Rev. Thomas Graves- Senior Pastor
In February of 2008 I began my ministry at St. Luke’s as an Associate Pastor and was made Senior Pastor in January of 2011.
After graduating from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1999 our family was blessed by nine years of ministry at Calvary Lutheran in Aberdeen, Washington.
We feel very privileged that the Lord has called us to St. Luke’s and to be part of the exciting ministry the Lord is doing in this congregation.
Paula and I were married at St. Luke's on June 4, 1988 and have three children - Kristy, Rebecca, and John. Kristy is a Nurse working in Iowa Falls, Iowa and Becky and John are attending Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa.
Paula who is a Medical Technologist in the health field and works at a local hospital and she also enjoys being involved in choir, and leading the youth puppet ministry.
Pastor Paul Tonn - Associate Pastor
I am the Associate Pastor here at St. Lukeís. I have been on staff
since July of 2009. I am a 2009 graduate of Concordia Seminary
with a Masters of Divinity degree, and a 2005 graduate of Texas
A&M University with a Bachelorís of Science degree in Wildlife and
I feel humbled to be able to proclaim Godís saving grace week in and week out. I know that I am a living testament to how God continually pursues us in our life. I feel blessed to be able to lead Bible Studies for youth and adults, and have to opportunity to share Christ in my words and actions. I am married to Melissa, and we are awaiting the blessing of our first child who is due in February.
Rev. Timothy Wenger - Visitation Pastor
My ministry at St. Luke’s has been challenging and rewarding.
The Lord has blessed the ministry and provided a faithful group of committed Christians who have a deep love for the Lord and a desire to be engaged in ministry. I have been privileged to minister with them in a variety of ways. After forty years I retired from full time ministry on August 31, 2011. In July of 2012, I returned to work as a Visitation Pastor in a part time capacity.
Early in life I felt called to share the good news of Jesus Christ as a Pastor. In the pursuit of
this calling I attended St. Paul’s High School and Junior College in Concordia, Missouri.
My last two years of college were completed at Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After college I entered Concordia Seminary St. Louis and graduated in 1970.
After completing the Master of Sacred Theology degree in Pastoral Counseling in 1971,
I accepted the call from St. Luke’s as Associate Pastor. In 1974, I was called to the Senior Pastor position and served in this capacity at St. Luke’s until retirement. I was thankful I could be involved in continuing education in a variety of ways throughout my ministry.
In 1997, I received the Doctor of Ministry degree. I was also thankful to be able to serve as a military chaplain in the Wisconsin National Guard for 27 years.
My wife, Kathleen [Kuecker], and I were married in 1969 in St. Louis. The Lord has blessed us
in many ways including four children: Eric, Christopher, Elisa, and Angela.
We are additionally blessed with seven grandchildren.
We, at St. Luke’s invite you and look forward to meeting you and hopefully to worship and serve with you.
Martha Strong - Director of Christian Education & Family Ministry
My name is Martha Strong and I am the Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry, here at St. Luke’s.
I graduated with a D.C.E. Specialist degree (’88) and Masters in Parish Education (’93) from Concordia University Nebraska in Seward, NE. I also have a BFA from Drake University in Des Moines, IA in Theatre Design and Public Relations.
I began serving as a Director of Christian Education in 1987 with my internship year and first call to Our Redeemer, Freeport, IL. In 1996 I accepted a call to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Springfield, MO where I served until coming to St. Luke’s in February 1999. I met my husband Brian when he began attending St. Luke’s and we were married in November of 2003.
I serve the Lord at St. Luke's by overseeing Christian Education offerings for all ages such as Vacation Bible School, Sunday school, Confirmation classes, and adult Bible studies. I work with St. Luke's youth leaders to provide ministry for 4th through 8th grades through our groups CYC (4th-6th), BIC (7th & 8th). I also work with Pastor Paul in the development and implementation of programming for high school youth and young adults. Lastly, I am responsible for developing family ministry programs for all ages and stages, providing Christian growth opportunities for families, developing resources for parenting and family issues and organizing social events and opportunities that build relationships.
I hope I will see you at one of our education or fellowship opportunities as you grow closer to your Christian family and to your Lord, Jesus Christ.
Deacon Jim Johnston - Pastorial Assistant
I have the honor of serving Jesus Christ through the Caring Ministries at St. Luke's.
The Caring Ministries program seeks to work with the power of God to bring comfort and healing to people. The death of a loved one or the painful experience of a divorce often is overwhelming for people.
The GriefShare and DivorceCare support groups seek to help people as they walk with God and each other.
The death of a loved one by suicide is very painful for the surviving family and friends.
The S.O.S. Survivors Of Suicide support group helps people stay connected to God and other people who understand the pain each one is going through.
Care Ministry support groups are for people who are hurting because they have a problem or are taking care of a person who is hurting.
I have had a number of problems in my life. I know the importance of growing closer to God and being open with others. All of our programs have people who love God and people.
You do not need to be a believer in Jesus Christ to attend, but we do ask that you allow us to talk about our faith.