Each staff member of St. Luke’s loves God and His people. They feel honored and privileged to work at St. Luke’s and with its surrounding community.
Michael J. Schmidt
Rev. Michael J. Schmidt was born and raised in Southern California. He was installed as the Sr. Pastor at St. Luke’s on October 2, 2011. He and his wife, Kristina, have 4 children, and they enjoy spending time at church events and their children’s activities. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1989 from Cal Poly Pomona; a Master’s of Divinity in 1995 and a Master’s of Sacred Theology in 1996 from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis; and a Master’s of Science – Family Life in 2011 from Concordia University Nebraska. He served as the Associate Pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont, CA, from 1996-2000, focusing on youth and evangelism; and he served as the sole Pastor at Desert Foothills Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, AZ, from 2000 to 2011.
If you have any questions or suggestions concerning our program here at St. Luke’s or Kansas State University, you may email him.
Director of Christian Education
She graduated from Concordia University, Chicago in 2011 with a Bachelors’ in Psychology and Director of Christian Education. Her internships were completed at Oak Park Township in Oak Park, IL with a focus in Elderly Abuse and at Trinity Lutheran Church in Urbana, IL with a focus in youth ministry, respectively. In between graduation and receiving the Call to St. Luke’s, Charity worked at Luther Memorial School in Richmond, VA working in the Preschool and 1st-3rd grade. Charity married her husband Jesse in 2016 and they have 1 little girl, Magdalene. Charity is very excited to be able to serve God and His people here in Kansas and is looking forward to new ministry opportunities.
Director of Music
Gretchen has lived in Manhattan since 1994 and graduated from Kansas State University in 2009 double majoring in Music Education with a choral emphasis and piano as her major instrument and Elementary Education with a special education concentration area. In addition to working at St. Luke’s, she teaches general music at Lee Elementary School and teaches private piano lessons. She is married to Ian and they have a dog-child, Finnegan.
Assistant Director/Lead Teacher
Tracie grew up in northeast Nebraska and attended Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. She received degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education and obtained her Lutheran Teaching Diploma. She previously taught for six years at Zion Lutheran School, in Kearney, Nebraska, as the 1st/2nd grade teacher. It is her pleasure to share the love of Jesus with the families and children at St. Luke’s Early Learning Center. She is married to her husband Andrew and they have been blessed with three sons: Gavin, Rylan and Kallen.