ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN ChurCH 

Anchored in Christ since 1905

Our Team
Staff

Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard, Pastor 


Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard, our current pastor, started at St. Paul's in July of 2018. He was previously a Pastor in Gwinner, ND; a Senior Pastor in Sidney, MT; an Associate Pastor in Williston, ND; and an Associate Pastor in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. 


He received his undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from Minot State University in North Dakota. After a short career working as an Investment Representative for a company of AIG, he moved to Minnesota to obtain his Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Brethren Seminary. In 2005, a year after graduating from seminary, he was ordained into the ministry by the CLBA. In 2013 he was certified for ministry in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Furthermore, in 2013 he obtained a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis MO. His doctor of ministry thesis was on exploring the journey of American Evangelicals into Confessional Lutheran thought.


Pastor Richard is married to Serenity and they have three children. He enjoys fishing, pheasant hunting, watching movies, writing, golfing, spending time with his family, and a good book with a warm latte!

 

Ruth Weyer, Administrative Secretary 


Ruth joined our team at St. Paul's in January of 2018. She is a Navy veteran and college graduate. Ruth received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Strayer University in Virginia. Ruth was born and raised in Michigan but now calls Minot her home.


 

Jennifer Larsen, Choir Director 


Hello! My name is Jennifer Larsen, and I’ve been directing the St. Paul Choir since 2001. I graduated from UND in 1999 with a degree in music education, with a vocal emphasis, and taught one year of elementary music at a local school before I began directing the choir at St. Paul's. I love my dedicated group of musicians! 


When I’m not directing the choir, I am chasing after my 3 kids and running to their various activities. I’m also a Sunday School teacher and volunteer with a local moms’ group. I enjoy singing (obviously!), gardening, crocheting, exercising, baking, and the outdoors in my spare time. If you’re interested in joining the choir, I’d love to visit with you! 

 

Peggy Hilson, Organist


Peggy has been an organist with St. Paul's since 2003. She has been playing organ since 1970 and has great joy in serving the church through the ministry of music.  She also is the organist for St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Sawyer, ND. 


Besides playing the organ, she loves to bake and has been known to make 'epic' Rice-Crispy Bars.  


   

 

Beth Sorensen, Organist


Beth played her first church service in 1989, after being taught by Gloria Schmidt (St. Paul's longtime former organist).  During college at Concordia Seward, she took classes on piano and organ.   In 2008, Beth started playing for St. Paul's Lutheran and later began to be the accompanist for the St. Paul's Choir.  The gift of music is in her family, as she follows in her mother's footsteps in serving the Lord's church in music.  

Officers
St. Paul's elected officers perform a variety of lay leader functions within the church. These positions are all on a volunteer basis with term limits.
Congregational Offices and Elected Officers

Chairman - Dana Larsen


Elders:

Kim Filipek

Mark Bonnie

Duane Faydo

Joe Hudson

Lyle Hudson

Darren Kabanuk

Brian Lokken

Ray Schwarz

Mark Schaefer


Finance Chairman - Alex Larsen


Financial Treasurer - Cheryl Bonnie


Financial Secretary - Kathy Grubb



Sunday School Teachers

Pre-school

Celeste Simmons

Jack Schaefer

Josh Shappell


Kindergarten

Amanda Shappell

Alex Larsen


1st & 2 Grade

Becky Richards

 

3rd & 4th Grade 

Brenda Lokken

Christina Larsen


5th Grade

Jennifer Larsen


Confirmation

Scott Pfennig

Opening

Diane Pierson

10:30 Elder


Music

Pre-school thru 2nd Grade

Peggy Hilson  

 

3rd thru Confirmation

Jennifer Larsen  

Vice Chairman - Scott Pfennig


Trustees:

Steve Beaudoin

Chandler Braaten

Mike Coughlin

Mark Pierson

Ian Richards 

Hannah Worral



Chairman of Education - Diane Pierson


Chairman of Evangelism - Virginia Braaten


Chairman of Stewardship - David Lozensky


Chairman of Social Concerns - Peggy Roberts


Council Secretary - Becky Richards

LYF

President - Christina Larsen


Vice President - Josh Shappell


Treasure - Jack Schaefer


Secretary - Elizabeth Larsen


Devotional Leader - Jacob Lokken


Youth Advisors - Mark and Kristi Schaefer

                    Amanda Shappell