Rev. John Flack
Pastor's Phone: (516) 353-1121
Pastor's Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reverend John Flack was born in Iowa City and baptized in the Maquoketa River in Iowa shortly thereafter. He lived in Iowa, France, Madagascar, Kansas, and Iowa again before going to college at the University of Chicago. There he worshipped at Augustana Lutheran Church, where he discovered that he was going to be a pastor. He graduated with a degree in Philosohphy in 2002 and spent a year in Argentina working for the church. He returned to the University of Chicago for his Master’s in Divinity and worked in Tanzania and Long Island before his ordination in 2010. He never wanted to live in New York City growing up, but the Lord had a place for him in Manhattan, and he is very happy to be to the pastor of the congregation of Our Saviour’s Atonement.
Pastor John is married and has two children. He likes the outdoors, the indoors, and getting to know people.
Director of Music
Keith Burton holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Accompaniment from Manhattan School of Music and a Piano Performance Degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with Gunther Schuller conducting. He attended the Conservatoire Americaine de Fontainebleau, the Festival Tibor Varga de Sion, and was an Accompanying Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Mr. Burton worked regularly for the Broadway company of Billy Elliott. He serves as the Music Director for Three Mo’ Tenors, which ran Off Broadway for five months, appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and performs around the world. He has worked as Music Director for the Chautauqua Opera Musical Theater Program and was a coach/accompanist for the American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, GA. As Head Accompanist and Music Director for the Boys Choir of Harlem, he performed before Presidents and the Pope, and made more than a thousand appearances in major venues throughout the world. In addition to having served for 14 years as the Minister of Music at the Katonah United Methodist Church, he is currently the Music Director of The Brearley Singers, and a Faculty member at The Rye Country Day School.
Mr. Burton is a highly versatile musician, whose experience includes conducting, arranging, singing and playing organ and cello. In addition to his classical pianist training, he has extensive experience in popular music, improvising, and music technology. He is also an avid road cyclist, crossword puzzle solver and Francophile.
Jane Huerta grew up in the Lutheran Church. She is originally from Wisconsin and spent her teenage and early adult years in California. Jane has a degree in Wildlife Biology and was a biologist on The Sequoia national forest for several years before she, her husband Luis, and daughter Claudia moved to Northern California and then to New York City.
The family moved to New York City in early 2002. Jane fell into her career as church administrator while attending and volunteering at Advent Lutheran Church on the UWS. She has been serving for 16 years between there and OSA.
Janes loves being part of the OSA community. Jane says, "Everyone is so warm and friendly and has made me feel welcome since the first day I arrived."
A resident of New York City since 2008, Christopher moved from his hometown of Ann Arbor Michigan to escape the oppressively cold winters there. A lifelong cyclist and career cycling advocate, he has served on the board of directors for the New York City Mountain Bike Association and currently serves as its director of programming.
Christopher was drawn to OSA by its open, welcoming community, and his fascination with all things old keeps him duly entertained while maintaining the property at OSA.
He enjoys playing the trumpet, welding, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two kids in what he calls “the best neighborhood in all of NYC” -Washington Heights.