Our Governance

At St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Church Council is the keeper of the church vision. The council oversees the congregation’s mission by:

  • Ensuring that the vision (Connecting People to Jesus, to each other, and to opportunities to serve their neighbor) of the congregation is the driving force for all activities and related ministries.
  • Ensuring that the policy and financial decisions comply with the constitution and by-laws.
  • Communicating regularly to the congregation.
  • Caring for the church staff

Current Church Council Members

SimpsonChuck Simpson

Chuck has served in many roles in the congregation and currently is helping our congregation work through the transition from a committee structure towards policy based action teams.

Chuck, with his wife Janet and their three children, started attending St. Paul in 1978 and became members in 1979. He has served in several capacities in the past including usher, elder, and congregation president. Chuck and Janet have been blessed with three children, four grand-children, and a great grandbaby.

Email: chuck@csimpson.org


Christopher Mowers, president

Chris serves as President of the St. Paul Church Council. He has been a member at St. Paul for about seven years and typically attends the 8:30 a.m. service. Chris is involved with various music ministries at St. Paul including Kantorei, Festival Choir, VBS Band, and instrumental music. Chris is a Regional Director of Operations for ABI, a hospitality company that is a BIGGBY COFFEE franchisee which also owns a quick service Mediterranean concept, Tabooli.


We at St. Paul are children of God, gathered together around His Word and His Sacraments. I would like to see us grow in recognition of that identity, that of a community of believers connecting people to Jesus. We should seek to increasingly lean on each other and to serve our community with the love of Christ. I do not believe we are weak in this area now, I only would like to see us become even stronger. Additionally, I believe that Lutheranism is an oasis in the desert of today’s confused, me-centered theology, and that we should seek to spread the Gospel as the reformers confessed it, with Christ as the center, not because of an ethnic heritage or because of a lauded history, but because the Gospel, lifted up by the reformers, is salvation delivered to the ungodly apart from any merit on their part, and is the faithful teaching of our God, something greatly need today as it has been through time.

Email: mowersch@gmail.com


Stan Bucrek, recording secretary

Stan is a new member of the Church Council and is serving as its recording secretary. He and his wife, Sally, have been members of St. Paul since early 2015. They had been members of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lansing, MI for the past 35 years, where Stan served as a member of the Board of Directors, Church Council, Elder Chairman, and led several call committees for Pastors, youth directors and ministers of music. Upon retiring, Stan and Sally moved to the area to be nearer grandchildren, immediately finding St. Paul to be a welcoming church family and home to be spiritually well fed. God is good!

Prior to recent retirement, Stan worked at (3) different corporations as Quality Director and Vice President, following early retirement from 3+ decades at General Motors. He currently works at a golf course pro shop part time, and leads a Life Group at St. Paul.

I love the dedication to serving community, sharing, and outward-serving focus St. Paul brings to a world in need of our witness for Christ. I look forward to serving along with our church body to assist our staff and our members in bringing the Good News to others while growing in His Word and our knowledge of the awesome God within us.


Becky Gusoff, vice-president


Becky has been a member of St. Paul since 2010. She usually attends the 11 a.m. service but every fourth Sunday you can find her at 8:30 a.m. in the church nursery waiting for little ones to play with. She enjoys attending the women’s Bible study, lead by Christi Gaertner. Becky has a degree in Architecture and Interior Design from Lawrence Tech and in the past has worked with IKEA in interior design and planning. Becky’s projects with the church include the design of the church nursery renovation and the Blessed Opportunity renovation proposal.

“I would like to see an increase in outreach and fellowship events. Along with that, I would like to see an increase in participation and the desire to help facilitate and volunteer for these future events.”

Email: beckygusoff@hotmail.com


Elise Marra


Elise has been a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church for over 20 years. She brings a unique perspective to the Council because she has been through all levels of Christian Education at St. Paul. Elise has been to every LCMS Youth Gathering since 2007, and even wrote for the 2010 Gathering Media Team. You can usually find Elise at the 11 a.m. service where she plays flute for the praise band. She also lectors and helps teach Sunday School during Education Hour. Elise worked as a St. Paul church secretary before her career in Human Resources. You may also know her as Elise Blackney; she married Bill last summer.

“I would like to see a revitalization of the Sunday School program–better attendance, better organization, better communication.”

Email: eblackney@yahoo.com


Stability Triangle

Sheila Wortmann is our congregation’s treasurer and she serves an instrumental role in ensuring that we wisely use our resources.

Keith Burns is the volunteer that helps manage our facility.

Currently the volunteer position of support services remains open. This position provides support for our office staff and routines.

Witness, Mercy, Life Together

In Christ, for the Church and the World

These phrases illustrate how the church lives and works together to proclaim the Gospel and to provide for our brothers and sisters in our congregations, communities, and throughout the world. These phrases describe the emphasis of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.