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Rev. Paul Mehl

Rev. Paul Mehl

Executive Director
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A.A. – St. Paul’s College, Concordia, MO 1980
B.A. – Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI 1982
M.Div – Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO 1986

Rev. Mehl vicared at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Calgary, Alberta in 1984-85. He served as the pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran and St. John’s Lutheran Parish in Rural Milbank and Revillo, South Dakota from 1986 to 1994. In 1995 he accepted the call to be the pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Batesville, Arkansas. While in Batesville, a Lutheran grade school was begun in 1997 and Pastor Mehl also served as the principal of Hope Lutheran School till 2004. In 2004 he was called to be the Executive Director of Saint Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia, MO.
Rev. Mehl is married to Lucinda (nee Bingenheimer) and they have 4 grown children and two grandchildren.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

Meredith Marsh

Meredith Marsh

Principal
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EMAIL | Principal, Math Instructor, Head Softball Coach

B.S. in Secondary Education, Concordia University-Nebraska 2005
M.Ed. in Secondary School Administration, Concordia University-Nebraska 2014
Ed. S. Educational Leadership, Arkansas State University 2019

Mrs. Marsh taught for one year at Cannon Valley Lutheran High School in Morristown, MN, before accepting a call to teach at Saint Paul in 2007. From 2007 - 2012, Mrs. Marsh was a full-time mathematics instructor at Saint Paul. In 2012, Mrs. Marsh began working in the principals' office. In addition to her duties as principal, Mrs. Marsh teaches two sections of precalculus, serves as the head softball coach, and is the class sponsor for the class of 2020. Mrs. Marsh is married to Aaron Marsh, and they have a 9 year-old son and a 6 year-old daughter.

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:6

John Beerman

John Beerman

Assistant Principal
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B.S. in Education—Concordia University-Nebraska
M.S. in Education—Indiana University-Bloomington, Indiana

Mr. Beerman was born and raised in Concordia, Missouri. He attended Concordia High School and after graduating from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska accepted his first call to St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Columbus, Indiana serving there from 1971-1977. He taught two years from 1977-1979 at Concordia High School in Concordia, Missouri before spending 1979-1994 self employed in agriculture. In 1994 he began his ministry at Saint Paul Lutheran High School. He and his wife Jan have four grown children and six grandchildren. He enjoys being outdoors, being with family, reading and watching sports.

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Ps. 118:24

Kent Kunkel

Kent Kunkel

Development Director
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EMAIL | Development Director

B.S. in Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri 2001

Mr. Kunkel grew up in Concordia and is an alumna of Saint Paul. Prior to joining Saint Paul as Director of Development he worked at State Bank of Missouri in Concordia as a Vice President and Loan Officer for 11 years. He is also a Disaster Coordinator for the LCMS MO District and has a passion for serving others. Besides his love for his family, friends, and Saint Paul High School, he enjoys bow hunting and hiking. Kent is married to Jennifer and they have 2 sons. Josiah is a senior at Saint Paul and Ryan is a 7th grader at St. Paul's Elementary School.

“That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10

Marie Wienberg

Marie Wienberg

Business Manager
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B.S. in Secondary Education, University of Central Missouri–Warrensburg, MO 1974
Colloquy Concordia University-Nebraska 2002

Mrs. Wienberg has been on staff at Saint Paul since 1986. She serves as Director of Opertions. Mrs. Wienberg is married to Norman Wienberg. They have three adult married children.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 45:11

Faculty

Aaron Brandt

Aaron Brandt

Art Instructor, Head Boys Golf Coach
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B.S. Concordia University-Nebraska

Mr. Brandt graduated from Saint Paul’s College High, Concordia, MO, in 1986 and from Concordia Teachers College with a degree in Commercial Art in 1991. He then received his K-12 Missouri teaching certificate from Central Missouri State University. He taught Art in public schools for 16 years before coming to Saint Paul Lutheran High School in 2012. He and his wife Charlotte, who works for Lutheran Bible Translators, are the parents of 5 children. During the summers, they enjoy camping with their kids, traveling to 49 of the 50 states (hard to drive to Hawaii), and watching their children work on their Jr. Ranger collection. They are currently working on badge number 150 out of roughly 400 national park sites.

