Our Staff


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.


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.”


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


Mrs. Brenda Richardson


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. Andrea Chouinard


Andrea graduated from Oakland University in 1995 with a B.A. in Sociology.  A few years later, she returned to Oakland University to pursue a degree in Elementary Education, and received her B.A. in Elementary Education in 2010.  Andrea has worked in various public schools teaching K-5th grade, and for the past five years has taught 5th and 6th grade at Peace Lutheran in Warren.  She also spent three summers teaching K-1st grade ESL students in the Lamphere School District during summer school. 

Andrea has been married to her husband Ric for 19 years, and they have three children, Gabrielle, a senior at Lutheran High School North, Elena, a sophomore at Lutheran High School North, and Brendan who is in 8th grade at Peace Lutheran in Shelby Township.  They attend Hope Lutheran in Warren, where Andrea teaches 1st and 2nd grade Sunday school.  Andrea lives in Sterling Heights, and she and her family enjoy going up north, watching movies, trying new restaurants, and going cycling.

Andrea considers herself blessed to be at St. Luke, and can’t wait to work with and share the love of Jesus with her students.

Email Andrea at achouinard@stlukemi.org


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


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.


Mrs. Carol Bayon