• Senior pastor

    Pastor Lentz

    402-913-2251

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    I was born in Michigan, but I’ll always consider myself a Hoosier.  That’s because my family moved there when I was just two, and my mom and dad are still in Indiana.


    I went to Trinity Lutheran Elementary School, Concord Jr. High and High School (all in Elkhart, IN), two years at Indiana University, and earned my Bachelor’s at Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI.  Then it was off to study to be a pastor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.


    While serving my vicarage / internship in Dallas, TX, I met the love of my life, Kathy Phillips.  We became man and wife on June 16, 1990 (it’s been fantastic ever since).  We are blessed with two wonderful children: Rebekah and Jacob.  We are our own “core four” – we just love it when all four of us are able to spend time together.


    Things I enjoy during my free time include watching movies, golf, and mowing the yard (yes, I really enjoy it).  I’m also a diehard Detroit Tigers and University of Michigan football fan.


    One more thing I greatly enjoy – the ministry.  It is such a privilege and honor to serve the God who loves us so much.  To believe and know what our God does for us, how Jesus gave HIS life for us – what a gift!

  • ASSOCIATE PASTOR

    Pastor Jay

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    Pastor Eric Jay is a Southern California native, and accepted his current call to St Mark in August of 2017.


    Pastor Jay graduated with a Master's in Theology and Culture as a student of St Louis Seminary via the Cross Cultural Ministry Pastoral Certification Program (CMC) located at Concordia University in Irvine, California.  The CMC focuses uniquely upon equipping students and future pastors to infiltrate strategic urban settings as church planters.  As such, Pastor Jay spent the the last 2 years of his seminary trainign and the first 3 years of ministry pastoring The Gathering; a church plant of which Pastor Jay was founder.  After also serving for a brief time as the interim Pastor at St. Luke's in Westminster, California, Pastor Jay accepted a call in 2012 as sole pastor of St John's Lutheran Church in El Segundo, Ca.


    After accepting St Mark's call in August 2017, Pastor Jay preceded his wife Sarah and daughter Elizabeth who later joined him here in Omaha.  With degrees in Music Performance, both Eric and Sarah love performing and teaching music (they met and married while attending the Chapman Conservatory of the Arts), and exploring the outdoors with their "DizzyLizzy" in their spare time.

  • DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

    Casey Roberts

    402-913-2254

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    Casey Roberts is originally from the town of Wamego, Kansas. He went to college at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska where he double majored in Theology and Christian Education Leadership. He also was blessed to have the opportunity to compete on Concordia’s nationally recognized Cross Country and Track programs. He served a year-long internship to become a Director of Christian Education (DCE) at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Indianola, IA before taking the call to become the DCE at St. Mark. During his spare time, Casey enjoys meeting new people, listening to music (Garth Brooks and Newsboys are two big favorites), seeing a good movie and cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs!

  • preschool director

    Julie Kyriss

    402-913-2255

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    I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelors’ Degree in Elementary Education. I recently added an Early Childhood Endorsement through Peru State. My husband Mark and I live in Bellevue and have been married for 30 years. We have two children, Matthew and Laura, who both live in Omaha. My family worships at St. Matthews, in Bellevue, Nebraska. My first teaching job was in Copperas Cove, Texas, I spent three wonderful years teaching 1st grade before moving to Germany where I ran a Co-op Preschool for the Department of Defense. After moving to Nebraska in June of 2000, I taught Preschool for two years and then Kindergarten for seven years at Pilgrim Lutheran in Bellevue, Nebraska. Prior to coming to St. Mark I worked as a contractor on Offutt Air Force Base for Parents as Teachers Heroes at Home as an in-home visitor for children birth- to age-3-years-old. This is my sixth year at St. Mark Preschool as the Director and Lead teacher for our Pre-K classes. I love being an early childhood educator and am honored to share the love of Jesus with children. I enjoy reading, horseback riding, cooking, gardening and woodworking. My parents, siblings, and in-laws all live in Nebraska, so we are blessed to be able to spend time with our family.

  • director of music ministries

    Michael Kesar

    402-913-2253

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    I have been our Director of Music Ministries since 1997. I am currently tasked with music preparation for our 8:00 AM and 5:30 PM worship services. I help plan the service outlines in consultation with the pastors. Then I gather the music and the musical forces for these services. I direct the Adult Choir (for our 8:00 service) and occasionally round up a men's choir, handbell choir or various groups of instrumentalists or vocalists to enrich our worship. I play organ and piano for many of our services. I work with our other organist, Glenda Bock and our Children’s Choir director Vivian Kesar as they prepare music for worship. I often help out with VBS music and Preschool music. You'll see my monthly updates on music ministry in our Messenger newsletter.


    I am married to Vivian and we have 4 children, Natalie, Ethan, Avery and Jonah. Vivian and I both come from Michigan (although from opposite sides of the state) and have family still there. We both attended Concordia College in Ann Arbor Michigan. I taught high school choirs and religion in Milwaukee and Queens, New York before coming to Omaha. My theme verse for ministry is Psalm 119:54 Your decrees are the theme of my song, wherever I lodge.

  • director of operations

    Kurt Harmoney

    402-913-2256

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    I was born in Kearney, Nebraska. I’m married to Penny and we have two boys, Tad and Philip; and one exchange student, Seong Ji Ha. I started working at St. Mark in April 2009 and currently serve as the Operations Manager/Member Assimilation Manager. My key responsibilities are facility management and incorporating new disciples to the church. I have a BS, Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. I’m currently enrolled in the Lay Leadership Program (Licensed Deacon Program), Nebraska District LCMS. Prior to coming to St. Mark, I held various positions at Hewlett Packard, Compaq, Inacom, Pamida, and K-Mart. I’ve also held positions as a Stephen Minister, Youth Ministry board member, Spiritual Life board member, Outreach board member, and Sunday School teacher. My favorite bible verse is Ephesians 3:14-19.

  • administrative assistant

    Torri Merten

    402-913-2258

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    In addition to being our amazing new Administrative Assistant for the church office, Torri also shares her gifts with the Concordia Academy here at St Mark.  Her roles include being a 3rd & 4th grade Paraprofessional, Learning Center administrator and Day Care professional for both before and after school programs.  On top of all this, Torri is passionate about her work as a Registered Nursing professional here in the city of Omaha.