Staff & Leadership

Peter W.
Marty
Senior pastor
Sara
Olson-Smith
Associate pastor
Katy
Warren
Associate pastor
Kelsey
Fitting-Snyder
pastor in residency
Joshua
Kestner
pastor in residency
Ron
Huber
Visitation pastor
Karen
Strusz
Preschool director
Andy
Langdon
Director of youth ministry
Kendra
Thompson
Pastor of children and family life
Eyreka
Barnes
Children's ministries assistant
Beth
Laureijs
Pastoral residency administrator
Dana
Welser
Neighborhood school partnership coordinator
Teresa
Whitbeck
Childcare team leader
Chris
Nelson
Director of music ministries & organist
Bill
Campbell
Contemporary music director
Linda
Allebach
Assistant organist
Nathan
Windt
Chorale director
Dan
Pepper
Youth choir director
Margaret
Thompson
Children’s choir director
Sara
Harless
Children's choir director
Katie
Casey
Children's choir director
Ann
McGlynn
Director of communication
Lauren
Brown
Artistic director
Destiny
Ellingsworth
Communications Intern
Karen
Holden
Book Corner manager
Todd
Byerly
Operations director
Paula
Durham
Business manager
Jennifer
Garvey
Receptionist
Becky
Harper
Senior pastor’s assistant
Carrie
Bowman
Business office assistant
Marcia
Robertson
Giving ministry coordinator
Angie
Vaaler
social worker/counselor
Matt
Spencer
Building manager
Harris
Schneekloth
Campus & grounds
Jim
Akright
Custodial & maintenance
Paul
Caldwell
Host
Terry
Haru
Host
Ron
Mullen
Weekend host
Nick
Peterson
Weekend host

Acts 9:1-6

The Conversion of Saul

1Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,2and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.3As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;4and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”5And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said,“I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,6but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.”

Psalm 30

1I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up,

And have not let my enemies rejoice over me.

2O LORD my God,

I cried to You for help, and You healed me.

3O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol;

You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.

4Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones,

And give thanks to His holy name.

5For His anger is but for a moment,

His favor is for a lifetime;

Weeping may last for the night,

But a shout of joy comes in the morning.

6Now as for me, I said in my prosperity,

“I will never be moved.”

7O LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong;

You hid Your face, I was dismayed.

8To You, O LORD, I called,

And to the Lord I made supplication:

9“What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit?

Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?

10“Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me;

O LORD, be my helper.”

11You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;

You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,

12That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.

O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

Revelation 5:11-14

11Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands,

12saying with a loud voice,

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”

13And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying,

“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”

14And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.

John 21:1-19

Jesus Appears at the Sea of Galilee

1After these things Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested Himself in this way.2Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together.3Simon Peter *said to them, “I am going fishing.” They *said to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing.

4But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.5So Jesus *said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?” They answered Him, “No.”6And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch. So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.7Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved *said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea.8But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about one hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish.

9So when they got out on the land, they *saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread.10Jesus *said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.”11Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.

Jesus Provides

12Jesus *said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples ventured to question Him, “Who are You?” knowing that it was the Lord.13Jesus *came and *took the bread and *gave it to them, and the fish likewise.14This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples, after He was raised from the dead.

The Love Motivation

15So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus *said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Tend My lambs.”16He *said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.”17He *said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus *said to him, “Tend My sheep.

Our Times Are in His Hand

18“Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go.19Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He *said to him, “Follow Me!”

Acts 9:36-43

36Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did.37And it happened at that time that she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her body, they laid it in an upper room.38Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, having heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him, “Do not delay in coming to us.”39So Peter arose and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the upper room; and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them.40But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.41And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.42It became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.43And Peter stayed many days in Joppa with a tanner named Simon.

Psalm 23

1The LORD is my shepherd,

I shall not want.

2He makes me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside quiet waters.

3He restores my soul;

He guides me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake.

4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I fear no evil, for You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You have anointed my head with oil;

My cup overflows.

6Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,

And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Revelation 7:9-17

9After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;10and they cry out with a loud voice, saying,

“Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”11And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,12saying,

“Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

13Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?”14I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.15“For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.16“They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat;17for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

John 10:22-30

22At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem;23it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon.24The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”25Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me.26“But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep.27“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;28and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.29“My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.30“I and the Father are one.”

Acts 11:1-18

Peter Reports at Jerusalem

1Now the apostles and the brethren who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.2And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised took issue with him,3saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.”4But Peter began speaking and proceeded to explain to them in orderly sequence, saying,5“I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object coming down like a great sheet lowered by four corners from the sky; and it came right down to me,6and when I had fixed my gaze on it and was observing it I saw the four-footed animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the crawling creatures and the birds of the air.7“I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’8“But I said, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’9“But a voice from heaven answered a second time, ‘What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.’10“This happened three times, and everything was drawn back up into the sky.11“And behold, at that moment three men appeared at the house in which we were staying, having been sent to me from Caesarea.12“The Spirit told me to go with them without misgivings. These six brethren also went with me and we entered the man’s house.13“And he reported to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and have Simon, who is also called Peter, brought here;14and he will speak words to you by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’15“And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as He did upon us at the beginning.16“And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’17“Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?”18When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”

The Church at Antioch

Psalm 148

1Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD from the heavens;

Praise Him in the heights!

2Praise Him, all His angels;

Praise Him, all His hosts!

3Praise Him, sun and moon;

Praise Him, all stars of light!

4Praise Him, highest heavens,

And the waters that are above the heavens!

5Let them praise the name of the LORD,

For He commanded and they were created.

6He has also established them forever and ever;

He has made a decree which will not pass away.

7Praise the LORD from the earth,

Sea monsters and all deeps;

8Fire and hail, snow and clouds;

Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

9Mountains and all hills;

Fruit trees and all cedars;

10Beasts and all cattle;

Creeping things and winged fowl;

11Kings of the earth and all peoples;

Princes and all judges of the earth;

12Both young men and virgins;

Old men and children.

13Let them praise the name of the LORD,

For His name alone is exalted;

His glory is above earth and heaven.

14And He has lifted up a horn for His people,

Praise for all His godly ones;

Even for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him.

Praise the LORD!

Revelation 21:1-6

The New Heaven and Earth

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.3And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,4and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

5And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”6Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.

John 13:31-35

31Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus *said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him;32if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately.33“Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’34“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.35“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Acts 16:9-15

9A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”10When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

11So putting out to sea from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and on the day following to Neapolis;12and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia, a Roman colony; and we were staying in this city for some days.13And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled.

First Convert in Europe

14A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.15And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

Psalm 67

1God be gracious to us and bless us,

And cause His face to shine upon us—

Selah.

2That Your way may be known on the earth,

Your salvation among all nations.

3Let the peoples praise You, O God;

Let all the peoples praise You.

4Let the nations be glad and sing for joy;

For You will judge the peoples with uprightness

And guide the nations on the earth.

Selah.

5Let the peoples praise You, O God;

Let all the peoples praise You.

6The earth has yielded its produce;

God, our God, blesses us.

7God blesses us,

That all the ends of the earth may fear Him.

Revelation 21:10-22:5

The New Jerusalem

10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,11having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.12It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.13There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west.14And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall.16The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.17And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.18The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.19The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;20the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

22I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.23And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.25In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed;26and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it;27and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

The River and the Tree of Life

1Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,2in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.3There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him;4they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.5And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

John 14:23-29

23Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.24“He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.

25“These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you.26“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.27“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.28“You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.29“Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe.

Acts 16:16-34

16It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling.17Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.”18She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment.

19But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market place before the authorities,20and when they had brought them to the chief magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion, being Jews,21and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans.”

Paul and Silas Imprisoned

22The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them and proceeded to order them to be beaten with rods.23When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely;24and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;26and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.27When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.28But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!”29And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas,30and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

The Jailer Converted

31They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house.33And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household.34And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household.

Psalm 97

1The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice;

Let the many islands be glad.

2Clouds and thick darkness surround Him;

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

3Fire goes before Him

And burns up His adversaries round about.

