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Pastor Judi – Director of Congregational Care 

Pastor Judith Miller is under contract with St. John’s Lutheran Church in San Antonio as Director of Congregational Care (part-time). She is a rostered clergy of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Southwestern Texas Synod, “on leave from call.”

Pastor Judi attended the University of Toledo and graduated with honors from California State University Long Beach in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a provisional teaching certificate. She has spent the majority of her ministry – both lay and clergy – working with youth in church settings in Long Beach, CA, Concord, CA, and Plano, TX before taking the positions of Youth Director for King of Glory, ALC in Dallas, TX and Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Texas-Louisiana Synod, LCA.

After attending Perkins Seminary at SMU and graduating with a Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, she was ordained in December 1992 after accepting a call as Pastor of Youth and Worship at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, TX. Ten great years there were followed by twelve fabulous years at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fullerton, CA doing campus, youth and assorted ministries which included being the lead staff for Pastoral Care and Visitation.

Pastor Judi has earned five units of Clinical Pastor Education through Methodist Medical Center in Dallas and a Certificate as Pastoral Care Specialist from The Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health in San Antonio. She is a trained Stephen Ministry Leader. In September 2014, Pastor Judi chose to “semi-retire” from full time congregational ministry and return to Texas to be closer to her family – a son, daughter-in-law, and two beautiful grandchildren in Katy. She lives in New Braunfels with her husband Jim, a retired engineer and one growling English springer spaniel named “Wiggles.” You may contact her at pastorjudi@aol.com or 830-730-3315.

Katie Rode – Director of Family Ministry

Katie Rode comes to us from Christ Lutheran Church of Alamo Heights, and brings years of experience in Christian Education and other related ministries. Katie and Romeo are the proud parents of daughter Kaley (9 years old) and son Alejandro (born Sept 20th 2010). The Family Ministry at St John’s is a vital and growing ministry that Katie is enthusiastic about leading.

Rob Jenkins Organist – Organist – Bio coming soon

Kenneth Turner – Choir Director

Ken Turner is a full time High School Choral Director in the Northeast Independent School District. He is a graduate of Baylor University having studied under Robert Young and Karen Peeler. Prior to teaching, Mr. Turner sang professionally in numerous theaters and theme parks throughout Texas.

For more than 20 years he has served as music director in several churches and presently holds the position as Choral Director at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in San Antonio. He taught In the San Antonio Independent School District for 18 Years where in competition his choirs consistently earned high ratings and awards for their performances. In 2004 his Men’s Chorus from Thomas Jefferson High School was selected as a Texas Music Educators Association Honor Choir. His choirs have performed for the State Board of Education in Austin, the US Department of Education National Convention, the Association of Curriculum Development National Convention and the US Department of Education Hispanic Outreach Conference. He is a member of TMEA, TCDA, MENC and ACDA. In 2001 Mr. Turner was the recipient of the Outstanding UIL Sponsor Award and along with his students received a Citation of Merit by the San Antonio Mayors Council.

Eric Ryniker- Church Business Administrator

Eric Ryniker is a San Antonio native and graduate of Clark High School. He graduated with honors from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi with a B.A. in Latin American History and a Philosophy minor. While still in college, Eric founded and ran an Episcopal campus ministry in Corpus Christi and continued to serve as Director for an additional year after graduation.

Eric then went to seminary to be an Episcopal priest, but discerned a different vocation while there. While in seminary, Eric completed leadership training for nonprofit community organizations with the Gamaliel Foundation and also earned a Certificate in Contextual Theology while doing his internship at the Anglican Cathedral of St. Michael and St. George in Grahamstown, South Africa. After seminary, he again went back to school, this time to earn a degree in Mortuary Science. Before coming to St. John’s, Eric spent the past three years in funeral service, working most recently as a funeral director and embalmer in Bastrop, TX. While in mortuary school, Eric joined the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has since served as a Christian educator, cantor, and liturgist