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St. John's Lutheran Church

Staff Bios:

Pastor Debbie Kelly


Hearing God’s call to ministry, I began seminary in 2011 attending Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), graduating May 2016. Prior to coming to St. John’s, I served as interim pastor in Woodstock.


Pastor Debbie lives with her husband, Dan in Johnsburg. My husband Dan is a carpenter/remodeler, and we have 3 children. Jason, along with his wife Amanda live in Johnsburg. Our youngest son, Daniel is currently a freshman in college attending McHenry County College. We lost our daughter, Sarah in 2007 at the age of 17 from the results of a car accident.

Pastor Debbie enjoys being out in nature, walking through the trees, seeing God’s beauty in the mountain, and hearing the ocean. I have also recently began enjoying a new hobby - adult coloring books. It’s a great way to unwind a busy mind.

I am excited and looking forward to being a part of this worshiping community, and having the opportunity to serve the people and community of St. John’s.

Together, let us be the hands and feet of Christ!

Jessica Steidl


Jessica “Jess” Steidl has been at St. John's since August 2006. She became a Christian, a Lutheran, and a child of God after getting to know all the wonderful, loving, friendly members of St John's. She attended Western Illinois University and Columbia College. Jess has a B.A. with a focus on Computer Information Systems and a minor focus on history and literature.

Jess resides in Woodstock, IL. She is active in various local and national non-profit organizations. She also provides guidance and mentoring, as needed, to some special interest groups and at-risk youth in the area. In her free time, Jess enjoys fishing, kayaking, biking, playing the guitar, working out, spending time with friends and family.

MarySue Houston (organist)

Jean Hutchison (custodian)

Nursery Staff


The nursery staff at St. John's is an amazing group of high school students who really enjoy children. Better yet, the children really enjoy these high schoolers! Every week at least one—often two or three—of these dedicated kids comes to care for the younger kids.