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I love seeing people come to know the love of Jesus and then grow in a deep personal relationship with Him. I lead a great team of staff and laypeople in the greatest adventure of all time, building the kingdom of God, by connecting the community to Christ. My pride and joy is my large family, seven children and one amazing wife who keeps us organized. My gifts are faith, teaching, and evangelism. For fun I love anything that has to do with water.

Email at rpennekamp@stpaullakeland.org


Pastor Andy Ritchie

Associate Pastor

Good Day! I am a second career pastor. That means I had a first career and it was in the fishing industry. My wife and I have been married for over 25 years now and in the early days of our date and married life we developed a love for spending time outdoors. After about 10 years of marriage we were finally blessed with kids (A boy and 2 girls) after we began talking adoption. We have tried raising our kids with a love of doing things outdoors, loving people and loving Jesus because of Jesus’ love for us. We love to be with people and sharing life with others. Sometimes a life journey is a rocky road like our family life journey. Sometimes a life journey is a smooth journey but the walking together as God’s people is an awesome thing for it shows how God is at work in all our lives. At the time of writing this I am the “newer” guy on the ministry staff. I have served churches in Alaska and Minnesota ranging from really large churches to very small. The thing is, I could care less of the place or the size because it’s all about people and serving Jesus. Hope you come and visit us sometime or better yet reach out and let me come and visit with you. We could all use a few more friends to walk with through life! Peace out! Jesus with you and Jesus for you!


I enjoy sharing the Good News of Jesus to my fellow country Hmong people who are part of St. Paul family in Lakeland, Florida.

Seven years ago, I had a vision to start a new mission in Central Florida because the weather in Florida is similar to the weather in our home country.

One of my hobbies is farming. I plant rice and vegetables every year to feed my family, my friends and the needy families who need my help. I consider the work that I am doing is a great privilege from God. Email at zyang@stpaullakeland.org


I have been at St. Paul for over 10 years and love the community of people that have become like family to me. I get to spend time with children, youth and their families of the St. Paul community. A big passion of mine is the LCMS National Youth Gathering. I am on the planning team for the 2016 Gathering in New Orleans and have been to every Gathering since 1998. The 4 people in my life that mean the most to me are my wife and 3 daughters. I would love to meet your family and talk to you about the ministries we share here at St. Paul.


I have loved to sing since I was four years old! I have the privilege of teaching choirs and leading all ages from 3- 90+ in worship on the weekends. My immediate family consists of my aged mother and my young son. I love reading, going to the beach, and digging in my garden of flowers. Email gklockziem@stpaullakeland.org


Peter Herbert

Directory of Visitation

Email Pete at pherhert@stpaullakeland.org


Tim Turner

Contemporary Worship Leader & FASCF Instructor

Email Tim: timothyhturner@yahoo.com


I have been a member of St. Paul since I was seven - of course that was only a few years ago! My husband and I have a special place in our hearts for the school as both of our kids graduated from St. Paul. I love being able to serve others behind the scenes and feel truly called to what God has asked me to do here. I have a heart for learning more of what God has in store for me and enjoy being in Bible study watching others experience it too. It is my hope and prayer that each of us will desire to search for the path that God has laid out for us. Email ttrinklein@stpaullakeland.org


Jasmin Sopon

Financial Assistant

Jasmin is here weekdays, 9AM - 5PM to help you with financial concerns. Email Jasmin: jsopon@stpaullakeland.org


As publications secretary for St. Paul, I am kept very busy with weekly church bulletins and announcements, weekly school newsletters, monthly church newsletters, and many other fun and interesting tasks. I have been a part of the ministry here at St. Paul for over 17 years and feel so very blessed to work in an environment where Jesus is the center of all we do and those around me are filled with His love. My favorite Bible verse is “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 Have an announcement? Need to reserve a room at the St. Paul campus? Email jpearson@stpaullakeland.org


The Lord has truly blessed me in allowing me to serve him through the ministries here at St. Paul. My prayer is that through my service here, I can be a blessing to the community, to my family, and to the church while bringing all the honor and glory to Christ. I have the sweetest husband and the cutest little girls ever made and I enjoy spending my freetime with them. My favorite verse is Romans 8:28 "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."

If you are interested in becoming a member or have questions about St. Paul, please email me: bhowell@stpaullakeland.org


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