Staff

Rev. Roderick Schultz

Senior Pastor

Pastor Rod Schultz was born July 15, 1966, baptized into the Christian faith on December 4, 1966, and is a life-long member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He attended Bath Public Schools through 8th grade, at which time he transferred to St. Matthew Lutheran High School in Holt, Michigan where he met his wife, Sheryl. Both graduated in June, 1984 and attended Lansing Community College. They were married on June 14, 1986. Their union was blessed with four children: Joshua (Amy), Erik (Eva), Justin, and Sadie (Bradley). They are thrilled to be grandparents to six active and wonderful grandchildren (Claire, Madelyn, Micah, Anna, Olivia, and Lucy) and will be adding two additional gifts from our amazing God in 2021!

In June 1989, Pastor Schultz and his father started a steel fabrication and erection business located on the family farm in Bath, Michigan. This allowed him the flexibility to coach his children at the community and high school levels in both soccer and basketball. In the spring of 2001, after a great amount of prayer and conversation with his pastor, parents, and in-laws, he returned to school to complete a degree in Business prior to entering the seminary.

In 2004, Pastor Schultz graduated from Baker College in Flint, Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and then in May 2008 from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana with a Master of Divinity. He was ordained in August 2008 and installed at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dearborn, Michigan. Following the closure of Our Redeemer in July 2019, he served as vacancy pastor to St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Westland, Michigan from July 2019 to July of 2020.

In his free time Pastor enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren, having a cigar on the porch with his faithful companion Riley the labradoodle, watching a good soccer match at every level of skill, reading both theological and fictional books, watching a good movie, and cooking and grilling.

Pastor Schultz rejoices in this new call and his partnership in the Gospel with the congregation of St. Luke Lutheran Church. He eagerly looks forward to serving as our pastor as we join together in the mission of Christ and His church. It is his prayer that the Lord blesses us and our ministry as we care for the flock, seeking to save the lost, and further God’s kingdom as He sees fit.

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” (2 Thess. 2:16-17)

Email Pastor Schultz at:  pastor@stlukemi.org

Carole King

Deaconess

Deaconess Carole’s father was a retired Lutheran principal, but her love of music comes from her mother who was a music teacher and organist.

This led Deaconess Carole to enroll in the Bachelor of Music Education program at Concordia College, River Forest. She soon switched to the Deaconess program with a major in theology, a minor in church music, and a concentration in Greek, graduating in 1986.

Her deaconess internship was at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Esko, MN. Later, serving with Lutheran Bible Translators, she studied French in Brussels, Belgium and Neuchâtel, Switzerland and worked in francophone Cameroon, Africa, among the Gbaya-Mbodomo people.

Upon her return to the States in 1995, she taught in a small Christian school in Valparaiso, IN, before becoming an instructor and curriculum designer at a correspondence high school.

From 2017 to 2020, Deaconess Carole served in the Chaplaincy Department of Concordia Lutheran Ministries in greater Pittsburgh where she visited with residents and led Bible studies and hymn sings at many of Concordia’s senior facilities.

Deaconess Carole was installed at St. Luke on March 8, 2020.

A lover of the outdoors, Deaconess Carole has worked at four national parks and at a Lutheran camp. She also has adopted and fostered several basenji dogs.

Email Deaconess Carole at:  deaconess@stlukemi.org

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Mrs. Susan Drysdale

Office Manager

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 also has 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.

Sue wears many hats while serving God's people here at St. Luke - secretary, bookkeeper, webmaster, communications coordinator, human resource management & videographer to name a few! 

Email Sue at:  church@stlukemi.org