Anchored in Christ since 1905

Our Team

Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard, Pastor 

Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard, 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!


Rev. Carlyle Roth, Associate Pastor

Rev. Carlyle Roth started at St. Paul's in December of 2019 as the Associate Pastor of Visitation.  He was previously a long-standing Pastor at St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Minot, ND for 30 years.  Prior to St. Mark's Lutheran, he was a pastor in Carrington and Sykeston for 13 years.  

He is a graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, Illinois. 

Pastor Roth is married to Geneal.  He enjoys fishing and makes excellent BBQ!  He considers it a joy to serve God's saints.  


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, Accompanist

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.  

Emilie Phillips, Accompanist

Emilie has been playing piano and organ at St. Paul’s since September 2019. She previously played services at multiple churches in St. Charles County, Missouri.

Emilie graduated from Concordia University, River Forest in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Church Music. After graduation, she played for services, directed choirs, and coordinated church music activities and resources before marrying her husband Joshua. The two have moved several times following his career in the Air Force from Japan to Korea, and now North Dakota.

Besides music, Emilie enjoys cooking, quilting, reading, and PC-gaming!

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

Dean of Elders - Kim Filipek


                            Elder Area #1 - Lyle Hudson

                            Elder Area #2 - Mark Bonnie

                            Elder Area #3 - Mark Schaefer

                            Elder Area #4 - Ellis Haake

                            Elder Area #5 - Kim Filipek

                            Elder Area #6 - Darren Kabanuk

                            Elder Area #7 - Ray Schwarz

                            Elder Area #8 - Joshua Phillips

                            Elder Area #9 - Ryley Plesuk


Finance Chairman - Amanda Shappell

Financial Treasurer - Cheryl Bonnie

Financial Secretary - Alex Larsen

Sunday School Teachers


Celeste Simmons

Josh Shappell


Amanda Shappell

Jack Schaefer

1st & 2 Grade

Becky Richards


3rd & 4th Grade 

Christina Larsen

5th Grade

Jennifer Larsen


Scott Pfennig


Diane Pierson

10:30 Elder


Pre-school thru 2nd Grade

Peggy Hilson  


3rd thru Confirmation

Jennifer Larsen  

Vice Chairman - Scott Pfennig


Mike Coughlin 

Les Pierson

Mark Pierson

Rudy Steinke

Jason Weyer

Hannah Worral

Chairman of Education - Diane Pierson

Chairman of Evangelism - Virginia Braaten

Chairman of Stewardship - David Lozensky

Chairman of Social Concerns - Celeste Simmons

Chairman of Trustees - Jason Weyer

Council Secretary - Dani Plesuk


President - Joshua Shappell

Vice President - Christina Larsen

Treasure - Joseph Shappell

Secretary - Destinie Pierson

Christian Growth Chairman - Tristian Hudson

Youth Advisors - Mark and Kristi Schaefer

                    Amanda Shappell