“In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” Psalm 95:4-5

Kim Brandt

Kim Brandt

English Department Chair, English and Speech Instructor, Drama Director
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B.S. in Secondary Education, Concordia University Nebraska 2002
M.A. in Theatre, University of Central Missouri 2013

Mrs. Brandt had the opportunity to student teach at Saint Paul Lutheran High School before being called in 2003, which was her first call. She currently teaches English II, Introduction to Speech, Shakespeare, Adolescent Novel, and Dual Credit Experiences in Human Communication. Mrs. Brandt directs two theatre performances a year and serves on several school committees. Mrs. Brandt is married to food service director, Mr. Mark Brandt, and together they have an 8 year-old son and a 5 year-old daughter.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Rev. Dr. Paul Deterding

Rev. Dr. Paul Deterding

Dean of Chapel, Religion Department Chair, Co-Head Track and Field Coach
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High School Diploma, Saint Paul’s College High, Concordia MO, 1971
A.A., Saint Paul’s College, Concordia MO, 1973
B.A., Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne IN, 1975
M. Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, 1978
S.T.M., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, 1979
Th. D., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, 1981

After more than a quarter century as a parish pastor, Dr. Deterding began his service to SPLHS in 2012. He is a contributor to The Apocrypha: Lutheran Edition with Notes (2012), edited the Concordia Popular Commentary volumes on Revelation (2009) and 1 Corinthians (2010), and served as a consultant, an author, and an associate editor for The Lutheran Study Bible (2009). His publications include the Bible studies Daniel: Encouragement for Faith (1996) and Haggai/Zechariah/Malachi: Return to the Lord (2005) and the Concordia Commentary volume Colossians (2003). He and his wife, Donna, are the parents of three adult sons: Stephen, Andrew, and Jason.

“We speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.” 2 Corinthians 4:13-14

CJ Gifford

CJ Gifford

Social Studies (Government & Sociology) Instructor, Head Football Coach
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BS in Secondary Education, University of Central Missouri-Warrensburg 2016

Mr. Gifford graduated from SPLHS in 2005. He served in the United States Navy from 2007 to 2012 as a Hospital Corpsman with the United States Marine Corps. During this time he worked in the Emergency Room at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and was sent on a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He used his G.I. Bill to attend the University of Central Missouri where he graduated with a BS in Secondary Education with a Social Studies emphasis. The past three years he taught 7th and 8th grade Social Studies at Lafayette Co. C-1 in Higginsville and coached football and track. He currently lives just outside of Concordia with his wife, Elizabeth (Hemme) Gifford (SPLHS Class of 2010), sons Charlie (3), Titus (1), and are expecting a daughter this November. In his free time, he enjoys reading, football, fishing, and grilling.

"Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life." Rev. 2:10b

Eric Gramenz

Eric Gramenz

Social Science Instructor, Head Girls Basketball Coach, Head Baseball Coach, Assistant Cross Country Coach
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BS in Secondary Education, Concordia University-Nebraska 2011

Mr. Gramenz grew up in Steeleville, Illinois and attended Christ Our Savior Lutheran High School. He played baseball at Concordia Seward before graduating and taking a teaching/dorm position at Saint Paul in 2011. Mr. Gramenz's responsibilities include teaching Social Studies courses and coaching. He enjoys watching sports especially the St. Louis Cardinals and traveling.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Eph. 2:8-9

Angela Ivie

Angela Ivie

Math, Technology and Physical Education Instructor, Junior Varsity Volleyball Coach
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B.S. in Secondary Education, Concordia University-Nebraska 2009
M.Ed. in Educational Design and Technology, Concordia University-Wisconsin 2014

Mrs. Ivie taught for two years at St. John’s Lutheran School in Racine, Wisconsin, before accepting a call to Saint Paul in 2011. She teaches a variety of classes in the math, technology and physical education departments, as well as coaching volleyball. Mrs. Ivie is married with a young daughter and two dogs. She enjoys being active, cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals, and spending time with her friends and family.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Rev. Tom Lange

Rev. Tom Lange

Religion Instructor, Varsity Volleyball Coach, Assistant Track Coach
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B.A. in English, Concordia University Chicago
Masters of Divinity, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Pastor Lange served congregations in Lafayette, Indiana, and Farmington Hills, Michigan, as a parish pastor for almost 16 years before beginning his teaching career. He taught upper grade religion classes at Lutheran High School Westland in the Detroit Metro area for four years, coaching the varsity volleyball team for two of them. His wife, Beth, worked as a Director of Christian Education for four years, after receiving her degree from Concordia University Chicago. She is currently a Mary Kay Sales Director. They have three children: Allie, recently married, is in graduate studies in school psychology at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Jonah is pursuing a degree as a Director of Christian Education at Concordia University Nebraska in Seward. Brooke is a senior at Saint Paul where she participates in choir, volleyball, and student government.

