Church Staff

Church Pastor
Rev. Troy Neujahr

Pastor Troy is a second-career pastor, having worked in the secular workforce for a number of years before entering the ministry. He graduated with honors from Grace University in Omaha, NE, with a dual major in Management/Organizational Leadership and Biblical Studies, and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where his focus was Missiology.
His chief desire in ministry is expressed in a verse spoken over him at his ordination: Ephesians 3:8-10 8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in1 God who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Pastor Troy has been married to Stephanie, the “wife of his youth,” for nearly 30 years. Together they have eleven children that bring them no end of joy.

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Music Director
Chad Lauritsen

Chad, singer/keyboardist, started playing the piano at age fourteen. With the encouragement of Mr. Herb Kaiman, his high school music teacher, he developed a love for music that led him to choose it as his major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His major instrument was voice, studying with Dr. Margaret Kennedy. Never forgetting his love for the keyboard, he studied pipe organ with Drs. Claire Bushong and Quentin Faulkner. Chad graduated from UNL in 1996 with a BA in liberal arts. He with his wife, Kim, moved to Cleveland in 2002 and have been members at St. Peter’s since 2003. Serving from time to time as a substitute keyboardist, he became the full-time church keyboardist in 2006.


Choir Director
Kim Lauritsen

Kim has been on staff at St. Peter's Lutheran church since 2003. She performs with Cleveland Chamber Choir and NEOVocE, local professional choral groups, and works with Children's Concert Society to provide opera to schools in the Akron area. Ms. Lauritsen is co-director and founder of Sistema Orchestra- Shaker at Lomond School, is head of the Voice Department at The Music Settlement, and is an adjunct Voice Professor of Voice at The University of Akron. She has appeared as a soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra in The Lord of the Rings Symphony at the Blossom Music Center under the direction of the composer Howard Shore, and at Severence Hall in Debussys Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien under the baton of Matthias Pintscher. She has performed and covered lead roles with Opera per tutti, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Cleveland on Tour, CIM Opera Theater, the Janiec Opera Company, and UNLs Opera Theater. She is the recipient of the Boris Goldovsky Prize in Opera, the Vassos Prize in Art Song, and a Special Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera Guild. She obtained her MM in Voice at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with George Vassos, and her Bachelor of Music in Vocal and Instrumental Education from The University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She and her husband Chad are blessed to serve together at St. Peter's.


Adminstrative Assistant
Glenda Keenleyside

Mrs. Glenda Keenleyside is the Administrative Assistant, serving the church since 2012. Glenda has been serving in LCMS churches for 16yrs. She has four children and three grandchildren. She enjoys family, travelling, walking, reading, the outdoors and cooking.

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Worship Schedule

9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Service
11:00 a.m. Time in the Bible For Children and Adults

Church Calendar

Get In Touch

  • 18000 Van Aken Blvd.
    Shaker Heights, OH 44122
  • (216) 561-2511
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