4His lightnings lit up the world;

The earth saw and trembled.

5The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD,

At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6The heavens declare His righteousness,

And all the peoples have seen His glory.

7Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images,

Who boast themselves of idols;

Worship Him, all you gods.

8Zion heard this and was glad,

And the daughters of Judah have rejoiced

Because of Your judgments, O LORD.

9For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth;

You are exalted far above all gods.

10Hate evil, you who love the LORD,

Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;

He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

11Light is sown like seed for the righteous

And gladness for the upright in heart.

12Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones,

And give thanks to His holy name.

Revelation 22:12-21

12“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.13“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

14Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.15Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

16“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

18I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book;19and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

20He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

John 17:20-26

20“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;21that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Their Future Glory

22“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;23I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.24“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

25“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;26and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

Peter W. Marty

Senior pastor

Pastor Marty leads the staff and congregation to be a faithful community of God’s people. From the pulpit or with the well-turned written phrase, he focuses his leadership energies on guiding the congregation’s vision and giving shape to the spiritual lives of St. Paul people.

In addition to his passion for congregational life and the people of St. Paul, Peter serves as publisher of The Christian Century, the flagship journal of Protestant thinking in America. He speaks and preaches at churches and conferences across the country, and from 2010-2016 was the lead columnist for The Lutheran magazine. Pastor Marty is author of a book of reflective essays entitled The Anatomy of Grace (Augsburg/Fortress, 2008). A separate volume – The Christian Faith from a Lutheran Perspectiveis available in the church’s bookstore.

In 2010, Pastor Marty was named “Parish Pastor of the Year” by the Academy of Parish Clergy. From 2004 to 2009, he was host of the national radio program Grace Matters.

Prior to his arrival in Davenport in 1996, Pastor Marty served congregations in Kansas City, Chicago, and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Peter and his wife Susan, are the parents of two grown children, Jacob and Rachel, both living in the Denver-Boulder area of Colorado.

For more info on Peter, visit his website.

Email: peter@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 212

Sara Olson-Smith

Associate pastor

Worship, people, and listening to stories form a framework for Pastor Sara Olson-Smith’s passions in ministry. She takes the lead in the church’s caring efforts and young adult connections.

Pastor Sara grew up in Colorado and Wisconsin. She earned degrees from the College of St. Benedict and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Before arriving at St. Paul, Pastor Sara Olson-Smith served two congregations in New Jersey. Prior to that, she served as a youth minister in Minneapolis, and chaplain for the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy in Russia. In Denver, she worked with homeless Colorado youth through Urban Servant Corps.

Pastor Sara and her husband Clark, also an ELCA pastor, are the parents of Susannah and Amos. They like to travel, read, walk, and discover the joys of parenting.

Email: sara@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 248

Katy Warren

Associate pastor

Compassionate and genuine are among the words that describe Pastor Katy Warren. Katy brings her love for hands-on serving to work with the Mission Board. She believes that adventurous serving is one way to fuel faith.

A native of Papillion, Nebraska, Pastor Katy earned degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College and Luther Seminary. From 2011-2013, Katy participated in the St. Paul pastoral residency program.

Katy’s passions include finding ways to get involved with adventurous mission, caring for others and listening to their stories, and hearing people laugh. Katy loves all things related to college basketball, travel, music, and photography.

Email: katy@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 232

Kelsey Fitting-Snyder

pastor in residency

Kelsey grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Susquehanna University, where she majored in psychology and religion, before going on to seminary at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She enjoys music, sports, reading, being with friends. She is looking forward to learning about all aspects of ministry so that she can become a well-rounded pastor. Kelsey is married to Jon Snyder, a musician.

 

Email: kelsey@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 238

Joshua Kestner

pastor in residency

Joshua grew up in North Carolina, and attended Clemson University in South Carolina. He started studying math, but changed to sociology by the end of his first year. He then went on to seminary at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is looking forward to being a part of the intentional learning the pastoral residency program offers, and expanding on his relational skills in ministry. Joshua is engaged to K.D. Gerwig, a nurse.

