Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Evan Gaertner, Pastor

Pastor Gaertner was born in Shawano, Wisconsin, on January 19, 1975, the youngest of three boys. He is the son of the Reverend Mark Gaertner and Kathy Myers. He was baptized into Christ Jesus on January 26, 1975. Evan was united in marriage with Christina Marie nee Dunklau on July 5, 1997. He is the father of Henry Paul, born May 17, 2003, and Lucas Carl, born August 20, 2005.

After graduating from Lutheran High School North in Macomb, Michigan, he received his undergraduate education from Valparaiso University where he graduated in 1997 with a BA in Classical Languages and the Humanities. In the fall of 1997 he began his studies for the Holy Ministry at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri, receiving the Master of Divinity degree on May 18, 2001. In May 2013 he completed the Doctor of Ministry degree at Luther Seminary. His thesis is about how preaching the catechism, the chief parts of the Christian faith, is an important part of faith formation in a congregation.

On April 25, 2001, the Lord of the Church called Evan to serve as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Niagara Falls, New York. On June 10th of the same year, Evan was ordained at his home congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church, Clinton Township, Michigan. On July 1, 2001, Evan was installed as Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church. He was the District Counselor for the Eastern District of the LWML.

December 2008, the Lord of the Church called Evan to serve as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hamburg, Michigan. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Concordia University Ann Arbor.

You can follow his preparations for sermons and other things at his blog. TheRevEv.wordpress.com.

You can friend him on Facebook. Facebook.com/therevev.

Go ahead and email him.


Mike Hausch, Director of Christian Education

Martha Wohlfeil, Secretary

Lynda Minger, Secretary

Wendy Suter, Secretary

Sheila Wortmann, Treasurer

Shelly McCloskey, Financial Secretary

Lydia Vedder, Organist

Su Hausch, Organist

Linda Gamble, Sunday School Superintendent

Jean Schneider, Librarian


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.