Church Staff:

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Doug Pretorius, Pastor

Pastor Doug has been faithfully serving St. Paul for many years. He and his wife, Carol, decided to call the Clear Fork Valley home in 1983, when he was called to become the Senior Pastor. He continues to provide instruction to our youth, adults, and senior members as a pastor, shepherd, teacher, mentor, community leader, and spiritual director. Pastor Doug received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University (1979) and his theological training from Trinity Lutheran Seminary (1983). Pastor Doug may be contacted at

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Barb Hoover, Administrative Assistant

As a lifetime resident of Bellville and member of St Paul Lutheran Church, Barb and her husband, Mike, are a blessing to the church. Barb has served as secretary since January 1983 - 6 months before Pastor Doug came, she would have you know - and offers invaluable administrative support to Pastor Doug. In addition, she coordinates the church calendar which includes all church-related activities. Barb may be contacted at

Coordinator of Youth & Family Ministry (currently vacant)

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Cheryl Lantz, Contemporary Music Director

Cheryl Lantz directs the Arise! Praise Band and leads congregational songs at the 8:15 Arise! Worship Service. She and her husband, Gary, are lifelong residents of the Clear Fork Valley. Cheryl is also the secretary at Clear Fork High School and makes the office and school run smoothly. Test her. Cheryl thinks in music and can come up with a song that fits any situation.

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Denise Lang, Traditional Music Director & Rejoice! Choir Director

Although Denise lives outside the Valley, we claim her as our own since she has been the organist here since she was sixteen, predating the rest of the staff. Besides being an accomplished musician, she also enjoys the art of oil painting, which she does with meticulous precision. She lives with her daughter Amanda, who is an exuberant presence in our midst. We greatly miss her husband Jerry who died in 2010.

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Beth Fry, Church Treasurer

Our financial books are kept in perfect order by our treasurer, Beth Fry. Beth took over as treasurer in 2016. Beth has also worked part-time for Directions Credit Union for 34 years and has served Perry Township as the fiscal officer for 16 years. She is a lifetime resident of Bellville, and life-long member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Beth and her husband, Amos, were married by Pastor Doug over 30 years ago and have two grown children.

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Dick Gehrisch, Janitor

You will never see Dick Gehrisch. Like an unseen gnome, he is where you are not - cleaning, straightening, picking up. He makes our building shine. Also a lifelong resident of the Clear Fork Valley, he attends church on Sunday morning—slicked up in his Sunday best, unlike what Dick might be wearing when cleaning—and he will be the one who makes you laugh, for he goes through life joyfully.

Church Council:

Jonathan Stufft, President
Amy Cox, Secretary
Sheila Pifer
Mary Ann Garn
Lisa Weaver
Pastor Doug Pretorius
(one position vacant)