As Lutheran Christians, we believe that God calls people to fill all sorts of vocations (“callings”), from mother to student to whatever our roles and relationships may be in this world. “Called Staff” are those who have received special training for roles in the church’s ministry and who have a special focus on sharing God’s Word through His ministry here.
Rev. Bryan Drebes
Office Phone: 402-391-9625
Rev. Bryan Edward Drebes was born in Hannibal, Missouri, baptized into Christ and confirmed in his baptismal grace at Zion Lutheran Church in Palmyra, Missouri. Pastor Drebes enrolled at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska in 1991, later withdrew to take a fulltime career in financial services. He re-enrolled at Concordia-Seward in 1994 and graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Pastor Drebes attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, beginning in 1997. He spent the summer of 1999 teaching English to Chinese middle school teachers in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. He served a four-month vicarage at St. John Lutheran Church, Plymouth, Wisconsin, followed by eight months at Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas. Pastor Drebes was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Missouri on August 19, 2001, and installed as Associate Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas on September 9, 2001. He served Bethany for 14 years. Pastor Drebes accepted a Divine Call to be Senior Pastor at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in November, 2015.
He and his wife, Cheryl, were married in Overland Park, Kansas, and live in LaVista, Nebraska. Pastor’s hobbies include traveling, bowling, baseball and bicycle riding. He and Cheryl do not have pets; Pastor is horribly allergic to cats. He also absolutely hates liver and onions.
Dr. Michael L. Kumm
Office Phone: 402-391-9625
The Rev. Dr. Michael L. Kumm serves as Interim Pastor until Pastor Drebes returns from medical leave. He is a retired LCMS pastor from Dakota Dunes, SD. He currently serves as the Chairman of the LCMS Board of Directors, St. Louis, MO. Dr. Kumm has served churches in South Dakota and Southern Illinois as well as on the professional staff of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. While serving these local congregations, he has served his community as a law enforcement chaplain and has served as the District Pastoral Advisor for the Lutheran Layman’s League; Circuit Counselor and as a delegate to Synod conventions. Additionally, Dr. Kumm serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the International Lutheran Society of Wittenberg (ILSW), a joint corporation of the LCMS and our German partner Church, the SELK.
Dr. Kumm graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where he also completed a Master of Arts degree in Practical Theology. Dr. Kumm is a Vietnam Veteran and retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve after 30 years as a Chief Master Sergeant. He is honored to serve with the Patriot Guard and the American Legion Riders motorcycle groups in honoring departed veterans and their families, providing escorts and flag lines at times of funerals and burials.
Dr. Kumm is married to Janet and has four children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Director/Teacher, Lamb of God Preschool
Office Phone: 402.391.2288
Kay has been the director and teacher for Lamb of God Preschool since 2011. She is a 1999 graduate of Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She and her husband Matt moved to St. Louis in 1999, where they lived for 11 years. While there Kay taught preschool, first, and second grades in Lutheran schools. She also worked for the Stephen Ministries organization for a number of years. She completed her master’s degree in early childhood education by distance from Concordia University in Chicago in 2003 (only setting foot on campus to get her diploma at graduation).
Kay grew up on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska, and her whole family lives in the state, so after years of being away from family, Kay and Matt decided to move “back home.” In May of 2013 Kay and Matt had baby Nathan, a blessing who keeps them very busy. In her free time Kay enjoys cooking, reading, sewing, running, playing the piano, and traveling. “Being in a Lutheran school is the best place in the world. Every day I get to tell children about Jesus and experience His world through their eyes.”
Dr. Jeffrey Blersch
Director of Music
Dr. Blersch Pacific Hills Lutheran Church as Director of Music in August of 2018. He is Professor of Music at Concordia University, Nebraska, where he has taught organ, music theory, and arrangement and conducted the Cantamus Women’s Choir. Blersch is a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he received degrees in organ performance and music education, and of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance.
Blersch has been an active church musician since being appointed organist of Peace Lutheran Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, at age eight. Best known for his creative hymn interpretations, he regularly performs recitals and hymn festivals across the United States. Recent performances have included The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, the Meyerson Sym- phony Center, Dallas, Texas, as well as conventions of the American Guild of Organists, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the National Asso- ciation of Pastoral Musicians. He is also an active composer; over one hundred of his compositions and collections are published exclusively with Concordia Publishing House and four of his original hymn tunes are included in Lutheran Service Book. He has produced two compact disc recordings of his original works: Resounding Alleluias and On Christmas Night.
Blersch and his wife Carla, also an organist, have three children, Aaron, Ryan, and Jenna.
Assistant Director of Music
Mark Stastny, Custodian
Boards and Committees
Board of Directors, John Thomas, President
Board of Stewardship & Finance, Jon Wilshusen, Chair
Board of Elders, Bill Wagner, Lead Elder
Worship & Music Committee, Paul Shultz, Chair
Children, Youth and Families (CYF), Sandra Glissmann, Chair
Library Committee, Kathy Stokes, Chair
Missions & Social Ministry Board, Marilyn Wegehaupt, Chair
Care Ministry Committee, Marilyn Wegahaupt, Chair
Outreach Board, Bob Glissman, Chair
Preschool Board, Kathy Stokes, Chair
PHLC Foundation, Carla Risko, President