Pastor - The Rev. Shane M. Anderson
Pastor Shane is originally from St. Paul, MN which explains why he is such a rabid fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Golden Gophers, but says, “ The Iowa Hawkeyes have definitely grown on me.” He received his Bachelor or Arts Degree in Classical Philosophy and Applied Ethics from Metro State University in 2001, and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN in 2005 where he also did graduate work.
Pastor Shane has served congregations in Northwestern and Northeastern Minnesota and is currently the Pastor at St. Paul and St. John’s Lutheran Churches in Guttenberg, Iowa, where he has served since 2009. Pastor is a life-long Lutheran who encourages everyone to make regular use of the Means of Grace through Word and Sacrament.
Pastor has been married to his wife, Lori for twenty-eight years and together have two boys, Michael, who is a student at University of Dubuque studying Criminal Justice; and Matthew, who will be attending Loras College studying Biology and Chemistry on a pre-med track. They also have a beautiful (and spoiled) dog named “Rona,” which in Hebrew means, “My Joy.”
In his free time, Pastor Shane loves to go kayaking with his sons on Lake Superior and the Mississippi River, hiking and camping. Pastor Shane and his wife, Lori both enjoy doing mosaics and have studied at the world-renowned Mosaic Art School in Ravenna, Italy. They specialize in Liturgical mosaics and are members of the Society of American Mosaic Artists.
Secretary - Diane Schilling
Diane Schilling has been the church secretary at St. John’s since 2010. Prior to working at St. John’s, she worked as the elementary secretary at Ed-Co Elementary for 35 years. Diane says, "Working with Pastor Shane, the Church Council and the members of St. John’s has been a very rewarding position for me."
Diane became a member of St. John’s when she moved to Guttenberg in 1997 following the passing of her husband. Her family includes her daughters, Amy Tway and her husband Robby of Guttenberg, Jackie Lee and husband Brian of Edgewood and three grandchildren, Cody & Emma Kulper and Kathryn Lee.
Diane is also a Stephen Minister, Confirmation mentor, Sarah Circle member and volunteers with the American Red Cross. Her hobbies include quilting, traveling, reading and her favorite - spoiling her grandchilden!
Custodian - Alan Moser
Alan Moser has been the church custodian for 27 years. He always greets and welcomes people to church and Sunday school with a friendly hello and a big smile. On Saturday evening, he helps with the services by serving as acolyte, greeter, usher and communion assistant.
Alan is a life long member of St. John’s. He has served on the Altar guild for over two decades. He has the highest church attendance of any member, coming to both Saturday and Sunday services every week.
He helps out at every Mobile Food Pantry, funeral, and special event held at the church. Without fail, when a member passes aways he rings the bell for every year of their life.
Alan’s family includes his two brothers, Joe and Roger who reside in Guttenberg.
Council Vice President - Mary Streich
Mary Streich is a First Grade teacher at Clayton Ridge and a long-time meber of St. John's. Growing up as a Lutheran PK (Pastor's kid), her faith has always been integral part of her life saying, "Being involved with the church council has indeed enriched my life and faith." Mary received her BA in Elementary Education with a minor in Religion from Wartburg College and a Masters Degree in Computer Applications in Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Mary is also a member of the Altar Guild, Sarah Circle, a Stephen Minister and one of the Thrivent representatives for our church. When she is not busy with church or school, she is the chairperson for the Guttenberg Park Board. I’m also a member of GFWC and Umbrella Arts.
Mary has 2 sisters and 1 brother and she and her fiancé have a little Yorkie, named Zephy. In her spare time she like spending time with her family and friends, exercising (yoga & swimming are her favorites), reading, walking the dog, and spending time at Lake of the Ozarks with her campground friends.
Over the four and a half years she has serbved on the church council, she says she has been "fortunate to work with individuals who are truly vested in providing meaningful worship services." She also says; "It has also been a pleasure to work with some amazing musicians over the years. I have enjoyed working with Pastor and Diane. I believe it is our duty as council members and committee members to lighten the loads that they carry."
Stewardship - Michele VonHandorf
Michele VonHandorf joined St. John’s the summer of 1994 after moving to Guttenberg with my husband, Steve. Originally from Edgewood, and after graduating from UNI, they moved to the Quad Cities. After being a stay-at-home mom to raise their three children, Hannah, Abigail, and Josef, she became the elementary school secretary at Clayton Ridge.
Her home church is Hope Lutheran in Littleport, where she grew up watching and helping her parents be involved in every facet of church life. Upon joining St. John’s, she was immediately welcomed into Sarah Circle where she found a wonderful group of church friends. When Hannah started Sunday School, she shifted her church involvement to more youth activities including teaching Sunday School, VBS, confirmation mentor, youth trip chaperone, and Luther League helper.
Michele says, "It has been a joy to watch my own children be baptized and confirmed at St. John’s with their church friends. I have never served on church council before and with Steve’s term being up, it seemed like the right time in my life to finally say YES to council. I am looking forward to working with the congregation to continue a strong stewardship program at St. John’s."
Her kids are growing up, Hannah graduated from UNI and will marry Jake Wille this fall. Abby is a sophomore at ISU and currently studying abroad in Germany. Josef is (thankfully) still in high school and enjoys his Friday morning Luther League breakfasts and mission trips through St. John’s.
Outreach - Richard Larson
Richard was raised in the small rural town of St. James in Southern Minnesota. Now retired, Richard worked in electronics at Honeywell, Inc. for the Apollo Space Program, and afterwards he changed careers within Honeywell to tool and die making specializing in the defense industry.
Richard was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church but left the church at the age of 14. He joined the Lutheran church after a 28 year hiatus through a friend who kept inviting him to attend worship where he became active in Bible Studies. His favorite Bible verse is John 1:1-3. Richard says; "The most important thing I learned as a Lutheran was the importance of Baptism, Communion, Sunday School and Confirmation. Having rejoined the church after 28 years in the wilderness, I will never leave it again. I look for the Holy Spirit to give today’s youth the kind of commitment to the church that I only found in mid-life."
Treasurer - Julie Finnegan
Julie is a life-long member of St. John's--being baptized, confirmed and married in this church. She is currently employed at Peoples State Bank. Julie and her husband Dan live on a farm near Cloesburg with their daughter, Courtney, who is a senior and planning to attend Kirkwood for Vet Tech. Their son, Joseph, was married last year and also lives in Colesburg with his wife, Emily.
Julie considers the church her extended family and also serves on the Altar Guild and has previously taught Sunday school. Serving on the council has given her a peek behind the scenes and the realization of all that we have going on. Julie says, "When an event happens this congregation rallies." In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family, go horseback riding, 4-wheeling, and reading.
Public Relations - Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson is a Sophmore student at the University of Dubuque where he is working towards receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently employed as a Student Ambassador at the University of Dubuque but is also actively seeking employment in the field of law enforcement.
He was confirmed at St. John’s and has been an active member of the church since joining when his family moved to Guttenberg in 2009. Michael’s family consists of his brother Matthew, his mother Lori, and his father Pastor Shane. He also has a fish named “Texas”. Michael was active with Luther League while in high school, and helps out with the Mobile Food Pantry every month and Vacation Bible School every summer. Michael’s favorite time during the church year is Lent, with the Holden Evening Prayer service being his favorite worship service.
Michael’s hobbies include camping, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and shooting. Michael says; “I love doing pretty much any activity that takes me outdoors.”