Rev. Jeffrey S. Teeple

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Pastor Jeffrey S. Teeple was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He attended Concordia Elementary School and Concordia High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Calvin College in 1998. He met his wife, Gina, while at Calvin. They were married on April 1, 2000.

Pastor Teeple attended Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne and served three parishes in Montana for his vicarage. He graduated from the seminary on May 23, 2003 — which also marked his baptismal birthday of May 23, 1976! He was ordained into the Holy Ministry on June 15, 2003 at his home congregation, Concordia Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne.

Pastor Teeple’s first Call was to Pella Lutheran Church in Waupun, Wisconsin, where he served as Associate Pastor from 2003-2007. He then received a Call to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Portage, Wisconsin, where he served from 2007-2010 as Administrative Pastor. In 2010, he accepted the Call to Faith Lutheran Church in Marinette, Wisconsin where he served as Sole Pastor.

During his free time, Pastor enjoys reading, fishing, and spending time with his family. He and Gina have two children, Lauren Elise and Elliot James.

Mrs. Jodie Church

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Jodie is originally from South Bend, Indiana and has lived in Angola for 30+ years with her husband Steve. They have lived in the same “old” house for over 30 years which keeps them busy remodeling and updating.

Jodie graduated from Bethel College in 1979 with a BA in Liberal Studies. She worked at the Herald Republican in Angola doing commercial layout and design until starting a family in 1983. After working various part-time jobs over the years (probably the most fun was helping to run their own ice cream shop for 3 years), Jodie came to work at Peace in August of 1998. She has been running the church office, answering the phone, protecting the copier from rough-handling, putting together bulletins and the monthly newsletter, and anything else needing to be done.

Jodie and Steve are the proud parents of three daughters, Stacey (Matt) Phipps, Christi (Aaron) Walters, and Haley Church. All three children are all grown and working, so they are truly experiencing the “empty nest”.

In addition to the kids, Jodie’s favorite hobbies include music (mainly church solos/choir/small group vocals), basket making (look around her office), crocheting, reading, and enjoying the cottage at Crooked Lake in the summer.

Deac. Gina K. Teeple

Director of Family Life and Faith Formation
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Deaconess Gina Teeple is incredibly excited to serve as the Director of Family Life and Faith Formation!  She is passionate about lifelong Christian education and sharing the love of Christ in our congregation and community.

Gina graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Media and Communications emphasis and Journalism minor.  She married her best friend, Jeffrey Teeple, in April 2000.  Together they have two energetic and imaginative children, Lauren Elise and Elliot James.

She worked in a variety of settings prior to returning to Concordia Theological Seminary to become a Deaconess.  She earned her Master of Arts Deaconess Studies in August 2016.  Her first Call as a Deaconess was to serve at the seminary as an Admission Counselor for the deaconess program.

In her spare time, Gina attempts to organize all of her closets at home.  She also enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time with her husband and children.

Mrs. Amber Vonderau

Youth Director
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Amber Vonderau was raised in Woodburn, Indiana where she was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and where she attended Woodburn Lutheran School. She and her husband, Travis, relocated to Steuben County in 2005. They are proud parents of one son, Carter.

Amber graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a B.A in Elementary Education and The North American Montessori Center with a certificate in Montessori education for ages 9-12.  Her first position out of college just happened to be as youth director here at Peace where she began in 2006. While serving in this position Amber also taught full-time in Hamilton and DeKalb Central Schools for 10 years combined and now as serves as a financial representative with Thrivent Financial.

In her free-time Amber enjoys days with her family at Lake George and completing home projects.

Mrs. Sara Miller

Director, Wee Creations Ministries
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Sara was born and raised in the Fremont area. She has an Elementary Education degree from Tri-State (Trine) University. Before taking time off to raise children, she taught for the Metropolitan School District of Steuben County. In May 2008 Sara became the director of Wee Creations.

In 2000, Sara married her prince charming, Scott. Their marriage has been blessed with three children: all three are Wee Creations graduates.

Sara feels blessed to lead a wonderful caring staff! She takes great pride making sure Wee Creations is a fantastic learning environment in which days are spent learning academically, socially, and physically. Most importantly, the children are taught about the love Jesus!


Mrs. Megan Steele

Director, Hand Bells and Adult Vocal Choirs

Mrs. Miriam Cook