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Pastor Shellie Knight

Pastor Michelle (Shellie) Knight, MDiv is a graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA and served at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Warren, IL as their pastoral intern 2018-2021.  Recently, Pastor Michelle answered a call to serve the congregation of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pearl City, IL. Pastor Michelle is also a recovering alcoholic and drug addict with several years of sobriety.

“Prior to seminary I earned a bachelors degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA in business administration/accounting in 2003. I worked in various fields including investments, human resources, accounting, and farming   I have 4 grown children (Mhkaila. Ray, Andre, and Victoria), and 3 grandchildren (Emma, Oliver, and Ray Jr.). I am answering the call to ordination in the ELCA in Word and Sacrament with a specialized focus on serving those in the addiction and recovery community.” Pastor Michelle is the founder of a non-profit that builds bridges between those recovering from addictions and substance use disorder, and community organizations that support their transformation in body, mind, and spirit.

The offering collected today has been designated to support the ministry of Recovery Ally and its supporting organization, Sauk Valley Voices of Recovery.



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Dianne Handsaker, Parish Administrator

Responsible for communications, weekly bulletins and worship preparations, building rental and administratiave duties.  Contact Dianne mornings at 815-443-2215 or email.

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Joan Stewart, Bookkeeper

Kathy Albrecht, Financial Secretary