Our Church staff

REV. TROY NEUJAHR

Church Pastor

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.

MERRI LYNNE BUNGE, MS, MA, RN

Deaconess

on June 6, 2021 by President Kevin Wilson. Her call is to serve both as a deaconess and  parish nurse. In 1978, Deaconess Bunge received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Bowling Green State  University and in 1993, her Master of Science Degree in Public Health Nursing from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. For over 40 years, she worked in a variety of nursing positions including as a  college nursing instructor, public health nursing supervisor and until her early retirement, as the Director of Education for Menorah Park Center for Senior Living. With Pastor Neujahr’s spiritual guidance and encouragement, she enrolled in the Deaconess distance learning program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. She served a two-year internship at St. Peter’s under the mentorship of Pastor Neujahr, completed the Parish Nurse certificate program through the LC-MS in 2019, and graduated with her Master of Arts degree in Deaconess studies in 2020.

A deaconess is a Christian woman trained as a professional church worker to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through works of mercy, spiritual care and teaching the Christian faith. At        St. Peter’s, Deaconess Bunge serves the church through facilitating educational programs such as Bible studies and grief support and maintaining a card, phone and meal ministry. Working with Pastor Neujahr, she provides spiritual and health care visits to the home and hospital, and visitation and companionship to the elderly, the grieving and dying. She works within the local community by conducting health screening and health-related educational programming at a local senior apartment complex and by teaching Faith and Finances classes through Love INC. Deaconess Bunge also serves the Ohio District as the Parish Nurse District Representative providing consultation and resources to Ohio District parish nurses and congregations.

DAVIS BADASZEWSKI, MMus, Kantor

Kantor

Davis Badaszewski serves as the Kantor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Shaker Heights, OH and is a doctoral candidate in Organ Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), studying with Professor Todd Wilson. His past degrees include a Master of Music in Organ Performance, also from CIM, a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Mercer University, as well as a Certificate in Injury Preventive Keyboard Technique from Salem College. At Mercer, he received the award for General Excellence in Music. He has studied organ with Dr. Jack Mitchener, Dr. John Cummins, and Mr. William K. Trafka. Beyond his primary lessons in organ, he has studied choral conducting with Dr. William Weinert, as well as piano with Professor Derek Nishimura and Dr. Barbara Lister-Sink. He is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, the Society of King Charles the Martyr, and is Sub-Dean of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

GLENDA KEENLEYSIDE

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Glenda Keenleyside is the Administrative Assistant, serving the church since 2012. Glenda has been serving in LCMS churches for 19yrs. She has four children and four grandchildren. She enjoys family, traveling, walking, reading, the outdoors and cooking.