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The Lutheran House Host & Hostess, Jerry and Sue Keppel

The Board of Directors for The Lutheran Chautauqua Association announced in 2015 the hire of Sue and Jerry Keppel as the Host and Hostess of The Lutheran House. Having been guests for several years, they began their affiliation with the House when they received a First Time Family Grant. Active at Chautauqua and dedicated to the Lutheran House since their first year as guests, they’ve participated in the Opening and Closing of the House activities each spring and fall. Sue, a former Master Gardener with a degree in Horticulture from Alfred State College, maintains our award winning gardens.

The Keppels live in Amherst, NY, a suburb of Buffalo, and are active members of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eggertsville, NY. Jerry, a native of the Netherlands, grew up in Little Falls, NY. A retired USPO letter carrier and veteran, he served in the Navy and retired from the Naval Reserves after 20 years. Sue, a Registered Nurse, grew up in the Buffalo region. She works part-time making follow-up phone calls for rehabilitation facilities. Her interests include yoga and gardening. Both Keppels volunteer at Buffalo area theaters and the Buffalo History Museum. They are actively involved in the National Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI), where Jerry serves on the Board of Directors. Their three grown children attended Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Camp for many summers.

Our amazing hosts Sue & Jerry Keppel are retiring after our 2020 Season. The hostess or host responsibilities include managing reservations from January until the end of the season, opening & closing the house with volunteers, and coordinating activities while in residence during the Chautauqua season. This is a paid position starting in January 2021 and includes a private room with full bath, season pass, parking, and access to the house community kitchen with a private eating area, refrigerator, and food pantry. If you are interested in additional details about the hostess/host position opening, please send inquiries to Kathy Green at kegreentan@yahoo.com.

Lutheran Chautauqua Association Governance

The Lutheran House organized in 1903 is a non-profit owned by the Lutheran Chautauqua Association (LCA). It is not affiliated with any Lutheran church or synod; therefore it is dependent entirely on rental income, offerings, donations and special bequests for support.

Annual Meetings of the Lutheran Chautauqua Association are held on Sunday of the fifth week of the Chautauqua Season.

A nine-member Board of Directors elected at the annual meeting, governs and maintains the House and engages a host/hostess who plans and administers Lutheran House activities.

All Lutherans and non-Lutherans are invited to join the Association, attend the Annual Meetings and participate in activities that make the Lutheran House a welcoming home. You may join by making an annual contribution of $10 for an individual or $20 for a family. Non-Lutherans may join by making the same annual contribution, becoming Associate Members.


Everyone is invited to make a gift to the Endowment Fund, including our friends from other denominations. LCA members and Associate members are invited to become a Life Member of the Lutheran Chautauqua Association by contribution of $1,000. This can be in one lump sum or spread out over three years in equal installments. Contact the President of the Board of Directors for further information about gifts for the Lutheran House.


The 2019-2020 Board of Directors & Staff:

Sharon Hamilton, President

Bill Schweinfurth, Vice President

Ruth D. Dobson, Secretary

Marnie Brown,

Suellen Carlson,

James Garofalo,

Pr. Phil Roushey,

Pr. Bill Coleman,

Wes Schmid-Broome,

Contact Board Members with any Concerns or to Volunteer.

Front (left to right), Sharon Hamilton, Bill Schweinfurth, Ruth Dobson,
Middle Row Jim Garafolo, Pastor Philip Roushey, Suellen Carlson, Pastor Donald Green (immediate Past President),
Third Row Pastor Bill Coleman, Wes Schmid-Broome Not pictured: Marnie Brown

About the association

The mission of the Lutheran Chautauqua Association is to provide a Lutheran identity on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution through witness, worship, fellowship, hospitality and recreation.


(716) 357-2135
Address: 25 Peck Avenue, Box 1108, Cautauqua, NY, 14722

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