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Pastor Kevin Lentz
Senior Pastor

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Pastor Kevin Lentz was born to David and Juanita Lentz on July 10, 1964 in Monroe, Michigan. He was baptized on July 26th of the same year and confirmed in 1978 in Elkhart, Indiana, where his parents still live.

He attended Trinity Lutheran School for grades 1-6 and public schools for grades 7-12. After attending Indiana University at Bloomington for two years, he attended Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he received his BA in 1986. He then attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, receiving a Masters of Divinity in 1990. He was ordained into the Holy Ministry in Elkhart on July 15, 1990.

He met Kathy Phillips while on vicarage in Dallas, TX. They married June 16, 1990. They are blessed with two children, Rebekah and Jacob.

Pastor Lentz has served parishes in Minnesota (3 years), as well as Texas (20+ years). He was installed as Senior Pastor at St. Mark, Omaha on March 23, 2014.

Beyond the parish, he has served the church in various local and district capacities. His interests include: time with his family, golf, and yard work/garden work.


Pastor Tim Gierke
Associate Pastor

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I serve as part-time Associate Pastor at St. Mark.  My primary responsibility is organizing a small-group Bible Study process. I assist in worship, preaching, hospital and shut in visits, and Bible Classes. More than anything else, I love leading adults in Bible Study, particularly in the Old Testament.

Born in Butte, Montana, I grew up in Belvidere, Illinois. I graduated from Concordia College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Concordia Senior College in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  I graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1976 with a degree in biblical languages and pastoral counseling. I vicared at Concordia in Denver, and ordained in 1977.  I served a dual parish in northern Wisconsin until 1979, and Good Shepherd in Fremont until retiring in 2015.

Barb and I have been married 38 years.  She is an exceptionally-gifted church musician, playing organ, piano, keyboard and guitar in both liturgical and contemporary styles. She studied organ performance at Iowa State University, and Midland University, and organ improvisation at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, under world-renowned composer, Dr. Paul Manz.

Barb and I have been blessed with Kristin and Jeremy, their spouses, and six grandchildren. The focus for my life and ministry is John 10:10, where Jesus says, “I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.”


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Michael Kesar
Director of Music Ministries

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I have been our Director of Music Ministries since 1997. I am currently tasked with music preparation for our 8:00 AM and 5:30 PM worship services. I help plan the service outlines in consultation with the pastors. Then I gather the music and the musical forces for these services. I direct the Adult Choir (for our 8:00 service) and occasionally round up a men's choir, handbell choir or various groups of instrumentalists or vocalists to enrich our worship. I play organ and piano for many of our services. I work with our other organist, Glenda Bock and our Children’s Choir director Vivian Kesar as they prepare music for worship. I often help out with VBS music and Preschool music. You'll see my monthly updates on music ministry in our Messenger newsletter.

I am married to Vivian and we have 4 children, Natalie, Ethan, Avery and Jonah. Vivian and I both come from Michigan (although from opposite sides of the state) and have family still there. We both attended Concordia College in Ann Arbor Michigan. I taught high school choirs and religion in Milwaukee and Queens, New York before coming to Omaha. My theme verse for ministry is Psalm 119:54 Your decrees are the theme of my song, wherever I lodge.


Trish Reinbold
Administrative Assistant

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I was born near Saginaw, Michigan where I was blessed to attend Lutheran schools for my grade school, high school, and college years. After attending Concordia University, River Forest, IL for three years, I graduated from Concordia College in Ann Arbor, MI with a Lutheran Teaching Diploma and Education degree. I have taught grades 3-8 in various Lutheran schools including St. Paul, Hamlin, NY; Holy Ghost in Monroe, MI; and Trinity Lutheran in Traverse City, MI. My husband, Kevin, and I have been married since 1994 and we have 2 sons, Christian and Caleb. My family and I moved to Omaha in June of 2013 and I have been working as a Teacher Aide for Concordia Academy. I was hired by St. Mark in February of 2015 to work as the Administrative Assistant. I continue to work for Concordia Academy in the afternoons. God has blessed my family and me in so many wonderful ways and He continues to bless us through my position at St. Mark. I pray that I may be a blessing to you and your family as well.


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Kurt Harmoney
Operations Manager

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I was born in Kearney, Nebraska. I’m married to Penny and we have two boys, Tad and Philip; and one exchange student, Seong Ji Ha. I started working at St. Mark in April 2009 and currently serve as the Operations Manager/Member Assimilation Manager. My key responsibilities are facility management and incorporating new disciples to the church. I have a BS, Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. I’m currently enrolled in the Lay Leadership Program (Licensed Deacon Program), Nebraska District LCMS. Prior to coming to St. Mark, I held various positions at Hewlett Packard, Compaq, Inacom, Pamida, and K-Mart. I’ve also held positions as a Stephen Minister, Youth Ministry board member, Spiritual Life board member, Outreach board member, and Sunday School teacher. My favorite bible verse is Ephesians 3:14-19.


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Julie Kyriss
Preschool Director/Lead Teacher
Pre-K 5's

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I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelors’ Degree in Elementary Education. I recently added an Early Childhood Endorsement through Peru State. My husband Mark and I live in Bellevue and have been married for 30 years. We have two children, Matthew and Laura, who both live in Omaha. My family worships at St. Matthews, in Bellevue, Nebraska.  My first teaching job was in Copperas Cove, Texas, I spent three wonderful years teaching 1st grade before moving to Germany where I ran a Co-op Preschool for the Department of Defense. After moving to Nebraska in June of 2000, I taught Preschool for two years and then Kindergarten for seven years at Pilgrim Lutheran in Bellevue, Nebraska. Prior to coming to St. Mark I worked as a contractor on Offutt Air Force Base for Parents as Teachers Heroes at Home as an in-home visitor for children birth- to age-3-years-old. This is my sixth year at St. Mark Preschool as the Director and Lead teacher for our Pre-K classes. I love being an early childhood educator and am honored to share the love of Jesus with children. I enjoy reading, horseback riding, cooking, gardening and woodworking. My parents, siblings, and in-laws all live in Nebraska, so we are blessed to be able to spend time with our family.


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Casey Roberts

DCE

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Casey is originally from the town of Wamego, Kansas. He went to college at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska where he double majored in Theology and Christian Education Leadership. He also was blessed to have the opportunity to compete on Concordia’s nationally recognized Cross Country and Track programs. He served a year-long internship to become a Director of Christian Education (DCE) at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Indianola, IA before taking the call to become the DCE at St. Mark. During his spare time, Casey enjoys meeting new people, listening to music (Garth Brooks and Newsboys are two big favorites), seeing a good movie and cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs!