About the Author

Cheryl D. Naumann graduated from Valparaiso University on May 20, 1979 and was consecrated as a Lutheran Deaconess that same day.  Her first call (into which she was placed by the Council of Presidents of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) was to Lutheran Home for the Aged in Kendallville, Indiana.  In 1980, she became one of the nine founding members of Concordia Deaconess Conference – Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. 

From 1982 to 2003 Cheryl lived in the United Kingdom, assisting her pastor husband in mission work at St. Columba Lutheran Church, East Kilbride, Scotland and St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Ruislip, England.  In 1991 she received a Master of Theology degree (in Theology and Church History) from Glasgow University, Glasgow, Scotland.

Since Cheryl had been out of the United States during the 1986 LCMS “grandfathering” of Valparaiso-trained deaconesses, she completed the LCMS deaconess colloquy program at Concordia University Chicago in 2004, and a few months later accepted a call to serve Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Oakmont, Pennsylvania, where she still serves today.

Personal Life and Writing


Cheryl Dorothy Freitag (Naumann) was born to Dorothy and Arthur Freitag on June 23, 1956, in Bremerton, Washington.  She was baptized, confirmed, married, and commissioned as a deaconess at Memorial Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Bremerton. 

On June 4, 1977 Cheryl married Jonathan Charles Naumann.  They were blessed with six children (Brian, David, Edward, Gordon, Nigel, and Dorothy) and also have nine grandchildren (Hannah, Martin, Ruth, William, Phoebe, Felicity, Charles, Vaughn, and Jonathan).  The family is a close one and tries to get together as often as possible, even though some of the children live on different continents.   

Cheryl has been an avid writer for most of her life.  She began writing poetry and short stories at an early age.  During her entire 8th grade year, at the age of 12, she wrote a weekly newspaper column called “Teen Beat” for the Bremerton Sun.  While living in London, England (1988-2003) she developed a “side” career as a free-lance corporate writer and editor.  Among other projects during that time, she was the editor of Acorn and Xemplar magazines (UK educational computer magazines for primary and secondary schools) and served as the editor for British Lutheran, the official organ of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (1996-99).

Available for Speaking Engagements

Cheryl welcomes invitations for speaking engagements and is happy to talk about any subject related to the deaconess movement, the role of women in the church, and the ministry of mercy in the church today.  She is also experienced in leading women's Bible Studies and retreats, and Woman to Woman sessions that focus on the needs of Christian women, whether they be wives, widows, mothers, single women, pastor's wives, or professional church workers. 

It is easy to communicate with Cheryl through the Contact link on this website.