Meet Our Leaders

All the lay leaders of St. John’s are elected by the voters of the congregation. Elections are held annually, but for only half the positions to avoid a complete leadership turnover. All the leaders of St. John’s strive to set godly examples of Christian living for the congregation and seek to serve with the self-sacrificing, humble love of Jesus.

The church officers meet monthly with the pastor, the principal, and the heads of the various church boards to discuss the business of St. John’s and to decide how the congregation may best carry out the Lord’s work in Westland.

Position Name Email
President Randy Blackwood
Vice President Greg Pitt
Recording Secretary Matthew Stockdale
Treasurer Randy Seim
Financial Secretary Joe Schaffer

The board of deacons is in charge of the spiritual care of the St. John’s congregation. They meet monthly with the pastor to discuss membership issues and to decide how to best meet the spiritual needs of the congregation.

Position Name Email
Head of Deacons Jared Spurgeon
Deacon Fred Schaffer
Deacon Jim Slaughter
Deacon Daniel Slaughter
Deacon Matt Foley

The board of parish education is in charge of youth education at St. John’s. They meet monthly along with the pastor and principal to discuss the business of the school and to decide how best to minister to the children and families of the congregation.

Position Name Email
Head of Parish Ed Al Bogenschutz
Member Gary Emery
Member Jeremiah Stockdale
Member Randy Smith
Member Justin Diebold
Member Andrew Blackwood

The board of Stewardship is in charge of spiritual growth and evangelism at St. John’s. They meet monthly to discuss how best to engage the congregation with God’s Word and reach out to the community with God’s love.

Position Name Email
Head of Stewardship

The board of maintenance is in charge of maintaining the facilities of St. John’s church and school. They meet monthly to discuss any business relating to the grounds, physical facilities, and mechanical needs of St. John’s.

Position Name Email
Head of Maintenance Matthew Allerding
Member Matthew Nitz
Member Evan Prieskorn
Member Mike Prieskorn
Member Ed Garner
St. Johns Lutheran Church and School, Westland MI

For over 135 years, St. John’s has been serving the people of Westland. We are a group of imperfect people united by a perfect God. We come from many different walks of life, but have been given the same mission. Jesus has shown us God’s love and we want to share that love with the world.

Together in the Word, we discover more joy than stress!

School Registration Dates

PreK-8th Grade: Sunday August 9, 2020

From 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM in the school gym.

To find out more about St. John’s Lutheran School visit the Our School section of the website.

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