Rev. Jacob Ehrhard

Rev. Jacob Ehrhard was born in Springfield, IL and raised in St. Louis, MO. He was a member of Grace Chapel Lutheran Church and attended Grace Chapel elementary school and Lutheran High School North in St. Louis. After several years studying engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, he decided to pursue church work at Concordia University in River Forest. While at CURF, he decided to enter into Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN to pursue the vocation of pastor. Pastor Ehrhard has served as vicar at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman, IL, as associate pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Dwight, IL, and as sole pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Haven, MO. He is currently working on a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.


Pastor Ehrhard was married to Gretal (Helming) on July 23, 2005. In December of 2017, they were placed with Anna Lynne Rose for adoption, which was finalized in June of 2018. Gretal is the daughter of two Lutheran school teachers and has two sisters. Pastor Ehrhard’s father works in the engineering department at Washington University in St. Louis and his mother works in non-profit development and served at Lutheran High School Association of St. Louis for nearly 20 years. Pastor has one sister, who is a digital content manager for Lutheran Hour Ministries.


Pastor, Gretal, and Anna have one dog, Gus.

+ Rev. John H. Lutz, Emeritus +

Rev. John H. Lutz was born in 1920 in Amherst, Wisconsin.  He attended Concordia College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (now Concordia University—Wisconsin) and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.

Upon graduating from seminary, Pastor Lutz was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry, and served Concordia Lutheran Church in Williston, North Dakota, a mission congregation at that time.

Before coming to St. John’s, Pastor married Helen (nee Lueders).  They were blessed with a son, Rev. Michael, and four daughters: Dorcas, Martha, Mary, and Lois.

St. John’s called Pastor Lutz to be our associate pastor in 1956.  Following Pastor Henry Blanke’s retirement, he accepted our call to be the senior pastor. 

Pastor Lutz had a long and active career, serving St. John’s for over 33 years.  In addition, he tirelessly served the Northern Illinois District, Synod, and community in many capacities.

Upon retiring in 1990, Pastor Lutz served Bethany Lutheran Church.  Having retired completely, he now resides at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, IL.

On March 19, 2013, after 93 years of earthly pilrimage, nearly 68 of which as bridegroom to his beloved Helen, Pastor Lutz fell asleep in Jesus.  He now awaits the Resurrection of all flesh.