The Elders serve as an extension of the pastoral office. Their primary role is one of care. They assist pastors in worship and in theological discussion, help teach bible classes, assist in making home or hospital visits, and are open ears to our congregation and their needs and opinions.
Family: Wife; Debbie, three adult children Ben, Anna, and Emily, and eight grandchildren, Isaac, Matea, Annika, Will, Addison, Eliana, Sofie, and Lyla.
St. Luke History: My family has been at St. Luke since 1984, long enough to raise our children and see some of our grandchildren attend St. Luke with their parents. I recently had the privilege to serve on the Vision Task Force, having the opportunity, along with others on the committee, to determine what next steps Jesus may be asking St. Luke to take. I look forward to seeing how Jesus will continue to use us as we execute the vision and carry out His plans to bring the Kingdom of God to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area.
Family: Wife; Rebecca and five children, Will, Nate, Emma, Arya and Henry
St. Luke History: I have been attending St Luke since 1989. I have been an elder for the last 8 years. I have also served with the youth ministry, as an usher, as a Sunday school teacher, (both children and adult), confirmation helper, Dad on Duty, small group leader, communion assistant, vision team member, sound board operator, and am currently serving on a call committee. My family and I are excited to be part of the ministry here at St Luke and are seeking how we can best share in His story.
Family: Me (though you may know my dad Ron, an elder at Living Water)
St. Luke History: I started attending St. Luke when I was a kid, having no previous Lutheran history. I was confirmed here and St. Luke has been there for me through my good times and my bad. This is my church home of 20 years, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Family: Wife; Lisa, Children – Angela, Robyn, Samuel
St. Luke History: We’ve been at St. Luke for about 20 years now. My wife and I have served in various capacities over the past 15 years. We love the people of St. Luke and seeing how Jesus is moving in our community. Service is a joy and a gift from God. I’m excited to see our focus move beyond our walls and into our neighborhoods. Christ’s message isn’t just for those who walk through the doors of this building, but belongs in our everyday lives with our neighbors and coworkers. Learning about authentic relationships and how we build those Christ like relationships around us will change who we are and how we do things. I look forward to continuing to serve in what ever capacity is needed.
Family: Wife; Susan and two children; Anne and Joel
St. Luke History: I have been a member at St. Luke since 1991. I have served as a Dad on Duty for Children’s Ministry, an Usher, various committees and as an Elder in 2017.
Family: Wife Marieanne, four adult children Michael, Martin, Christian, Matthew and 13 Grandchildren.
St. Luke History: Moved to Ann Arbor in 1982 from Traverse City as the result of a job promotion and found a church home and family here at St. Luke members for 35 years.
Family: Wife; Patti, three adult children, Megan, Emily, and Paul. We have 7 grandchildren.
St. Luke History: We have been members at St. Luke since 1984. I have served as usher, communion assistant, and elder at various times throughout those years.
I enjoy getting to know people not only by name but in the sharing of their stories. I love when stories connect and I can link people together that have a common background. I feel Jesus’ presence when he uses me to help connect people or he just wants me to do tasks that need to be completed. Filling out a story card does feel awkward and challenging, but I also believe it is a good way to identify where our church values fit into my life and how Jesus is here with me.
Family: Wife; Pam and three grown children and seven grandchildren.
St. Luke History: We moved to Ann Arbor (17) years ago due to a job transfer. We joined St Luke because we were warmly greeted and brought into a faith family that loved the Lord.
Family: Wife; Corinne and two children, Sophia and Andrew
St. Luke History: My wife and I started attending in 2001 and became members in early 2002.
We joined a small group within a year and have been in one ever since with exception of a year. We
were trained in and became small groups coaches in 2004. In 2005 we started attending the University
Lutheran Chapel (ULC) to assist in starting a small groups program as small groups coaches. I served ULC
as a deacon and member of the Spiritual Leadership Council (SLC) and as a ULC Site Advisory Team (SAT)
representative. During my two year service as deacon, I often aided in church service tasks as worship
host and logistics surrounding services. In 2012 we started attending St. Luke proper again in order to
get our young daughter, Sophia, and now our son, Andrew, involved in the educational programs and
Sunday school. There were various times throughout the years where I participated in and volunteered
my time with the St. Luke Men’s Ministry, which I feel is a current calling of mine in St. Luke leadership.
I have also served communion over the years, participated in the homeless overnight shelter as a host
and driver, and played in a brass ensemble during holiday celebrations between St. Luke and ULC.
Family: Wife; Susan, 3 children – Bethany, Jonathan, and Joshua
St. Luke History: Started attending in 1983 when my parents transferred here. Met my wife here at Sunday School/Youth Group, was confirmed and married here. I have served as Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Leader, Confirmation Teacher, Small Group Leader, on the SLC,
Spiritual Leadership Council
The Spiritual Leadership Council, or “SLC,” is the primary lay leadership group in our congregation. As defined by our by-laws, this governance board is elected directly by the congregation and acts on behalf of the congregation to oversee and support the direction and mission of the church.
Family: Wife Linda; 2 grown sons, and 8 grandchildren
St. Luke History: Linda and I started at St. Luke in 1990 when I joined the faculty at Concordia College/University. We moved in 2003 and transferred to Trinity, Jackson. We moved back to Ypsilanti in 2010 and re-joined St. Luke. I have served the Lord and his church in various roles with several congregations, including the past 2 years as president of St. Luke.
Family: Wife; Kristine Johnson, Children: Benjamin, Charlotte, Olive and Margie
St. Luke History: I began attending University Lutheran Chapel during my Master’s Degree at U of M. When Kris and I got married and started having kids we needed a church with a nursery. We came to St. Luke and loved it. We have been here ever since. I was SLC member at large 2 years ago and SLC Secretary last year. I also serve on the worship team playing bass and have served as an usher in the past. Participating in Triads, Huddles and Home groups here at St. Luke has helped me connect with others and learn to see Jesus as an active influence and guide in my faith walk.
Family: Husband;Andy and one adult son, Jakob
St. Luke History: I joined St. Luke in 1986 when I moved to Michigan for my first job. I have seen God lead our congregation through many phases, hard times and good times, and I am ever more grateful for our common dependence on Jesus.
Family: Two children, Kayla & Kyle
St. Luke History: I have been a member of St Luke for 15 years and the Treasurer for the past two.
Along with four congregational officers, our SLC includes three at large members. The Senior Pastor is also a non-voting member of the SLC.
At Large Member
Family: Husband; Karl, three adult kids: Katherine (and Zac) Meyer; Lauren (and Mike) Tinaglia; Michael Davis; granddaughter Lucy and another on the way
St. Luke History: The Lord brought us to St. Luke 22 years ago through our connection with St. Paul Lutheran School and has blessed us incredibly through all of you.
At Large Member
Family: Wife; Marian, two adult children Emily and Erin, two sons-in-law Pete and Nate, and five grandchildren Zach, Ruthie, Isabelle, Josiah, and James.
St. Luke History: Marian and I moved to Saline three years ago to be closer to our family and many friends who live in Michigan. We are excited to discover what plans God has for us here.
At Large Member