The Rev. Dr. S. John Roth, Bishop
The Rev. Dr. S. John Roth, Bishop
( Bishop )
  1. John Roth was elected bishop of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in June 2011. He served as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Jacksonville, IL, for 23 years immediately prior to the synod call. Earlier, he served as assistant pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn, IL. Bishop John is a graduate of Concordia Senior College (B.A), Christ Seminary-Seminex (M.Div.), the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (M.Th.), and Vanderbilt University (M.A.; Ph.D.); he studied also at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

A couple of Bishop John’s more unusual mission experiences are that he spent a month teaching math and social studies to 7th and 8th graders at a Christian Mission School on the Zuni reservation in Zuni, NM, and that he taught theology for a month at the Lutheran seminary in Novosaratovka, Russia.

Bishop John and Kris Roth have been married 37 years. They are the parents of Maria, Laura, and Sam; as of summer 2012, they also boast of son-in-law Drew, thanks to Maria, as well as two grandchildren.

The Rev. James Reents
The Rev. James Reents
( Assistant to the Bishop )
Responsibilities:
  • Rostered Minister Mobility
  • Liaison to Leadership Support Subcommittee
  • Relates to congregations in the Northeast and Northern Conferences

Pastor Reents was born and raised in Iowa. He graduated from Wartburg College and Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA. He was ordained on June 8, 1969. After serving in Nebraska for three years, Pastor Reents has served at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairbury; Peace Lutheran Church, Morris; First Lutheran Church, Plano; and St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington, all in Illinois. He is currently retired and serves as Assistant to the Bishop one-quarter time.

Meeting his wife, Karyl, at Warburg College, they have been married for 54 years with three sons and four grandchildren. Pastor Reents enjoys biking and participates in the annual “Pedal for Purpose.”

The Rev. Ken Sandlin
The Rev. Ken Sandlin
( Assistant to the Bishop )
Responsibilities:
  • Congregational Call Process
  • Candidacy Process
  • Liaison to Candidacy Committee
  • Relates to congregations in the East Central and West Central Conferences

Pastor Sandlin’s hometown is Perryville, MO. He attended high school and college in Concordia, Mo; and completed college in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1975, Pastor Sandlin graduated from Christ Seminary – Seminex in St. Louis; and was ordained in 1976. His first call was from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Quincy, CA where he served as a worker/priest for 4 ½ years. Pastor Sandlin and wife, Marcia, returned to the mid-west in 1981, having received a call from King of Kings Lutheran Church in Cahokia, IL. In July of 1990, Pastor Sandlin was installed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, IL. He served in Hillsboro until his retirement in 2014, and serves as Assistant to the Bishop one-half time.

Pastor Sandlin and Marcia were married in 1978 and have one son, Jeff, who lives in Waterloo, IA with his wife Meridith. Ken and Marcia both enjoy traveling. They have visited all 50 states, have made a few trips into Canada, and have also cruised the Caribbean, including a trip through the Panama Canal.

The Rev. Maureen Stein
The Rev. Maureen Stein
( Assistant to the Bishop )
Responsibilities:
  • First Call Theological Education
  • Interim Ministry
  • Relates to congregations in the Northern and Northwest Conferences

Pastor Maureen Stein grew up in the Chicago suburbs. She graduated from Concordia Teachers’ College (now Concordia University) in River Forest, then from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She worked as an occupational therapist in psychiatric hospitals for a dozen years before returning to school at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, receiving her MDiv in 1991.

She served Trinity Lutheran Church in Chenoa for 9 years, and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Colfax for 7 of those 9 years. She retired in 2015, having served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Canton for 14 years. She serves as Assistant to the Bishop one-quarter time.

She and Brian, married 43 years, have two adult children, Rachel, married to Chris, and Nathan, married to Velia.

The Rev. Ken Tegtmeier
The Rev. Ken Tegtmeier
( Assistant to the Bishop )
Responsibilities:
  • Liaison to Adult Faith Formation Committee
  • Liaison to Social Ministry, Justice, and Advocacy Committee
  • Liaison to Global Mission Committee
  • Relates to congregations in the West Central and Southern Conferences

Pastor Tegtmeier has served congregations in our synod since 1992. He has served rural, small town, and metropolitan area calls. Most recently, he was pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Godfrey, IL. Pastor Tegtmeier transitioned to retirement in 2018 and serves as Assistant to the Bishop one-quarter time.

The Rev. Elise Eklund Rothfusz
The Rev. Elise Eklund Rothfusz
( Director for Evangelical Mission and Congregational Resources Coordinator )
Responsibilities:
  • Liaison to Mission Support and Stewardship Education Committee
  • Liaison to New and Renewing Congregations Committee
  • Area Mission Strategies, New Congregations, and Congregational Vitality
  • Newsletter and Website Communications

Pastor Rothfusz attended Luther College and Luther Seminary, and was ordained in 1997. She has served calls to St. John Lutheran Church, Bluff Springs, Eureka Presbyterian Church, Eureka, and Salem Lutheran Church, Peoria. In 2018 she was called to serve the Central/Southern Illinois Synod as Director for Evangelical Mission, a position in each of the ELCA synods that promotes congregational vitality. She also serves the synod as Congregational Resources Coordinator ¼ time, which includes assisting staff, pastors, and congregations from a family systems perspective, as well as handling synod communications. She is married to Pastor John Rothfusz, and they have three young adult children.

Ms. Laura Lee
Ms. Laura Lee
( Office Manager )
Responsibilities:
  • Office Manager
Ms. Glenna Senters
Ms. Glenna Senters
( Bookkeeper )
Responsibilities:
  • Bookkeeper