“So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence.” – Romans 12:5-8
St. John is governed by its congregation according to the church constitution. The day-to-day functions of the church are administered by the pastor, the Church Council, and other committees and groups.
After the retirement of Pastor Todd Peterson in June 2022, St. John is actively seeking to call its next pastor. The Search Committee is Andrew Hamann (chair), Rachel Haller, Margaret Jones, Helen Roithner, Jenny Schuchmann, Heith Treadwell, and Al Wendland.
At St. John, the pastor is the spiritual leader of the church. He or she sets a good example to the church, conducts worship services, directs the work of Christian education, administers the sacraments, visits and comforts the sick and distressed, and performs other pastoral duties in keeping with the tradition of the church.
The Church Council is the executive body of the church. During the Annual Congregational Meeting in October, the congregation elects or re-elects a President to a one-year term and four regular members to two-year terms. Regular members are chosen by the Council itself to serve as Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Financial Secretary.
The current members of the Council are:
- Bryan Rust (President)
- John Mark Thane (Vice-President)
- Vicki Meredith (Treasurer)
- Andrew Hamann (Secretary)
- Louise Dunklin
- Rodney Gebert
- Tammy Kelley
- William Kirchner
- Mark Muehlbrad
- Todd Peterson (ex officio and non-voting)
The Council meets monthly to carry out the work of the church. It is the custodian of all church records, including fiscal and property records. All acts of the Council may be revised by the congregation.
The St. John Women’s Guild is the women’s organization at St. John and is open to all women. Among other activities, the Women’s Guild organizes the annual Pfolk Pfest in October, which is a fundraiser with a meal and auctions of arts, crafts, antiques, and special food items. The funds raised support the Women’s Guild and charitable organizations. The Women’s Guild also organizes the Women’s Banquet in May and the Candlelight Service in December.
The current officers of the Women’s Guild are:
- JoAnn Savage (President)
The Women’s Guild meets on the second Sunday of each month.
The Constitution and the Council form and authorize committees as needed to serve the needs of the church. These committees are subject to the oversight of the Council and the Congregation but usually act independently in their areas of responsibility.
- Budget Committee
- Cemetery Committee
- Christian Education Committee
- Joint Planning and Vision Team
- Memorial Committee
- Property Committee
- Records Committee