Staff

Pastor

Tom Krieger

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(he/his/him)  I admire best of Europe travel guide and ELCA member Rick Steves' reflection: "I'm a Lutheran because it fits my personality - pack light; keep it simple; embrace life; celebrate diversity; jettison needless rules; stand up to authority when the truth needs a hand; and dance through the blessing of life on Earth like a child in God's eyes."  Seeking to live Jesus' great commandment, I cherish the community dialectic of taking faith seriously, and experiencing joy doing it.

Cantor

J.B. George

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The "Cantor" in the Lutheran church is the leader of the people's song.  This is somewhat related to the use of the word in the Catholic and Jewish traditions.  Typically, in Lutheran churches, the Cantor leads the hymns and songs of the gathered assembly by playing an instrument, such as organ, piano or guitar, and through the leadership of ensembles, such as choirs, handbell choirs, and instrumental ensembles.

Administrative Assistant

Kim Gietl 

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I have been administrative assistant/church secretary in Springfield for 17 years, 6 of those here at Grace Lutheran. I enjoy time with my husband and three kids and I’m here to serve and help people. 

Custodian

Aaron VonHolten

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Custodian

Freddy Drake

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Freddy is here every day the food pantry is open (M-T-Th) and has been since around 2014, doing the work that keeps the pantry moving.

Our Parish Nurse

Diana Weyhenmeyer

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I have been parish nurse at Grace for over 20 years and helped start the program.  One of my goals is to keep the congregation healthy and accomplish that by monthly articles and taking blood pressures.  I am married to Chuck and we have 3 adult children and 5 beautiful grandchildren.  I enjoy fishing with my husband, golf and reading any type of book. I thank God for our community and enjoy our fellowship.

Graphic Designer/Website Manager

Aaron Babel

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(he/his/him) The Lord can call you in interesting ways you do not expect. I did not expect to be doing graphic design work let alone helping manage and design a whole new website for the church, but like I stated, the Lord calls you in interesting ways.

My wife and I have enjoyed 10 plus years at Grace Lutheran and look forward to all the great things we can do in spreading God's love to all his children.