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 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.