Say hello to the leadership team at St. John

Meet our leadership

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Rev. Dr. Robert Shriner - Senior Pastor

Pastor Shriner has been at St. John for 12 years. He attended Indiana University for his undergraduate degree. Upon graduation he served as an officer in the Marine Corps. After coming to faith as an adult, Pastor Shriner attended Concordia Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity degree and later a Doctor of Ministry degree. Pastor Bob has been married to Marcia for 32 years and together they have three children: Alicia, Rebekah and Christa. Alicia works as an accountant and lives with her husband Brian in Indianapolis. Rebekah works at Kraft in Kendallville. Christa is a teacher and moving to Arizona. Pastor Shriner’s philosophy of ministry is one of emphasizing discipleship and personal evangelism in keeping with our ministry motto: Growing Tall in Christ to Reach All with Christ.

Paul Wendt - Director of Christian Education

Paul Wendt has been in ministry for more than 26 years. Born in Abilene, TX, he graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul, in 1991 as a Director of Christian Education (DCE) with a minor in Family Life and Youth Ministry. In 2002, he obtained his Masters in Liberal Studies with a minor in Theology.

Before he arrived at St. John he served the last 20 years with Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crown Point, IN, as DCE. His responsibilities there include recruiting and supporting leaders for Sunday morning and weekday Bible studies and small group ministry, administering the Confirmation program, assisting in 8th grade Faith class, and participating in contemporary worship, among other roles. He often writes his own curriculum for himself and others to teach from.

One of his main goals is to ask and answer, “How do we foster discipleship here?” He believes the family is the key to discipleship. In his interview, he emphasized that he takes joy in helping God’s people discover and use their gifts. He also finds it important to answer how we live as God’s people in this changing culture. He believes evangelism needs to be a mindset and that Bible studies should lead to action, because everyone is a missionary.