Rev. John Armstrong was called by God to serve Grace Lutheran Church in 1997. He loves being a pastor and his favorite pastime is to learn, discuss and share the Word of God with others. Next to his faith in Christ, the greatest gift God has given him is his wife, Harriet. God has greatly blessed their marriage with two daughters, Anna Jonnette and Ivana Harriet.
Although raised Lutheran, Pastor Armstrong's spiritual journey has taken him from skepticism regarding the Christian faith, to Fundamentalism, to Calvinism, to finally rediscovering the biblical and Christ-centered nature of the Lutheran faith. He loves discussing Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible with anyone who has questions.
He holds degrees from Purdue University (B.S., 1976) and from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (Master of Divinity, 1986, and Master of Sacred Theology in New Testament Studies, 1990).
Director of Family Life
Deaconess Julie McPeak has been called to Grace to serve as the Director of Family Life. She brings almost two decades of service in the church ranging from working with youth and children through to senior ministry. Her installation was July 29, 2018.
Director of Music/Organist
Jinhee Kim comes to us with a great background in the area, both educationally and in work experience.Her installation was August 4, 2019.
Jinhee Kim is a doctoral candidate in Organ Performance and Literature at Indiana University. She has finished all doctoral courses and qualifying exams, and is writing her dissertation to complete her doctoral degree. While she was pursuing her Artist Diploma at Oberlin Conservatory, and Masters and Doctoral degrees at Indiana University, she participated and won numerous organ competitions locally and internationally.
Jinhee Kim has been enjoying serving in the music ministry at Grace, playing hymns and service music for the Lutheran liturgy, planning music for the choir, handbell choir, youth choir, kids’ Sunday School music, and leading the music rehearsals under God’s guidance and grace. She is also assisting and guiding the community youth orchestra group Octo Carmonia as part of Grace’s music ministry. She is looking forward to resume the full scope of music ministry at Grace as the pandemic situation improves. Please contact Jinhee Kim if you are interested in participating any of the music ministries at Grace.
She enjoys watching a variety of movies (especially historical movies) and cooking Korean food.
Russell Davies began his service at Grace in April 2006. He came to the role after completing studies in Lay Ministry through Concordia University, Mequon. Russell is also a son of the congregation and serves as part of a team ministry philosophy, less as an administrator, more of a congregation facilitator. He enjoys teaching about the liturgy and most things Lutheran.
Russell was born in Sheffield, England; raised in Toronto, Canada, and now lives happily in Indiana with his wife, Carrie. Russell is blessed with two Christian children, Zac and Hannah. He has two great dogs too. Russell is also expanding in his role as a quality control assistant in Carrie's growing bakery business.
Sylvia Smith dutifully manages the books for Grace. She and her husband are longtime members. They have three grown sons, two married, and several grandchildren which they visit whenever possible.