As St. Luke seeks to determine God’s will in choosing the person to fill the Senior Pastor position for St. Luke, the following people have been asked to help guide the process and bring back recommendations to the congregation. You can read more about the process and view the Senior Pastor position description in an email sent to all members by the Chairman of our congregation, Bill Mahler.

Please join us in praying for the call committee and for our congregation as we seek God’s direction and guidance.

Here are the members of the call committee:

Rick Ruland

Rick RulandRick Ruland and his wife Robbie have been members of St. Luke since 1980 raising three sons, Joshua, Jonathan, and Chris. Rick has served on a previous call committee, on the church council, the Board of Elders and the Administration Board. Rick is currently serving as the member-at-large on the Spiritual Leadership Council (SLC) and is serving as the Chairman of the call committee for the Senior Pastor position.

“I’m always excited to see God at work as He works thru people who love Him. I’m happy to see St. Luke moving forward as we follow Jesus wherever He chooses to lead.”- Rick

Jon Bahr

jon bahrJon is a lifelong Lutheran and is the Director of Enrollment at Concordia University. He and his wife Megan have four children Lilia (age 6), Andrew (age 5), Caleb (age 2.5) and Levi (10 mos). They have been attending St. Luke for 2.5 years. He is currently serving on the Board of Elders, is a communion assistant and is a member of a small group.

“I’m excited to be part of the call committee because it gives us the opportunity to invite Jesus into our midst. We get to ask Him to lead and guide us and depend on Him to bring about the leader we need as a Senior Pastor”. – Jon

Hannah Iverson

Hannah IversonHannah is 17 years old and is a junior at Milan High School. She is the daughter of Joel and Kim Iverson and has been a member of St. Luke since birth. She is actively involved in St. Luke’s youth group and is an occasional member of the worship team.

“I am extremely honored to be representing the youth in our congregation during this process. I am excited to see what God has in store for us in the role of Senior Pastor”. – Hannah

Tom Kamrath

Tom KamrathTom has been a St. Luke member since 2000. He and his wife Pam have three grown children. Tom has served on the Sight Advisory Team (SAT) and has been the Church Extension Fund (CEF) representative for St. Luke. He is currently involved in the Special Needs Ministry.

“I’m looking forward to be able to follow God’s leading and be part of St. Luke’s call committee. God has good things planned for St. Luke if we listen patiently to His voice”. – Tom

Alan Menge

alan mengeAlan , along with his wife Ruth, has been a member of St. Luke since 1967, a total of 49 years. He retired from the University of Michigan as a researcher. He has served as an elder, served on the mission committee, has been a small group leader and has served on an international student outreach group. He currently is serving on the 55 Alive steering committee.

“I am glad to be a part of the call committee and call process. I look forward to the times ahead as we reach UP, IN, and OUT to the community around us with Jesus love”. – Al

Sue Pingel

sue pingelSusan Pingel works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the University of Michigan. Together with her husband of 25 years Ken, has two children Anne (age 22) and Joel (age 14). She has been member of St. Luke and of a small group for 31 years. Sue currently serves on the AVL worship team and is a communion assistant.

“I am blessed to be part of the call process. I know God has always been present at St. Luke and has great things in store for our congregation. He has a great plan for our future.” – Sue

Joel Pingel

joel pingelJoel is 14 years old and is a freshman at Pioneer High School. He has been attending St. Luke since birth and was confirmed last spring. Joel is an active member of the St. Luke youth group. He currently serves as an usher and is a member of the AVL worship team.


“I am excited most about being involved in my church community even more than I am now. I’m also excited to see how God will help our church with this process.” – Joel

Launda Powell

Launda PowellLaunda is a flight attendant for Delta Airlines and has been a member of St. Luke since 1993. She is currently serving as an usher, a communion assistant, and is also serving as home group leader.

“I was honored to be asked to be such an important link to St. Luke’s future. I’m looking forward to stability and harmony so that we all can grow in Christ.” – Launda