"During a dark time when a family member was struggling with a serious illness, I was taking a much needed break from preaching. Our family visited a pastor friend's church where they were receiving adults as new members of the congregation. One of them had chosen this verse for the occasion. It reminded me that though I didn't know the outcome of the illness, God did, and I could praise him even for those deeds that were 'past my knowledge' at that time. It has been a special passage to me ever since." "I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge." Psalm 71:14-15

Larry Laubenstein

Larry Laubenstein

Academic Team Coach, Assistant Football Coach
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B.S. Concordia University-Nebraska
M.Ed. University of Missouri-Columbia

Mr. Laubenstein was born in Illinois and grew up in Denver, Colorado. He attended Denver Lutheran High School, and after graduating from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, his first call was to Saint Paul. Mr. Laubenstein is in his 50th year of ministry at Saint Paul. He enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, watching sports on TV, and hanging out at the mall.

“Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life” Rev. 2:10b

Dr. Jerrode Baker Marsh

Dr. Jerrode Baker Marsh

Director of Music (Choir, Chamber Choir, Orchestra), Experiences in Music, College Music Appreciation, Child Development, Family Living, Conversational German
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B.M. in Piano Performance, Portland State University-Oregon 1992
M.M. in Piano Performance, The University of Texas at Austin 1995
D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Chamber Music/Accompanying-The University of Texas at Austin 2000
LTD from Concordia University-Nebraska 2017

Dr. Marsh taught group and private piano courses at UT-Austin while pursuing her doctorate in Texas. In 1998 she moved to Frankfurt, Germany, where she spent 17 years working as a professional musician, performing as a concert pianist, conductor, and collaborative artist throughout Europe, as well as working as a church music director. She relocated to Concordia, Missouri, in June 2015 and began as an instructor at SPLHS that fall. Her academic courses include College Music Appreciation, Experiences in Music, Conversational German, Child Development and Family Living. She also directs three ensembles: Saint Paul Orchestra, Singing Saints Concert Choir, and the Saint Paul Chamber Choir. She enjoys traveling, reading, sewing, cooking, gardening, remodeling her house, and feeding many SPLHS dorm students home-cooked food. She is passionate about people, music, and missions. She has a married daughter (Vanessa Rodewald) and a son (Christoph) who attends Concordia University Nebraska.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

Rebecca Nelson

Rebecca Nelson

Social Studies Department Chair, Social Science Instructor, National Honor Society Sponsor, Student Government Sponsor, Prom Sponsor
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B.S. in Secondary Social Science Education Northwest Missouri State University 2005
M.A in History from Northwest Missouri State University 2010
LTD Colloquy 2013

Mrs. Nelson grew up in Emma, Missouri, and is an alumna of Saint Paul. Upon graduating from Northwest Missouri State University, she taught for three years at Sainte Genevieve High School. Mrs. Nelson earned her Master’s degree and began teaching at Saint Paul in 2010. She also serves as the NHS, Student Government, and Prom sponsor. Mrs. Nelson is married to Steve Nelson and they have a five-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son.

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

Larin Payne

Larin Payne

Spanish Instructor
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B.A. in International Business and Spanish, William Jewell College, 2005
M.Ed. in World Language Instruction, Concordia College, 2014

Mrs. Payne worked in marketing for an economic development organization in Kansas City, prior to becoming a Spanish teacher. Upon moving to Concordia, she became Saint Paul Lutheran High School’s Spanish Instructor. Mrs. Payne learned Spanish in a Spanish immersion elementary school, continued her studies throughout the rest of her education, and studied abroad in Spain during college. She enjoys learning about other cultures and languages. Mrs. Payne also enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her family. She lives in Concordia with her husband Josh and three children.

"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." Galatians 5:6

Monte Pitsch

Monte Pitsch

Athletic Director, Physical Education Instructor, Mens Head Basketball Coach
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B.S. in Secondary Education, Concordia University – Nebraska 1994
M.Ed in Secondary Education, University of Missouri – St. Louis 1998

Mr. Pitsch taught one year at St. John’s Lutheran grade school in St. Louis before accepting the Call to teach at Saint Paul in 1996. In addition to teaching Physical Education, Mr. Pitsch serves as Athletic Director, In-service Committee member, and Head Coach for boys basketball. Mr. Pitsch is married to Marta and has 3 girls. Madison is a SPLHS 2015 graduate, Malaina is a SPLHS 2019 graduate, and Maggie is a Junior at Saint Paul.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23

Andrea Schmidt

Andrea Schmidt

English Instructor, Dean of Faculty, Head Cheerleading Coach
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BA English/ Secondary Education, Iowa State University 1988
LTD Colloquy, Concordia University-Nebraska 2003
MSE Curriculum & Instruction, University of Central Missouri 2010

