Go to the Church's website

Our Staff

                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Jeffrey Wade - Pastor

Pastor Wade is a life-long Michigander, born and raised in Sterling Heights. He attended Concordia University - Ann Arbor. He graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Family Life Education. On April 29, 2014 he was blessed to be called as Associate Pastor of St. John's. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2014. He was ordained and installed on July 20, 2014. In January of 2018, Pastor Wade was called to and accepted the position of Senior Pastor at St. John's.

Tell us a little bit about your family:

  • I am married to my ever-patient and compassionate wife Christine, who is currently employed by Airport Community Schools. We have one daughter, Elanor, and one son, Merry, who are with Jesus.

What’s your Christian philosophy of education?

  • What I try to do when I teach Catechism Class here at St. John's is to form the students into disciples of Christ. I also desire to empower parents (who are statistically the primary faith developer of their children) to build lasting relationships with their children with Christ Jesus as the foundation.

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

  • This is no simple question. My favorite place to vacation is at my grandparents' cottage on Lake Manistique in Curtis, MI. However, if I got to choose to go anywhere in the world it would be in one of three places: London, England - home of the greatest football club¬†in the world The Arsenal; New Zealand - to see all the sets and places from the Lord of the Rings movies; or Istanbul, Turkey - one of my life's desires is to see the famous Hagia Sophia.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

  • I thoroughly enjoy reading, writing, and working on my yard.

The best part of following Jesus is…

  • ...that I am adopted by God the Father and made His son through the waters of Holy Baptism. Following this, the best part of having this new identity is daily reminding our students of who they are in Christ - the forgiven and innocent sons and daughters of God the Father.

Rev. Kyle Jones - Pastor

I grew up just north of Detroit in Sterling Heights, and Melissa grew up in Lee‚Äôs Summit, MO, just outside Kansas City.¬† She and I met during orientation week at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.¬† We talked about our mutual dislike of bugs, all the while her roommates decided, ‚ÄúThis has to happen!‚Ä̬† We started dating a few months later, and were married a few months after that on June 16, 2012.¬† Melissa is brilliant.¬† Her knowledge of Scripture and handle on sound doctrine is unmatched.¬† She loves me and sometimes laughs at my jokes, which is more than I or my jokes deserve.¬† We have 3 living children, Elliott, Jonathan and Samuel, and three children, August, Owen and Henry, we lost to miscarriage and stillbirth.¬†My children couldn‚Äôt have a better mother, and God has truly blessed us as a family.

What’s your Christian philosophy of education?
  • Given the vocations of parents and pastors and educators by God, we are told to ‚Äútrain up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it‚ÄĚ (Proverbs 22:6).¬† This teaches the Christian parent and educator the value God places on learning.¬† We are to teach our children who our God is and to confess what he has done in Christ; we are also to teach our children about the world, that they can delight in God‚Äôs creation and serve their neighbors well in their own vocations as they grow.¬† Education is all-encompassing, beginning in the home, developing in the classroom, continuing into adulthood.¬† The world God has given us to take care of is amazing!¬† We could explore forever and never witness all the wonders that he has given us.¬† A Christian education pursues this wonder, delighting in the lessons of history, the orderliness of math and science, the beauty of literature, and the Way, Truth and Life nailed to the Cross.
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • I would love to go to England, Cornwall specifically.¬† My dad‚Äôs side of the family emigrated from there, and I grew up eating Cornish pasties made by Great-Grandma Jones, who learned to make them as a youth.¬† I still have relatives there whom I have yet to meet, and I would love to learn more about my family history.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • I am a dabbler, and I like to do a lot of things.¬† I have a life-long love of making things, and currently that is finding its expression in woodworking. I found some of my great-grandfather‚Äôs hand planes and saws and have been learning about traditional joinery.¬† I love to read, and I really love super hero movies.¬† I like to lift weights and move my body.¬† As a family, Melissa and I love to play board games and read books out loud to each other, especially fantasy, like the work of Dianna Wynn Jones and C.S. Lewis.¬† We like to go on walks as a family, cook, and find interesting places to go on day trips to.
The best part of following Jesus is…
  • ...the hope that he gives to us in his death and empty grave.¬† We are made fully human in Christ, and our life, joy and suffering on this side of the Resurrection is given context and meaning.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Adrienne Gurney - Principal & Sixth Grade

Born and raised in Seymour, IN, I am a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church. I received my Bachelor's of Science in 1998 from Indiana University Southeast. My Lutheran colloquy certification was earned from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2003. Following, I received both my Master's of Arts degree and administrative license from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2006-2007. I taught at Lutheran Central School in Brownstown, IN for nine years while also coaching volleyball, cheerleading, and serving as athletic director. After teaching high school English as Heritage Christian School in Indianapolis for two years, I took an administrative position at Our Savior Lutheran School in Marlette, MI. I served as both teacher and principal there for the three years leading up to my call to St. John's. I accepted the call and began serving as principal and sixth grade teacher in the summer of 2014. I am blessed to be a part of the St. John's family!

