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, Council 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.”
Chuck Simpson, Council Vice President
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.
Stan Bucrek, Council Secretary
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.
Bill Zolner, Council Member
Bill joined St Paul Lutheran Church in 2015 when he and his wife moved to Brighton from Kingwood, Texas. They have three children and ten grandchildren. Their daughter, Karen McLaren lives in Brighton and their twin sons, Eric and Marc live in Springfield, MO and Carmel, IN.
Bill is now retired from a career as a PhD Chemical Engineer and business leader, which took the family from Massachusetts to West Virginia and then to Connecticut, Colorado and Texas, and finally moving to Brighton. In Texas Bill was an Elder and Council President of Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Humble, TX.
I am particularly experienced in working with organization undergoing change and look forward to helping guide St Paul in the search for a new Pastor.
Scott Bone, Council Member