Justin Palm


I am blessed to be the principal of St. John's Lutheran School. This journey started when Mrs. Schneider celebrated her 40 years of service and Mr. Roger Sprengel said we should start to think about a succession plan for St....

Bill Becker

Director of Christian Education

I am married to Diana (Stellhorn) for 29 years. We have two children Briana and Bryce. I earned both a B.A. & M.A. from Concordia University River Forest, IL. I enjoy in my free time reading, gardening, and traveling with...

Lindsey Hudak

Music Director

Hi there! I am Lindsey Hudak, formerly Lindsey Pfanstiel. On November, 30th, 2008 I got commissioned and installed as the Director of Parish Music here at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School. My responsibilities include playing organ/keyboard for the church’s...

Heather Nowak


I have been teaching preschool for 16 years.  I love working with young children and teaching them all about the wonderful world that God made. I am happily married to Pastor Nowak and we have three children.  They are teenagers...

Betty Schmitz


At the end of the 2021-2022 school year, I completed my 33rd year of teaching. I have been the Kindergarten teacher at St. John’s for 28 years. All of my teaching experiences have been in the lower elementary grades. I...

Rachel Miller

First Grade

St. John’s Lutheran Church and School has always been a big part of my life. I was born and raised here in Red Bud. I was blessed with loving Christian parents who knew the value of a Christian education. My...

Rebekah Liefer

Second Grade

Hi! I’m Rebekah (Schneider) Liefer. I teach 2nd grade at St. John’s Lutheran School and I love it!! I am originally from Spanish Lake in North County, St. Louis where my father was a pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church...

Stephanie Valleroy

Third Grade

I have been teaching at St. John’s Lutheran since 2012 and have been consecutively teaching 3rd grade since 2019.  I grew up in Sparta IL where I attended St. John’s Lutheran Preschool and then the public school system for K-12....

Cindy Nebel

Fourth Grade

I am Fourth Grade teacher Cindy Nebel. I am married to St. John’s Senior Pastor, Rev. Mark Nebel. We have five grown children and two grandchildren. I attended what now is called Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Illinois for...

Amanda Ruhmann

Fifth Grade

I was born and raised in the Red Bud area. I attended and earned my education degree from Concordia University in River Forest, IL. I earned my masters degree in curriculum and instruction from William Woods University. After teaching 3rd...

Doreen Schnepel

Sixth Grade (Grades 6-8)

Mrs. Doreen Schnepel is the 6th-grade homeroom teacher at St. John’s Lutheran. She teaches 6th-grade Religion, Geography, Health, P.E., and Art.  Teaches 7th, and 8th-grade U.S. History, Federal Constitution, Illinois Constitution, and Health. She has been teaching since 2006. She...

Nancy Whelan

Seventh Grade (Grades 6-8)

Kristin Sachtleben

Eighth Grade (Grades 6-8)

I grew up in Red Bud, and I was raised in a Christian home where faith, family, and hard work were highly valued. I attended and graduated from St. John’s Lutheran School with a love of learning, and I knew...

Judy Stephens

Resource Teacher

Sara Shepherd


Cynthia Wilson


Jill Gross

Head Cook

Marilyn Oettlle

Assistant Cook

Bob Schramm


Will Krick


Pre-school – Heather Nowak

Kindergarten – Betty Schmitz

1st Grade – Rachel Miller

2nd Grade – Rebekah Liefer

3rd Grade – Stephanie Valleroy

4th Grade – Cindy Nebel

5th Grade – Amanda Ruhmann

6th Grade – Doreen Schnepel

7th Grade – Nancy Whelan 

8th Grade – Kristin Sachtleben

Resource Teacher – Judy Stephens

Principal – Justin Palm

Music Director – Lindsey Hudak

Director of Christian Education – Bill Becker

Sr. Pastor – Mark Nebel

Associate Pastor – Brian Nowak

School Secretary – Sara Shepherd

Church Secretary – Cynthia Wilson

Cooks – Jill Gross & Marilyn Oettle

Custodians – Will Krick, Bob Schramm