Tell us a little bit about your family:
  • My parents and siblings remain in Seymour, Indiana, where we visit often. On February 27, 2015, I married Bob Gurney, who retired from appliance sales and repair. We had our son, Severin Michael, on April 4, 2016, and currently live in Flat Rock. Sev now comes to school with me as he just became a student here at St. John's. I am currently coaching volleyball again, and although a young group, our Wildcats are fierce!
What’s your Christian philosophy of education?
  • A short paragraph is not enough to describe my philosophy on education. As a teacher, it is not only my job to prepare students for life as citizens of the world but also to teach them what it is to be Children of God. Everything we learn in a classroom we also learn how to apply in life. We don‚Äôt simply teach the Bible then set it back on the shelf. It is part of our lives in every facet of our day. As a principal, it is also my job to help teachers do that very thing. We strive to be good examples for our students, and at those times when we‚Äôre not, it is our job to show how we, who are also sinners, are saved through the death and resurrection of our Lord.
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • I‚Äôve always dreamed of vacationing in the beauty and splendor of Hawaii. I have a friend who was stationed in Hawaii‚Ķhe once told me it is always hot and sunny there, but there‚Äôs a constant cooling mist surrounding you everywhere!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • As most like most everyone, I rarely find spare time in my busy schedule. When I do, I love to be outside in the sunshine, and I love being on the water. Most of my time is spent with my husband and son. God blessed me with a wonderful family, and we enjoy spending time together in any way we can. A wise man once told me, "The days can be long, but the years are short."
The best part of following Jesus is…
  • The best part about following Jesus is knowing that He is following me‚ĶAND leading me, AND with me always‚Ķit‚Äôs a great feeling that I‚Äôm never alone. It is also wonderful being able to reassure all our little ones that they are never alone either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Kari Tapley - Church Secretary

I was blessed to be raised in by a loving family in the Lutheran church and school here in southeast Michigan. I was an only child for ten years, and then my sister came along. So I got to experience being an only child and having a great sibling. Growing up I have fond memories of family camping trips and large family parties with all the cousins, aunts, and uncles.

After spending nearly twenty years working in public health, I was ready for a change. Now I am blessed to work in this wonderful environment.

Tell us a little bit about your family:

  • My husband and I met our freshman year at Alma College. We have a daughter Emilia, who attends school here, and a dog named Dean.

What’s your Christian philosophy of education?

  • I grew up attending a Lutheran school and felt strongly about sending my own child to one as well. As a Christian, it is hard to separate Christ from education. I cannot think of a better way to start of life or one‚Äôs educational background.

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

  • I have always wanted to visit the east coast. I love the water and have heard there is nothing better than fresh seafood.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

  • I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, camping, and being outside.

The best part of following Jesus is…

  • Knowing that I am His forgiven child and He is always with me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Mr. Michael Lewen - School Administrative Assistant

I was born and raised here in southeastern Michigan. It’s hard to believe, but just a short 10 years ago my family became members of St. John’s.  I love this congregation and the building that houses it. My wife started teaching Preschool here in 2018.  She is amazing at what she does! The Lord has now led me to be a part of this staff as well.

Tell us a little bit about your family:

On March 17, 2001, Faith and I were married!  Throughout this marriage God has been tirelessly at work. Through the years we’ve grown nothing but closer, she’s my best friend!  We were blessed with our sons Gage, Oscar, Isaac and Ben who all attended St. John's through 8th grade.   

My extended family consists of  Michele Cruz and her children Brie, Daniel, Kevin, and Brady. I cannot imagine a time that they were not part of my family.

