Pastor Thomas was called to St. Paul's in July 2014 as pastor, and began serving as senior pastor in June, 2019. He graduated from Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, earning a Master of Divinity degree. He also earned a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Concordia Seminary and completed his Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Mascoutah, Illinois. Pastor Thomas has also served at Concordia Seminary as Director of Admissions and Vice President. He has also served as the Executive Director for Pastor Education at The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.


    Pastor Wade attended Concordia University Irvine (CUI), graduating in 2014 with a BA in Theological Studies. In 2016, Pastor Wade and his wife, Whitney, moved from California to St. Louis, where he pursued Master of Divinity studies at Concordia Seminary. On April 28, 2020, Tanner received a call to serve as assistant pastor at St. Paul’s Des Peres; on May 15, he was awarded the Master of Divinity degree by Concordia Seminary. He advanced to associate pastor in July, 2023. 


    Pastor Thompson was born and raised in Central Florida and attended Lutheran Day School at St. Luke’s in Oviedo. He served in various roles as a layman prior to attending Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, including youth mentor, elder, and on the Board of Directors. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in 2020 with a Specific Ministry Pastor certification and served as pastor at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oviedo, Florida. Following this, God led him to continue his formation at Concordia Seminary, graduating in May, 2022 with a Master of Divinity degree and he was called to serve as assistant pastor at St. Paul’s Des Peres.  


    Pastor Prange has served part-time at St. Paul's since 2000. He visits our homebound members on a regular basis. He served as Senior Pastor at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Bridgeton, Missouri, for many years.


    Director of Adult and School Choirs, organist, worship planning

    Matt Gerhardt serves as St. Paul’s Kantor. He is a 2012 graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin (BA-Director of Parish Music), and received a Master of Music degree in organ performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Additional studies include a year as a guest student at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Herford, Germany where he earned the top score of 1,0 (Excellent) on the organ performance exam.


    Oversees children’s, women’s, men’s, older adult and special event program ministry. Coordinates small groups (focused on Bible study, fellowship, and outreach), support groups (Alzheimer’s support, DivorceCare, Griefsupport, MOPS, MOMSnext, prayer ministry), Sunday school, VBS, military ministry, and the Faith Milestone ministry. Assists with assimilation of members. Serves as a resource for discipleship, marriage mentoring, Christian education and family enrichment materials. Provides support and resource information for members of our congregation during health difficulties, life transitions, and other life challenges.

    Sharon Shearman received a Bachelor of Journalism degree with an emphasis in advertising and a minor in public relations from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to joining St. Paul’s church staff in August of 1999, Sharon worked for a Christ-centered company committed to providing products and resources to equip customers for their ministries.


    Manages the financial responsibilities for the church, school, ECC and PDO, including offerings, online donations and/or payments, stock contributions, accounts payable, payroll and HR benefits, and background checks for new hires and volunteers. Works closely with the Treasurer of the Congregation to report the financial status of St. Paul's to church members and leaders.

    Laurie Barnett earned her BS in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University and obtained her CPA certification while working for Commerce Bancshares as an internal auditor. She joined the St. Paul's staff in May of 2001.


    Provides leadership and support for the congregation in the area of youth ministry, coordinates social and service opportunities for middle school and high school youth, administrative support for the Confirmation process of the non-day school students, plans and operates annual rummage sale, organizes Christmas setup and cleanup, plans and leads retreats for Confirmation or senior high group, and assists with annual graduation recognition.

    Becky Blake is a graduate from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and has a bachelor's degree in Communications with over 10 years of sales experience, and 11 years of being a stay-at-home mom, while serving and volunteering for church and school.


    Maintains the church, school campuses, administration building, and Early Childhood Center facilities, including keeping all equipment, furnishings, and grounds in good condition at all times.

    Steve has served in the role of Facilities Manager since 2017 and truly loves serving St. Paul’s. He has a well-rounded knowledge base, with a background in Construction Management and Financial Management.


    Pastors' assistant; bulletin, Weekly Word e-letter, and Good News creation; calendar/room requests; funeral, wedding, and baptism scheduling; prayer requests; hospital updates. 


    Assists with special events, Bible studies, small groups, ministries, retreats, hospitality, promotion, communication, and reception.

    Julie Claus received a bachelor's degree in Community Health Science, with a minor in Psychology from Truman State University, as well as a Master of Public Health degree from Saint Louis University in Behavioral Science and Health Education. After many years in the public health research and consulting world, Julie switched careers to focus on her family and has been a part of St. Paul's church staff for over 10 years.


    Provides support for members and assists with their requests (in/out transfers, change in contact information, memorial acknowledgements, CD homebound ministry, etc.).


    Greets visitors, directs phone calls, distributes daily mail, and orders weekly altar flowers.

    Prepares information/materials for members and staff (Elders' reports, nursery schedule, offering envelopes, attendance, clip board inserts, tracts, etc.).

    Assists the pastors with items pertaining to new members and What We Believe class.

    Assists those from the community seeking monetary assistance (gas/food cards)

    Oversees office equipment/supplies and arranges service calls (copiers, postage meter, folding machine)

    Renee Hemmy graduated from Missouri State University in 1989, received her graduate degree in secondary English education from UMSL in 1994, and taught high school for 12 years before staying home to care for her two daughters. She has been serving on St. Paul's staff since March 2012.


    Admissions and external communications for St. Paul's K-8 school, including advertising, public relations, open house events, website, recruitment and retention.

    Joanna Hoeltge graduated from Valparaiso University with a bachelor's degree in public relations. She has 15 years of experience in public relations and marketing, with an emphasis in digital communications. Joanna earned her stripes at the Saint Louis Zoo and Nestle Purina PetCare Company before coming to St. Paul's in 2019. She is a proud alumna of St. Paul's Lutheran School and truly believes that her foundational Christian education has paved her way.


    Technology support for PC’s, iPads, Chromebooks, Smartboards, phone systems, audio/visual devices and security for cameras and access control.


    Public relations and communications, social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), YouTube channel management, website management and design, The Messenger newsletter, project-based graphic design and video production.

    Nancy Ohlemeyer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Her professional background includes freelance graphic design, client service, and business analyst roles at Fortune100/500 and technology firms.


    Kathy works alongside the Director of Family Ministry to coordinate children's, women's, men's, older adult and special-event program ministries, as well as Bible studies, small groups, and support groups.  

    Kathy Stoddard graduated from Washington University with a major in marketing from the Olin School of Business and a minor in advertising from the School of Art. As a member of St. Paul's, she has volunteered in ministry areas including VBS, MOPS, children's ministry, Sunday school, and special events. 


    Coordinates and directs music in Living Stone worship service.

    Whitney Wade serves as St. Paul's Kindergarten-4th Grade Music Teacher and Living Stone Music Director. She is a graduate of Concordia University, Irvine (2014) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with a minor in Lutheran teaching and Worship Arts Leadership.


    Manages servanthood forms, reaches out to members for various activities in the church, supports ministry leaders in coordinating volunteer opportunities.

    Jackie Weber graduated from University of Missouri, Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. After moving back to the St. Louis area in 2015, Jackie has been involved with many activities at St. Paul's as a participant as well as volunteer. She was involved with the leadership of MOPS for many years, coordinated VBS for five years, and most recently helped to organize Breakfast in Bethlehem/Gabriel's Gift Shop.