Staff

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Rev. Russell Johnson

Senior Pastor

The Rev. Russell Johnson became the Senior Pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church in August of 2014.   He previously served at Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville Illinois where from 2009-2011 he was called as Associate Pastor and Principal and then to Senior Pastor from 2011-2014. Pastor Johnson rejoices that God has called him into a congregation which supports its school with prayer and resources and has a continual commitment to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all people.  

Email Pastor Johnson at rdjohnson@stlukemi.org.

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Rev. Bert Thompson

Pastor Emeritus

As an infant, Bert Anthony Thompson was born anew into the Kingdom of God in the waters of Holy Baptism. Faithful parents trained him in the Christian faith. He received his B.A cum laude in elementary education from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, with a minor in biochemistry. He loved being teacher and principal at a small Lutheran elementary school near Vincennes, IN, where he met his wife, Shirley. He and Shirley then started a new Lutheran school near Milwaukee, WI. At that time, he was given an opportunity to explore the world of work outside the classroom. He took the opportunity and spent a successful decade in retail sales and management. He later received his M. Div. from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN and was ordained into the holy ministry on June 23, 1996. After seven years as a pastor in Sheboygan, WI, he was called to pastor the people of God at St. Luke Lutheran Church and School, Clinton Twp. MI. He was installed at St. Luke on June 01, 2003.  Pastor Thompson retired from full-time ministry on April 23, 2017 and now serves St. Luke as visitation pastor.

 Pastor Thompson and Shirley have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Email Pastor Thompson at pr_thompson@stlukemi.org

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Mrs. Susan Drysdale

Administrative Assistant

Sue came to us in November of 2015 after previously serving as Administrative Secretary for 14 years at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warren, MI. She has also served as Executive Secretary to the CFO of Hospice of Michigan and as Executive Assistant to the Pastor and congregation of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Eastpointe, MI.

Email Sue at  church@stlukemi.org or stluke@stlukemi.org.