What’s your Christian philosophy of education?
  • I believe that children are our legacy, and what better legacy to pass on than the message of Jesus! Teaching our children should not be just about the ‚ÄúWorld View‚ÄĚ. If we make learning about Jesus a priority so shall our children.
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • My perfect vacation wouldn‚Äôt be a destination; it‚Äôd be the journey, a month-long trek across the country with just Faith and me.¬† We can stop and go as we please with no agenda or plan.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids. I love taking photos, flying drones and pretty much anything that involves technology.
The best part of following Jesus is…
  • ‚ĶI feel assured knowing that I don‚Äôt have to know everything. It reads in John chapter 14 verse 6:¬† Jesus said to him,¬†‚ÄúI am¬†the way, and¬†the truth, and¬†the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Allison Zajac - Preschool Director

I attended Defiance College where I graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I am originally from Sidney, Ohio where my family lives and I visit often. I come from a family of educators and grew up knowing the value of education. I feel truly blessed to be serving as St. John's Preschool Director and to be a part of the St. John's family. 

Tell us a little bit about your family:
  • I am married to my husband Kris who I met at college and we have 3 children Vincent, Khloe, and Leo who are all attending St. John's Lutheran school.
What’s your Christian philosophy of education?
  • Every child is unique in the way that they learn. One thing that I know can be a "constant" for each of my students is sharing the love for Jesus each and every day.¬† Seeing my students' faces light up when we share Jesus' love is priceless.
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • If I could go on vacation anywhere, I would go on a road trip with my family.¬† I love to be spontaneous and just get in the car and go.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family.¬† We spend a lot of time at my family's place at the beach in South Carolina. I love seeing my children making memories on the beach.
The best part of following Jesus is…
  • The best part of following Jesus is that I know he will never give me more than I can handle. I know he has a plan and I know his plan will all make sense in the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Faith Lewen - Preschool (3 and 4 Year Old)

Tell us a little bit about your family:
  • I've been married to my husband Michael since March 17, 2001. We live in New Boston with our three sons who all graduated from St. John's.
What’s your Christian philosophy of education?
  • I love to see the faith of little children. I am so happy to be able to see the joy on their face as they learn more about Jesus‚Äôs love for them every day. From raising my own children, I know the amazing benefit of having that love for Jesus planted in their hearts at such a young age and how they will carry that with them into their adult lives. Proverbs 22:6 calls us to ‚ÄúTrain up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.‚ÄĚ
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • Home is my favorite place to be, but I would love to take a cross country road trip in an RV.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • I enjoy spending time with my family. I also love taking care of our animals and going to auctions.
The best part of following Jesus is…
  • The best part of following Jesus is the assurance I have of his forgiveness and love for me. I know that I am never alone and that God has a plan for me. I am so blessed to be able to share my faith with my students every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Courtney Werner - Kindergarten

Mrs. Werner grew up in Birch Run, MI. She attended public schools and went to church at St. Lorenz in Frankenmuth. It was at church that she was encouraged to pursue her calling as a teacher. She graduated in 2018 from Concordia University - Ann Arbor with a major in elementary education - language arts, a minor in early childhood, and her Lutheran Teaching Diploma. In 2019, she was called to teach here at St. John's.

Tell us a little bit about your family:
  • I was married in May of 2019 to my husband, Zack Werner. We met while both attending Concordia - Ann Arbor. He currently works at University Lutheran Chapel in Ann Arbor as the Director of Operations and the Worship Director. He loves visiting kindergarten to play his guitar and sing songs with the students here.
What’s your Christian philosophy of education?
  • I want my classroom to be a constant reminder of the loving and joy-filled life that comes with following Jesus. All children are lovingly invited by Jesus himself when he says, "Let the little children come to me," and, rightly so, Christ should be the center of all that we do in the classroom. As his hands and feet, I am called to make my classroom a place of learning, loving, and grace. It is my hope for my students to experience this joy and then share it with others.
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • I would go to Greece. I have always wanted to travel to Greece because of its rich history in architecture and beautiful landscapes. God shows his beauty in so many different ways and traveling is a wonderful way to experience this beauty through different cultures, landscapes, and languages.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • In my spare time, I love running. Running has always been an important part of my life, as I spent my free time at Concordia running on the cross country and track teams. I love going on long runs as a way to clear my mind and enjoy God's creation outside.
The best part of following Jesus is…
  • ...experiencing peace that can't be found anywhere else. There is such comfort in knowing that Jesus felt our pain, joy, and temptations as he walked the earth. Yet, he was without sin and willing to die so that we are forgiven for our sins. Jesus is always with us, surrounding us with the sacrificial and everlasting love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Katie Inch - Intervention Specialist

I am a lifelong Michigander, growing up in Romulus, and now find myself joyously raising my four wonderful children together with my husband Tony, in Flat Rock. After the premature birth of my son, I left a successful career in business management in order to provide for his medical and developmental needs. It was during this time that I became familiar with alternative learning methods. From there, a passion for special education developed. I spent five years working closely with a variety of learning abilities before finding my hope here at St. John's as an Intervention Specialist.

