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
Christine
Vincent
Youth Ministries Intern
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
Stewardship 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

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!

Galatians 4:4-7

4But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,5so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.6Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”7Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

Luke 2:22-40

22And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “EVERYfirstbornMALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE LORD”),24and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, “A PAIR OF TURTLEDOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS.”

25And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.27And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law,28then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29“Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace,

According to Your word;

30For my eyes have seen Your salvation,

31Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,

32A LIGHTOF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES,

And the glory of Your people Israel.”

33And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him.34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed—35and a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

36And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,37and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.38At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Return to Nazareth

39When they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth.40The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

Visit to Jerusalem

Isaiah 60:1-6

1“Arise, shine; for your light has come,

And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

2“For behold, darkness will cover the earth

And deep darkness the peoples;

But the LORD will rise upon you

And His glory will appear upon you.

3“Nations will come to your light,

And kings to the brightness of your rising.

4“Lift up your eyes round about and see;

They all gather together, they come to you.

Your sons will come from afar,

And your daughters will be carried in the arms.

5“Then you will see and be radiant,

And your heart will thrill and rejoice;

Because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you,

The wealth of the nations will come to you.

6“A multitude of camels will cover you,

The young camels of Midian and Ephah;

All those from Sheba will come;

They will bring gold and frankincense,

And will bear good news of the praises of the LORD.

Psalm 72:1-14

1Give the king Your judgments, O God,

And Your righteousness to the king’s son.

2May he judge Your people with righteousness

And Your afflicted with justice.

3Let the mountains bring peace to the people,

And the hills, in righteousness.

4May he vindicate the afflicted of the people,

Save the children of the needy

And crush the oppressor.

5Let them fear You while the sun endures,

And as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

6May he come down like rain upon the mown grass,

Like showers that water the earth.

7In his days may the righteous flourish,

And abundance of peace till the moon is no more.

8May he also rule from sea to sea

And from the River to the ends of the earth.

9Let the nomads of the desert bow before him,

And his enemies lick the dust.

10Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents;

The kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.

11And let all kings bow down before him,

All nations serve him.

12For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help,

The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.

13He will have compassion on the poor and needy,

And the lives of the needy he will save.

14He will rescue their life from oppression and violence,

And their blood will be precious in his sight;

Ephesians 3:1-12

Paul’s Stewardship

1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—2if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you;3that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.4By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,5which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;6to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,7of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.8To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,9and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things;10so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.11This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,12in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

Matthew 2:1-12

The Visit of the Magi

1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,2“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”3When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.4Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.5They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet:

6‘AND YOU, BETHLEHEM, LAND OF JUDAH,

ARE BY NO MEANS LEAST AMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH;

FOR OUT OF YOU SHALL COME FORTH A RULER

WHO WILLSHEPHERD MY PEOPLE ISRAEL.’”

7Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared.8And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.”9After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was.10When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.11After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.12And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.

The Flight to Egypt

Isaiah 43:1-7

1But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob,

And He who formed you, O Israel,

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name; you are Mine!

2“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.

When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,

Nor will the flame burn you.

3“For I am the LORD your God,

The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

I have given Egypt as your ransom,

Cush and Seba in your place.

4“Since you are precious in My sight,

Since you are honored and I love you,

I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.

5“Do not fear, for I am with you;

I will bring your offspring from the east,

And gather you from the west.

6“I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’

And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’

Bring My sons from afar

And My daughters from the ends of the earth,

7Everyone who is called by My name,

And whom I have created for My glory,

Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”

Israel Is God’s Witness

Psalm 29

1Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty,

Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

2Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name;

Worship the LORD in holy array.

3The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;

The God of glory thunders,

The LORD is over many waters.

4The voice of the LORD is powerful,

The voice of the LORD is majestic.

5The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;

Yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

6He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,

And Sirion like a young wild ox.

7The voice of the LORD hews out flames of fire.

8The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;

The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

9The voice of the LORD makes the deer to calve

And strips the forests bare;

And in His temple everything says, “Glory!”

10The LORD sat as King at the flood;

Yes, the LORD sits as King forever.

11The LORD will give strength to His people;

The LORD will bless His people with peace.

