St. John's Staff

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  • Pastor Joel Sarrault

    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

    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

    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

    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. 

  • John McDowell, Treasurer

    John and his wife, Kaye, have three children, Tino, Brian, & Kristen. They also have two grandchildren, Trysten, and Amina; all of the above living in the Cleveland, Ohio area. They love being PawPaw and Nana. They have been attending St. John’s since 2012 after they moved to Michigan from Cleveland, OH. They decided to try St. Johns after seeing so many cars with St. Johns magnets, and license plate holders, and know that the Lord led them to the right church home. John is retired from Quadax, Inc where he worked as a Financial Consultant for many hospital systems in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio. He is grateful for the opportunity that he has been given to serve God and St. John’s as the Treasurer.   

  • Karmen Wilharms, Outreach & Assimilation Director

    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 25th wedding anniversary in 2018 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.

  • Becky Hohnstadt, Director of Music and Worship

    Becky was called to St. John’s on Palm Sunday, 2019, to serve as Director of Music & Worship. Becky has been playing piano since she was 2 years old (thank to her mom!) and has shared her love of music with congregations and schools in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, and Michigan. Her degree in Music and Math is from Concordia, Ann Arbor, and she has done extensive work in the Church Music program at Concordia, Chicago. She is a Milwaukee native, but has spent most of her life in Michigan, where her mother and three brothers also live. Her son, Kevin, is an LCMS pastor in Houston, TX, and is expecting Becky’s first grandchild in September!!  Becky enjoys working with people who want to combine their love for Jesus with their love of music in joyful praise! As a former JoAnn employee, she enjoys sewing and crafting, reading mysteries (especially John Grisham), and hopes to return to bike riding when she moves to Adrian. She tries to live each day with three of her favorite Bible verses in mind: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28)  “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)  “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

  • 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.