Meet Our Staff

Sam Vogel

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Date Started: 2003

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Knowing the staff genuinely cares about the spiritual, emotional, & academic growth of my children.

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: St. Joseph

Family: I have been married for 21 years and have 2 children that attend St. Paul Lutheran School & Church

 

1025jinx@gmail.com
Terri Pister - Childcare Director at St. Paul Lutheran Childcare Center

Teri Pister

Childcare Director

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Date started at St. Paul:  August 1998

Favorite thing about St. Paul: It’s my second home-I have been here ~20 years. I’m surrounded by loving and forgiving people. This place has been a huge part of our lives through all aspects of our life.

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran Church

Hometown: McLeod, North Dakota

Education:  Concordia University Nebraska-BS Education

Family: I am very blessed. I have a loving husband of 33 years. I have 3 amazing children, 5 beautiful grand-babies, a loving daughter-in-law, a kind son-in-law, and a patient Jed.

Hobbies and Interest: Coloring, Card making, Sewing and Reading.

tpister@splcc.org
Lori Lambrecht - Assistant Childcare Director at St. Paul Lutheran Childcare Center

Lori Lambrecht

Assistant Childcare Director

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Date started at St. Paul:  September 2000

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Watching the kids grow up!

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran Church

Hometown: St. Joseph, Missouri

Family: Nick and Aaron, Sons.

Hobbies and Interest: Card making

llambrecht@splcc.org

Pastor David Moore

Senior Pastor

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Date started at St. Paul: July 1st, 2007

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Baptisms

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years:
1st Call
Previously worked for a Large Engineering Firm managing video and multi-media productions.

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: Overland Park, KS

College and Degrees: Concordia Seminary, St. Louis- Masters of Divinity

Family: Wife: Michelle Kids: Patrick, A.J., Zoe, and Sam

Hobbies and Interest: Fishing

pastorm@splcc.org
Amelia Fortmeyer - 5th grade teacher at st. paul lutheran school in st. joseph, missouri

Amelia Fortmeyer

Interim Principal

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Date Started:  August 1990

Favorite thing about St. Paul: The people/children we serve.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: Teacher at St. Paul (Kindergarten, 5th grade, and many others)

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: Rolla, Missouri

College and Degrees: Concordia University Nebraska-BS

Family: Bernie, Husband, Paul and Beth, Son and Daughter-in-law, Nolan, Grandson, Peter, Son.

Hobbies and Interests: Camping and Hallmark movies (especially Christmas in July)

afortmeyer4@splcc.org
Debi Bennett - St. Paul Lutheran School Secretary

Debi Bennett

School Secretary

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Date started at St. Paul: August 2005

Favorite thing about St. Paul: The families and students who attend

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: St. Joseph, Missouri

Family: Shawn, Husband, Peyton and Tristan, Daughters.

Hobbies and Interest: I love spending time with my family!

dbennett@splcc.org

Pastor Joel Cundiff

Associate Pastor

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Date started at St. Paul:  November, 2016

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Friendly Members

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: Associate Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church & School, Danbury, CT (7 years)

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran Church

Hometown: Independence, MO

Education:  Concordia University Wisconsin (Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education-History/Social Sciences)

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (Masters of Divinity)

Family: Jennifer (Wife)

Hobbies and Interest: Outdoors, Reading, Cooking, Brewing

pastorc@splcc.org

Bernie Fortmeyer

Director of Christian Education

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Date started at St. Paul: Jan. 1st, 1989

Favorite thing about St. Paul: The family

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: Prior to St. Paul- KQTV Account Executive. 3 years 1986-1988; KKJO Account Executive, 8 years 1978-1985

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: Columbus, IN

College and Degrees: B.S. Business Administration Emporia State University; DCE Specialist Certification Concordia, Sewed, NE

Family: Wife: Amelia, married 25 years; son: Paul, married to Beth and son Nolan, lives in Omaha; son: Peter, lives in St. Joseph.

Hobbies and Interest: Running, Walking, Reading, Bicycling, Fishing, and Spending time with family.

bafort@stjoelive.com

Elaine Hirter

Office Manager/Human Resources

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Date started at St. Paul: August 2004

Favorite thing about St. Paul: It’s great to see God at work in the lives of the students and families that we serve

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years:
Sales- Mannichreek Business Design
Sales Rep.- leisure arts
Secretary/librarian/office manager

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: St. Joseph

College and Degrees: University of Missouri- Columbia- Bachelor of Science Business Administration

Family: Husband- Loren; daughter- Erin

Hobbies and Interest: Reading, Wool Rug Hooking, American history

elainehirter@splcc.org

Barbi Rich

Youth Activities Director/Preschool Teacher

barbirich@splcc.org

Jan Schmeisser

Preschool Teacher

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Date started at St. Paul: August 2006

Favorite thing about St. Paul: I love having my students share the Gospel. We also have the best staff to work with and a school board that is supportive personally and professionally.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: Para Professional- Webster Preschool- 6 years