Email: joshua@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 237

Ron Huber

Visitation pastor

In his part-time position at St. Paul, Pastor Ron connects with the most senior members of our congregation. He focuses especially on people with health concerns or those who are unable to come to church.

Pastor Ron also serves as pastor of two rural ELCA congregations, both named Salem Lutheran in eastern Iowa’s Jackson County. The churches are in the communities of Andrew and Spragueville.

Pastor Ron and his wife Karen have a love for the Northwoods of Minnesota. They are the parents of three adult children.

Email: ron@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 213

Karen Strusz

Preschool director

Karen earned a degree in health care administration from Winona State University. She completed her onsite supervisor credential for the Iowa Department of Human Services. Karen has previous experience as a community educator, assistant administrator of a medical practice, and as an instructor in the child care program at Scott Community College. She also worked at the Child Abuse Council.

Karen enjoys working with children and watching them learn about themselves and the world around them.

Karen is married to Brian. They have two children – Madison and Megan are both former preschool students at St. Paul.

Email: karenstrusz@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 219

Andy Langdon

Director of youth ministry

Andy Langdon, St. Paul’s high-energy youth minister, knows that teenagers are vulnerable humans — and they need the persistent love that only God provides. What are Andy’s tools? A guitar. Pizzas and burritos. Bible stories. A heart for youth from all over the Quad Cities.

Andy focuses on youth, grades 6-12 — but he’s available to all the young people of the church and their families. An ELCA associate in ministry, he served most recently at Prairie Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He has a Master of Arts in youth and family ministry from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Andy and his wife Becky, a writer, are the parents of two little boys, Jacob and Drew.

Email: andy@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 228

Kendra Thompson

Pastor of children and family life

How can we make the Bible fun, and get its impact to stick? These are the two questions Kendra asks herself when planning programming for children and families.

Kendra grew up in Missouri, Colorado, Texas and Utah. She earned degrees from the University of Utah, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and her M.Div. equivalent for ordination from Philips School of Theology. Before arriving at St. Paul, Kendra served a variety of churches in a variety of capacities. The common thread has involved learning and working with young people.

Kendra is wife to John, on faculty at St. Ambrose University, mom to Joe, 4, and Andi, 2, and an avid writer. Some of her work can be found online at Think Christian, Tiny Faith, and Cry, Laugh, Snort.

Email: kendra@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 227

Eyreka Barnes

Children's ministries assistant

Eyreka has always felt a strong pull toward helping others. At St. Paul, she works with children from birth through fifth grade. Her love of watching little ones learn and grow also translates into her work as a preschool teacher at Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Eyreka was born and raised in Wisconsin. She is married to Chris and they have two children, Mason and Sutton, who were baptized at St. Paul and have been a part of the children and youth programs.

Email: eyreka@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 310

Beth Laureijs

Pastoral residency administrator

Beth Laureijs oversees all administrative aspects of the pastoral residency program at St. Paul, foster a rich learning experience for participants, and provide leadership that continues to inspire the congregation to be a training center for ministry. Additionally, Beth contributes time, energy, and leadership to the pastoral care team, health and wellness ministries, and other hospitality and congregational endeavors.
A native of Nova Scotia, Beth has previously worked at Habitat for Humanity’s Restore Health & Home and Junior Achievement of the Heartland. She is a registered nurse, and worked in the medical field in Canada. She and her husband, Peter, have three grown children.

Email: beth@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 215

Dana Welser

Neighborhood school partnership coordinator

Dana takes the lead in the church’s partnership with the kids and teachers Madison Elementary and Madison Market, a River Bend Foodbank pantry located in the J.B. Young Opportunity Center. She’s the connecting point with scores of St. Paul people who are involved in making the pantry happen, mentoring, tutoring, and helping Madison students and staff.

Dana’s background in communication and volunteering fuels her passion for serving the church and community. She and her husband Ron are the parents of Jonathan, Lauren, and Jessica.

Email: dana@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 225

Teresa Whitbeck

Childcare team leader

Teresa welcomes children and parents into the Sunday-morning nursery. She supervises and trains the childcare staff.

