Rev. Craig Muhlbach has served at St. John’s Sauers since August 1999. He is a 1987 graduate of Concordia College in Bronxville, New York. Pastor completed his Master of Divinity at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1992. He has served both in the United States Coast Guard and recently as a minister in the Indiana National Guard where he was deployed to Iraq. Pastor Muhlbach was previously called to churches in Nebraska and Wyoming before serving at St. John’s Sauers. He and his wife, Erica, have three sons.
Our principal, Jonathan Baumgartel, is a 1996 graduate of Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska. He completed his Master’s Degree in teacher education in 2002, and his Master's Degree in Administration in 2006. He received both of his graduate degrees from Concordia, Seward, Nebraska. Jon has had a variety of Lutheran teaching and administration experiences in Colorado, Indiana, and Iowa. He, most recently, comes to St. John’s Sauers from Trinity Lutheran School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jon and his wife, Jill, are the parents of four children.
Brenda Klosterman teaches pre-school – both beginner and pre-Kindergarten. She is now now our longest serving teacher, with 3 years as a teacher’s aid prior to assuming responsibility for pre-school instruction. She and her husband, Max, have four adult children and reside on a farm near our church and school.
Mrs. Susan Hessong currently is the 1st and 2nd grade teacher here at St. John's. She graduated from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Michigan with a B.A. in education. She has also taken graduate courses through Niagra University, IUPUI, and at Indiana Wesleyan. In her twenty years of educational ministry, she has experience teaching at all grade levels from K-8. Susan has taught in Lutheran schools in Cleveland, Ohio, North Tonawanda, New York, Lafayette, Indiana, and most currently here at St. John's.
Her husband, Brian, is a financial services professional with Thrivent Financial. They have three children.
Mrs. Kelly Williams is the 3rd and 4th grade teacher at St. John’s Lutheran School. She previously taught four years at North Harrison Elementary in Ramsey, Indiana. She loves teaching and especially loves teaching the children at St. John's. She looks forward to many more years of teaching the wonderful students at St. John’s.
Mrs. Williams was born and raised in Seymour, Indiana, attended St. John’s Lutheran School as a child, and has been a member of the St. John's Lutheran church all her life. Her husband was also born and raised in Seymour, Indiana and works for Kroger/Jay-C Distribution.
Mrs. Williams graduated from Indiana State University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She also earned a certification to teach 6-8 Middle School Mathematics.
Mrs. Erin Brooks is the 5th and 6th grade teacher at St. John's Lutheran School. She also teaches Math and Science. Mrs. Brooks received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 2007. She previously taught at Seymour Middle School and Seymour 6th Grade Center for 7 years. While there Mrs. Brooks taught Language Arts for 2 years, Social Studies for 3 years and math for 2 years.
Miss Cassie Irwin was born and raised Shelby Township, Michigan. After graduating from a Lutheran high school in the Metro Detroit area she went to Concordia University Chicago to study Lutheran Elementary Education. She completed her student teaching in 6th grade at Immanual Lutheran School in Macomb, Michigan. Upon graduating from Concordia, she received her degree in Lutheran Elementary Education with a middle school endorsement in language arts in social studies. Her first year teaching was spent in Phoenix, Arizona, teaching fourth grade. She teaches 7th and 8th grade at St. John's Sauers. She also teaches Language Arts and History.
Leanna Royalty is the kindergarten teacher at St. John's Lutheran School. She has taught in Clarksville, Indiana and at Jackson Elementary in Seymour. Mrs. Royalty graduated from Indiana University in 2012 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She was born and raised in Seymour, attending Redeemer Lutheran Church. Her husband, Drew Royalty, is also from Seymour and works at Crane Hill Machine.
Holly Sawyer is the Administrative Assistant for St. John's Lutheran School and Church. She has served at St. John's since 2001. She and her husband, Mark, have two children.