St. John's Staff

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  • Pastor Joel Sarrault

    pastor@stjohnsadrian.org

    Head Pastor Pastor Joel has been serving Jesus at St. John’s since 1999 when he and his lovely wife, Dawn, moved to Adrian with their two boys, Zachery and Nicholas. Prior to St. John’s, Adrian, Pastor Joel served congregations in Scott City, Missouri and Mt. Forest, Ontario, Canada. His time at St. John’s has seen many changes involving God’s pruning and subsequent harvest. He thoroughly enjoys pointing people to Jesus through God’s grace, worship, counsel, AMen men’s ministry, classes, involvement in the community and challenging members to continue to grow up in their baptismal grace. Along with loving to preach and teach, Pastor Joel runs marathons, gardens, fishes, canoes, cooks, reads too much, tutors adults in ESL and takes pleasure in family time. 

  • Eric Steinke, Family Life Minister

    familylife@stjohnsadrian.org

    Eric was called to St. John's as their Family Life/Youth Minister in 2013. Eric is a MI man, born in Big Rapids, raised in Grand Haven, attended school at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, then received a Social Science degree from Eastern Michigan University. Later, he received his Director of Christian Education certification as a called minister of religion from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. As a DCE, Eric has served at Crown of Life in Rochester Hills, Good Shepherd in Saginaw, and St. Peter's in Columbus, IN, with a heart for ministering to youth, seeking the lost, and serving those in need. Happily married in 2004 to his beautiful wife Kara, they have two kids: Grace, born in 2005 and Noah, born in 2008. "Pointing to Jesus," St. John's mission, is what Eric thinks is the best part about the community of believers here - that we are all simply called to reflect Jesus’ love for us each and every day, that our own lives should always be pointing to Jesus, and that we should always be pointing others to Jesus. Colossians 3:15-17 is an inspiration to him. Eric enjoys getting lost in movies, playing golf, spending time with friends & family, listening to Christian music, avoiding listening to country music, and grew up collecting comic books (Wolverine is his favorite character).

  • Jen Robinson, Learning Center Director

    daycare@stjohnsadrian.org

    Jen has worked at St. John's Learning Center since 2009. She was the lead Preschool Teacher for many years and became the Director in 2016. She has a degree in Elementary Education and an Early Childhood Endorsement from Alma College. Working at St. John's has continued to be a blessing for her, and has shown her time and time again how much she enjoys working with young children while watching them grow and learn. In her free time, Jen loves spending time with her husband, Brenton, and their families, rollerblading, and reading mysteries.

  • Kathy Scobie, Secretary

    churchinfo@stjohnsadrian.org

    Kathy began working at St. John’s as the Secretary in 2004 after spending many years raising her family, volunteering at school, and serving at church in various ways. She is responsible for putting together the worship bulletins, weekly News & Notes, and the monthly newsletter. She enjoys her time with her husband, John, their six grown kids and spouses, and grandchildren. Apart from her staff position, she coordinates Faith Builders (Sunday School), runs the annual children’s Christmas program and helps with VBS. She considers it a privilege and a joy to be part of the St. John’s Family. 

  • Jean Schudel, Treasurer

    treasurer@stjohnsadrian.org

    Jean Schudel was born and raised on a farm near Napoleon, Ohio. She admits, “High School Bookkeeping and one semester of college accounting is the only formal training I have had. The main training I received was on the job.” Bookkeeping you might say is in her blood. She has done it for years. When the need arose at St. John’s in December of 2003, she applied for the job and was blessed to be given an opportunity to use the gift God has given to her. Her husband, Randy, passed away in 2009. She has two sons, 6 grandchildren & 6 great-grandchildren. The thing she likes the most about St. John’s is the friendly people and the opportunity to grow in her Christian Faith. Her goal is to continue to be the treasurer as long as she is able. Her comfort verse from the bible is when Jesus says that “I am with you always”. Jean’s spare time is taken up by Bible Study, reading, working with stain glass and crocheting. She also has been serving as president of the Ladies Tabea Society.

  • Karmen Wilharms, Outreach & Assimilation Director

    outreach@stjohnsadrian.org

    Karmen Wilharms started her work here at St. John’s in August of 2013. "I truly enjoy the variety of skills I get to use in this position. I love serving others and doing what I feel God has called me to do." Karmen and her husband, Bill, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in 2013 and have 4 children of whom they are very proud: Whitney, Matt, Karoline, and Kody, an infant son in Heaven. Karmen was raised here in Adrian, MI, and attended Valparaiso University, where she met Bill. She enjoys calligraphy, photography, traveling with her family, hiking, cooking, and helping others. Her 2 favorite bible verses are from each of her grandmothers: John 14:1-4 and Matthew 25:40.

  • Heather VanDaele, Worship Facilitator

    music@stjohnsadrian.org

    Deep in the rolling hills of Northeast Iowa, Heather began singing at her church at the age of two. When she was 11 years old she moved to Michigan with her family. She graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic Central in Monroe, Michigan. Heather attended Siena Heights University where she received her degree in Music. After living in the Upper Peninsula for 4 years, she is back! She resides in Tecumseh with her husband, Tim, and two daughters, Kaitlynn, and Kjersten. Heather loves spending time with her family. She also enjoys playing trumpet, skiing, long walks, and both attending/performing in musicals. Heather’s favorite bible verse is from Psalm 150, “…Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!”

  • Pastor Al comes to us from St. Louis, MO. He and his wife, Diann, returned home to this area after his retirement. He has been called as a part-time pastor, spending the majority of his work week at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hudson, MI.

  • Hannah Walsh, Family Life Intern from Concordia Ann Arbor

    intern@stjohnsadrian.org

    Hannah Walsh, Family Life Intern, comes to us from Concordia University-Ann Arbor, where she majored in Family Life with a minor in Church Work-Youth Ministry. She will be interning here until July. After her internship at St. John's she hopes to work in a church with youth and families as a Director of Family Life Ministry. She loves building relationships with youth and families and seeing how Christ is working in their lives. One of her goals as a DFLM is to walk together with youth and be a positive influence in their lives, continually pointing them to Jesus, as well as empowering parents to teach their faith at home. She finds great joy in working alongside families as they serve in the church and in the world. Hannah is a lifelong Michigander who has lived in Monroe for 13 years and Flint for 6. She enjoys traveling around the world and having adventures with her family and friends. She especially loves to have a good laugh with the people that she loves and getting to build relationships with new people.