She is the receptionist at Humility Homes and Services, Inc. Teresa is a lifelong resident of Davenport. She is mom to Kaila and Seth.

Email: teresa@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. -

Chris Nelson

Director of music ministries & organist

At the bench of the St. Paul pipe organ, Chris Nelson expresses the majesty and mystery of faith. His responsibilities encompass all things music: Overseeing choral and instrumental music, accompanying choirs, playing the organ, and working collaboratively to plan worship.

Schooled in church music at Bethany College and Luther Seminary, Chris has served churches in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Minnesota, and Indiana. A member of the American Guild of Organists, Chris presents regional workshops and encourages young organists. He is the college organist and instructor of organ at Augustana College in Rock Island, and plays for a variety of events in the Quad Cities.

Chris is an adventurous cook and values time to kick back with family and friends.

Email: chris@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 214

Bill Campbell

Contemporary music director

Bill is professor of music theory & composition, and chair of the music department at St. Ambrose University. At St. Paul, he directs contemporary music for Open Spirit worship on Sunday mornings.

Before his time at St. Paul, Bill served as musician and music director in Arizona and Oregon churches. Musically fluent in a myriad of contemporary and world music styles, Bill is an accomplished pianist and composes for films, theater, dance, and the concert stage. Bill is married to Michelle and they have two grown children.

Read more on Bill Campbell’s website.

Email: bill@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. -

Linda Allebach

Assistant organist

Linda has served as an organist and choir accompanist for Quad-Cities congregations for many years. She teaches piano in her home to more than 35 budding young musicians.

Linda holds a Master of Arts degree in organ and a sacred music certificate in choral music, hymnody, and history. You’ll spot her on the St. Paul organ bench throughout the year. Linda and her husband Don are parents of three adult daughters and love to sail.

Email: linda@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. -

Nathan Windt

Chorale director

Nathan brings a variety of ecumenical experience, serving Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopalian, and Catholic churches throughout the country.

He has degrees in music education and conducting from North Park University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is director of choral activities at St. Ambrose University, where he directs two choral ensembles, as well as teaching applied voice, conducting, and choral methods. His areas of specialty include choral-orchestral repertoire, an affinity for eighteenth- and nineteen-century choral literature, and the performance of German and English art song.

Nathan lives in Eldridge with his wife, Amy, and three children, Ethan, Emma, and Ella. More information can be found on his website, www.nathanwindt.com.

Email: nathan@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. -

Dan Pepper

Youth choir director

Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Dan attended Augustana College where he studied music education and sang in the Augustana Choir. He is a vocal music teacher at Sudlow Intermediate and oversees the general music program, Men’s Choir, 6th Grade Honor Choir, and the Ukulele Club. His energetic personality gets youth, grades 7-12, excited about singing at St. Paul.

Dan and his wife, Melissa, are very involved in musical theater in the QCA and can be found on stage at Quad City Music Guild or Countryside Community Theatre. They are parents of a son, Grayson.

Email: pepper@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. -

Margaret Thompson

Children’s choir director

Margaret leads the Cantate choir, a group of growing musicians in grades 4-6. A graduate of Coe College, Margaret teaches music at Pleasant Valley Junior High as well as private lessons. She directed a middle school choir for three years at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids while attending Coe.

Margaret lives in the Quad Cities with her husband, Miles, and son, Christian.

Email: mthompson@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. -

Sara Harless

Children's choir director

Sara Harless is the director of the children’s choir for the littlest of singers, ages 4-kindergarten, the Alleluia Choir.

Sara is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in early childhood education. She has taught Head Start preschool, and helps lead music for St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School. She also is involved in St. Paul’s Moms’ Morning.

As the daughter of a piano teacher, Sara has played since she was a little girl. She participated in church and school choirs, as well. She loves to sing, and is looking leading the sweet voices of St. Paul kids as they do the same. Sara lives in Bettendorf with her husband, Sean, and children, Annie and Gary.

