Pastor Smith has served St. John since the summer of 2003, after serving congregations in Wyoming and Wisconsin. His greatest joy as a pastor is sharing the Word of God through teaching and preaching. He graduated from Concordia-Ann Arbor in 1984. Pastor Smith then attended Concordia Theological Seminary, receiving his M.Div. He supplemented his education by attending Concordia Seminary-St. Louis and receiving a STM. Though born in Hawaii, Pastor Smith was raised in Michigan. Pastor Smith is married to Judy and has three sons. He loves baseball, even coaching the Lutheran Northwest summer team for several years.
Pastor Richert has served St. John since the summer of 2013, after serving 5 years as a theology teacher and basketball coach at Lutheran High Northwest from 2008 until 2013. He graduated from Concordia University – Chicago in 2004 with a degree in Theological Languages, and from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne in 2008 with his M.Div. Pastor Richert is married to Becky and has three daughters. Pastor and his wife enjoy spending time together by working with the theatre department at Lutheran Northwest.