Weekend Service Times: Sunday 8:00 am and 10:45 am


Staff & Lay Leaders

Joel newton

Senior Pastor

Ephesians 2:19-20 says, "So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God...Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone." I was welcomed into God's family in Kansas City, grew up and was confirmed in Rockford, Illinois, and got to study in Christian community at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska and Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis. The Lord has blessed me with my wife Sarah and our children George, Norah, Katy, and Molly. I love welcoming others into the family and exploring together what it means to live and work in the Resurrection hope! 

david kottlowski


David P. Kottlowski is a retired second-career LCMS pastor.  He attended Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, serving his vicarage at Mason City and Ventura, Iowa.  He then served congregations in southern Minnesota and northwest Iowa.  Pastor Kottlowski is assisting Pastor Newton during St. Paul’s vacancy by preaching, pulpit supply, visiting member shut-ins, and otherwise as needed.  Pastor met his wife, Viviane, while serving as a Marine Security Guard at the American Embassy in Brussels, Belgium. They married after release from active duty. Viviane was born to an English father and Belgian mother; she speaks French, Dutch and English. Together they have two married children each with four children.  Pastor Kottlowski worked over 20 years in the business world before seminary, as a CPA with Price Waterhouse, as Director of Financial Accounting at IBP, Inc., among others. 

Kathy Olson

Office Manager

Kathy Olson has been the Office Manager and Secretary at St. Paul since June 2016. She grew up in a very small town in northwest Iowa and is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She is the parent of three adult children and became a grandmother 2023. Kathy has been an active member of St. Paul since 1997. Before coming to St. Paul she worked in an accounting office, in sales, as well as photography. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her grandson, reading, crossword puzzles, walking, and following the Cyclones (Go State!).

LeAnn Hilchen

Director of Children's Ministry, Preschool Director

Bio coming soon!

Laura Nelson

Director of Youth Ministry

Laura Nelson and her husband Zack recently relocated back to Iowa from Arizona, where Laura served as the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church and School for over seven years. She is currently pursuing a Theological Studies (BA) and Director of Church Ministry (Level 3) degree at Concordia University Wisconsin. Zack is an Event Manager at Arizona State University, working mostly remote. Zack and Laura have a daughter, Abbi, who works as a Rehabilitation Counselor for Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and is married to Christian, a Midwest Regional Account Manager for Envirotech. Abbi and Christian live in Bondurant with their two children, Cooper and Brinley. Laura and Zack are thrilled to be back in Iowa, where they enjoy many precious moments with their grandkids and are close to family again. Laura's prior experience gives her a deep understanding of LCMS congregational and Christian education efforts, events, mission projects, and outreach opportunities for the youth, and she is excited to continue serving His children at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

2023-2024 Church Council

This is the governing board of our congregation, who represent and are accountable to the voting membership our congregation. Terms run from June 30 to July 1.

Duane Suhr

If you'd like to know more about the congregation, please reach out to me.

Joel Ott

Financial Secretary
Are you willing to help us count the weekly offerings, we'd love your help!

David Reddel

President Elect
If you're interested in serving on a board or committee, let me know!

Kaleb Grev

Assistant Treasurer
I'm responsible for processing payments for the congregation.

Michael Giese 

Council Secretary
Have questions about becoming a Voting Member at Saint Paul?

Bob Peters

Church Treasurer
Would you like to know more about the finances of the congregation?

Traci Haselhuhn

Board of Christian Education

Shawn Thomas

Property Board
Want to help out passing down the faith  and telling our children about Jesus?
Would you like to help us with the upkeep of our church's property?

Lynn Hanselman

Board of Evangelism

Malisa Davies

Board of Youth

Ken Kise

Board of Stewardship


Preschool Board
Have a way of sharing Jesus with our community? I'd love to hear about it!
Want to help us pour into our Youth and share the love of Jesus with them?
We're all about being generous with the gifts that God has given to us. How can you share yours?
Are you willing to help us share Jesus with all who come in our preschool doors?


This is our board of spiritual oversight in our congregation, who work with our Pastors to provide God's Word and christian care to our congregation.

Tim Krehbiel

Head Elder
Ministering to families Light-Miller

Ron Behrens

Ministering to families

Dan Drefke

Ministering to families George-Harris.

Paul Wendzel

Ministering to families


Ministering to families 

Don Halbur

Ministering to families Donovan-Gatz.

Eric Bradley

Ministering to families Acton-Brown.


Ministering to families Jeske-Lentz.

Ray Marvin

Ministering to families

Tony Miller

Ministering to families 
Harvey - Jero.

Adam Haselhuhn

Ministering to families 

Peter von Qualen

Ministering to families 
Moehnke - Phillips.