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Senior Pastor

Jon Gruen

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Rev. Jonathan Gruen graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, with a Master of Divinity (M. Div.) in May 2005. He was ordained and installed at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Lee's Summit, Missouri, on July 10, 2005. He and his wife Nicole both graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in May 2001, Jonathan with a B.A. and Nicole with a B.S.N. They were married in 2001 and have since been blessed with three sons.

Rev. Gruen (a.k.a. "Pastor Jon") is proud to be Lutheran, which means (most importantly) that he keeps Christ at the center of his ministry. Pastor Jon seeks to reach the lost and to feed, nurture, and educate the found through the Word and Sacrament ministry which Christ himself has instituted. In this way, he endeavors to communicate the deep love of a gracious God, who gave up his life on the cross and rose again for our forgiveness, life, and salvation.



Director of Children's Education (DCE)

Erika Troester
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Welcome DCE Erika TroesterErika was installed this last Sunday and is excited to jump into ministry here!  Here is Erika’s contact info: 402-730-7119.  Here is a little about Erika, from her:

I was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska where I grew up in the Lutheran Church and Cornhusker Nation! I lived in Lincoln with my parents and two older sisters: Alyssa and Lauren, until I attended Concordia Nebraska with my twin sister Lauren.  After my sophomore year at Concordia, I spent the next 3 summers working at LVR working with kids and youth. LVR is also where I got to meet a lot of DCE's and adult leaders from all over Kansas and the Kansas City area.  I then got to work and reconnect with them, once I started my DCE Internship in Dodge City, Kansas in 2016! 

After my internship ended at Holy Cross in Dodge City in 2017, they called me to stay as their DCE and continue working with Youth Ministry, Midweek, Sunday School, and other Education Programs. This is where I continued to serve, until accepting the call to Beautiful Savior. In my free time I enjoy reading, watching tv, talking with my family, playing computer games, jogging and cuddling with my adorable cat Peggy! I'm also a huge fan of ice cream, dark chocolate and Captain America! 

Preschool Director

Katherine Palmer

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The Early Childhood Ministry Commission is pleased to announce that Katherine Palmer has been named Director of Abounding Love Preschool, effective January 2, 2019. Katherine has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education and has worked as Lead Teacher for the Preschool Prep program the last two years. Katherine has previous experience in the corporate world. Katherine and her husband, Chuck and daughters, Corrine and Elise have been members since 2015. The Commission will be hiring a Preschool Prep replacement for Katherine in the next couple weeks.

Ministry Assistant

Pam Williams

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Pam Williams is the Ministry Assistant at Beatuiful Savior.  Pam relates well with every age and is dedicated and passionate about sharing the Gospel.  She is always willing to take time to listen and help out when needed.  As the Ministry Assistant, Pam does an amazing job assisting the DCE with administrative duties of Children's, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries. Pam also is in charge of the Upward Basketball program, which is a basketball ministry outreach progrm BSLC hosts annually.   

When Pam was a youth, she enjoyed playing Volleyball, Basketball, and also Cheerleading for wrestling. Today, Pam not only works at BSLC, but you may also see her working at Kohl's in Lee's Summit.  When Pam is not at church or Kohl's, she enjoys reading, and hanging out with her family and friends.

Pam and her husband Trent have two girls, Shelby and Danika, and also two dogs.

Pam enjoys mentoring and talking to youth about the challenges and difficulties which they face growing up today. Pam states, "If I can help just one youth then it makes all the hard work worth it.  I am always giving God the glory for the guidance which He gives."

You need to meet this lady if you haven't already!  Her energy, love for God and servant personality is contagious!

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Chapman

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Lisa Chapman was born in Marshfield Missouri, where she was raised in Lutheran Church. She graduated from Concordia Teacher’s College in Seward, Nebraska. She taught 26 years in Lutheran Schools in Michigan and Missouri. While teaching in Lutheran Schools, she also directed children’s choir,   handbell choir and sang in the choir.

She has been married to Rick Chapman for 30 plus years. They have a daughter, Mickayla who currently lives in Michigan. They have been members of Beautiful Savior since 2005.

 Lisa has taught Midweek and continues to enjoy singing in the choir. Her husband stays very involved in the church on the Board of Trustees.

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