Church Staff

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French, David
Senior Pastor

Pastor French a native of Connecticut served four years in the military before attending Mattatuck Community College where he received an Associates Degree in Environmental Science. He then attended the University of Connecticut where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutritional Science and in 1992 received his Masters of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary. Pastor has served at St. James since August of that same year. Pastor French has been married to Jan for over 30 years and together they raised two daughters Rebecca and Sara and now enjoy the blessings of a grandson Jaiden. Pastor and Jan enjoy fishing and traveling by car as they listen to books visiting family who are spread out from New Brunswick, Canada to Oklahoma

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Goodspeed, Amanda
Director of Music

Mrs. Amanda Goodspeed continues in her fifth year as Director of Music for St. James Church and School.  A graduate of St. James school in 1994, Mrs. Goodspeed is priveleged to continue to teach and share the music of our Lutheran heritage.  In addition to school music, Mrs. Goodspeed teaches elemetary computers, is faculty advisor for the volunteer librarians and coordinating the Minds in Motion Room.  Mrs. Goodspeed encourages all parents and congregation members to join the adult choir, handbell choir and instrumental groups which she directs.  Mrs. Goodspeed is blessed with three amazing children, Amelia (Second Grade), Joey (Kindergarten) and Heidi (20 months).

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Hecht, Nola
Church Secretary
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Heckert, Peter
Associate Pastor
Schlotmann, Mindy
Business Manager
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Strakis, Randy
Head Organist

Mr. Randy Strakis graduated from Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska in 1974. He received his Masters degree from Indiana University in 1984 and completed the principal licensure program from Indiana Wesleyan in 2005. Mr. Strakis married Kathy Kahre in 1978 in Evansville, Indiana. Kathy, a 1974 Concordia-River Forest graduate, works at Klondike Elementary as a Title I teacher. Kathy and Randy have three children. Daughter Wendy resides in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin with her husband Ben, son Clayton, and daughter Ava. Jon works as a computer analyst for Duke Energy in Plainfield. Jon and his wife April reside in Plainfield and are expecting their first child in September. Josh works for Harris Corporation in computer security in Melbourne, Florida.