Rev. Curt Dwyer


Pastor Curt joined the staff at Martin Luther Chapel in June, 2013. Prior to serving God's people in East Lansing, he served as the Assistant Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning, Iowa, from June, 1996 until September, 2000 and as the Pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Lafe, Arkansas from October 2000 until June 2013. Pastor Curt received a BA in Psychology from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO in 1992, and the Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1996. On March 1, 2015, Pastor Curt was installed as Lead Pastor at Martin Luther Chapel.

Pastor Curt is married to Renee, who happens to be the only girl that gave him a hug the first time he attended a Bible study at the Lutheran Student House on the campus of Truman State (It was part of the devotion that night. Honest). They have three children; Alex, Ian and Hope.


Rev. Dr. David Dressel

Associate Pastor

Pastor Dave has a heart and love for ministry, enjoys university communities, plays handball and loves to fish.  He has been a pastor of congregations in Lincoln, Nebraska (next to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Grand Forks, North Dakota (next to the University of North Dakota), and now in East Lansing, Michigan (next to Michigan State University).  On Sunday, March 1, 2015, Pastor Dave was installed as full time Associate Pastor at Martin Luther Chapel.

Dian Silvey

Ministry Assistant

Dian is from Lansing, MI where she raised and loved 4 children into "adulthood." Before working at Michigan State University for 5 years, Dian did Licensed Childcare and after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Pre-Law in 1992; she has worked at Martin Luther Chapel as Ministry Assistant. While working, several classes toward a Masters in Family Life Ministry and a certification as a Stephen Ministry Leader have been added. Her family now includes 3 more children (by marriage) and 5 grandchildren to love.


Anne Owens

Office Administrator

Office Administrator Anne Owens is responsible for day to day office operations, accounting processes, and a host of other things that enable us to function.  Anne is a native Detroiter who has spent the past four years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is happy to be back in the Mitten State. Anne and her husband Mitchell have two small children: Matthew, age 3, and Christopher, age 1. When she isn't busily attending to office duties or chasing after her children, Anne enjoys playing her harp, reading, and baking. She is thrilled to be a part of the ministry at Martin Luther Chapel.

Matthew Eichstaedt

Chapel Manager

Matt Eichstaedt is a junior at Michigan State University studying history and Spanish education. He is from Grandville, Michigan. As Chapel Manager, Matt oversees all of the chapel maintenance duties and works closely with the trustees on projects. In his free time, Matt enjoys reading, video games, and running. Matt is also in his second year as a member of the Peer Minister leadership team.

Yatidi Lightfoot

Music Director

Yatidi Lightfoot loves playing organ and bringing musicians together for Sunday morning worship at Martin Luther Chapel.  She holds degrees in vocal performance and music education from Drake University.  Her favorite pastimes include puppetry, cooking, reading, and practicing yoga.  She also really enjoys dancing, especially with her husband, Peter, who teaches at MSU. 

'The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord.  Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: "The Lord is good; God's love endures forever."' (2 Chronicles 5: 13)

Mary Grace

Sunday Evening Accompanist

Mary Grace, a talented pianist, leads our evening service music.   If you're interested in participating in the evening Praise team, which performs pre-worship service music before the 7:00 pm service each week, email Mary.  We welcome vocalists and instrumentalists. 

Elizabeth Clarke

Wednesday ON FIRE Lead Instrumentalist

Elizabeth Clarke was born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.  She holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus and the University of Victoria, and is now a doctoral student in piano at MSU.  In addition to playing and teaching piano, she enjoys vegetable gardening, visiting coffee shops, and learning about the world by looking at maps.


Sophia Coke

Office Assistant

Sophia Coke is a junior at MSU from Pinckney, Michigan who studies French, Spanish, and education. As office assistant, she works with the pastors on making the order of worship bulletins, Chapel Chatter, mailings, and updating the website. This is her second year as a Peer Minister. In her previous years at MLC she has participated in two servant trips to El Paso, TX, been at Wednesday ON FIRE and the college student bible study. Her favorite thing to do is stay home with her two kittens Peanut and Jelly.