Tell us a little bit about your family:
  • Tony and I have been married since 1999. We have four kids, two fur-babies, and a turtle. Our oldest daughter, Alena, attends the University of Toledo. She participates in their nationally recognized marching band and is studying Recreational Therapy. Kaylee, our second daughter, is an upper class men at Flat Rock High School. She is an amazing athlete, playing both basketball and softball. She is currently in the Occupational Health program and hopes to become an athletic trainer. Rebekah loves participating in Science Olympiad and plays the french horn in band. Joseph is thriving here at St. John's and loves swimming, bike riding, and playing outside.
What’s your Christian philosophy of education?
  • As both a parent and an educator, I feel that our sole purpose is to oversee and benefit the development of our children in the image of God. Each and every child is a unique individual created to fill a specific place in God's plan. It is our responsibility to include a traditional education, and both the principles and understanding of Scripture, along with supporting and building on the foundation being taught at home.
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • Up until recently, I would have quickly said Mexico. Now, after spending our twentieth wedding anniversary in St. Petersburg, Florida, I would love to take my kids and in-laws there!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • I love being outside on, in, or near the water! I also enjoy spending time with my family at our cabin up north.
The best part of following Jesus is…
  • the peace that comes from knowing I am a redeemed child of Christ!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Maddie Campbell - First Grade

Madison Campbell was born in Wyandotte MI and grew up in the Downriver area. Madison moved to Ohio when she was in 4th grade. While in Ohio, she attended Ashland University where she received her Early Childhood Education degree with an Online Teaching minor. In college, she surrendered her life to Christ and became a life-long servant to His calling, which was teaching. She has had the joy of teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. Low and behold, the Lord brought Madison and her husband back to Michigan. She currently holds her teaching degree in Ohio and Michigan. She loves learning, having fun and Jesus so St. John's was God's best fit for her. 

Tell us a little bit about your family:
  • My husband and I were married on July 11th, 2020. We met at Ashland University and have been together for 5 years. Bryn works for PPG, which runs in my family considering my mom and step-dad also work there. Bryn and I love adventuring, serving the Lord, and to coach high school swimming together. We also have a weiner dog named Hershey who is our 'fur baby'!
What’s your Christian philosophy of education?
  • When my students come into my classroom- I want them to feel the joy of the Lord and acceptance of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the center of all the choices we make in our classroom- from forgiveness, joy, acceptance, and grace. My teachings are a reflection of how Jesus loves us. I want my students to know they are all brothers and sisters in Christ and we can celebrate the joy of God's love through everyday we spend together as 'one big family'. My biggest hope for my classroom is that students would continue to have child-like faith and be in awe of the goodness and graciousness of our God by seeing a reflection of Him in me.
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • I would LOVE to go to Israel. It's on my bucket list of places to go before I die. I want to see the life of Jesus and the places so often talked about in the bible. It's one thing to hear about it, but another to witness it and experience the grounds Jesus walked.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • In my freetime I love fishing, crafting, worshiping, reading, exercising, and spending time with my dog! My favorite books are education-based books and books to help me dive¬†deeper in my faith. My most favorite activity to do is boating though!
The best part of following Jesus is…
  • This has to be my favorite question. My favorite part about following Jesus is seeing his faithfulness and trust. It sounds like a good answer- but what does that really mean? It means giving him all my worries because He keeps his promises to protect my soul, body and heart. It means He knows what is best for me. Being able to spend time with God allows me to see Him in all things and the miracles¬†he does everyday in my life is breathtaking!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Jamie Daniel - Second Grade

I have lived Downriver my whole life and spent the majority of it living in New Boston. I graduated in December of 2020 from Eastern Michigan University with a double-major in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. After graduation, I took a position at St. John’s and taught Art, P.E. and Computers. I have known since a child that I wanted to be a teacher and am so excited to see my dreams finally come true!

