Ronald Weidler

Vacancy Pastor

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Rev. Ronald Weidler was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. He and his family were members of Zion Lutheran Church on 99th and Winston. He attended and graduated from Zion Lutheran School (1964), Luther High South, Chicago (1968), Concordia Junior College, Ann Arbor, MI. (1970), Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, IN. (1972), and Concordia Seminary, Springfield, IL. (1976). He served Holy Cross, Carlisle, IA. (1976-1980), Holy Trinity, Tampa, FL. (19801996), and Immanuel, Batavia, IL. (1996-2016). He retired in July of 2016 along with his wife, Jean, who was finishing 36 years as a teacher in the Missouri Synod. The Weidlers have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. From 2009-2018 he served the Northern Illinois District as West Region pastoral member of the Board of Directors. He serves on the Board for Salam Ministries as well as the Advisory Committee for San Pablo Lutheran Church. He is stepping down as the Advisor for the N.I.D. Circuit 7.


Mark Stapleton

Pastor Mark Stapleton

Associate Pastor

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Mr. Mark Stapleton teaches 8th grade religion and serves as the Associate Pastor at St. John’s. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Western Illinois University.  After teaching middle school for seven years, he became a certified real estate appraiser, and still continues to work as an independent appraiser.  In 2006, he decided to enroll in the Lay Ministry program at Concordia Mequon, Wisconsin. He graduated from the program in 2010 and was installed as a Commissioned Minister of Religion at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  In 2018 after completing his colloquy program, he became ordained and was installed at St. John’s as Associate Pastor.  With his wife, he oversees the Comfort Dog ministry at St. John’s and is primary caregiver/hander for Angel.

Greg Ceurvorst

Director of Church Music

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Mari Smith

Office ManagerPhoto of Church Office Manager

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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.




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.