St. John's Lutheran Church

In the City for Good!

St. John's Lutheran Church participates in God's mission to bless, save, restore and reconcile the world through meaningful worship and faithful witness in the city of Des Moines and around the world.

St. John's Lutheran Church invites and welcomes all people to experience the Good News of God's grace, forgiveness and unfailing love. The Good News calls and empowers us to share God's love in word and deed throughout our city, nation and world.

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Des Moines Presenters

Beth Ann Edwards serves as Director of Arts, Handbells, and Youth Choirs at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Iowa, where she directs four handbell choirs and a children’s vocal choir, oversees all arts programming, and assists with worship planning. She holds a Master of Church Music degree with handbell emphasis, a degree in secondary English education, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual art, and a Master of Business Administration.

Joel Gettys taught choral and instrumental music throughout his career with the Des Moines Public Schools. In addition to his work as a music educator, Mr. Gettys has directed church choirs (vocal, handbell, and brass) and maintains a private voice studio. He serves as associate conductor and section leader of the St. John’s Cathedral Choir and the director of the St. John’s Brass Ensemble.

Dr. Kathryn Pohlmann Duffy is the director of the Grand View Choir and professor of music at Grand View University. She holds degrees in music from Wartburg College, Kansas State University, and a Ph.D in musicology from the University of Chicago.

Mark Kretsinger-Harries holds degrees in church music from the University of Kansas. Mr. Kretsinger-Harries currently serves as the adult choir director at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames, Iowa.

 600 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa  50309 - 515.243.7691 - a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America