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Church Staff


Pastor David Smith

Senior Pastor

Pastor Smith was called as St. Paul's Senior Pastor in 1998. He graduated from Concordia College, Austin, Texas, Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, earning a Master of Divinity Degree. He earned the degree Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from the Aquinas Insitute of Theology in St. Louis. He has served on the staff of several churches and was the Dean of Student Life at Concordia Seminary, St Louis.


Pastor Thomas was called to St. Paul's in July 2014. He graduated from Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, earning a Master of Divinity degree. He also earned a Mastor of Sacred Theology degree from Concordia Seminary and completed his Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Mascoutah, Illinois. Pastor Thomas has also served at Concordia Seminary as Director of Admissions and Vice President. He recently served as the Executive Director for Pastor Education at The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.


Pastor Paul Prange

Visitation Pastor

Pastor Prange has served part-time at St. Paul's since 2000. He visits our homebound on a regular basis. He served as Senior Pastor at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Bridgeton, Missouri, for many years.


Dr. Mark Bender

Minister of Music

Mark was called as the Minister of Music at St. Paul’s in 1991. He earned the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education - Director of Parish Music Degree (1974) and the Master of Church Music Degree (1976) from Concordia University (River Forest) Chicago. He has also been presented the honorary Christus Vivit award (Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, 2005) and the honorary Doctor of Letters Degree (Concordia University Chicago, 2011). Mark previously served as Minister of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church and School (Indianapolis, IN, 1974-1991). He is a published composer of choral and organ music. He served on the LCMS Commission on Worship (1995-2004), and as chairman (2001-2004). Mark serves as an elected member of the Board of Directors of Concordia Publishing House.


Melissa Niemeyer

Music Ministry Assistant

Melissa was called to be the Music Ministry Assistant at St. Paul’s in 2010. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in church music from Concordia University Chicago (River Forest, IL). Melissa assists with service playing, St. Paul’s choirs, the Music at St. Paul’s program, and other aspects of the music ministry at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School.


Sharon Shearman

Family Ministries Director

Sharon directs Womens and Men's Ministries, Small Groups, and Bible Studies.


Laurie Barnett

Financial Administrator

Accounts payable/receivable; HR benefits; payroll; stock contributions


Judy Rice

Business Administrator

Office manager; HR policies; key/keycard requests; audio/visual requests; contributions statements, computer support


Marie Jakle

Communications Director

Public relations and communications; Messenger editor


Sue Funk

Worship Secretary

Pastors' assistant; youth ministry assistant; calendar/room requests; schedule baptisms/weddings; announcements for Good News and E-letter; prayer requests; hospital updates; altar flowers


Renee Hemmy

Members Secretary

Receptionist; membership transfers; committees' assistant; CD ministry


Julie Claus

Ministries Secretary

Family & Health ministries assistant


Jim Funk

Facilities Manager

Building maintenance; room set-ups