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Synod Staff

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The Rev. Dr. S. John Roth

Position:

Bishop

Email:

sjohn.roth@csis-elca.org

Bio:

S. 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 34 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.


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The Rev. Ken Sandlin

Position

Assistant to the Bishop

E-mail

ken.sandlin@csis-elca.org

Staff Oversight

  • Congregational Call Process
  • Candidacy Process
  • Liaison to Candidacy Committee

Bio

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.

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, and have made a few short trips into Canada. Future plans call for more extensive trips to see the beauty of our northern neighbor.


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The Rev. James Reents

Position

Assistant to the Bishop

E-mail

jim.reents@csis-elca.org

Staff Oversight

  • Rostered Mobility
  • Liaison to Leadership Support Subcommittee

Bio

Pastor Reents was born and raised in Iowa. He graduated from Wartburg College and Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA. He was ordained 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 (quarter-time).

Meeting his wife, Karyl, at Warburg College, they have been married for 52 years with three sons and four grandchildren. Pastor Reents enjoys biking and participates in the annual “Pedal for Purpose.”


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Pastor Ken Tegtmeier

Position

Assistant to the Bishop

E-mail

ken.tegtmeier@csis-elca.org

Staff Oversight

Primary staff resource person for our congregations in the St. Louis corridor and to the south.

Adult Faith Formation Committee

Social Ministry, Justice, and Advocacy Committee

Global Mission Committee

Bio

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


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The Rev. Maureen Stein

Position

Assistant to the Bishop

E-mail

maureen.stein@csis-elca.org

Staff Oversight

  • First Call Theological Education
  • Interim Ministry

Bio

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


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Pastor Elise Rothfusz

Position

Director of Evangelical Mission

E-mail

Elise.rothfusz@csis-elca.org

Staff Oversight

Mission support and stewardship

Congregational vitality

Alignment with the ELCA’s Called Forward Together In Christ initiative

Bio

Pastor Rothfusz was ordained in 1997 and has served calls to congregations ever since, most recently as Interim Senior Pastor at Salem Lutheran Church, Peoria, IL. She has been active in synod ministries, currently serving as chair of the synod’s Candidacy Committee. The DEM strives to equip the saints in the C/SIS with respect to evangelical mission, mission support, and stewardship ministry in the synod, focusing primarily on:


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    Ms. Glenna Senters

    Staff Oversight

    • Bookkeeping
    • Financial Records

    E-mail:

    • glenna.senters@csis-elca.org

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    Laura Lee

    Position

    Office Manager

    E-mail:

    • Laura.lee@csis-elca.org

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    Tucker Good

    Position

    Administrative Assistant for Media, Communications, and Graphic Design

    E-mail:

    • tucker.good@csis-elca.org