Pastor Elise was born January 25, 1980, in Columbia, SC. She was raised in Irmo, a suburb of Columbia, where her mom, Terry, still resides.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism, Elise continued on to Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, to pursue a Masters of Divinity. While in seminary she worked as a youth director at a Presbyterian Church in Irmo, where she met Jeffrey Stringer. Jeffrey and Elise were married December 11th, 2004. Elise graduated from LTSS May 18, 2007, and was ordained on July 27, 2008 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC.
In 2011 Pastor Elise and Jeffrey welcomed their oldest son, McKinstry James "Tyndall" Stringer (8), and in 2014 their youngest son, Charley Americus "Jones" Stringer (5). The boys stay busy playing sports, attending USC sporting events, and participating in all church activities.
Jeffrey and Elise are both enthusiastic Gamecock fans; enjoy attending football and basketball games, as well as playing softball, basketball, golf and tennis. Pastor Elise enjoys Holy Yoga, running, Essential Oils, dance, Disney, good wine, and experiencing new adventures with her family and friends.
Pastor Elise came to Redeemer Lutheran Church October 21, 2018
Donna was born in Texas and raised in Mississippi. She holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Music Education. She served for 30 years in public education. Donna has also been a clinician, adjudicator, and a visual advisor for numerous band programs across the country. During her educational career, her band programs won numerous superior ratings and was selected twice to the State Concert Festival in South Carolina. Through her program, numerous students were selected for Region Honor Band and the prestigious All State Band. Donna was selected as Teacher of the Year at Woodmont High School and a top ten teacher of the year in Greenville County Schools.
In addition to her duties as a band director, Donna also served as the assistant director of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. This was held annually at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and reached students and faculty from all across the world. The Sewanee Summer Music Festival has provided many students with the opportunity to excel in the orchestral world.
As church musician since the age of 15, Donna has performed in various church settings. She loves working with people and adores her church family at Redeemer.
Donna is married to Bob Cotter. They have two children Bobby and Thomas Cotter. Both of them are band directors in the local area. They also have two grandchildren, Clara and Henry Cotter.