Our 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.

Rev. Scott Benjamin

Associate Pastor

Rev. Scott E. Benjamin began his service to the Lutheran Church as a teacher at Walther Lutheran High School, Melrose Park, Illinois in 1978.  After serving three years he accepted a Call to teach eighth grade at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.  In 1985, he entered Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne.  He served a delayed vicarage at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Baraboo, Wisconsin and then accepted the Call to serve as pastor of Our Savior. 

In 1994, the church granted him a one-year sabbatical to serve as a volunteer missionary in Russia with LC-MS World Missions.  Upon returning to Our Savior, Rev. Benjamin helped to start a mission church in Mazomanie, Wisconsin.  In 1998 he and his family returned to Russia until 2001, when he accepted a Call to the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, Macomb, Michigan.  In 2005 Rev. Benjamin accepted a Call to serve at Resurrection Lutheran Church until the closing of the church in August of 2017.  Pastor Benjamin then accepted a Call to serve as associate pastor at St. Luke.

Pastor Benjamin and his wife, Virginia, are the parents of Amy (Jon), Matthew and Peter (Joanna).

Email Pastor Benjamin at sbenjamin@stlukemi.org

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Rev. Bert Thompson

Visitation Pastor

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 it’s visitation pastor.

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

Email Pastor Thompson at bthompson@stlukemi.org

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Mr. Keith Vieregge

Principal, Deacon, Kantor

Keith began his service to the church in Clearwater, Florida, where he served as a teacher and Kantor.  In the years that followed, he has served congregations in Stevensville, Michigan, St. Petersburg, Florida, Flower Mound, Texas, Birmingham, Michigan, and Sussex, Wisconsin.  Since 2012, Keith has served St. Luke in several capacities, including teacher, Kantor, Deacon, and Principal.  Throughout both his professional and personal life, Keith’s passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been directed toward on-going catechesis of young and old alike.  He works tirelessly to develop St. Luke Lutheran School as a community of learning and support, in which children receive quality instruction in the Christian faith and academic disciplines, and parents receive support in fulfilling their calling to bring up their children “in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

Education

B.S. Elementary Education, Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska

Master of Church Music, Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois

M. Ed. Instructional Technology, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Accomplishments and Publications

2011 Instructional Technology Masters Student of the Year, Wayne State University

Scholarly Publications:   “Our Future a Performance Improvement Practitioners: A Wake-Up Call,” Performance Improvement Journal, July, 2012; “Our Future a Performance Improvement Practitioners: A Follow-Up Wake-Up Call,” Performance Improvement Journal, November, 2012; Contributing author, Fundamentals ofPerformance Improvement, Second Edition

Music Publications: “Jesus, I will Ponder Now,” Concordia Publishing Hose (CPH); “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Have You Broken,” CPH; “The Royal Banners Forward Go,” CPH; “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, Alleluia!” Northwestern Publishing House (NPH); “Rise, O Light of Gentile Nations,” NPH; “Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us,” NPH; “How Firm a Foundation,” Morning Star Music Publishers

Recordings: “We All Believe,” Audio CD, 1998

Email Keith at kvieregge@stlukemi.org

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Mrs. Brenda Richardson

Teacher

Brenda was born as the sixth child of Marvin and Joyce Koglin on October 28, 1971 and reborn through baptism the following day. Her home congregation was St. John in Port Hope, Michigan.

Brenda graduated from Alma College in 1993 with a B.A. in Elementary Education, Marygrove College in 1999 with a M.A., and completed the colloquy program from Concordia, Ann Arbor in 2009. She has taught 14 years in various public schools in Huron County including a one room school. She then served three years as a contracted teacher for Our Savior Lutheran School in Marlette, Michigan.

St. Luke is Brenda’s first official call to teach in a Lutheran school.   

Email Brenda at brichardson@stlukemi.org

Mrs. Petrea McMahon

Teacher

Petrea on grew up on a dairy farm in Reedsville, Wisconsin and attended Zion Lutheran Grade School in Wayside.  She is thankful for her Christian education.  It was there that she already desired to become a teacher.  She went to Concordia University Wisconsin where she studied Elementary Education with English as a Second Language as her minor.  After graduating, she served as a missionary teacher in Taiwan for four years.  The following five years she taught at Christ Lutheran School in Weyauwega, Wisconsin.  In 2013, she married Brendan McMahon, originally from Dearborn, Michigan.  She looks forward to sharing the love of Christ at St. Luke’s teaching first through third grade.

Email Petrea at pmcmahon@stlukemi.org

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Ms. Nancy Maro

Preschool Director

Nancy grew up in Croswell Michigan where she was part of a close extended family.  As she grew, she was an active participant in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, the church's Youth Choir, and youth group. While in High School and College, she taught Sunday school and was the youth group leader, where she shared her faith with others.

Nancy is the mom to three wonderful children.  Nicholas is a recent college graduate of Wayne State University, Sarah is junior at Northern Michigan University, and Carrie is a sophomore at Richmond High School.

Nancy graduated from Croswell - Lexington High School.  After attending St. Clair County Community College and Oakland University, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Development. Several years ago, Nancy returned to school to complete the requirements for her teaching certification.  She began her teaching career here at St. Luke, and considers it blessing to be a part of the St. Luke community. 

Nancy is currently our Early Childhood Director.  She enjoys witnessing her students’ academic and spiritual growth as she shares the Gospel of God’s redeeming love and grace with her students.  

Email Nancy at nmaro@stlukemi.org

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Mrs. Susan Drysdale

Church & School 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.

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Mrs. Carol Bayon

Bookkeeper