from Kubansky State University as a music educator and faculty member.

Tamara came to the U.S. in 1996.  She studied the organ as a private student of Professor Carl Swanson at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks and with Dr. Ladd Thomas at the University of Southern California.

Tamara has served congregations in the U.S. since 2000.  She was called to serve All Saints in 2005.  She plays both the organ and piano and directs the choir.

New choir members are always welcome.

Tamara can be contacted at


Dana AhernDana Ahern 
Learning Center Director

Dana has been working at All Saints Learning Center since August 1991.  She started off teaching our two- and three-year-old class. She became the Assistant Director in 1997, and started teaching the Pre-K class at that time.  Dana has been quoted as saying, “Each year I learn something new from my students and that is such a blessing.” Dana earned her Teaching Certificates at Valley College.

Dana is a long-time resident of Burbank, where she lives with her two children. Both of her children attended the Learning Center. He daughter is currently attending college and her son is a student at Burbank High School.


Linda MidtlyngLinda Midtlyng 
Learning Center Assistant Director

Linda has been working in early childhood education for years. She began at Bethlehem Lutheran Pre-school in Granada Hills and later was asked to work at All Saints by the Director of All Saints Learning Center (Sally Farinola). When Sally retired, Linda became the Assistant director when Dana was promoted to the position of Director.

Linda is married to Pastor Ralph. She and he are able to work together well; he leaves her supervision up to Dana!

All Saints Evangelical Lutheran Church
8040 Glenoaks Blvd. | Sun Valley, CA 91352 | 818-767-7260

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