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Rev. Dr. Jeff Gramza

Senior Pastor
Rev. Dr. Jeffery George Gramza grew up in South Bend, Indiana. He earned a Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Biology and Chemistry at Valparaiso University, a Master's of Divinity (M.Div.) at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio and a Doctorate in Ministry (DMin) at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He was ordained in 1998. He interned at St. John Lutheran Church in Wilson, Texas and has served Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Wessington Springs, South Dakota and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New Castle, Indiana.

Pastor Jeff's ministry is sustained through the loving support of his wife Elizabeth. She is his best friend and partner in ministry. Together, they are joined in ministry by their children—Molly, Lilly, Nathaniel George, and Grace.

Pastor Jeff also works as a consultant in the areas of clergy and congregational health. He is a trained interventionist for congregations in crisis. He is a facilitator trainer for Healthy Congregations and Bridgebuilders; both nationally recognized congregational health programs.

When Pastor Jeff accepted his call to ministry, he knew he was setting out on an impossible venture. What gives him the ability to do daily ministry is the knowledge that God goes with him. Where his faith or strength or courage or skills may fail or fall short, God is there guiding him, renewing his faith and strengthening him for ministry. Through every aspect of his ministry, Pastor Jeff remains open to the blessings and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Pastor Jeff firmly believes the Word of God is relevant for life. God's Word has transformational power in his life and he believes God calls him to do "relevant ministry." He works very hard to keep others connected to God in meaningful and relevant ways. He wants others to experience the power of the living Word and the blessings of Almighty God as much as he has.

In his spare time, Pastor Jeff is an active leader in Scouting. He enjoys boating, fishing, hiking and Geocaching.

He is honored and joyful to have the honor of serving St. John Lutheran Church in Celina. He is thankful to be a part of this community of people, living, laughing, worshiping, serving, struggling and growing together.

Cindy Snyder
Director of Youth and Education
Cindy oversees our many programs such as Vacation Bible School, KidsPraise and WOW. She also leads our dynamic youth group in bible study and service projects. Cindy has been on the St. John Staff since 1995. Cindy has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Defiance College and has participated in graduate work at United Theological Seminary in Youth Ministry. She is a Synodical Authorized Minister (SAM) in the Northwestern ELCA Synod. In addition, she has developed a skill in "Herding Cats" (a specialization of the Youth Education field). She lives in Celina with her husband who also is very active with the youth. They have four grown children.

Andrea Kuehne
Church Administrator
Andrea is a resource to members and ministries at St. John, helping people realize their spiritual gifts and use them fully to the glory of God. She meets with people who are searching for a place where they can serve, either by matching them up with a current ministry or helping them start a new one. Andrea has degrees in Psychology and English from Valparaiso University, so she can understand why you are hesitant to serve but will then explain eloquently how God has called you to do it anyway. She has been on the St. John Staff since 2006 and resides in Celina with her husband and their four children.

Brittany Schwartz
Church Receptionist

Dan Gutman


Sandy Sielschott
Finance Assistant

Denny Rolfes
Property Steward

James Hiles

Council President

Carl Stuck

Kim Gardner
Contemporary Music Director

Gary Findley

Kay Klopfleisch
Bell Choir Director

Cindy Wendel
Choir Director

Laura Barrett
Visual Content Creator

Jeffrey Brogan
Audio Director

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