Rev. Russell Koen

I have been serving our Lord here at St. Johns since December of 2001.  I began my service as Pastor in a small church in Barnes, Kansas in August of 1983 and served congregations in Missouri and Illinois.

I have been involved in the senior youth group ministry, and Evangelism outreach.  I have served in congregations that were starting a Day School, had a Day School or began a Day Care over the thirty three years of my ministry.

I attended college at Belleville Area College after High School. I took several courses to learn to read blue prints, weld and manage a Steel Fabrication Shop in East St. Louis.

I began preparing for the ministry when I attended Concordia Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1976 where I received a degree in Associate in Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degree. I continued my preparation for the Ministry in the Fall of 1979 when I began my studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. I received Magistri Divinitatis (M- Div degree). I have taken enrichment courses in Family Counseling and received my certification as a Pre-Enrich Marital Counselor in 1985.

I have been married to my wife a graduate of Concordia River Forest, for 35 years God has blessed us with four sons and five grandchildren.

    Rev. Mark Nebel

    Pastor Mark Nebel has served St. John’s as Senior Pastor since July 1, 2007. Since his ordination in July of 1990 he has served Concordia Lutheran Church of Cottage Hills, Illinois and Trinity Lutheran Church of Hoyleton, Illinois. He enjoys all aspects of pastoral ministry, especially serving God’s people in worship, visiting members, providing spiritual care and comfort, and teaching God’s Word to youth and adults.

    Pastor Nebel attended Lutheran grade schools in his hometown of Jefferson City, Missouri, and then high school at St. Paul’s College High in Concordia, Missouri. He graduated from St. Paul’s College (AA) and Concordia College-River Forest, IL (BA). He completed his education at Concordia Seminary (M.Div. and STM) and Washington University (MA) in St. Louis.

    Pastor Nebel and his wife, Cindy, have been married since 1987. They have five children, Mary, Chelsea, Michael, Matthew and Clara. He is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues, the Missouri Tigers and the Kansas City Chiefs. He serves as the Circuit Visitor for the Lower Kaskaskia Circuit of the Southern Illinois District.