Rev. Dr. Lee Hagan currently serves as senior pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia, Missouri and as First Vice-President of the Missouri District. He is a 1992 graduate of Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska. He continued his studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, earning the Master of Divinity degree in 1996 and the Doctor of Ministry degree in 2011.
He previously served as associate pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Evansville, Indiana from 1996-2002 before coming to Concordia. Most recently, he served as the interim director of LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission in 2011-2012. He has held served in a number of capacities at the district level including as Fourth Vice-President, Chairman of the Board for Congregational Services and member of the Board of Directors of the Missouri District and as a member of the Indiana District Youth Board and Youth Gathering Planning team. A frequent workshop presenter, he has spoken on topics such as youth and family ministry, elders and ministry to inactive members, as well as many issues related to rural and small town ministry. He has written articles for Lutheran Witness and Reporter and been a guest on programs on KFUO-AM. He has led mission trips to the Bahamas, Guatemala, and most recently to Cambodia and China.
He is married to Jill (nee Johnson), who works as a speech and language pathologist. They have two children, Caroline and Jack. Lee enjoys reading, traveling, watching University of Kentucky basketball games, and spending time with his family.
Reverend Patrick Niles was installed as Associate Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church on July 14, 2008. He enjoys the ministry of preaching, teaching, and reaching while providing pastoral care in Concordia, Missouri.
He is a 2004 graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin. While at Concordia University, he participated in youth ministry teams. He was also involved in DirtyHands, a ministry which helped set up servant events for area high school youth groups. After his first year at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, he married Katrina (nee Miller). He graduated from the seminary in May 2008.
Pastor Niles grew up in Evansville, Indiana. His interests include watching movies, traveling, playing sports (especially basketball), and watching his favorite sports teams - Chicago Bears and Cubs, and Indiana University basketball. His wife Katrina is from Wisconsin. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University Wisconsin. She enjoys working with children and has worked for several early childhood centers including His Little Lambs at St. Paul's. She currently enjoys being mother to their two children (Isaiah - age 3; Addyson - age 2). She is an avid Green Bay Packers fan and enjoys being outdoors.
Rev. Harold Block is the part-time visitation pastor of St. Paul's congregation. Following his service as a pastor and teacher in the Lutheran church, in 2004 he and his wife retired in Concordia, Mo. where they had lived from 1966-1986.
Prior to entering the pastoral ministry, Pastor Block taught science, math and religion at Denver Lutheran High in Colorado and St. Paul's Lutheran High, Concordia.
He served at Christ Lutheran Church and School in Salt Lake City as a teacher and Associate Pastor for twelve years before accepting the call to be sole pastor for Immanuel, Readlyn, Iowa where he served until retiring in 2003.
Pastor Block currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Saint Paul Lutheran High School and Ministries, Concordia, Mo., and sings in the church choir. He enjoys visiting grandchildren; spending more time with Norine; reading; listening to classical music; woodworking; visiting classrooms, students, members, & shut-ins; gardening; yard work; and taking care of the house. He would like to work with Laborers for Christ sometime.
Pastor Block and his wife Norine have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Gina Martens is Director of Family Life at St. Paul's. She is in the church office on Thursdays.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church began a staff position in family life ministry in 2008. After having two interns, the congregation chose to continue the position with a part-time staff person.
Gina attended St. Paul's Lutheran Elementary and Saint Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia. She graduated with a degree in elementary education from Concordia University Nebraska, then taught at Trinity Lutheran School in Centralia, Illinois, and later at Holy Cross Lutheran School at Emma.
Gina participated in the Missouri District Family Life Institute training from 2008-2010. She has served on various church boards and teams at St. Paul's.
Her responsibilities include the milestone ministry program, educating about family life ministry, planning and assisting with events (such as Journey to the Cross) and supporting families in teaching the faith in the home.
If you need help in finding resources or knowing where to begin in teaching the faith, contact Gina. A lending library is located in the church office. Resources for all age groups are included in the collection.
Gina says - I am very excited about my new position here at St. Paul's. I have truly enjoyed serving on the Family Life Team as well as learning from and sharing information with our previous family life interns. I believe that my teaching experience will benefit me in this new position as well as my roles as a wife and mother. The family structure has changed so much over the past years. There are many activities that compete for and steal away our time to be together as a family. How do we equip and encourage parents in this day and age to raise their children in the faith? I believe that this is a vital question and one that deserves attention. I pray that the Lord will continue to guide me in His ways so that I may use the talents and abilities that He has given me to serve this congregation well.
Jenny Minor was hired as the Business Manager at St. Paul's in April of 2013. Her duties include managing support staff and custodial staff, processing accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll, and overseeing the general business operations of St. Pau's. Jenny has recently been nominated to the Board of Directors for Heit's Point Lutheran Camp, and serves as an advisor to the Whiteman Air Force Base Officer's Spouses Club.
Jenny received her Bachelor's degree in French with a minor in Business Administration from Valparaiso University in December 1997, and received her Master's degree in Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction in 2010 from American InterContinental University. She has served on various church boards at LCMS congregations throughout the United States, and also spent time as a French teacher prior to staying at home with her daughters. Her most recent employment before coming to St. Paul's was for the U.S. Department of State in Rabat, Morocco.
Jenny is married to Kevin, a pilot in the Air Force, who is stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base. They have two daughters, Hannah (a freshman at Saint Paul High School), and Hope (a fifth grader at St. Paul's Elementary School). Jenny and Kevin, both originally from Waterloo, Iowa, have been married for almost 16 years, and have had the opportunity to live in several states, as well as the country of Morocco, during Kevin's career in the Air Force.
Jenny enjoys traveling, sports of all kinds, and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys singing, and working on various craft projects in her spare time.
Sara (Rotermund) Larsen grew up in Sedalia, MO where she attended St. Paul's Lutheran Grade School. In 1994 she graduated from Saint Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia, MO. After graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor's Degree, majoring in Early Childhood Education with an Art minor from Concordia University, Seward, NE, she married Strahan Larsen and accepted her first Call to Zion, Tomball, TX. She served as teacher to children in grades Pre-K through First and Summer Program Leader for two years. She then accepted a Call to Immanuel, Giddings, TX in 2000 where she taught children in the Second Grade. In 2003 she graduated from Concordia University, Austin, TX with a Master's Degree in Advanced Literacy. The Larsens were blessed with the birth of their first son, Stettler, at which time Sara made the decision to stay home to raise her family. Her husband accepted a Call in 2005, so the family moved to Concordia, MO. From 2005 -2013 Sara provided childcare in her home while she also served her congregation and community by volunteering and leading numerous committees. The family was blessed with a second son, Scout, in 2008. In 2013 the Lord led her to accept the position as Administrative Assistant for St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Concordia, MO.
Jessy is a Comfort Dog who was trained by Lutheran Church Charities. She is now in service at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia, MO. She interacts with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events, and in disaster response situations.
A dog is a friend who brings a calming influence, allowing people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them.