Perhaps you would like to know a little something about me as the pastor of this congregation. Well, I grew up in San Antonio. I graduated from the University of Texas in San Antonio with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA) in 1981. My field of study was Accounting. I worked for the next 8 years or so with companies in Houston and San Antonio. In 1984 I completed the CPA exam and was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. Since changing careers I have let my CPA license lapse. I do my own taxes but that's it.
It was in the Fall of 1989 that my family and I moved from San Antonio to Fort Wayne, Indiana so I could begin my studies at Concordia Theological Seminary. After four years of study (Yes, our church bodies Masters program takes 4 years to complete) I was awarded the degree of Master of Divinity (MDIV) and was Called to pastor the people of God at St. John's Lutheran in Galveston. By God's grace I have served here at this congregation since July of 1993. I am currently working toward a PhD in Missiology at Concordia Theological Seminary, although my progress has been very slow.
My wife Dawn has taught math for many years. At the present time she is a Math Intervention Specialist with Connections Academy of Houston. Dawn and I have been married for 38 years. Our two daughters, Jennifer and Leslie, are both grown and moved away. Our oldest, Jennifer, completed her Master of Fine Arts in Writing children's literature at a University in Vermont. She is married to Rev. David Schmidt. Jennifer and David live in Royal Oak, Michigan. Our first grandchild, Luke Wyatt Schmidt, was born to Jennifer & David in 2014. Our youngest, Leslie, completed her Master's degree at the University of Texas in Dallas. She is now a speech pathologist in Austin. She is married to Christopher Lockett, a realtor with Remax. Leslie and Chris live in the Round Rock area. Our second grandchild, Caden Rider Lockett, was born to Leslie and Chris in 2015.
Ms. Mary Jean Sargent
I grew up in northern Virginia, and began taking piano lessons shortly after I turned nine years old. My family and I moved to Galveston to be closer to relatives in 2005, and soon found a marvelous piano teacher in Marjorie Rasche. Mrs. Rasche is also an accomplished organist, and I switched to organ lessons shortly after I graduated high school. I started subbing regularly for several local churches in Galveston, and, after a couple of years, I accepted a position as organist at St. John’s in February of 2015. Of all the churches I’ve played for, I’ve found St. John’s to be one of the most welcoming and kind, and believe myself to be truly blessed to be their organist. I am currently studying to take the collegiate organist exam with the American Guild of Organists, and continue to take private lessons in order to improve my skills. When not playing at St. John’s, I use my musical training in other capacities by accompanying various local choirs and playing for funerals, weddings and other events.