Pastor Greg Alms

Pastor Greg Alms was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up in various places across the US as his parents moved for business. He attended Concordia College in River Forest, IL, (now Concordia Chicago) where he met his wife, Suzanne. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with an MDiv in 1992. His first call was to Our Savior Lutheran in Laurel, Maryland, as an associate pastor. In 1996 he accepted a call to Redeemer Lutheran in Catawba, NC. He earned a Master of Sacred Theology Degree in 2003 from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. Suzanne graduated from Concordia River Forest with a BA in Elementary Education, and she is now a middle school language arts teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Glen Burnie. Pastor and Suzanne have been blessed with a wonderful family: Katie and husband Dr. Jonathan (Rudy) and daughter Miriam, who live in Clarksville,TN, where after earning higher degrees in music, Jonathan is Cantor and Katie the Assistant Cantor at Grace Lutheran; their daughter, Dr. Rebecca, lives in Philadelphia (a pediatrician) and works at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children; Hannah is pursuing a PhD in history (ABD) from Indiana University and currently resides in Greenville, NC, and is engaged to be married to Dr. Jason Guo; and Natalie Alms graduated from Wake Forest University in 2020 with a degree in Journalism and Political Science. Pastor and Suzanne enjoy hiking, exploring new places, reading, yard work and being with their family.

Barbara Haar, Minister of Parish Life

I grew up in Iowa. My dad was a Pastor, so we moved around the state. I attended Concordia Teacher’s College in Nebraska, where I received a Bachelor of Science, majoring in childhood and elementary education with a minor in science. My first call was to teach 5th grade at St. Paul Lutheran School here in Catonsville, Maryland, and then repositioned to teach 6th grade and middle school science. A few years later I became the secretary of St. Paul. From 1996 to present I work as the Minister of Parish Life, focusing on Christian Education, Youth and Outreach. My family includes my husband, Steve, and children, Jon, David and Aaron.

My joy in ministry includes helping children learn about Jesus, encouraging members of our congregation to define their personal ministry, and connecting people to Jesus.

In my spare time, I enjoy fishing, quilting, gardening and making cards.

Karen Ridgway, Church Secretary

Karen Ridgway (1)My name is Karen Ridgway. I have served the congregation at St. Paul as church secretary for thirteen years.

Renata O’Reilly, Organist & Choir Director

I Renata OReilly grew up in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and have been the Organist and Choir Director at St. Paul Lutheran Church since September, 2004.  I am also organist at St. Mark’s Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore, EELK Baltimore Markuse Kogudus.  I have studied piano and organ at Hobe Sound Bible College, Florida Atlantic University, University of Minnesota, and The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.  An exhilarating form of recreation for me is riding with my husband, Walt, on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. I also treasure visiting art museums and attending operas, ballets, dance and classical concerts. For me, they are sparkling springs of inspiration and a reason for being.