Email: saraharless@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. -

Katie Casey

Children's choir director

Katie Casey leads the Jubilate Choir. She is the music teacher at Pleasant Valley’s Hopewell Elementary School in Bettendorf. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in special education from Western Illinois University.

She and her husband, Jimmy Sederquist, live in Bettendorf with their children, Kinley, 5, and Kellyn, 1.

Email: casey@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext.

Ann McGlynn

Director of communication

With a background in newspaper journalism, Ann brings the stories of St. Paul to life. She thrives on helping people make connections, with each other and their faith.

Ann is mom to Nick and Nate, partner to Sean, and a native of DeWitt, Iowa. She is a two-time graduate of the University of Iowa, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s of business administration.

Ann recognizes the privilege she is afforded, and works to confront systems that perpetuate unequal power structures – particularly for refugee women and children in the Quad Cities.

Email: ann@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 239

Lauren Brown

Artistic director

Design. Photography. Digital media. These are the components of Lauren Brown’s days. Her keen eye and enthusiastic spirit bring life and color to photos and slideshows. She manages the church website, and collaborates on a number of print resources too.

Lauren’s efforts help communicate the color and texture of St. Paul life – and reach out to people in the community. A graduate of Wartburg College, Lauren enjoys an active life in the Quad Cities with her husband Tony and daughter Meredith.

Email: lauren@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 223

Destiny Ellingsworth

Communications Intern

Destiny is a junior at Western Illinois University and attends her classes at the Quad Cities campus. She majors in marketing and plans to obtain her master’s of business administration. She is a member of the Public Relations Network of the Quad Cities and enjoys attending their meetings and workshops. As a lifelong member of St. Paul, Destiny is ecstatic to be more involved with the church and help showcase all of the wonderful things taking place.

Destiny’s family includes her mother, Marcia, and sibling, Perry. She was born and raised in Davenport and loves being a part of the Quad Cities community.

Email: destiny@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 246

Karen Holden

Book Corner manager

Karen’s meaningful mission is to lead the daily operations of our congregational bookstore. She has an eye for the resources that ground our lives in faith, support fair trade, and offer delight.

Karen and her husband Mark, a sales manager, are the parents of two adult children and grandparents of four.

Email: bookcorner@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 242

Todd Byerly

Operations director

Todd is responsible for guiding operational details that assist staff effectiveness and strengthen congregational events. He provides the administrative leadership for matters connected with contracts, employment, and with buildings and grounds projects. He also is responsible for tech support for worship and events.

Todd, who is married to Lori Byerly, is retired from J.W. Koehler Electric in Davenport. He is president of Empower Tanzania, a nonprofit organization. He and Lori were ELCA missionaries in Tanzania from 2004-2009.

Email: todd@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 256

Paula Durham

Business manager

Paula brings expertise in public accounting and financial management to St. Paul. She oversees the financial affairs of the church, manages the computer network, and works closely with office support staff. She partners with a finance committee comprised of St. Paul members.

Paula is the mother of two adult sons and grandmother of two. She is an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Muscatine, where she makes her home. You will find her on her bike during her free time.

Email: paula@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 226

Jennifer Garvey

Receptionist

Jennifer is the welcoming voice on the other end of the phone when you call the church office. She also coordinates office volunteers, manages the extensive church calendar, and brings a flair for hospitality ministry.

Jennifer is the mother of Bridget, a young adult. She loves tap dancing and flea market shopping.

Email: jennifer@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 210

Becky Harper

Senior pastor’s assistant

Becky provides strong support for Pastor Peter Marty. She takes the lead in producing Connections, St. Paul’s weekly newsletter, and worship bulletins. In addition, Becky manages all in-house printing and maintains records for pastoral care.

Becky and her husband Brad, an occupational therapist, are the parents of Jacob and Maggie.

Email: becky@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 211

Carrie Bowman

Business office assistant

Carrie focuses on membership and visitor records, bulk mailings, accounting assistance, and secretarial support. With a background of working in bank trust departments, as well as nonprofits, Carrie loves the detail work of helping make an office function smoothly.

