Meet the Staff

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.

Associate Pastor

Devin Burmeister

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Pastor Devin (or RevDev), was ordained and installed as Associate Pastor on July 5th, 2020. He and his wife, Naomi, graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska. Devin graduated with a B.A. in Biology and Naomi with a B.S. in Accounting. They met at college watching a Cardinal's game, and they continue to cheer for the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues! Devin and Naomi enjoy hiking, swimming, boating and playing volleyball.

Graduating from college, Devin had the intentions of becoming an Athletic Trainer. Feeling called to ministry, he graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2020. He says that his favorite part of ministry is meeting people where they are at. "I get to walk alongside people at all stages of life, even the highest or lowest, and share with them the love of Jesus Christ. Life often feels unpredictable, but we remember the unending consistency of Jesus' love and life everlasting given to us on the cross and in the empty grave."

Director of Christian Education (DCE) 

Erika Troester

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Erika was installed on March 15, 2020. She was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska with her parents and two sisters, where she grew up in the Lutheran Church and Cornhusker Nation! She attended Concordia University in Seward Nebraska and officially graduated with her Director of Christian Education degree in the Fall of 2017 after completing her year-long DCE Internship.

She loves working with youth, children and families, and is in charge of IGNITE Student Ministries, specifically FIRE (5th-8th Grade) and BLAZE (9th-12th Grade), the Sunday School Program and Midweek. She enjoys connecting with people and loves getting to learn more about others. She especially has a passion for working with youth and children and loves to lend a listening ear!

Preschool Director

Katherine Palmer

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Katherine Palmer has been the Director of Abounding Love Preschool since January 2, 2019. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education and previously worked as Lead Teacher for the Preschool Prep program. Katherine has previous experience in the corporate world. Katherine and her husband, Chuck and daughters, Corrine and Elise have been members since 2015.

Ministry Assistant

Pam Williams

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Pam Williams is the Ministry Assistant at Beatuiful Savior. She 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 program 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.

Business Manager

I am pleased to announce that we have completed the process of filling the Business Manager position that was create when the plan and the budget was approved at our Annual Meeting in June. After a team interviewed all the applicants and made a recommendation, the Board of Directors has approved the hiring of Rick Chapman to fill the role. Rick already serves as our Facility Manager, and now he will also be taking on bookkeeping and financial tasks. Some of those tasks previously were the responsibility of our Ministry Assistant (Pam), and her position is now being refocused to all ministry support. She will continue to direct Upward Basketball, provide youth ministry support, and now much more.

Rick brings with him years of managerial experience that will be a blessing as he fills this need. In his former career in General Motors Corporation, he worked his way up to the position of Senior Administrator, overseeing many people and projects. Locally, he organized and managed the start-up of Kansas City’s Lutheran thrift Store, Blessings Abound. He currently serves as the president of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association. In addition to his involvement in many other jobs and community groups, Rick has also served here at BSLC in countless ways as a volunteer and as a vital part of the Ministry Team. Rick has a heart for serving God’s people, and it shows.

The next several weeks will be a time of transition for Rick and Pam as they learn their new or adjusted roles. This is an improvement that has been long in the planning process, and I am thrilled to see it come to fruition. Please pray for Rick and Pam, and support them as they serve the Lord by serving His people!

I am so thankful for this team that God has put together here. BSLC is a church that continues to work hard, trusting that God is really the One at work in us. To Him be the glory.

Pastor Jon

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