Leadership

Our Staff

Mark Schreiber

Administrative Pastor

By God’s grace I have been in the pastoral ministry for about twenty years. As a young pastor my vicarage supervisor placed this word of wisdom before me. He said, “The lows in ministry are very low, and the highs in ministry are very high, but praise God there are more highs than lows.” There definitely have been some low points along the way, but there has been more highs than lows. The greatest high for me continues to be to see how God grows, transforms, and enlightens people by the power of His grace through Jesus Christ. It continues to be a joy as I journey with God’s people through this life changing transformation he provides for them.
When I am not pastoring my absolute favorite thing in this world is to spend time with my lovely and talented wife, Joy and our six kiddos. We love being in nature either hiking, biking, or just sitting back and enjoying its beauty.
In Christ,
Pastor Mark

Roxann Leckband

Director of Human Care Ministries

I am currently serving as the Director of Human Care Ministries, Parish Nurse/ Parish Health Ministry. When I began my service at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, about 20 years ago, I was the Director of Youth and Family Ministry. Prior to my ministry at St. Matthew I worked in the local hospital on a med-surgical floor and mental health unit. I left the hospital to be employed by a community mental health center, working with individuals and families with severe and persistent mental illness. God had prepared me and then called me to assume a position at St. Matthew Lutheran, where I have been greatly blessed!
I live on a farm outside Ocheyedan IA with my husband Greg and two of our sons. We have another son who lives in the Des Moines area. We also have four adult children, two grandsons, and two sons who are in heaven. As we have done foster care over the years, we have our foster daughter, her husband, and their four children (our grandchildren) in our lives too! I enjoy watching my kids participating in sports and music events and spending time with the grandkids. I also enjoy cooking, baking, gardening, putting puzzles together, and being outside on the farm with our livestock and chickens.
I have enjoyed the ministry at St. Matthew as I have gotten to know many families and their children, from when they were infants to graduating from H.S. to watching them walk down the aisle. Under the umbrella of the health ministry there are two bereavement support groups, one for individuals who have lost a child and the other for women who have lost their husband. Other areas of ministry I am involved in are serving on the Board of Education, helping with Sunday School, teaching Confirmation, wedding coordinator, and serving in the visitation ministry. Words cannot describe the blessing one gets from sitting and listening to men and women tell me of their life experiences and their walk with their Lord.

Jenna Bents

Director of Youth Ministries

 I have been serving as the Director of Youth Ministries at St. Matthews since October of 2016 and am currently completing my internship to become a Director of Christian Education (DCE) from Concordia University Irvine. Prior to working at St. Matthew, I graduated from Northwestern College with a degree in Physical Education and worked at the local YMCA in various roles. In my spare time you can find me spending time with my beautiful family, running, attending sports events/school activities, and sometimes sitting on our front porch with a good book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. It is an absolute joy and blessing to join Jesus on His mission here and to walk alongside youth and their families in this up and down journey of life.
 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" and "love your neighbor as yourself" (Two greatest commandments -- Matthew 22:37-39).

Beverly Spittle

Administrative Assistant

Working for my church was always something that I wanted to do, and it finally came to fruition in May of 2005. I absolutely enjoy what I do and learning new things along the way. In my spare time I love spending time with my best friend and husband, Bryon, and our two grown boys. We love vacationing together every summer "up north." Bryon and I also like to escape on our motorcycle to enjoy the countryside views. My absolute favorite past time is reading a good mystery or inspirational book and cuddling with our dog, Nellie. One of my favorite Bible verses is posted on my computer to remind me each day to "commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this" (Psalm 37:5).

Lorenda Glade

Director of Traditional Music

Music and the church have been an important part of my life since I can remember. I grew up near a small town in central Iowa, and began taking piano lessons at the age of nine. With the encouragement of teachers and church staff, I began to consider music for a career. I graduated from Morningside College with a degree in Music Education, then spent the next 36 years as an elementary music teacher in Sibley, Iowa. Thanks to my hometown church organist and an encouraging Pastor’s wife, I began learning the basics of organ playing while I was in high school. I was able to take some organ lessons in college, though my main focus was on piano and education.
I began playing organ once a month at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in 2012. After my retirement from teaching in 2013, I joined the St. Matthew staff as Director of Traditional Music. It has truly been one of the greatest blessings of my life to have the privilege of planning music for our worship services. I live on a farm near Ocheyedan, Iowa with my husband, Russ. We have two grown sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and are immensely enjoying our two grandsons.

Joy Schreiber

Director of Contemporary Music

I have been involved with church music since age 11, when I started playing organ for our little church.  I have always loved using my God-given skills in church music.  I received a degree in music from Concordia University Wisconsin, and then my Master's in Music from the University of Notre Dame.  Church has been a part time job for me, and while our boys were young I also taught private piano and voice out of our home.  After our boys were older, and we adopted our 3 daughters,  I started to teach Special Education in the public school system.  My experience in church music has been quite varied, with everything from very liturgical organ music to currently leading the praise band. 

Louise Clausen

Director of Choir & Handbell Director