Designated-Transition Pastor: Rev. Kurt Schaller Blaufuss

Rev. Kurt Schaller Blaufuss, a native of Burlington, Iowa, attended Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and earned his Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He was ordained in 1988 at his home church, St. Luke UCC in Burlington, Iowa.  Kurt has served congregations in Lake View, Iowa, Ottsville, Pennsylvania, Lakewood, Ohio and Parma, Ohio. Most recently he pastored Trinity UCC in Tiffin, Ohio.  From 2001 – 2004, Kurt served as an Overseas Associate in Bangalore, India through the Common Global Ministries Board of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Kurt is married to Rev. Dr. Mary Schaller Blaufuss, who recently joined Eden Theological Seminary staff as Vice President of Institutional Advancement.  They have three children, Elizabeth Mencke (Brannon) who works as a funeral director in Parma, Ohio; Rebecca who teaches third grade in Berwyn, Illinois; and Lucas, who is a junior at the Ohio State University. Among Kurt’s interests are reading, travelling, listening to music and playing his bassoon.

Fay Scheible: Secretary and Bookkeeper

Fay has been the church secretary and bookkeeper at St Paul for 25 years.  She was born and raised in this community and attended local schools. She and her husband live on a nearby farm.  We are always blessed to have Fay in the office, but especially during this time of ministerial transition.

Mary Binkholder: Secretary and Bookkeeper

Mary was born and raised in this community and attended local schools.  She is married and has two sons.

LaNette Kotthoff: Music Director

LaNette has held the position of St Paul Music Director for 11 years, following the 59 years her father, B A Wagner, served in the position. She has been actively involved in music and performing since the age of five. LaNette attended St. Louis Institute of Music, Washington University, and East Central College majoring in voice and piano. LaNette has taught both, sang with the St. Louis Symphony chorus for 9 seasons, and has appeared in numerous local productions.


With the retirement of Lois Hoerstkamp Kruse, we are in search of a new organist.  Please contact the church office if you are interested in the position or know of someone who might be.

Ruth Hulsey: Bell Choir Director

Ruth Hulsey, pianist, and bell ringer since 2005, has served as Director of the St Paul UCC Handbell Choir since 2012 and is both director and ringer in the smaller ensemble group, ‘The Chancel Ringers’.  As members of Handbell Musicians of America, formerly  AGEHR, Ruth and her fellow self-taught ringers have expanded their skills by attending music clinics and Area 8 conferences.