Reverend James Dew – Senior Pastor 

Pastor Jim grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his B.A. from Arizona State University and his M.Div. through Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. Ordained in 1990, he has served congregations in both Arizona and Texas.

He was called to be the Senior Pastor here at St. John’s Lutheran Church in 2018. One of his most rewarding tasks as a parish pastor is to be able to walk alongside and encourage others in the stretching and shaping of the faith which lives both within them and among them. He has a real heart for good liturgy, teaching, contemplative practices, and helping those around him to more fully live out the baptismal identity God gives us, weaving it into the very fabric of our daily living, and seeking to more intentionally become the hands and feet of Christ in the life we share together and for the sake of the world which God so greatly loves through us. Whenever time and opportunity allow for it, he and his wife Maria enjoy hiking and travelling.

Eric Ryniker – Business Manager

Eric Ryniker received his Bachelor’s from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and his Master’s from Nashotah House Theological Seminary.  He also received a Certificate in Contextual Theology from the College of the Transfiguration in Grahamstown, South Africa, has completed Union Presbyterian Seminary’s continuing education program in Church Business Administration, and National Leadership Training at the Gamaliel Foundation.

Eric is currently continuing his education at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.  He is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian and a member of the San Antonio Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians as well as the Alamo Chapter of the National Association of Church Business Administrators.

Michael Bade – Music Director

Michael Bade comes from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA (Geaux Tigers!). At LSU, Michael earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, as well as Master’s degree in Vocal Performance.

While in school, Michael performed operatic roles with several companies, including BASOTI in San Francisco; Operafestival di Roma in Rome, Italy; Opera in the Ozarks in northern Arkansas; Opera Louisiane; and Louisiana State University’s Opera Program. Michael worked at University United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, LA as a hand bell choir director and Bass section leader in the adult choir. During the 2016-2017 school year, Michael worked in Garland, a suburb of Dallas, as an assistant middle school choir director, and now works in Seguin as head choir director at Barnes Middle School, which has grown from 90 students to over 150 in one year. While earning his Master’s degree, Michael and Alisha Bade found each other, and happily got married on May 21st, 2016. Alisha is a high school voice teacher both in San Antonio and Austin. Michael and Alisha currently live in San Marcos and share a love of fitness, healthy living, Bible discussion, and friends!

Rob Jenkins Organist – Organist

Rob Jenkins has several degrees in music and organ and plays not only for St. John’s worship services and events, but also with other music groups in and around San Antonio.