Stephen Schafer, Pastor

Pastor Schafer retired from full-time ministry in Summer, 2018. The St. Paul congregation is currently engaged in the process to call a pastor.  During our time without a full-time pastor, services will be led by visiting pastors and elders of the church, and the Lord’s Supper will be administered by visiting supply pastors on the Sundays when they are preaching.

 

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.