Staff

Pastor

Rev. Craig Muhlbach

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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.




Principal

Tricia Engel

Trisha Engel is the principal at St. John's. She received her bachelor's degree from Concordia University Chicago, a master's degree from Concordia University Chicago, and is pursuing another master's degree from Indiana University- Bloomington. Previously, she taught multiple grades in inner-city Chicago before accepting a call to serve as a teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School in Seymour in 2016. Her husband Clayton is a financial advisor and works at Prosperity Financial. They have two cats, Theo and Ellie.

Her favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.




Teacher

Kim Sullivan

Kim Sullivan is a 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade teacher at St. John's Lutheran School. She has taught in Commiskey, Indiana and at Jackson Elementary in Seymour. Mrs. Sullivan graduated from Indiana University in 2004 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She then went onto receive her master's degree through an online program. She was born and raised in Seymour, attending Immanuel Lutheran Church. Her husband, Scott Sullivan, is from Brownstown and works at King’s Trucking and Excavation. She has a daughter, Addi, who is 7 and a son, Archer, who is 4.




Teacher

Erin Brooks

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. 




Teacher

Lisa Kloeker

Lisa Kloeker is the third and fourth grade teacher at St. John’s Lutheran School. She has taught at North Vernon Elementary. Mrs. Kloeker graduated from Ball State University in 1995 with a B.A. in elementary education. She went onto to receive her master’s degree from Olivet University. She was born and raised in Seymour, attending Immanuel Lutheran Church. Her husband, Douglas Kloeker, is from Seymour and is the owner of Kloeker Inspections. They have two cats named Olivia and Simba.




Teacher

Susan Hessong

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.




Teacher

Leanna Royalty

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. 




Teacher

Brenda Klosterman

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.




Teacher

Kasee Lambring

Kasee Lambring is a part-time Mathematics teacher at St. John's Sauers. She received her bachelors degree from Indiana University Bloomington and then completed her masters degree through Ball State University. Kasee previously taught high school and middle school mathematics in Brownstown. Her husband Chris owns Conner Smith Eye Center in Seymour where he is an optometrist. Kasee and Chris have three sons (Noah, Elliot, and Miles) and their family are all members of St. Johns Lutheran Church Sauers.




School Secretary

Holly Sawyer

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.




 
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