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Senior Pastor

Steven Weispfennig

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Pastor Steve grew up in Minnesota. He attended Concordia University-St. Paul, MN, graduating in 2004 with a BA in Theology. He attended Concordia Seminary-St. Louis, MO, graduating in 2008. While at seminary, he did Residential Field Education at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, MO, and served his vicarage (internship) at St. Paul Lutheran Church in McAllen, TX. Pastor Steve received his first call into the ministry from St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton, SD. He has served there since July 2008.

Pastor Steve is married to Hannah and has 3 children, Hope, Timothy, and Faith. They have a half beagle/half basset hound named Taz.

Pastor Steve is an avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan. He enjoys traveling, playing golf, and collecting baseball memorabilia.






Director of Christian Education

Joshua Schmitt

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Office Manager

Paulette Gross

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Paulette Gross has been the church secretary/office manager for St. John's Lutheran since May 5, 1986. Paulette (Osborn) Gross, is married to Gary Gross and they have 3 children, Bobbie Gross, Pauline Sumption, and Jeremy (Amber) Gross, 4 grandsons - Tanner, Zachary, and Taite Sumption and Nathan Gross, and two granddaughters, Olivia Gross and Makeda Sumption. Paulette has lived in Yankton most of her life, except for 7 1/2 years while Gary served in the Air Force. Gary and Paulette enjoy traveling to see their children and grandchildren and enjoy riding their motorcycles. Paulette semi-retired on May 7, 2012 going to just two days a week - Tuesdays and Wednesdays.






Part Time Secretary

Mickey Wadkins

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Head Preschool Teacher

Jami Stevens

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Preschool Aid

Tracy Kisch






Preschool Teacher

Christy Hagge

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Preschool Aid

Chaney Seiler