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
Church Council Members
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 the Director of Operations for ABI, a hospitality company that is a BIGGBY COFFEE franchisee and owns the 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 believe that our teaching 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.”
Stan Bucrek, Vice President
Stan is a member of the Church Council and is serving as its 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.
Ty Ostrander, Secretary
My wife, Olivia, and I joined St. Paul in November 2021. I recently was elected to the Church Council as secretary. Church has been a part of my entire life, serving in Sunday school, Sunday morning worship, Board of Elders, education, Stewardship and Spiritual Care, and most recently, Steven Ministry.
Our family has lived in the Brighton community since 1974 and this is where our three sons were raised. Our middle son, Ken, lives in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Our oldest son, Kurt, lives in South Carolina and our youngest son, Karl, lives in Florida. We have been blessed with 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
My professional career was in retail department stores where I held the position of Operations Manager for Jacobson’s Stores prior to retirement. Before Jacobson’s, I was part of Hudson’s Department Stores, Restaurant Management, for 22 years and held the position of Director of Restaurants and Marketplace Foods for all Hudson locations for several of those years.
I look forward to serving St. Paul and our community and effectively practice St. Paul’s Mission of connecting people to Jesus, to each other and to their neighbors through acts of service.
Martha Wohlfeil, Council Member
Martha is a new council member at St. Paul. The Wohlfeil family moved to the Pinckney area in 1998 and became members of St. Paul a few months later in 1999. Martha and her husband Marc have three children, all of whom were confirmed at St. Paul. Claire, lives and works in Phoenix Arizona, Lydia, is finishing up her final semester at EMU while working, and living at home, and Cody, who presently lives in Ohio while in the Job Corp program. The Wohlfeil’ s welcomed Cody into their family through adoption from foster care in 2014.
Martha worked as a service department manager before staying at home for 9 years while her daughters were little. She returned to the work force providing customer service for a software company in Ann Arbor and then part time as one of the secretaries at St. Paul for a few years. Currently Martha is an administrative assistant in the President’s office at the Michigan District office of the LCMS in Ann Arbor.
As a member in her prior church family at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dearborn, Martha was a trustee, helped with VBS, co-lead the youth group, and sang in the choir. At St. Paul, Martha has served as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, Nursery helper, on the Board of Governors, and as an Alter Society member.
Martha has known and loved the Lord her whole life, wanting to serve Him wherever He directs her. She loves being a part of the St. Paul family and is excited to help in her small way, the mission of connecting people to Jesus.
Mike Swartz, Council Member
Mike, a current Church Council member, has been active at St. Paul since he and his family moved to the area in the early 90s. He lives in the Brighton area with his wife Shelly and has children and grandchildren in the area. He is currently retired and enjoys year-round outdoor activities and travel.
Prior to retirement, Mike had a 40-year career as a CPA with Plante Moran. In addition to serving an active client base and holding various leadership positions in the firm, he served as Board member of many not-for-profit organizations. He was also appointed by Michigan Governors to serve two terms (8 years) on the Michigan State Board of Accountancy, the governing board of the accounting profession in Michigan, and Chaired the Board for two years.
Mike is pleased to be able to assist St. Paul though the Church Council and hopes to use his financial skills to the Glory of God.