She and her husband, Jerry, live in Davenport and have two adult children. Carrie enjoys playing tennis, reading, hiking, and traveling.

Email: carrie@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 243

Marcia Robertson

Giving ministry coordinator

Marcia leads the passion-filled stewardship initiatives at St. Paul. Retired from Tech Systems, she uses her keen organizational skills and love for St. Paul to grow a spirit of extravagant generosity.

Marcia and her husband, Doug, a dentist, have three daughters. They also enjoy time spent with their grandchildren.

Email: marcia@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext.

Angie Vaaler

social worker/counselor

Angie Vaaler serves as St. Paul’s social worker/counselor, working with St. Paul, Madison Elementary School, and neighborhood families.

She is a graduate of Luther College, with majors in psychology and Russian language & culture. She spent a year in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps working at a rape crisis center. Being part of an intentional community engaged in social justice and surrounded by social workers, she was inspired to pursue a master’s degree in social work at the University of Iowa.

Through volunteer, education, and work experience she has had exposure to inpatient, partial hospital, and outpatient settings, predominantly in community mental health. In addition, she’s worked with survivors of sexual abuse, refugees seeking resettlement, and helped develop a repatriation program for victims of trafficking.

Angie serves on St. Paul’s Mission Board and as facilitator for the Pattern’s pre-marriage classes. She’s a licensed social worker in the state of Iowa.

 

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Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 312

Matt Spencer

Building manager

Matt Spencer works with part-time maintenance and security staff, overseeing general cleaning and building maintenance. You’ll notice Matt regularly on Sunday mornings, serving up donuts, coffee, and welcome.

Matt’s wife, Robin, is a business teacher for the Muscatine Community School District. They are the parents of two adult children and grandparents of four. In his spare time, Matt enjoys working with his hands on “anything mechanical” and spending time with his grandkids.

Email: spencer@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 235

Harris Schneekloth

Campus & grounds

Harris cares for the building campus that serves St. Paul’s seven-days-a-week ministry. The exterior grounds, property budget management, and facility contracts are his focus. He’s a familiar face behind the donut counter on Sunday mornings too.

Harris and his wife Donna, a retired school nurse, have three adult sons and are proud grandparents.

Email: harris@stpaulqc.org
Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. 302

Jim Akright

Custodial & maintenance

Jim is one of the staff members who keeps St. Paul clean and comfortable. He is tops at taking care of the floors that endure a lot of beautiful feet, as well as managing a vigorous cleaning schedule for the spaces of St. Paul.

Jim is married to Tina, and together they have five kids. They enjoy traveling to Hawaii and camping.

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Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. -

Paul Caldwell

Host

Paul is the second of the duo of weekend hosts who ensure all who enter the doors feel at home. He is a retired production welder from Hansaloy Corp. Paul and his wife, Karen, live in Davenport with their therapy poodle, Gus. Paul likes to cook, bicycle, garden, read, walk Gus, and ride his scooter.

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Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. -

Terry Haru

Host

Terry is a retired compliance officer for Heritage Behavioral Health Center in Decatur, Illinois. He is married to Elaine Olson, and the two enjoy spending time with their grown children and grandchildren.

Terry enjoys traveling, reading, and genealogy. He is working to learn Spanish and exercises regularly. He was born in California, and spent his teen and young adult years living in Hawaii, which he considers home.

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Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext.

Ron Mullen

Weekend host

Ron Mullen is one of two kind and friendly hosts who greet and guide on weekends. During the week, he is a materials manager at Trinity Logistics Corporation. He and his wife, Karin, have two daughters, a son-in-law, and a granddaughter. He enjoys photography and building and launching high-power rockets.

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Phone: 563-326-3547 Ext. -

Nick Peterson

Weekend host

Nick is a familiar face around St. Paul, as he was active in youth activities during his high school years. Nick is a graduate of Davenport Central High School, and attended Black Hawk College.

Being outdoors is what makes Nick happiest, in particular times spent snow skiing/boarding and hiking in Yellowstone National Park. You will most often see Nick on Sunday mornings, greeting people and offering hospitality with the St. Paul golf cart.

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