Our Staff

St. John’s Lutheran Church

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Pastor Cindy Ritter

Pastor Cindy spent a year with us while she attended seminary, and now she is our interim pastor, serving until we transition to a permanent pastor. She is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus and Lourdes College in Sylvania. She was previously the pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Findlay. Pastor Cindy … Read More

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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

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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. He has been playing guitar, singing, and leading worship songs for decades.  He believes it is important that we offer two styles of worship music (contemporary … Read More

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Christian Learning

Christian Education Director

Our Christian Learning staff work together to develop children, youth, and adults in Christian education opportunities. These include Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, catechism, service projects, and Bible studies. The goal is to help families grow together in their faith in Christ. … Read More

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Rachael Swartz

Secretary/Christian Education Director

Our Christian Learning staff work together to develop children, youth, and adults in Christian education opportunities. These include Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, catechism, service projects, and Bible studies. The goal is to help families grow together in their faith in Christ. … Read More

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Sandy Welling-Miller

Volunteer Coordinator

Sandy is a life-long member of St. John's and really enjoys her position as Volunteer Coordinator.  She received her Bachelors and Masters of Education from BGSU.  Sandy retired from Eastwood Local Schools after 32 years teaching elementary art.  She is widowed and mom to Tyler and Ethan.  Sandy is excited to work with her … Read More

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Mike Powers

Custodian

Mike provides custodial care and maintenance to the church buildings and surrounding grounds. … Read More

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Sandra Diefenthaler

Custodian

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

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Shirley Johnson

Secretary/Financial Secretary

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