Pastor David began his call at St. John’s in July of 2018 having served congregations in Reedsburg, Wisconsin; Washington Island, Wisconsin, and Paynesville, Minnesota. A graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, he also has undergraduate degrees from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa. Married to his Kristi (the best question he ever asked twice!), they have two adult children (Hannah and Daniel) and three small dogs (Odin, Freyja, and Kirsebær). He is passionate about life and ministry in addition to the connections God makes in our lives and is very excited about what God has in store as he ministers with and among the people of St. John’s. His hobbies include collecting and sort of playing guitars and other stringed instruments, woodworking, woodcarving, and various forms technology.
(309) 827-6121 ext. 203
Associate Pastor for Caring Ministries
Pastor Anne Christiansen is a graduate of Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary located in Columbia South Carolina. She was ordained in January of 2004. Pastor Anne has served congregations in Columbia and Saluda, South Carolina, as well as Chicago and Arlington Heights, Illinois. She grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana, where she met her husband of 40 years while they attended Valparaiso University. They have two grown children, twins, Eric and Elizabeth. Pastor Anne is delighted to be your Associate Pastor for Caring Ministries.
(309) 827-6121 ext. 208
Executive Director of Business Operations
Shari became the Executive Director of Business Operations in 2014 after careers in Accounting and as Founder and Executive Director of the Children’s Discovery Museum. She has an accounting degree from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA from Illinois State University. Shari enjoys singing in the Community of Joy band, serving on the boards of community organizations, and spending time with family and friends. She is married to Mark Buckellew and has two adult children, Scott and Jessica Spaniol.
(309) 827-6121 ext. 205
Doris graduated from Michigan State University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Advertising. She received her master's degree in Communications from Illinois State University. She started with St. John’s as a volunteer in the Nursery, then became a childcare attendant, and then Nursery Director, a position she held for three years. Doris enjoyed building lasting relationship with St. John’s youngest members and their families. She is now a Communications Associate and prepares the worship bulletins, a position she really enjoys. Doris is married to Adam and they have two daughters, Makena and Cecilia. They all love St. John's because of the Joy Zone and Vacation Bible Schools programs.
(309) 827-6121 ext. 207
Guest Experiences Coordinator
Melissa began serving on staff in May 2015. She has a B.A. in Speech Communication from EIU and a M.A. in Christian Education and M.A. in Counseling from Lincoln Christian University. Melissa has worked as an Addictions Counselor, Associate Campus Minister, Christian Education Director. One of her favorite parts of the St. John’s family is seeing how much people truly care for one another and how committed they are to serving. It’s a blessing to see people come together for service and truly bond as friends. Her brother is an attorney, her mom is a retired music teacher, and her dad is a retired math teacher. Melissa enjoys walking or running in the park enjoying God’s creation, ballroom dancing, and painting.
(309) 827-6121 ext. 211
Coordinator of Member Care
Gudrun joined St. John’s staff in 2008 after serving at a local Methodist congregation for a number of years. She considers it a great privilege to serve the Body of Christ and especially this congregation. She and her husband Scott are parents of two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. In her free time she enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and spending time in her garden.
(309) 827-6121 ext. 214
Director of Communications
Norma has been Director of Communications at St. John’s since 2013 and member of St. John’s since 2006. Norma and her family fell in love with St. John’s because of the contemporary worship and wonderful children's and youth programs. Norma is married to Kirk, who helps her with video projects around the church. They have two children, Matthew and Emma, and a crazy dog, Sami. Norma enjoys running with family members, friends, or alone, but always with Sami! She also enjoys traveling, home improvement and decorating, gardening, cooking, music, and photography.
(309) 827-6121 ext. 207
Lisa started working as the Kitchen Coordinator in July 2003, and in June 2015 became a full-time staff person by adding Finance Administrative Assistant to the kitchen duties. Lisa had worked with Unit 5 School District for the previous 10 years as an Administrative Assistant. Lisa has two adult sons, Beau and Brady.
(309) 827-6121 ext. 206
Director of Children's Ministries
Amy and her family have been members of St. John’s since 2008. She and her husband Karl have two children, Cooper and Carolyn, and two cats, Chloe and Sunny. Amy has her Associates of Arts Degree and almost 25 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field. Before coming to St. John’s, she was the Director at Cadence Academy Preschool and Rogy’s Learning Place for 10 years and Assistant Director at Rogy’s Learning Place for five years. Amy feels blessed to be able to use her skills and experience working with children and families to help foster spiritual growth within the children at St. John’s. She has been a volunteer substitute for Joy Zone in the past and is currently a Thrive leader for Cooper’s small group. In her free time, Amy loves to read, cook and bake, craft, travel, and spend time with her family playing games and watching movies.
(309) 827-6121 ext. 225
Fred started working at St. John's in July of 2014 after a long career at The Pantagraph working in the pressroom as the Pressroom Manager. A lifelong Bloomington resident, Fred attended Illinois Wesleyan University. He has been a member of St. John's eighteen years and is inspired by the wonderful people and staff. Fred is Married to Janet (Skillrud). They have six children and eight grandchildren.
(309) 827-6121 ext. 229
Director of Worship and St. John's Choir Director
Michael joined St. John's as the Choir Director in fall 2016. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a degree in Music Education in 2010. Michael taught in Washington, Illinois, for two years after college while building a private voice and piano studio. He now operates Schneider Music Studio full time and sees 70+ students each week. Michael is married to his high school sweetheart, Michelle, and the couple has a daughter, Emersyn, and a son, Aurin. Michael is thrilled to be part of the thriving St. John's congregation and looks forward to expanding the adult choir program.
(309) 827-6121 ext. 249
Director of Senior High Ministries
Steve grew up with seven brothers and sisters in an active Irish Catholic family. He received an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at Illinois State University by way of St. Meinrad Seminary and Gonzaga University in Florence, Italy. He also has a Masters of Theology from St. John’s Seminary/School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota. Steve has held youth ministry positions in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. Steve's wife, Stacy, is the owner and head teacher of Stacy’s Dance Factory. They have two adult sons, Connor and Christopher, and three active dogs. Steve feels blessed to be working with the youth and families of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
(309) 827-6121 ext. 215
Business Office Volunteer; ELCA Church Council Member
Vern grew up on a Nebraska farm. While in Nebraska, he met his wife, Laura, and they married in 1961 after joining her Lutheran Church. Graduating from University of Nebraska in 1961 with a business degree and military service at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, he joined State Farm in Greeley, CO. They transferred to Bloomington and joined St. John’s in 1968. Retiring in 2004, Vern began volunteering three-quarter time in SJLC business office. This plus synodical and churchwide experience led to election to the fifty member ELCA Churchwide Council in 2014. He has participated in several churchwide assemblies. Vern’s hobbies are CPCU, SCORE, traveling, Cornhuskers, grandson, Brady, and enjoying life! His son, Eric, is Assistant Director at Bloomington Parks and Recreation and his wife, Tina, works at the University of Illinois.
(309) 827-6121 ext. 216