Joel is married to Kim . They have three children, all of whom are in college or graduate school. Joel enjoys sports, music and movies; he is also a University of Illinois fan. Go Illini! He has two dogs, Zipporah and Sapphira.
Andrea serves as associate pastor at First St. Paul’s. Prior to serving in Nebraska, she served as Director of Youth Ministry in Fargo, ND. Andrea is married to Jeff, her high school sweetheart. They have four children, Lucas, Alex, Lisa and Amelia as well as a German Shepherd, Dakota. She enjoys cooking, hockey, music and mission work. Andrea’s desire in life is to point to Jesus! Nothing else matters!
Chad spent 24 years as a professor, teacher and mentor at Hastings College in the Media Department. After a life changing mission trip to Jamaica in 2016, he responded to God’s call to begin seminary at Bethel Seminary. Chad also joined the staff at First St. Paul’s as Children’s and Family Ministry Director. Working alongside a team of dedicated volunteers, serves the kids and families of First St. Paul’s through our Sunday and Wednesday Kids Ministry programs. Chad is married to Allison, and they have two boys, Landon and Braydon. He enjoys spending time with his family, attending his Landon and Braydon’s activities and working on old tractors.
Dee has served First St. Paul’s in various capacities since 1983. Dee and her Husband Don have been married for 30 years. They live on a farm near Deweese, NE. She enjoys golfing, bowling, traveling, gardening and helping on the farm.
Jotie started working in June of 2016. She is married to Nic Montague. They have three daughters: Kennedy, Stella and Collins. They have lived in Hastings for 8 years. Jotie’s hobbies include coaching volleyball and softball, playing volleyball and softball and golfing. She enjoys watching her kid’s activities and being outdoors.
Mike is the head custodian at First St. Paul’s. He has been on staff since 2008 and has lived in Hastings since 1978. In his free time, Mike likes riding motorcycles and watching TV. He has three children and two grandchildren.
Jon is married to Judie Martin, and has four children. He is also a meat manager at Allen’s Super Store. Jon has been a member of First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church since 1984. This is his 6th year serving as a custodian. Jon’s hobbies include fishing, golfing and working out at the YMCA.
Rick is a part-time custodian at First St. Paul’s. He has been on staff for over a year and has lived in Hastings all his life. Rick likes to read in his free time. He lives on the east side of town.