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Who We Are

Our Staff

Nate Hartke

Lead Pastor

Nate has served as lead pastor here at St. John's since 2009. His personal purpose in life is to awaken and strengthen people to a real relationship with Jesus Christ. Nate leads and manages our staff. You can contact Nate at

Mike Blackwell

Care and Visitation Pastor

Mike has been the care and visitation pastor since 2011. Mike coordinates pastoral care visits for the pastoral staff and lay deacons and visitors. He also leads the Saturday worship services. Mike feels it is a special privilege to take the love and presence of Jesus to people as they journey through some of the challenging times of life. There is no time in our lives when we need more the comforting connection to Jesus than when we are going through a crisis time in our lives. You can reach Mike at

Jeremiah Jording


Jeremiah is St. John's Student Pastor for the 2016-2017 year. He and his wife, Natalie, and their daughter, Leah, came from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Originally from Quincy, IL, Jeremiah and family wish to make the most out of this year in Western New York. You can contact Jeremiah at

Brian Sreniawski

Director of Youth Ministries

Brian comes to us from Camp Pioneer. He is running the next generation ministry at St. John’s. He began serving here in 2013 as interim and returned in 2014 full time. He will lead and mold the youth and middle school programs. You can contact Brian at

Mary Wellington

Children's Ministry Director

Mary finds joy in seeing children connect to Jesus as they feel surrounded by His unconditional love! She has been a member at St. John’s since 2000 and started as the children’s ministry director in 2010. She works with all of the children from preschool through sixth grade, with the main focus on Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. You can contact Mary at

Josh Hartke

Worship Ministry Director

Josh joined the St. John’s staff in September 2015. A native of Indiana, he has been a part of worship teams since his high school days, and believes in the transforming power music has to strengthen and affirm people with their faith in Jesus Christ. Any interest in being a part of the worship teams at St. John’s can contact Josh at

Nick Kempski

Director of Music

Nick joined St. John's staff as Sunday organist in July 2009 and became Director of Music in January 2013. As a lifelong church musician, he feels blessed to use his talents in worship. If you have any questions about music at St. John's, Nick can be reached at

Wendy Cicero

Ministry Coordinator

Wendy is the ministry coordinator and has been at St. John’s since 2008. She is in charge of scheduling, communication, assimilation and everything in between. Wendy’s greatest joy in ministry is serving others. She tries to reflect God’s love in all that she does, whether it’s greeting others, comforting someone, helping connect someone to ministry, or assisting with events. You can contact Wendy at

Sharon Stanes

Church Secretary

Sharon has been our secretary at St. John’s since 1997. She handles all of our bulletins, mailings, answering phones and greeting people as they come in the office. Sharon loves connecting with people and sharing in their happy and sad times by being supportive and sharing her Christian faith. She is always smiling and ready to talk with anyone who comes into our office! You can contact Sharon at

Tracy Meissner

Bookkeeper/Office Assistant

Tracy’s heart for ministry at St John’s has always been about the people. She has been a member since 1991 and been on staff as bookkeeper/office assistant since 2011. She pays all the bills, keeps the books and handles our financial business. When Tracy helps out in the office, it sometimes puts her as the first person people talk to, which gives her a chance to connect people to Jesus through regular day-to-day tasks. You can contact Tracy at

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