Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Evan Gaertner, Pastor

Pastor Gaertner has been serving St. Paul Lutheran Church since December, 2008.

You can find him on the world wide web at:

or email him at therevev@gmail.com

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.

Lucas, Christi, Evan, and Henry Gaertner

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.

Previous to serving the people of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Evan served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Niagara Falls, New York.

He also serves as an adjunct professor at Concordia University Ann Arbor.


Mike Hausch, Director of Christian Education

Miriam Yakimow, Director of Family Ministry

Scott and Miriam Yakimow

I grew up as a LCMS pastor’s kid in Indiana. I graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I completed her Master’s Degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, at the same time while working in youth/family ministry. After a 3-month study in India, I returned to the US and continued working full-time in youth and family ministry in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. During my time in Minnesota, Scott and I were married. Scott then went on to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and I continued to work in family ministry full-time at Beautiful Savior Lutheran in Bridgeton, MO. Our first child, Jonathan, was born in St. Louis. Scott and I spent 4 years in Africa as LCMS missionaries, 3 in Kenya and 1 in Morocco. Our second child, Abigail, was born in Kenya. Upon returning to the US, Scott began his Ph.D. studies first at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and then at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Joelle, Jacob, Jonathan, Abigail, and Josiah

Scott and I had 3 more children during this time: Jacob, Joelle, and Josiah. Scott took a call to Concordia University Portland, and we have spent the last 5 years living across the river from Portland, in Vancouver, WA. It was during this time, that I began working professionally in family ministry again after a hiatus while raising children. I homeschooled our 5 children since our oldest was in preschool. The past few years has found the oldest two children in a hybrid public/homeschool partnership, which allowed me extra time to delve back into family ministry. I worked part-time at Memorial Lutheran in Vancouver, WA, in family ministry for the past 3.5 years. Jonathan (16) will attend Brighton High School. Abigail (13), Jacob (10), Joelle (9), and Josiah (6) will attend Shepherd of the Lakes in Brighton.

My hobbies include reading, hiking, jiu jitsu, and volunteering in my kids’ scouting programs. My ministry focus includes connecting generations in the congregation, providing resources and programs to connect faith and home, encouraging faith at home, and using faith milestone events to bless families and youth as they journey in faith together.

Martha Wohlfeil, Secretary

Lynda Minger, Secretary

Kelly Bone, Treasurer

Shelly McCloskey, Financial Secretary

Lydia Vedder, Organist

Su Hausch, Organist

Linda Gamble, Sunday School Superintendent

Jean Schneider, Librarian





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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.