Tell us a little bit about your family:
  • I recently got married in October of 2020 to my husband, Cameron. Cameron works at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant building Mustangs. We also have a lab-mix named Cooper. We currently live in Trenton.
What’s your Christian philosophy of education?
  • Christ is the focus of all aspects of our lives, especially in the classroom. We are called to spread the message and what a great opportunity to be able to share that throughout all aspects of the school day. It gives the content we learn purpose. Setting our focus on Christ is a wonderful model for the children of ideals such as love, service and integrity.
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • I would love to travel around Europe. All the different places and cultures are so beautiful and interesting. I think it would be great to visit countries that my ancestors came from. My husband and I have always talked about going!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • In my spare time I love to read. My favorite genre is historical fiction. I also love spending time outdoors doing things like camping, kayaking and hiking. My husband and I like to play board games and go to the movies when we get a chance.
The best part of following Jesus is…
  • I always have someone who loves and cares about me. He knows the plans He has for all of us and will lead us to them & through them. He is always with us and always will be. His light will shine through us if we allow it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Janise Faerber - Third Grade

Janise Faerber graduated from Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska. My area of concentration was in Early Childhood Education, with a minor in music. Since then I have obtained an additional 18 hours of credit through MSU. After that I have taken a variety of workshops, classes to further enhance learning in my classroom. Currently, I have taken various classes which focus on 'Brain-Gym' which promotes Educational Kinesiology. 

Tell us a little bit about your family:
  • I am married to Mark Faerber. We have 5 adult children who are marrried¬†and are blessed with 11¬†grandchildren!
What’s your Christian philosophy of education?
  • My philosophy for being a Lutheran Teacher is I have the joy and privilege of sharing the Gospel message with the Lord's children every single day. I am able to integrate the Gospel throughout the day in each¬†subject. When these young children need to make decisions, we can look to what we are taught in the Bible. When discipline is needed I am able to bring in forgiveness just as how Christ forgives each of us.¬†In Science class I am free to state how amazing the world is that God created for us! Each day we are able to spend time in devotions and then pray together. We begin our day singing praises to our Lord. Being a Lutheran teacher is a day filled with blessings as¬†you listen to your students talk about their Lord and Savior. I then can encourage them to tell others about Jesus! My parents were both Lutheran teachers, along with many aunts, uncles, and my sister too. I was raised in this Lutheran Teacher¬†family atmosphere. Our children went to Lutheran schools. I pray that my grandchildren will be blessed with the same Christian educational experience. Being a Lutheran Teacher is who I am! I can't even imagine doing anything else in my life!
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • I LOVE going to Florida! I am able to relax, soak up the sun and experience new restaurants!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • In my spare time I LOVE being with my family. My family is precious to me. I consider them a gift from God! ¬†I love spending time with my mom,¬†my children and grandchildren. Each day it's a joy to be home and relax in the evening with my husband who is my best friend (other than Jesus, of course).¬†I also love cooking and going out to different restaurants. Another pure enjoyment for me is watching baseball and football games.
The best part of following Jesus is…
  • The best part about following Jesus is that He is my Savior! Because of what He did out of great love for me, I know some day I will be with Him and all of my family, those still here on earth and those who have already gone before me to heaven. I will be with all the saints together, forever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Amanda Segerstrom - Fourth Grade

I am a life-long Michigander with a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education, Integrated Science Comprehensive from Eastern Michigan University. 

Tell us a little bit about your family:

  • I am a 35 year old mom of 3, happily born and raised in Michigan. I have a wonderful husband and a crazy dog...or is that a¬†crazy¬†husband and a wonderful dog? No, I think I got it right the first time! My family has a church home at Northbrook Church in Carleton.¬†¬†My sons, Jaxson and Mason, attend St, John's and my mom, dad and brother (Candi and Dave Golden,¬†Jacob Golden) are members here. I love spending time with my family, including also my cousin and her hubby and¬†kiddos. We are a crazy blended¬†bunch of fun!

What’s your Christian philosophy of education?

  • My Christian philosophy¬†of education is that children learn best when all¬†of their¬†needs are met. All people have a hierarchy¬†of needs including safety, shelter, food, love and self-actualization. The only place a¬†person's needs can be fully met is inside CHRIST. Therefore, the absolute¬†best atmosphere a child can learn in is a place where they know their value in¬†CHRIST and where He is pre-eminent. I strive always to put Christ first in my life and allow all things to flow from that, including my identity as an educator. : "Do nothing from¬†selfish ambition or¬†conceit, but in¬†humility count others more significant than yourselves.¬†Let each of you¬†look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.¬†Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,¬†who, though he was in¬†the form of God, did not count equality with God¬†a thing to be grasped,¬†but¬†emptied himself, by taking the form of a¬†servant..." As a teacher I approach my students and their families as a servant, in humility, by the grace and power of our Lord Jesus Christ

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

  • My husband and¬†I went to Iceland and it¬†was amazing. For me, the best vacation wouldn't be just going anywhere I could but taking my children to somewhere amazing. I would love to go to Iceland again and take my kiddos,¬†so I could watch the¬†joy of their¬†discovery and amazement.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

  • I love to read, especially C.S. Lewis and also hit the Gym. I also enjoy music and time spent with my family. Besides travelling we enjoy cooking together and exploring new foods.

