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.

St. John's Staff


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Rachel Thorson Mithelman
Senior Pastor
515-243-7691 ext. 225
pastorrachel (at)


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Bob Speirs
Associate Pastor
515-243-7691 ext. 223
pastorbob (at)


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Gene Anderson
Visitation Pastor
515-243-7691 ext. 221
pastorgene (at)

Support and Program Staff

Scott LaBlanc
Director of Parish Operations
515-243-7691 ext. 113
scottl (at)

Katie Tippins
Hospitality & Outreach
515-243-7691 ext. 115
katiet (at)

Kim Lamb
Front Desk Manager
515-243-7691 ext. 100
receptionist (at)

Michael Elsbernd
Director of Worship, Music,
Adult Choirs and Organist
515-243-7691 ext. 347
michael (at)

Beth Ann Edwards
Director of Arts,  Handbells,
 & Youth Choirs
515-243-7691 ext. 345
bethann (at)

Amanda Landers-Each
Coordinator of Christian Involvement
515-2437691 ext. 335
amanda (at)

Maggie Evans
Director of Youth Ministry
515-243-7691 ext. 346
mevans (at)

Alicia Karwal
Director of Children's Ministries
515-243-7691 ext. 334
akarwal (at)

 Lisa DeGroot
Nursery Coordinator
lisadegroot5203 (at)

Linda Frisbie
Lead Financial Assistant
515-243-7691 ext. 106
lfrisbie (at)


Mark Welsh
Facilities Manager
515-243-7691 ext. 131
mark (at)


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