our Staff

The staff and leadership here at St Paul is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to contact us.


    Pastor John is a member of Hope Lutheran Church (LCMC) in Everly. Doing pulpit supply and spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has long been his passion. He has provided pulpit supply to a number of congregation scattered around northwest Iowa, generally within 50 miles. 

    Pastor John was ordained at Hope Lutheran Church on May 29, 2016. He has done interim ministries at Bethlehem Lutheran in Royal, Trinity Lutheran in Spencer, St. Paul Lutheran in Hull, and St. John Lutheran in Boyden, all northwest Iowa congregations. 

    John and his wife, Patricia, are celebrating 58 years of marriage. They are parents of three children, Tim, Teresa, and Dena. John graduated from Iowa State University, then received a commission of 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army (Artillery) in 1967 and served three years, including one year in Viet Nam.

  • Bri Oetken, youth director

    Bri is our Youth Director. She grew up in Wisconsin Dells, WI and received a degree in Social Work and minor in Christian studies from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN. She served as a program director at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp and was part of the Youth Ministry team. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa and works as a play therapist in Orange City in addition to her role at St. Paul. She is excited to connect with youth and point them to Jesus so they can grow in understanding of God's love and grace. 

  • Tami Roetman, Office manager

    Tami joined the staff in July 1993. She and her husband Fred, live in Sheldon and have 2 children, Blake and Kendra. Her job consists of keeping the financial records and membership records, general secretarial duties for the Church Council and committees, and the day-to-day operation of the church office.

  • Dee Redinius, Assistant office Manager

    Dee joined the staff in 2021. Dee and her husband have three adult children, and four grandchildren. She assists in the office helping with payroll, phones, membership rolls, and other tasks as needed. 

  • Kristi Hegenbarth, OFfice Assistant

    Kristi joined our staff in 2015. She is in charge of scheduling volunteers for roles in worship, and preparing the Sunday bulletin and monthly newsletter. She and husband Rob have 3 children: Tommy, Jayden, and Jaxon.

  • Susan lichty, Worship Coordinator

    Susan is married to Scott, with two grown sons. She's a grandma, now, too! Susan loves music and regularly helps lead worship with her beautiful soprano voice. As coordinator, she organizes our worship services, including lining up pianists, singers, hymns, special music, and puts together PowerPoint presentations for worship.  

  • Danielle Fischer, Custodian

    Danielle joined the staff in 2022 as our head custodian. She enjoys writing novels and taking care of her children with her husband Austin.