Shiner Lutheran Church

2021 Church Council

Shannon Blaschke

Kristin Neal

Brian Pokluda

Sandra Blum

James Davis

Debbie Ealy

Brian Baker

Danna Murrile

Matthew Sternadel

Mike Vaughan

Holly Heinsohn

​Tim Harris

Pastor Chris Heinold

Vicar Daniel Volkmann


Our congregation functions with paid staff members,

lay leaders, and volunteers.

Paid Staff:


Rev Chris Heinold is the full-time pastor who has served Shiner Lutheran since June 2019, bringing with him a decade of experience and the desire to continue his work in rural ministry.


Daniel Volkmann is attending Wartburg Seminary full time through distance learning while serving part-time at Shiner Lutheran on staff as a pastor-in-training with the title of Vicar. This four-year path to ordination is a relatively new approach called collaborative learning.

Minister of Worship and Music:

Ronnie Bruns serves in this part-time staff position, helping to plan worship and coordinate musicians, choral groups, hand chimes, and instrumentalists.

Administrative Assistant:

In this part-time position, Sharon Jaks coordinates the church office including parish records, calendar, facility use, and communications.

Office Assistant:

Sandy Machacek helps with office hours and other duties in a part time staff position.


Serving part-time as bookkeeper, Juanita Lucke manages bill paying, budget, and financial reports.


Tammy Guettner handles weekly custodial duties on a part-time basis.

Lay Leadership:

Church Council:

Our congregation is guided by an elected Church Council that oversees the operation and mission of our congregation.

United Evangelical Lutheran Dr. Martin Luther Church

2021 Officers

President - James Davis

Vice-President - Brian Pokluda

Secretary - Kristin Neal

​Treasurer - Sandra Blum