 

Current Congregation: St. Peter Lutheran

Hometown: Decatur, IL

College and Degrees: BA- Psychology  CDA- Child Development Associate Credential

 

Family: Husband- Rev. Kirk R. Schmeisser; Sons- Tim Schmeisser- Substitute Teacher- SJSD, Matt Schmeisser- Assistant Kitchen Manager- Jethro’s BBQ- Des Moines

janschmeisser@splcc.org

Emily Moyer

Kindergarten/3rd Grade Teacher

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Date started at St. Paul: August 2010

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Being able to share the love of Jesus with my students.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years:
Taught 1st grade for 2 years
Taught 3rd grade for 2 years

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: Springfield, IL

College and Degrees: Concordia University, NE Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood

Family: Parents live in Ohio, 3 brothers, 2 sister-in-laws, 5 nephews, and 2 nieces.

Hobbies and Interest: Running, reading, baking

emoyer@splcc.org

Denise Tiffany

1st Grade Teacher

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Date Started at St. Paul – August 2017

Favorite Thing About St. Paul – We have an amazing staff! I love the closeness and family-like atmosphere.

Previous positions/jobs/years – 2nd Grade at Wathena Elementary for 11 years; Kindergarten at Wathena Riverside for 23 years.

Current Congregation – Savannah Christian Church

Hometown – Troy, Kansas

College & Degrees – Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Missouri Western State University.

Family – Husband (John), Son (Brady married to Micaela), Daughter (Blair married to Brandon), Daughter (Kassie married to Drew), Daughter (Mackenzie) and 4 grandchildren (Bennet, Brittie, Piper, and Remi).

Hobbies & Interests – I love family gatherings and spending time with my grand-babies.

dtiffany@splcc.org

Ashley Kruse

2nd Grade Teacher

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Date started at St. Paul: July 2008

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Teaching and sharing God’s love with my students and their families.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: 2004-2008 Christ the King Lutheran in Memphis, TN

 

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: Batesville, AR

College and Degrees: Concordia University, NE B.S. in Education Concentration Special Ed. Minor Math

 

 

Hobbies and Interest: Love to read and be outside. A passion of mine is planning and taking trips to Ecuador to volunteer at For His Children Orphanage.

ashley.kruse@splcc.org

Amy Wisneski

3rd Grade Teacher, PE, Athletic Director

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Date started at St. Paul: 2002

Favorite thing about St. Paul: My favorite thing about St. Paul is the family type feeling I get from the wonderful congregation. Why I’m in the ministry is because I can share the love of Jesus in all subjects I teach.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: St. Paul is my first Call.

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: Cole Camp, MO then moved to Clarinda, IA in 1990

College and Degrees: B.S. in Education with concentration in Physical Education also have a Lutheran Teacher Diploma

Family: Married Andy Wisneski in 2009

Hobbies and Interest: I enjoy all sports- playing and watching. I also enjoy art and doing crafts. My favorite thing is spending time with family and friends.

amywisneski@splcc.org

Kendra Fleck

4th Grade Teacher

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Date started at St. Paul: Aug 2012

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Students, families, staff and the loving Christian atmosphere

Previous positions: Preschool

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: St. Joseph

College and Degrees: Graduated from MWSU with a bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Family: Husband, Terrence and children, Vayda and Nevaeh.

Hobbies and Interest: I enjoy reading, camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and being in nature!

kfleck@splcc.org

Nicci Engle

5th Grade Teacher

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Date started at St. Paul:  August 2017

Favorite thing about St. Paul: The people

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: Teacher at Martin Luther Academy

Current Congregation: Our Savior, Kansas City Kansas

Hometown: Peculiar MO

Education:  UMKC-Bachelors, Rockhurst-Masters

Family: Joe, Joey, Spencer, Cwalter (our dog)

Hobbies and Interest: 5Ks

nengle@splcc.org

Noah Auger

6th Grade Homeroom/6-8 History Teacher

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Date started at St. Paul: August 2016

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Watching student growth from year to year

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: Bad Axe, Michigan

College and Degrees: I graduated from Concordia University Chicago in Spring of 2016 with a degree in Secondary Education: History Major and a Theology Major

Family: Bob and Missy, Parents, Chris and Emma, Brother and Sister-in-Law.

Hobbies and Interest: Most sports, Movies, Reading (Comics, Fantasy, and Historical), and Traveling.

nrauger@splcc.org

Ben Browne

7th Grade Homeroom, 6-8 Science

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Date began at St. Paul: 

     – August 2018

What I like best about St. Paul:

– I love the community of believers and the great cloud of witnesses here at St. Paul. I also love that I have the opportunity to come to work everyday and be a light of Christ to my students in all of my classes. I am blessed to have the greatest job in the world in be servant of Christ to my students and to my Lord.

Job history:

   -St. Paul is my first teaching Call.

