Meet our staff

  • Pastor Ben Krey

    Pastor Ben Krey  was called to be the Pastor of Christus Victor Lutheran Church in January 2017 and started on March 15th, 2017.  Before moving to Durham, Pastor Ben served as the pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Philadelphia from 2009.  In his baptism, the Holy Spirit gave him gifts for evangelism and goofy skits for VBS or otherwise boring church annual meetings.  Pastor Ben loves to talk to people outside of the Church and especially loves building relationships with people of different cultures.  Though he only speaks English, he loves finding ways to communicate Jesus' love through actions to those who do not speak English.  In doing so, he experiences Jesus in their smiles and hospitality.  Click here to learn more about the pastor.

  • Simon Zaleski

    Music Director

    2008 Master of Music from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

    Simon Zaleski has served as CVLC's Music Director since 2008, after moving to Durham following receipt of master's degrees in harpsichord, composition, and musicology from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. A specialist in Renaissance, Baroque, and Celtic music, he has performed on harpsichord, organ, piano, viola, viola da gamba, and recorder and brings some of this music to CVLC. Over the past few years, he has performed with many early music ensembles in Baltimore and at Duke and UNC. A rather geeky list of hobbies, perhaps influenced by growing up in the Seattle area, includes history, fishkeeping, Star Trek and other sci-fi, and games of all sorts--and there is always another musical instrument to learn! 

  • Sarah Rodriguez

    Office Administrator

    Sarah has been the church office administrator for 3 years now. She lives in the Parkwood neighborhood and loves it! Sarah and her husband Johel also work in the community pastoring a Latino congregation since 2013. Their 3 children have attended Music Camp at Christus Victor and learned so much. Sarah is in the church office at Christus Victor Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 AM- 2 PM. Let her know if there is any way I can help!