Rev. Dr. Peter Dorn


Years of Experience: 37 years(15th at St. John’s)
Education: Valparaiso University, B.A.; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, M.Div.; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, D.Min.
Why I Pastor: God has made me his child through baptism and the gift of faith. I wish to share that with others. I am blessed to be able to do this as a full-time profession.

Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:8-10 

Phone: 708-799-7491 ext. 203


Matthew Kamien


Years of Experience:  10 years (3rd at St. John’s)

Education:  Trinity Christian College, B.A.; Saint Xavier University, M.A.

Why I Teach?:  I enjoy getting to know the students, interact with them, and it allows me to help students learn life skills for God’s Kingdom work.

Favorite Bible Verse:  John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”


Phone: 708-799-7491 ext. 205

Our Dedicated Staff

Sharing God’s Love through their work

Name:  Mrs. Robin Rezek

Position:  Early Childhood Teacher

Years of Experience:  22 years (1st at St. John’s)

Education:  Concordia College, River Forest, IL, B.A.; Concordia University, Chicago, M.A.; Concordia University, Chicago, Ph.D. in Early Childhood

Why I Teach? I teach because it is what God has placed in my heart to do. I love the learning part as well! The teaching/learning process has intrigued me for as long as I can remember. I find it joyous work to help children discover the gifts and talents with which God has blessed them, and I feel extraordinarily humbled to be able to serve God in this way.

Favorite Bible Verse: Mark 10:14 -“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”


Phone:  708-799-7491 ext. 212


Name:  Mrs. Rachel Sever

Position:  First and Second Grade Teacher

Years of Experience:  11 years (5th at St. John’s)

Education:  Concordia University Chicago, B.A.

Why I Teach?:  I love sharing God’s word and it’s a blessing to help guide students as they learn and grow academically, socially, and spiritually.

Favorite Bible Verse:  Psalm 119:105 – “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”


2nd Grade Website:   2nd Grade Website

Phone:  708-799-7491 ext. 210


Name: Mrs. Rose Larcher

Position: Third and Fourth Grade Teacher

Years of Experience: 20 years (4th at St. John’s)


Name: Mrs. Kimberly Wilkinson

Position:  Middle School  Language Arts Teacher

Years of Experience:   18 years (2nd at St. John’s) 

Education:   BS in Elementary Education 

Why I teach?:   I teach because teaching to me is not a job! To see children learning excites me, makes me want to do more. Children are our future; I want to help make it great for them!

Favorite Bible Verse:   Isaiah 53:5 – “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”



Name:  Mrs. Laura Moss

Position:  Middle School Math Teacher

Years of Experience: 38 years (2nd at St. John’s)

Education: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (BS Elementary Education) DePaul University (MA Mathematics Education)

Why I teach: I enjoy working with students and sharing my love of math.

Favorite Bible passage: Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, just as in Christ God forgave you.”



Name: Valerie Butron

Position: Spanish 

Years of Experience:  15 years (1st at St. John’s)

Education:  University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A.; Northern Illinois University, M.S.Ed.; Concordia University Chicago, M.A.

Why I Teach?:  I enjoy building positive relationships with students, cultivating a love of learning about different languages and cultures, and helping them develop skills that will enable them to think and act globally. 

Favorite Bible Verse:  Psalm 18:2 – “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.  He is my shield, the power that saves me and my place of safety.”

Name: Lillian Griffin

Position: Library volunteer

Years at St. John’s: 8 years

Education: Chicago State University, University of Chicago, MsEd Counseling

Why I volunteer? I serve because “to whom much is given, to him/her much is expected.” Schools that work must include committed student, family members, teachers and administrators who turn toward each other and build strong, trustworthy relationship cultivating a great teaching and learning atmosphere.

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 5:11-12 – “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Name: Pat Spek

Position: Library volunteer

Years at St. John’s: 5 years

Education: Northern Illinois University BSW in Education

Why I work at St. Johns: I enjoy being around kids. They make me feel young.

Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”