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Who We Are

Our Staff

Nate Hartke

Lead Pastor

Nate has served as lead pastor here at St. John's since 2009. His personal purpose in life is to awaken and strengthen people to a real relationship with Jesus Christ. Nate leads and manages our staff. You can contact Nate at

Mike Blackwell

Care and Visitation Pastor

Mike has been the care and visitation pastor since 2011. Mike coordinates pastoral care visits for the pastoral staff and lay deacons and visitors. He also leads the Saturday worship services. Mike feels it is a special privilege to take the love and presence of Jesus to people as they journey through some of the challenging times of life. There is no time in our lives when we need more the comforting connection to Jesus than when we are going through a crisis time in our lives. You can reach Mike at

Mary Wellington

Children's Ministry Director

Mary finds joy in seeing children connect to Jesus as they feel surrounded by His unconditional love! She has been a member at St. John’s since 2000 and started as the children’s ministry director in 2010. She works with all of the children from preschool through sixth grade, with the main focus on Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. You can contact Mary at

Mike Paolini

Interim Student Ministries Coordinator

You can contact Mike at

Sam Fink

Vicar (Student Pastor)

Sam is here at St. John’s for a one-year internship. Along with his wife Kelsey and their three kids, Sam’s desire is to foster and participate in a community of disciples who are intentionally living out their faith together. You can contact Sam at

Josh Hartke

Worship Ministry Director

Josh joined the St. John’s staff in September 2015. A native of Indiana, he has been a part of worship teams since his high school days, and believes in the transforming power music has to strengthen and affirm people with their faith in Jesus Christ. Any interest in being a part of the worship teams at St. John’s can contact Josh at

Nick Kempski

Director of Music

Nick joined St. John's staff as Sunday organist in July 2009 and became Director of Music in January 2013. As a lifelong church musician, he feels blessed to use his talents in worship. If you have any questions about music at St. John's, Nick can be reached at

Stacy Wilczak

Church Secretary

Stacy is a lifetime member here at St. John’s and joined the staff in August 2017. She has participated in and worked with a variety of ministries over the years. Her greatest joy is helping others to facilitate and organize their ministry programs. Please contact Stacy at

Kaleigh Tatar

Ministry Coordinator

You can contact Kaleigh at

Norma Carbeck

Bookkeeper/Office Assistant

Norma has attended St. John's since 1999 and became a member in 2006. She has taken part in many ministries - believing in serving others with joy and striving to always reflect the love of Jesus. You can contact Norma at

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