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.
Early Learning Center Director
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Shelby was born and raised in Western Kansas where she lived until 2014 when she moved to the Manhattan area to work at K-State. Shelby has seven children, four biological and three adopted. She is married to Joe Bruckerhoff. Shelby holds degrees and endorsements in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, Secondary Education, and Administrative Leadership. She started in Early Childhood when she was 17 years old and has served students of all ages and needs since that time. Shelby has been serving as the Program Director At St. Luke’s Early Learning Center since May 17th, 2021.
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.
If you have any questions or suggestions concerning our program here at St. Luke’s or Kansas State University, you may email Jessica.