Leadership Board

St. John's works under Policy Based Governance.  In this, the Leadership Board is the trustees of the organization on behalf of the congregational membership.  The Leadership Board members (meet them below) are your means for directing the mission of St. John's.  The Leadership Board then gives direction to the staff to create ministry plans and provide feedback to the Board and congregation.  Please feel free to contact your Leadership Board as a group via CONTACT US.  Check out the various pieces of information in pdf's attached below:

Constitution and Bylaws148.76 KB
LB Policy Manual193.98 KB
Cong. Conversation Roadmap 2010-11101.09 KB
Leadership Covenant120.53 KB
Mission Vision Alignment Tool44.7 KB
Self Nomination Form72.07 KB

Board Members

Richard Buss's picture

I am married to my wonderful wife Julie. We have two boys Mitch(25) and Nic (23). We also have a very spoiled dog, Tula.

Mark Rasmussen's picture

The Lord has blessed us all in many ways, as individuals and also as a congregation. No matter what challenges we face, no matter what difficulties we have, no matter what burdens we bare, we all have so much to be thankful for, so much to praise the Lord for.

The first time I visited St. John's, I heard a sermon that really got my attention. Pastor Kelm had never met me or even seen me, but it seemed he was talking to me alone as he kept pointing out over and over again how wrong and sinful my attitudes were and asking who was I to replace God’s commands with man’s wants and desires. It got my attention and it hurt.

It hurt because I had to admit I was guilty. The Lord used that message to open my eyes and make me think. And when I did, I found it wasn’t just the issue he had preached on, I had strayed in many ways and had adopted worldly views on abortion, creation, sin and salvation. I needed to hear more.

We began attending St. John's and after several years, my wife, Kim, and I became members in 2004. Our son Kyle has been in St. John's School from pre-school to his current 5th grade level. We are thankful for the new member classes, bible studies, pastors, teachers, fellow members and school principal that have helped us grow in our faith and understanding of scripture and Lutheran doctrine.

St. John’s has been a blessing to us, so it is an honor to serve our Lord and to serve you, the people of St. John's, as a member of your Leadership Board. Please remember that your Leadership Board is here to serve you and that we truly welcome your questions and input. Please do feel free to contact us.

Mike Bryan's picture

Many of you know my family as my wife Tonja has been working on various marketing and graphics projects in around St. John's since we became members in 2011. Some of you know our son Otto, who first brought us to St. John's through Circle of Friends and is now attending St. John's Lutheran Elementary School.

We feel blessed that God has brought us to St. John's as we have no immediate family in the West Bend area. My parents and brother hail from the Wales, Wisconsin area and Tonja's family is from the Kiel, Wisconsin area.

St. John's has brought a new family, who have opened our eyes to a whole new world through St. John's mission of connection, sharing and caring through Christ. Thank you to all who have given me the opportunity to serve the congregation through the Leadership Board.

John Kuehl's picture

My wife, Carrie, and I have been married over 22 amazing, blessed but interesting years. We were truly blessed with having 4 wonderful children together. Kyle, our oldest, is at Concordia in the Pre-Seminary Program, and accepted at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in fall, getting his Master of Divinity. Our twins, Desiree & Destin both are attending Moraine Park Technical College, with Desiree in the Early Childhood program, and Destin in the Accounting program. Our youngest, Kierra, is a sophomore at Kewaskum High School. I own Kuehl Electric Services, LLC, an Electrical Contractor Business. We have been members since 2006. I have been enlightened by attending Thursday morning bible study, along with DADS bible study, & going on mission trips. I enjoy helping out at St. John’s on Main. I believe God has directed us to St. John’s to serve him and his people, by connecting, sharing and caring.

Kyle Newman's picture

God has blessed my life in many ways; however, I am most blessed to have married my wife Debbie. Debbie and I have been entrusted with 2 beautiful girls named Natalie and Nadia. We moved to the West Bend area to be closer to family when Natalie was born 7 years ago. While it was the school that first drew us to St. John’s, it has been the people and the focus on “Connecting, Caring and Sharing” that has made this our home.
Being among the congregation of St. John’s and all of the disciples that are part of our church has been an amazing blessing for my family and me. God has used many of you to challenge us to share his love with the children of our congregation. Debbie and I have been involved with SonShine Hour and Children’s Church for several years. Once our daughters grew past the toddler age, and I began to understand the unique needs of girls, God nudged me to start a group for Fathers and Daughters. As I move into this new role of serving, I am honored to have been chosen by the congregation to serve on the Leadership Board.