    -Lead teacher for the Spring of 2018 in a 4’s and 5’s preschool class at St. John Child Development Center in Seward, Nebraska.

Congregation:

     – St. Paul Lutheran Church

Hometown:

    – Billings, Montana

Education:

    –  I graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska in the Fall of 2017 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and an Emphasis in Middle Level Education.

Family:

    – Married Aubrey Browne in 2017.

Hobbies:

   – I enjoy reading a good book, drinking coffee, spending time in God’s Word, and exploring the Lord’s Creation through hiking and camping. I also enjoy watching football and basketball and anything Marvel or Disney.

ben.browne@splcc.org

Sally Dunham

8th Grade Home Room/6th-8th Language Arts/Math Course

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Date started at St. Paul: 2013

Favorite thing about St. Paul: I love the wonderful caring atmosphere, the excellent faculty, and the involved, supportive families we partner with every day.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: I’ve been fortunate to enjoy two careers- one as a foodscience business home economist, and one as a middle school teacher. I get to bring real world experience into the classroom, helping students see the value and answer to their question, “Why do we need to know this?”

College and Degrees: B.S. Iowa State University and  Education/Alternative Certification from Northwest Missouri State University.

sdunham@splcc.org

Shawna Macrander

Guidance/Math Course C/Technology

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Date started at St. Paul: 2012

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Sharing the Gospel of Jesus

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: School Guidance Counselor for SJSD-12 years, Maryville High School Math Teacher, Graduate Assistant, School Counselor Horace Mann Lab School.

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: St. Joseph, MO

College and Degrees: Northwest Missouri State University- Bachelors of Science Mathematics  Education, Masters of Science in Education- Guidance Counseling K-12

Family: I am married to my husband, Mark, since 1996. We have 4 children: Josiah and Delaney, Cassidy, and Kelsey.

Hobbies and Interest: Scrap booking, travel, collecting carousel horses, volunteering, shopping, and tutoring.

shawnamacrander@splcc.org

Angela Allison

Librarian

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Date started at St. Paul: August 2012

Favorite thing about St. Paul: Wonderful staff

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years:

  • Preschool aide- 1 year
  • First Grade Aide- 2 years
  • Kindergarten Aide- 1 year

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: St. Joseph

College and Degrees: Graduated from Missouri Western in May 1997 with a degree in Social Work

 

Family: Husband Jay- married since 1997,  3 daughters:  Lexi,  Emma,  & Gracie

Hobbies and Interest: Reading and scrapbooking

aallison@splcc.org

Aubrey Browne

Director of Christian Education Intern

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Date started at St. Paul:  June 2018

Favorite thing about St. Paul: The people. Everyone here take the time to talk with you and really show they care.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: Activities Coordinator Seward (Nebraska) Youth Center

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran Church

Hometown: Pennock, Minnesota

Education:  Concordia University Nebraska DCE-Theology

Family: Ben Browne, Husband

Hobbies and Interest: Running, Yoga, Knitting, Reading, Playing Guitar and Ukulele, and drinking coffee or tea

Aubrey.Browne@splcc.org

Leah Meek

Band Teacher & Church Secretary

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Date started at St. Paul: as Secretary, July 2010, started band fall 2011

Favorite thing a bout St. Paul: Christian family atmosphere

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years: Band Director at Stanberry School 2003-2006, Band/Music Teacher at Troy School 2006-2010

Current Congregation: St. Paul

Hometown: St. Joseph

College and Degrees: Missouri Western State University,  Bachelor of Science in Education, Music Instrumental Emphasis

Family: I have been married to my husband Chris since 2009. We have 2 children, Marley and Michael.

Hobbies and Interest: Gardening and Playing in community bands

secretary@splcc.org

Helen Shade

Choir Director & Music/Handbells Teacher

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Date started at St. Paul: September 1997

Favorite thing about St. Paul: That we get to share Jesus every day with children… including those who have not heard His message of salvation.

Previous Positions/Jobs/Years:
Organist- Christ Lutheran Church- Platte Woods- 1981-1991
Admin Assistant- Wingert-Jones Music- KCMO- 1983-1992
Co-director- Parents Day Out- Central UMC- KCMO- 1994-1996

Current Congregation: St. Paul Lutheran

Hometown: Jefferson City, MO

College and Degrees: William Jewell College- B.S. Church Music and Organ Performance

 

Family: Husband- Lee; son- Kyle- 22 years; daughter- Kayla- 20 years

Hobbies and Interest: Spending time with family and friends, Bible study, travel, scrapbooking, reading, accompanying high school students at district/state contest

shadyhil@stjoelive.com

Lourdes Douglas

Spanish

Greg Dunlap

Industrial Arts

Mary McClanahan

Kindergarten Aid

Patty Benton

Pre-School Aid

Maya Baltzer

Pre-School Aid

Betsy Richey

Pre-School Aid

Kathy Meeker

Organist

kathymeeker@yahoo.com

Kim Arnold

Head of Church Nursery

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