Rev. Craig D. Otto - Pastor Otto has served at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Lee's Summit since August of 2004. He grew up in the Kansas City North area and attended Oak Park High School. He received a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri--Columbia (1983-87), then worked four years at Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis (1987-1991) as an Advertising Copywriter and Assistant Product Manager. He studied at Concordia Seminary--St. Louis (1991-95), completing his Master of Divinity degree. He served as field worker at Peace Lutheran Church in Lemay, MO (1991-93), as Vicar at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville, MO (1993-94), then was called as Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville, Missouri (Associate 1995-99, Senior 1999-2004). He was called to serve as Pastor at St. Matthew in Lee's Summit and installed here in July, 2004. Craig and his wife Becky have two children, Emma and Vincent.
He enjoys photography, oil painting, hiking, running, biking, reading, baseball and family time. He studies Scripture daily, loves the challenge of learning, and helping others know the Lord.
His confirmation verse: "I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, first for the Jew and then for the Gentile," Romans 1:16.
You may email Pastor Otto at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome, Rev. Steve Andrews, Jr., Associate Pastor! Pastor Andrews was installed on November 19, 2017. He previously served as the Associate Pastor of Family Ministry at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville, Minnesota. He graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in History. He then graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri in 2013. Pastor's family includes his wife, Hannah, and their daughters, Talia, Eliana, and Eden.
Pastor Andrews enjoys time with his family. He also enjoys woodworking, bicycling, running, disc golfing, and Blues' hockey. He admits to being a nerd in several ways, as he both enjoys movies and board games, and actually likes numbers and spreadsheets. One of his favorite parts of pastoral ministry is that he regularly gets to bring the gifts of God to His children.
His confirmation verse is Psalm 23:1 - "Yahweh is my Shepherd; I shall not want."
You may email Pastor Andrews at: email@example.com