Acts 8:14-17

14Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John,15who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.16For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.17Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.

Luke 3:15-22

15Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were wondering in their hearts about John, as to whether he was the Christ,16John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.17“His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

18So with many other exhortations he preached the gospel to the people.19But when Herod the tetrarch was reprimanded by him because of Herodias, his brother’s wife, and because of all the wicked things which Herod had done,20Herod also added this to them all: he locked John up in prison.

Jesus Is Baptized

21Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened,22and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”

Genealogy of Jesus

Isaiah 62:1-5

1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,

And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet,

Until her righteousness goes forth like brightness,

And her salvation like a torch that is burning.

2The nations will see your righteousness,

And all kings your glory;

And you will be called by a new name

Which the mouth of the LORD will designate.

3You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,

And a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

4It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,”

Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”;

But you will be called, “My delight is in her,”

And your land, “Married”;

For the LORD delights in you,

And to Him your land will be married.

5For as a young man marries a virgin,

So your sons will marry you;

And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,

So your God will rejoice over you.

Psalm 36:5-10

5Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens,

Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

6Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;

Your judgments are like a great deep.

O LORD, You preserve man and beast.

7How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!

And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.

8They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house;

And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights.

9For with You is the fountain of life;

In Your light we see light.

10O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You,

And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

The Use of Spiritual Gifts

1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware.2You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led.3Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.5And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.6There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.7But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.8For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;9to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,10and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.11But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

John 2:1-11

Miracle at Cana

1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there;2and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.3When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus *said to Him, “They have no wine.”4And Jesus *said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.”5His mother *said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”6Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each.7Jesus *said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim.8And He *said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him.9When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter *called the bridegroom,10and *said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine;but you have kept the good wine until now.”11This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

Nehemiah 8:1-10

Ezra Reads the Law

1And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the LORD had given to Israel.2Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month.3He read from it before the square which was in front of the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law.4Ezra the scribe stood at a wooden podium which they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand; and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam on his left hand.5Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.6Then Ezra blessed the LORD the great God. And all the people answered, “Amen, Amen!” while lifting up their hands; then they bowed low and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.7Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, explained the law to the people while the people remained in their place.8They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.

“This Day Is Holy”

9Then Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law.10Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Psalm 19

1The heavens are telling of the glory of God;

And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

2Day to day pours forth speech,

And night to night reveals knowledge.

3There is no speech, nor are there words;

Their voice is not heard.

4Their line has gone out through all the earth,

And their utterances to the end of the world.

In them He has placed a tent for the sun,

5Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;

It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.

6Its rising is from one end of the heavens,

And its circuit to the other end of them;

And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

8The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;

The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;

The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.

10They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;

Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

11Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;

In keeping them there is great reward.

12Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.

13Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;

Let them not rule over me;

Then I will be blameless,

And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.

14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

Be acceptable in Your sight,

O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

1 Corinthians 12:12-31

12For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.13For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

14For the body is not one member, but many.15If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.16And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.17If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?18But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.19If they were all one member, where would the body be?20But now there are many members, but one body.21And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”22On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;23and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable,24whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked,25so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.26And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.28And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.29All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they?30All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they?31But earnestly desire the greater gifts.

And I show you a still more excellent way.

Luke 4:14-21

14And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.15And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.

16And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.17And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,

18“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,

BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.

HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES,

AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,

TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,

19TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”

20And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.21And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

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

Christine Vincent

Youth Ministries Intern

Christine is a senior at Augustana College, majoring in religion and political science. She recently returned from her second summer at Sky Ranch, a Lutheran camp in Colorado. She served as a counselor there, facilitating team building activities and Bible studies, and leading day hikes, high ropes course activities and white water rafting. She’s also worked in the child care rooms and helped lead the 2016 youth mission trip at St. Paul. She also has experience as an intern with campus ministries at Augustana.

Christine enjoys being a part of her sorority, Phi Rho. She also participates on the Augustana Alumni Board and Student Government Association. Her parents and siblings live in Bettendorf.

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

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 daughters, Madeline and Sarah. Carrie enjoys playing tennis, reading, hiking, and traveling.

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

Marcia Robertson

Stewardship 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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