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Pastor Peter Perry
Pastor Peter was born in Phoenix, Arizona and grew up in the area east of St. John’s. He attended Washington High School, and later the University of Arizona. He graduated from the U of A in 1991 with a degree in Engineering Mathematics, but heard a call to become a pastor.
 
So, he attended Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. While at seminary, his teaching parish was Hope Lutheran Church in San Mateo, CA. He interned at Peace Lutheran Church in Toledo, OH. After his ordination on February 23, 1997, Peter served at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Mesa, AZ until 2004 when he went to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for doctoral studies. He specialized in the book of Revelation and ancient communication practices, graduating Ph.D. in New Testament in 2009.

Pastor Peter is married to Dana and they have two daughters, Ruth and Esther.

Pastor Perry was called to St. John’s in 2009. He seeks to listen carefully for how God is working in and through this congregation in the community.
Associate Pastor for Outreach
Dan Potaznick
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Dan grew up Lutheran on Long Island in an interfaith household, experiencing God through both Christian & Jewish traditions. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the State University of New York at Buffalo and earned his MDiv in 2018 as a member of United Lutheran Seminary’s first graduating class. 

In seminary, Dan worked as a fellow for the Zoe Project, a grant process through Princeton Theological Seminary that focused on forming young adult communities inside & outside the church. This continues to be a focus of Dan's ministry here at St. John's.

Moving to Phoenix in the summer of 2022, Dan was called as the Associate Pastor for Outreach to St. John's in 2023. In this call, Dan is tasked to focus on how St. John's can be welcoming to all people and to build faith communities outside of our congregation. In addition to his call at
St. John's, Dan serves as the Director for Generosity & Strategic Development for the Grand Canyon Synod. Bishop Hutterer will ordain Dan as a Minister of Word and Sacrament on March 18th, 2023. 


Dan resides near Cactus Park in Phoenix with his wife Randi and three adorable cats.
Jennifer Roland
Church Secretary 
St John's Church Council
Kevin Staggs
President/Mutual Ministry
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Ann Steinhoff
Secretary/Christian Education
Diane Arnst
Vice President/
Advocate for Lutheran Advocacy
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Phil Bacon
Finance
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Amy Beard
Caring
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Barb Kapla
Worship & Music
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Sandy Osborne
Fellowship/Property
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Pat Bodine
Endowment/Stewardship
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Cindy Staggs
Welcome & Outreach
Music
Gayle Riggert-Harris
Organist
Dr. Samuel
Choir Director
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Choir
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Contemporary Band
Tracy Williams
Guitar
Charlie Van
Drums and Vocals
Suzanne Randel
Vocals
Gary Hudson
Bass
Bill Cox
Keyboards
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