Reverend Andrew Kennell was installed as Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in June, 2017. He graduated with a degree in Biblical Languages from Concordia University, Chicago, in 1998, where playing trumpet in the Wind Symphony took him around the country. In 2002 Andrew graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, earning the MDiv and STM degrees. Ordained in 2003 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Glendale, WI, Andrew has served congregations in Missouri and Nebraska. He and Emily were betrothed in 2007 and wed the following year. The Lord Jesus has blessed their marriage with 4 children.
I am very humbled and honored to be the Parish Office Worker at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Monett. Getting this position reminds me of Romans 12:6 which says, “We have different gifts according to the grace given us.” I thank God for the gifts He’s given to me over the years that ultimately brought me to where I am today. As it points out in the study notes of the ESV Lutheran Study Bible, “The key is to receive all gifts humbly in faith and to use them to serve others.” I seek to serve God by serving the congregational family of which I am blessed to be a member.
Previously I was employed at Nestleroad & Roberts, Optometrists. I have worked in various other medical setting as well as having had office jobs throughout my career. I graduated from Aurora High School after moving there from Cassville during grade school.
My family includes my best friend and husband, Tim; our son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Brook; and our daughter, Alicia.
Those who know me well know that family is my most treasured blessing from God and that includes my congregational family! Our congregation is full of caring, loving people…come join us and see for yourself!!
John earned his Master of Music degree from Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kansas), under the tutelage of Dr. Susan Marchant. As a graduate assistant he was responsible for accompanying the university, chamber, jazz choirs, opera and private voice studios. John earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory (Boston, Massachusetts). He has played numerous popular music recitals on theater organs built during the 1920’s. John served as organist and music director for several churches. He joined the staff of St. John's in 2013 and enjoys the challenges and rewards of providing and guiding the music there. Finding just the right music to complement worship is what he enjoys most. John says “Our organ, choir, and wide hymnody make for wonderful and interesting musical offerings”. John’s loving wife Liz is also an excellent clarinetist and educator. Together they raise three children (Paul, Lauren, and Ciara), and dote on their Labrador Retriever, Mona.
Liz is the wife of John Cook and is also a musician. She started giving music lessons at 13, and went on to complete a degree in Music Performance from Pittsburg State University in 2001, a teaching certificate in Music Education K-12 from Southwest Missouri State University in 2003, and taught for 2 years in a public school. Liz then went on to have two children and start an early childhood music education business and went back to school at Drury for Music Therapy. She completed a Master's in Education from Southwest Baptist University in 2017. Liz plays with the Queen City Ukulele Orchestra and the Republic Community Band.
Front row left to right: Mary Phariss-Tressler (Treasurer),
Carolin Hopkins (Secretary), Rev. Andrew Kennell Back row left to right: Nathan Mertz, Mark Matthews (Chairman, Board of Elders),
Pete Hopkins (Vice President) Absent: Kevin Huffmaster (Chairman, Board of Trustees), Patricia Pierce, Mark Nelson (President)
Front row left to right: Mark Matthews (Chairman), Gary Bass,
Tim Lindeman Back row left to right: Tomas Saaf, Bob Dieckhoff,
John Bremer Absent: A.J. Bahl, Roger Unfleet
Kevin Huffmaster (Chairman), David Sims, Eric Maylee,
Rev. Andrew Kennell (Chairman)