Rev. Jeffrey S. Teeple

Senior Pastor

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. He has served here at Peace since 2015.

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.

Rev. James L. Elsner

Associate Pastor

Serving our Lord through the congregations of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Pastor James Elsner was in full-time ministry for 45 years (1973-2018). He began his ministry as a Lutheran elementary school Teacher serving congregations in Ohio, Illinois, and California (1973-1983). Concurrent with his teaching duties, he also served as youth minister and school principal. From 1983-1999, he served as Christian education director and youth minister at congregations in Colorado, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Pastor Jim served his pastoral ministry at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Stroh (Hudson), Indiana, from 1999 through 2018 as Field Worker, Vicar, and Pastor of the congregation.

Pastor Jim has also served the church-at-large through district and synodical level youth ministry committees. He also has served as Circuit Counselor for the Indiana Circuit of the English District-LCMS and as Pastoral Advisor for the Kendallville Zone of the LWML-Indiana District.

Pastor Jim has been part of the ministry of Lutheran Ministries Media (LMM) as an on-air preacher for Worship Anew / Worship for Shut-Ins (2008-2018). And he has been the voice and face for Moments of Comfort (LMM’s online weekly devotional broadcast) since it began in 2019.

Pastor Jim grew up in Dundee, IL, and at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School (Dundee). He and Elaine were married in 1974. Elaine grew up in Fort Wayne, IN, and at Zion Evang. Lutheran Church and School (Fort Wayne). Their son, Steve, and his wife, Emma, live in Phoenix, AZ. Pastor Jim and Elaine make their home in Auburn, IN.

Mrs. Jodie Church


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.

Mrs. Amber Vonderau

Youth Director

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.  Amber is also an elementary reading and math teacher for MSD Steuben County.

In her free-time Amber enjoys days with her extended family at Lake George, reading, and making her husband tackle projects around the house.


Mrs. Sara Miller

Director, Wee Creations Ministries

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. Miriam Cook