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Paul Werner

Pastor

Pastor Paul really enjoys Amherst, the people of this community, and serving at St. Paul’s.  He has served congregations in Minnesota and Michigan before coming to Amherst in December 2017.  Pastor Paul and his wife, Sue, have been married 35 years and have three grown children, and one grandchild.

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Kendis Bender

Director of Christian Education

Kendis loves people, talking about Jesus and the color purple.  She served as a DCE in Illinois before coming to serve at St. Paul in 1997.  Kendis and her husband, Dave, have four children, two dogs and two cats.  Kendis loves to read, cook, create and hang out with her family.

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Beth Naro

Preschool Director

Beth is in her first year as director of St. Paul Lutheran Preschool. She has previously worked at Amherst Schools as an Intervention Specialist in the preschool, as well as at the 5th and 6th grade levels. Beth has been married to David Naro for fifteen years. They share their home with their three children, and… Read More »

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Rick Fortney

Music Director

Rick and his wife Joan live in Avon Lake with their ‘Mighty 4’ (cats Luna and Ellie, and puppies Clyde and Sophie). Rick grew up in Avon Lake, Joan grew up in North Carolina, moving to Ohio in 1989 to attend Kent State University where she received her Master in Music. In addition to St.… Read More »

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Judy Bloom

Church Administrator

Judy uses her gifts of organization and attention to details to serve God in her role as church administrator since 2007.  You will also find her in various volunteer roles in the church. Judy and her husband, Ed, have three children and 5 dogs, including a trained therapy dog.  In her spare time, Judy likes… Read More »

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