The best part of following Jesus is…

  • He never gives up on us. He is faithful. I love that "he who began a good work¬†in you will carry it on to completion." He is so good, so faithful. He does not grow weary or discouraged. He is not fickle or prone to wander. He is the good shepherd who guides gently; and when I wander he leads me back. He doesn't leave us sinful and broken. He saves us. Saves us from hell, yes, and also from a life of imprisonment to sin. In him I can truly have peace, patience, love, goodness, kindness, gentleness and self control. I can live a life that is beautiful and abundant. I can go on and on about this all day, so feel free to ask me in person and we can Rejoice together about how good he is!
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Greg Manthei - Fifth Grade and Athletic Director

Greg Manthei attended Concordia College Ann Arbor and received his bachelors degree in 1991. Later, he earned his Professional certificate in 1997 through EMU. Greg has served St. John’s since 1994. 

Tell us a little bit about your family:

  • I married Kim Littler in 2002. We have two children. Lucas was born in 2004, and Noah was born in 2007. We currently live in Flat Rock.

What’s your Christian philosophy of education?

  • My Christian philosophy of education centers around strengthening the faith in Jesus of each child through God‚Äôs Word and prayer. I enjoy sharing the love Jesus has for us with my students. Having a sense of humor helps me to connect with students and become more receptive to God‚Äôs message of love and salvation.

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would go to Alaska so that I could fish for giant salmon and take in the grandeur of God‚Äôs Creation. The waters and mountains together show the handiwork of God‚Äôs power and wisdom.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

  • I enjoy spending time up north at our cabin. You will always find me working on something to build, improve, or fix. I have undertaken many projects of building including renovations, add-ons, and woodworking.

The best part of following Jesus is…

  • The best part about following Jesus is experiencing Him in my life. The strength, wisdom, and love of God is richer than anything the world offers. Hearing about Jesus doesn‚Äôt compare to experiencing Him working in my life. That is what I want my students to know and experience.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Kristen Jackson - Seventh Grade

Kristen Jackson is a 1991 Alumni of Concordia College in Ann Arbor, MI where she earned her B.A. in education with a major in Science and English. She went on to earn her M.A. as a Reading Specialist from Eastern Michigan University.

Tell us a little bit about your family:
  • Kristen is married to Eric and they have one daughter, Samantha. She¬†enjoys attending St. John's and having her mom close by everyday.
What’s your Christian philosophy of education?
  • Kristen teaches Science and Literature¬†in the Middle School. She enjoys sharing her faith with her students through the connection of Science.¬†She feels that it is her calling and privilege to share her faith daily with her students. She enjoys seeing her students grow academically and spiritually and developing a close personal relationship with our Lord.
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • If I could go on a vacation anywhere in the world it would be with my family to see all of the Hawaiian islands and the variety of scenery and unique experiences that are on each island.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • In her free time Kristen enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, gardening, camping and traveling.
The best part of following Jesus is…
  • The best part of being a follower of Jesus is the sure confidence of Eternal life through Jesus Christ¬†and being able to share that joy with my students and family.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

 

 

 

Mr. Joel Schaffer - Eighth Grade

Joel Schaffer earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University (Chicago).

Tell us a little bit about your family:
  • Joel Schaffer was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He¬†is the father of three children;¬† Abigail, Nathaniel, and Annmarie who all attended St. John's Lutheran School and Lutheran High School Westland.
What’s your Christian philosophy of education?
  • My Christian philosophy of education is that I am here to add to what is taught at home.¬† My job is not only to teach the core subject of math and history, but also help bring children to the knowledge of God and help them grow in their trust in Christ and His good news.
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • I would like to go back to Germany.¬† I would like to spend time visiting the cities where my great- great grandparents lived.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • In my spare time, I like to watch all of the sporting events that my children are in.¬† I also like to golf, play soccer, and play softball.
The best part of following Jesus is…
  • The best part about following Jesus is knowing that I am a redeemed child of God.

 

 

 

 

 

Pages