Church Staff

Rev. Dr. Mark Larson – Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Mark Larson was installed as the 8th Pastor in St. Lucas’ 110-year history in January 2017.  He is passionate about how the Bible purely and powerfully expresses God’s grace and love in Christ – and he loves to share that message with everyone.

Before coming to St. Lucas, he served as the Director of United States Ministries for Lutheran Hour Ministries, and as District Executive-Missions for the Rocky Mountain District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  In that role, he guided the mission and evangelism programs for the district to a diverse population. Under his leadership, the district received the 2008 Executive Director’s Ablaze! Award from LCMS World Mission for a series of evangelism conferences called “Conversations of Grace.”  He began his ministry as Pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in Beecher, Illinois.

Raised near Grand Island, Nebraska, he received a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois in 2004. He and his wife, Lisa, have two mostly-grown children.

Kathy Christopher – Parish Administrative Assistant

Kathy Christopher serves as the Parish Administrative Assistant.  She loves her job, because it provides an opportunity to serve our Lord through the Church.  She has served in this position since 2009. Kathy has attended St. Lucas since 1963 and was baptized, confirmed and married here.  She and her husband John have two grown children who live in the area.

Kathy also works in the Early Childhood Center. God brings many young children into her life.

 

Steve Kulifay – Building Operations

Steve is a life-long member of St. Lucas Lutheran Church.  Since his earliest memories are of St. Lucas, it’s safe to say that he knows the place like the back of his hand.  He serves by assuring that the facility is ready to meet the needs of ministry through rain and snow, heat and cold — and whatever other challenge may arise — to keep the campus a welcoming and functional place for guests, the community and  members.  Steve makes all of our jobs much easier with his care-giving to our campus.


Early Childhood Center (ECC) Staff

Allie O’Toole – 3 and 4 Year Old Preschool Teacher

Allie has been teaching for two years as a preschool teacher at St. Lucas, which is affiliated with Word of Life School.  Before that she worked at St. Lucas in the Kids Day Out Program here for 5 years!  She received a  Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Webster University in 2015.

“I want to create a safe and positive classroom environment where students are given the opportunity to grow in their love of learning and love of Jesus,” is how she expresses her philosophy of education.”  My classroom goals are to help students grow spiritually, socially and emotionally while creating strong and positive relationships.”

She enjoys volleyball, reading, shopping and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Bible Verse: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  2 Corinthians 4:16-18