Pastor Rogers has been serving as pastor at St. Johns since June 19, 2005. He is a graduate of Concordia Theological seminary, Fort Wayne, IN.

His favorite Bible verse is Romans 1:16. "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of salvation unto all who believe."

Pastor Rogers faithfully proclaims the Word of God, both Law and Gospel, among the members of St. Johns and throughout the community, while sharing the love of Christ in Word and caring service to the neighbor.

He married his wife, Jeri, on May 17, 1975. Together they have two grown sons, Erik and Christopher, who have blessed them with three wonderful grandchildren.

Pastor Rogers holds an associates degree in technology, a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Masters Degree of Divinty. He worked for 30 years in various engineering positions before answering God's call to serve as a pastor. His greatest joy is seeing his flock grow in their faith and trust in the Lord and coming to realize the truth that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ Jesus and His saving work on the cross for sinners.

Assistant Pastor

The Reverend Mark Allan Miller was born on November 2, 1955, in Oak Park, Illinois, to Robert and Harriet (nee Hyman) Miller [both are now deceased]. He is the oldest of three children, having a brother David, and sister, Joy. He was baptized (Dec. 11, 1955) and confirmed (May 18, 1969) at Faith Ev. Lutheran Church of Cicero, Illinois.

In June of 1973 he graduated from J. Sterling Morton (East) High School, Cicero, Illinois. He then began preparation for the Lutheran ministry at Concordia College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also attended Concordia Senior College (Ft. Wayne, IN) and Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Michigan from which he received his B. A. in Religious Studies (minor in philosophy) in 1979. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana with a Master of Divinity degree on March 4, 1983. He served his vicarage from 1981-1982 at Our Savior and First English Lutheran churches of Crookston and Eldred, Minnesota.

He was ordained and installed at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Laurel, Nebraska on April 10, 1983. From 1983-1989 he also supplied ministerial services to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Carroll, Nebraska. He was pastor at First Lutheran Church of East Grand Forks, Minnesota from 1989-1991. He served as Associate Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church of Pekin, Illinois beginning in August 1991 and became the Senior Pastor in May of 1994. He was appointed or elected to positions in the church at large in various capacities and in various organizations. He also served as the chairman of the CID Board of Directors and was a member of the CID Mission Commission and its Evangelism Commission and, now serving a third term, was first elected in July 2012 to be President of the Central Illinois District of the LC-MS. He also serves as assistant pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chatham, IL. For fun and his mental health, he sang as a baritone in the Peoria Area Civic Chorale (2000-2012).

On May 29, 1976, (now 42 years) he was united in marriage to Debra Ann Howard of Waukegan, Illinois, the daughter of Rufus and Caroline Howard. Mark and Deb have been blessed by God with four children: Adam Joshua Edward (b. 1980) and daughter-in-law Rebecca, Aaron Jacob (b. 1982) and daughter-in-law Courtney, Bethany Lynn (b. 1984), and Christopher Martin (b. 1986) and they have six grandchildren.

The Millers reside at 2608 Haverford Road, Springfield, IL 62704-4264.

Preschool Teacher

Stephanie Hill is a mother of three and married to her husband, Tom. In her own words: "I have been working with children since I was fifteen! I enjoy being outdoors, taking walks, playing board games and spending time with my family! I am looking forward to teaching and getting to know all your little ones!"

Preschool Aide

Deborah "Debbie" Trautmann moved to the area in 2008 with her husband Mark and four children: Brandon, Cortney, Caitlin, and Arial. They also have a dog, Grace, and a cat, Jonas. Debbie attended Robert Morris College and Carl Sandburg College. She has been a preschool teacher since 2003 and has been at St Johns as a preschool teacher aide since 2008. Debbie recently remarked, "I have the best job in the world. I am very active in my church, love spending time with my family, going on walks, and am very blessed by what God has done in my life."


Catherine Davis [Bio in progress!]