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, interacting 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



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: 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.”