Pastor Nestor Joel Rova-Hegener describes himself as an experienced and deeply caring pastor who leads with passion, by listening to and walking with the people of the church. He seeks to help people to discern Jesus’ call to live out his love in their lives and the world. He shares the Gospel through preaching, teaching, and building up Christ’s body.

He has a Masters of Divinity (2001) from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. His fields of interest are Youth Ministry, Adult Education, Stewardship, Outdoors and Camping Ministry, and History. Contact: pastor (a) alcoslo.org

Spouse and Family

Pastor’s wife Emily Gratia Rova-Hegener is also an ordained pastor. Emily describes herself as a passionate, caring, mission-minded pastor who is able to listen and provide leadership to a congregation discerning its call to live out Christ’s love as individuals and community. Emily is deeply invested and has a calling in connecting our stories to God’s greater story in our lives, helping others to discover their gifts and talents, and encouraging people to grow in faith and serve others in the world. Emily has a Masters of Divinity (1999) from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. Her fields of interest are Spiritual Formation and Direction, Faith Formation in Families, Stewardship of Time, Talents and Financial Resources, Outdoors and Camping Ministry, and Health & Wellness issues.

They have been happily married for 15 years and have two (boys) children.


They both have 14 years of experience as pastors and come with varying gifts. Their gifts, pastoral styles and personalities are complementary which helps make their ministry balanced and comprehensive. They served as co-pastors at United in Christ Lutheran Church, in Eveleth, Minnesota from 2006. Before that they were co-pastors at Silverdale Lutheran Church in Silverdale, Washington, for three years.

Church Office Secretary


Rie Melhoos has been with The American Lutheran Congregation since 1991 when she moved to Norway from her native country Japan with her American husband. She was later baptized at the ALC in September 1995, and so the ALC is her mother church. She was installed as Church Office Secretary in 2005 and is responsible for day-to-day church office operations and assisting the Pastor. When Rie is not at the ALC, she has her own food blog called Rie’s Bento and cooking blog. Also check out her Facebook page “Rie’s Bento and Cooking” which has more than 1,500 followers and be inspired. Contact: office (a) alcoslo.org

Music Minister

BRADLEY STAUBES is a busy and multi-faceted musician frequently performing in a variety of contexts all around Oslo and beyond. As a keyboard player, he is the Music Director and Organist at The American Lutheran Church in Frogner, as well as being one of the busiest freelance organists in the city, playing over 100 different weddings, funerals, special services and concerts every year. He was director and accompanist for the Yuletide Chorale (Oslo’s English-language Christmas festival choir), and continues as accompanist for Ullern Kammerkor, for whom he has played Brahms Requiem, Carmina Burana. St. John Passion, Haydn’s ‘The Seasons,’ and Messiah among others. He was also rehearsal accompanist for the “Sarpsborg 1000th Anniversary” performance of Carmina Burana.

Bradley is also a very experienced singer and cellist. Here in Oslo he has sung as soloist and chorister with the Oslo Filharmonisk kor (including solos in Oslo Filharmonien’s performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms), as well as both soloist and chorister with Vestre Aker Kammerkor and Ullern Kammerkor. He was the baritone in the men’s quartet ‘The Barbershop Avengers,’ with performances on the main stage at Den Norske Opera & Ballett and other places. As a cellist he has played with the Oslo Kammerorkester and in various professional and volunteer performances.

A native of Washington DC who spent almost 20 years in New York City, Bradley was organist and choir director at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in the Bronx and St. Anthony in Yonkers, has sung with the Washington Opera (Kennedy Center), Prince George’s Opera, The National Chorale (Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall), The Village Light Opera Group, and as chorister, soloist, and song leader at both the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington DC) and St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC). He conducted the Cabrini Singers for 18 years, including performances in Times Square, Ellis Island, the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria, and on “Good Morning America.” His choral compositions have been recorded numerous times, and performed in such far-flung venues as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Other Staff

Title Name
Janitor Ajay John
Cleaner S. Butt


Role/Title Name Contact Terms
President Eric Mandeville president (a) alcoslo.org 2nd
Vice President Melisande M. Engebretsen vicepresident (a) alcoslo.org 2nd
Treasurer Mark Lanham treasurer (a) alcoslo.org 1st
Secretary Jim Schmidt office (a) alcoslo.org 1st
Membership Wyonne Long office (a) alcoslo.org 2nd
Stewardship Nick Berryman office (a) alcoslo.org 1st
Outreach Lars Lunde outreach (a) alcoslo.org 1st
Properties Sarvo Martin office (a) alcoslo.org 1st
Worship Cheryl Håbesland office (a) alcoslo.org 1st
Fellowship Marianne Orr office (a) alcoslo.org 1st
Education David Mauk education (a) alcoslo.org 2nd
Communications Anchit Sahay office (a) alcoslo.org 1st