Staff

Ronald Weidler

Vacancy Pastor

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Pr. Ron Weidler attended Concordia Lutheran Junior College, Ann Arbor, MI. (1968-70) and graduated from Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, IN. (1970-72). He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, IL. (1972-76) and has served Holy Cross, Carlisle, IA (1976-80), Holy Trinity, Tampa, FL. (1980-96), and Immanuel, Batavia, IL. (1996-2016). He’s married to Jean and has three adult children and 4 grandchildren.

Mark Stapleton

Pastor Mark Stapleton

Associate Pastor

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Mark Stapleton has been a lay member of St. Johns for over 20 years. In 2010, he completed Lay Ministry courses from Mequon, Wisconsin and became a Lay Minister. In 2018, he was ordained as a Specific Ministry Pastor. Pastor Stapleton also oversees the Comfort Dog Ministry program at Saint Johns.

 

Greg Ceurvorst

Director of Church Music

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Greg Ceurvorst grew up in Oak Park, IL, and both of his parents were professional musicians -his dad, a jazz guitarist, and his mom, a violinist. He started playing the piano and drums at around the age of 5, and became interested in the pipe organ when he was a teenager. He studied at Northern Illinois University and Northwestern University, and has been a church musician for over twenty years. He loves a wide
variety of musical styles, and treasures having the opportunity to make music with others.

 

Mari Smith

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After a career as a high school educator, in both public and parochial schools, Mari is currently serving as the Office Manager at St. John’s. She also serves on the Board of Parish Education and Family Life. Mari, and her husband Eric, enjoy participating in the community of St. John’s. You  may see them ushering on many Sunday mornings.

 

 

Angel

Comfort Dog

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Angel is an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog at St John’s Lutheran in La Grange, Illinois.

She interacts with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events, and in disaster response situations. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are friends who bring a calming influence, allowing people to open up their hearts and receive help.
Angel’s Bible verse is Hebrews 1:14,”Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”

Angel was born on December 16, 2013, is affiliated with Lutheran Church Charities and is a Female golden retriever.