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Rev. Robert Riggs, Intentional Interim Pastor

Robert Riggs has been serving as the Intentional Interim Pastor at St. Paul since June 17, 2018.  In May of 2018, the congregation wished God’s blessings on Rev. Dr. Evan Gaertner and his family as they completed over nine blessed years here.  As he and his family serve in a new calling, Pastor Riggs is thankful to serve at St. Paul as the congregation seeks God’s will in the calling of their next pastor.

Pastor Riggs completed training to serve as an Intentional Interim Pastor in November of 2017.  However, he has been blessed to serve as a Pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod since his graduation from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1983.  Together with his wife, Lynne, he has served congregations in Minnesota, Ohio, and Michigan over the course of almost 36 years.

Pastor and Lynne and were both raised in Michigan. For years, his vacations were trips to Michigan to see family.  Now their vacations are leaving Michigan to see their three dearly loved adult children.  However, they do not see them in the same trip as one is in Ohio, another in Texas, and our youngest lives in Maryland.  Pastor and Lynne thank the Lord for their walk with Him and the precious gifts they are to them.

Lynne is an avid quilter and is grateful to be part of quilting groups that support Lutheran World Relief. Pastor Riggs is a sports fan. Regardless of where they have lived, he have been a loyal fan of Detroit teams, especially the Tigers.  

“As the Lord has blessed us in so many ways, nothing could compare to what we have in Jesus.  We are also grateful for the opportunities we continue to have to share the gifts of God in Christ with others.”

Mike Hausch, Director of Christian Education

“The thief comes only to kill and steal and destroy. I (Jesus) came that they may have life, have it abundantly.” John 10:10

These words throughout Mike’s years of ministry in the church have guided, encouraged, challenged and comforted him. As he has served his Lord, his wife, his children, his grandchildren and the people of His church, and His world, Mike has sought to bring into all those relationships the abundant (full to overflowing) life. His ministry goal is to bring in focus the love our Heavenly Father demonstrated most completely in Jesus Christ His Son through traditional and experiential learning. His age group targets are middle school through adult.

Mike has served our Lord in a variety of settings as Director of Christian Education(D.C.E) throughout the Midwest and has now served almost 20 years at St. Paul of ‘greater’ Hamburg. He received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and D.C.E. Certification  at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska.

Mike’s areas of ministry include Christian Education and service opportunities for middle school and high school students. Service opportunities include Appalachia Habitat for Humanity, Camp Restore Detroit and responses to natural disasters. He also guides and teaches Christian Education opportunities for adults and most recently provided service opportunities for adults locally, regionally and nationally. His work also includes a coordinating role with our food pantry, Compassionate Care to our community and garden ministry to support our own food pantry and other pantries in the area with fresh produce. 

Miriam Yakimow, Director of Family Ministry

Miriam grew up as a LCMS pastor’s kid in Indiana. She graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She completed her Master’s Degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, while working at the same time in youth and family ministry. During her time in Minnesota, she and Scott were married. Scott then went on to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and she continued to work in family ministry full-time at Beautiful Savior Lutheran in Bridgeton, MO. Their first child was born in St. Louis. They spent 4 years in Africa as LCMS missionaries, 3 in Kenya and 1 in Morocco. Their second child 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. They now have 5 children and spent 5 years in the Portland, Oregon, area where Scott served as a Theology professor at Concordia University. During their time in the Pacific Northwest, Miriam returned to professional family ministry after taking a hiatus while their children were young.

Miriam’s 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.

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