Mrs. Schmidt began teaching English at Field Kindley Memorial High School in Coffeyville, Kansas (1989-1991). She taught and coached at Ballard High School in Huxley, Iowa, from 1991-1993. From 1994-2001 she taught English at Southside High School in Batesville, Arkansas. Mrs. Schmidt then served as upper grades instructor at Hope Lutheran School in Batesville, Arkansas, from 2001-2005. In 2005, she accepted a call to teach at Saint Paul Lutheran High School. She currently teaches English I, Composition, and American Literature courses. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she also coaches cheerleading, sponsors the Class of 2022, and serves on various committees. Mrs. Schmidt is married to chemistry instructor and soccer coach, Dr. Luther Schmidt. They have two sons, Samuel (SPLHS class of 2013) and Simon (SPLHS class of 2015).

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Dr. Luther Schmidt

Dr. Luther Schmidt

Science Instructor, Boys Head Soccer Coach, Girls Assistant Soccer Coach
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B.S. Major in Chemistry, Minor in Mathematics, Kansas State University
Ph. D. Analytical Chemistry, Iowa State University
LTD Colloquy, Concordia University-Nebraska


Dr. Schmidt was previously employed as a practicing chemist for 12 years by the Kodak Company and subsequently Eastman Chemical Company. Dr. Schmidt came to Saint Paul, along with his wife, English teacher Andrea Schmidt, in 2005. He currently teaches both high school and college Physics, high school and college Chemistry, Forensic Science and Introduction to Engineering. He also serves as head boys soccer coach and assists with the girls soccer team, as well sponsors the Class of 2022. In his spare time Dr. Schmidt enjoys exercising, science fiction, and crossword puzzles.

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

Katelyn Stuenkel

Katelyn Stuenkel

Science Instructor, Girls Assistant Basketball Coach
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BS in Secondary Education and a BA in Chemistry, Concordia University-Nebraska 2012


Mrs. Stuenkel graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, in December 2012. While at Seward, she was a member of the track team in the throwing events. Upon graduation, Mrs. Stuenkel served 6 years at Prince of Peace Christian School in Carrollton, Texas, where she taught a variety of science classes as well as coached basketball, volleyball, and track. At Saint Paul, she will be teaching physical science, biology and team-teaching anatomy & physiology with Mrs. Mehl this year and assisting with girls’ basketball. She is married to SPLHS alumnus, Ben Stuenkel, and has a 2 year old son named Conrad. She enjoys spending time with family, cooking and doing yoga.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4

Jacob Toensing

Jacob Toensing

Math Instructor, Girls Head Soccer Coach, Boys Assistant Soccer Coach, Math Team Sponsor
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B.S. in Secondary Education, Concordia University-Nebraska 2015

Mr. Toensing graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska in May of 2015. His first teaching call was to Saint Paul. Alongside teaching math, Mr. Toensing is the Math Team sponsor as well as head coach for girls' soccer and assistant coach for boys' soccer. He is married to Morgan, who is a physical therapist in Concordia. They have a son, Judah, born in August of 2019. Mr. Toensing enjoys running, biking, rock climbing, and spending time with his wife, dog, and cat.

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Matthew 6:25

Administrative Staff

Scott Borchardt

Scott Borchardt

Boys' Dorm Supervisor | EMAIL

Gloria Burrow

Gloria Burrow

School Liason | EMAIL

Clint Colwell

Clint Colwell

Admissions Director | EMAIL

Rita Fiene

Rita Fiene

Administrative Assistant | EMAIL

Rachael Hentges

Rachael Hentges

Health Services | EMAIL

Dan Hoppmann

Dan Hoppmann

IT | EMAIL

Kourtnie Kroll

Kourtnie Kroll

Girls' Dorm Supervisor | EMAIL

Karla McKeage

Karla McKeage

Communications Director | EMAIL

Jana Mueller

Jana Mueller

Tuition and Billing | EMAIL

Rosalie Pennington

Rosalie Pennington

Guest Services | EMAIL

Lynnette Schnackenberg

Lynnette Schnackenberg

Business Office | EMAIL

Support Staff

Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson

Maintenance Supervisor | EMAIL

Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson

Kitchen
Jon Bacon

Jon Bacon

Kitchen
Mark Brandt

Mark Brandt

Food Service Director | EMAIL

Martha Brunkhorst

Martha Brunkhorst

Housekeeping Supervisor
Dorothy Diamond

Dorothy Diamond

Housekeeping
Janet Hemme

Janet Hemme

Housekeeping
Mary Umbach

Mary Umbach

Housekeeping