Rev. John Meehan
Pastor Meehan, a native of Iowa, has been serving in ministry at St. John’s since 1988. He was called from the seminary as St. John’s first associate pastor in 1988, and served in that position for seven years. He was then called to serve as senior pastor of the congregation, a position he has held since 1996. Pastor Meehan received his Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1984, and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri in 1988. He also holds a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Virginia Theological Seminary, and is currently participating in the Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI). Pastor Meehan also currently serves as Circuit Counselor for Circuit 9A within the Southeastern District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). Pastor and his wife, June, are the busy parents of four daughters who bless their lives in many ways.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it unto you. Let not your hearts be troubled; neither let them be afraid. – John 14:27
Director of Youth and Christian Education
DCE Jennifer Hills
Jennifer has served as St. John’s very first Director of Youth and Christian Education since May 2002. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts, with specializations in Youth Ministry and Theology, from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois in 1999. She is a synodically commissioned Director of Christian Education and a 2009 KINDLE Associate. Jennifer serves all St. John’s members, child to adult, helping them to discover what it means to be a child of God. Jennifer and her husband Mark are parents to Sofi and Charlotte.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. – 1 John 3:1
Director of Music
Susan, originally from the Finger Lakes area of New York, has been serving in the music ministry at St. John’s since 1982. She has served congregations as organist since the age of 13 in Lima, Avon and Rochester, New York; Bellbrook, Ohio; and Utica, New York. Susan received her Bachelor of Music Education from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio in 1968 and taught elementary vocal and instrumental music in Ohio and Michigan. Susan is a member of Choristers Guild, Handbell Musicians of America, The American Guild of Organists and is a lifetime member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Susan and her husband, Jurgen, are the parents of two sons and four grandsons.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:16-17
Director, Early Childhood Education Center
Maritza has been serving as Director at St. John's Lutheran Early Childhood Education center since 1994. Originally from Lima, Peru, Maritza received her Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University of St. Paul, Minnesota. She has been a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 2005 and is now also a member of the Quality Star Rating system for schools. Maritza has also served St. John's in other ways, including, librarian and member of two pastoral calling teams. Currently she is a representative for St. John's on the Hispanic Mission Development Board. She lives in Woodbridge, Virginia with her husband Carlos Guerra and their three daughters: Vanessa, Natalie, and Isabelle.
Jesus told him "because you have seen me, you have believed, blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." - John 20:29
Rev. Dr. Bernard "Ben" Nass
Pastor Nass, a native of Nebraska, was ordained in 1961. His pastoral history includes four years as a mission developer in Clio, Michigan, twenty-nine years as a military chaplain in the U. S. Army, and ten years as associate pastor at St. John’s. He retired from full-time ministry in 2006, and continues to serve on an “as needed” basis, teaching Bible class, counseling, and serving the needs of the senior members of the congregation as well as vacancies in area congregations. Academically, he holds the following degrees: Master of Science degree in Psychology and Counseling, Master of Arts degree in Christian Education, and Doctor of Ministry. Pastor Nass and his wife, Betty, have two daughters, and three grandchildren.
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. – John 10:10
Pastor of Shalom Ethiopian Evangelical Lutheran Church
Rev. Dr. Mitiku Zeleke
(SEELC now a chartered LCMS congregation as of 2018)