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 is a Yooper who was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of 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!
Congregational Offices and Elected Officers
Congregational Offices and Elected Officers
Chairman - Scott Pfennig
Dean of Elders - Kim Filipek
Elder Area #1 - Brian Lokken
Elder Area #2 - Mark Bonnie
Elder Area #3 - Mark Schaefer
Elder Area #4 - Ellis Haake
Elder Area #5 - Kim Filipek
Elder Area #6 - Bo Thorson
Elder Area #7 - Chandler Braaten
Elder Area #8 - Joshua Phillips
Elder Area #9 - Ryley Plesuk
Finance Chairman - Amanda Shappell
Financial Treasurer - Diane Pierson
Financial Secretary - Alex Larsen
Sunday School Teachers
Shappell, Desi Pierson, Kiya Plesuk
1st & 2 Grade
3rd & 4th Grade
Pre-school thru 5th Grade
Vice Chairman - Ray Schwarz
Chairman of Education - Danielle Plesuk
Chairman of Evangelism - Vicki Steinke
Chairman of Stewardship - Dana Larsen
Chairman of Social Concerns - Celeste Simmons
Chairman of Trustees - Vacant
Council Secretary - Rhonda Schmidkunz
President - Joseph Shappell
Vice President - Anya Richard
Treasure - Lillianna Weyer
Secretary - Destinie Pierson
Christian Growth Chairman - Matthias Richard
Youth Advisors - Diane Pierson, Amanda Shappell