Our Staff

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge

Rev. Michael Hughes

Lead Pastor

Pastor Mike came to St. John’s in July of 2019. He is husband to Cory and father to Brennen and Emelyn. St. John’s is the second parish he has served as a pastor, his first call being to St. Luke’s, Lima. Pastor Mike received his M.Div. at Trinity Lutheran Seminary (’10). He and Cory met at Capital University in Bexley, … Read More

Rachael Swartz

Office Administrator and Christian Learning Director for Children

Rachael is our office administrator. She also works to develop children in Christian education opportunities, including Sunday School, children's chapel during Sunday worship, and Vacation Bible School. The goal is to help families grow together in their faith in Christ. … Read More

Christi Kieper

Christian Learning Director for Youth and Adults

Christi works to develop youth and adults in Christian education opportunities, including Sunday School, catechism, service projects, and Bible studies. The goal is to help families grow together in their faith in Christ. … Read More

Sharon Bitter

Organist and Choir Director

Sharon has been the organist at St. John's since 1968.  She began directing the choirs in 2001.  She also provides private piano lessons.  Her mission is to encourage members of all ages to develop their musical skills through various styles of music, all for the glory of God. … Read More

Lyle Diefenthaler

Praise Worship Leader

Lyle leads the praise music team, "Stones of Praise" at our Sunday 8:30 contemporary worship service.  He also leads the music for children at Vacation Bible School each summer. He's been playing guitar, singing, and leading worship songs for decades.  Recently he began entertaining at senior facilities with music from the … Read More

Sandra Diefenthaler


Sandra is the housekeeper for the inside of our church building, which is "God's House."  She believes that keeping our facility clean and attractive shows that we appreciate what God has given to us and is a benefit to all ministries in our congregation.  Sandra is married to our Praise Worship Leader, Lyle. … Read More

Shirley Johnson


Shirley is a life-long member of St. John's Lutheran Church.  She worked in the financial world for 38 years before retiring in 2006.  Her favorite things to do are quilting, traveling, volunteering, and spending time with family.  Shirley says that it is a joy to be a member of St. John's and to watch our church grow each … Read More