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SCHOOL STAFF

EXPERIENCED AND CERTIFIED FACULTY

Our teachers are licensed in the state of Colorado and/or hold a Lutheran Teacher’s Diploma. They are dedicated to Christ-centered education and traditional family values. Above all, we are blessed with dedicated Christian teachers who seek to develop close relationships with their students in order to share with them the love of their Savior.

PRINCIPAL

Steve Hobus
steveh@messiahlutherangj.org

Mr. Steve Hobus was born in Wausau, Wisconsin. His father was the late Rev. Dr. Robert A. Hobus, he was the pastor at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Greendale, Wi. From Wisconsin the family traveled to Texas (Dallas and Houston) and then to Kansas (Wichita and Arkansas City).  He attended Wichita State University on a football scholarship until an injury, gave him the opportunity to study at Southwestern College in Winfield Kansas. He received his BS in Biology (1981) and his Master in Education (1988).  His first teaching job was in Arkansas City Middle School, where he taught science and coached. He then moved to Beatrice, Nebraska to teach at Beatrice Middle School. Besides teaching and coaching, he was also President of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Beatrice, Ne.  He then moved to Milwaukee Lutheran High school, where he taught Biology and Earth science, was the Drama Director and AFS coordinator. While at MLHS he earned his colloquy and Administrative Certification from Concordia Wisconsin.  In 2007 he became part of the founding faculty at Crean Lutheran High school as a science teacher and coach. He currently serves as a science teacher and the Dean of Student Services. Mr. Hobus is blessed to be married to Dr. Mary E. Hobus; they have three children, Amanda -serving at as a missionary in Panama City, Panama, Andrew-  living near Chicago working for the State of Illinois and Isaiah a student at Concordia in his senior year. He also tries to keep up with  a variety of activities that keep him busy, but happy, such as fishing, hunting and hiking. He is also writing to finish his doctorate from Grand Canyon University in Educational Leadership.  God is good….all the time!

PRESCHOOL & PRE-KINDERGARTEN

 TEACHER

Layla Stone
laylas@messiahlutherangj.org

I grew up in the small town of Gypsum, Colorado with my parents and younger sister. I attended CMU after graduating from Eagle Valley High School. I later earned my degree from Colorado Christian University. I have been married to my husband, Leighton, for 19 years and we have two wonderful children. I enjoy camping, hunting, being outdoors, campfires, fall and photography. My husband and I led short-term mission trips for many years in many countries and love the universality of the Gospel. My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 139:13 as He has always known us!

 TEACHER

Erin Ratliff
erinr@messiahlutherangj.org

I was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado and graduated from Palisade High School. I have been married to my husband for 18 years and counting. We have three children; one boy and two girls. I attended Colorado Mesa University and studied Early Childhood Education. I have been at Messiah for 6 years. I love teaching because every day is different and I get to watch my students grow. My favorite verse is, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.

DIRECTOR

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Tessa Miller
tessam@messiahlutherangj.org

I grew up in Farmington, Missouri with my parents, one sister, and two brothers.  I attended Concordia University Mequon, Wisconsin. I graduated with a BS degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education.  My first teaching call was to Honolulu, Hawaii, where I taught for two years.  I then got married and moved to Kent, Washington, where I also taught two years.  My husband and I moved to Grand Junction, CO in 2009 and had our first son.  I now have two sons and a daughter.  I have taught everything from three year olds to second grade as well as 3rd and 4th grade Language.  My favorite thing about teaching is sharing the love of Jesus with my students and watching them be amazed by his grace and goodness.  Our God is kind and faithful and has richly blessed my teaching ministry!

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

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I grew up in Minnesota with my parents, three brothers and two sisters. I graduated from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN with an AA, then Minnesota State University – Mankato, MN with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in Music. I taught for four years in a one room Christian school (K – 7) in Ridgecrest, CA. After that I went to Concordia University, River Forest, IL where I received my LCMS colloquy and my MA in School Counseling and Guidance. I married my husband, Eric, and then taught in Lutheran schools in Wausau, WI and Redding, CA before moving to Grand Junction in 1995. I have a son and a daughter. I taught Kindergarten and various subjects in other grades until we began our full day Kindergarten program. God has truly blessed me with the Kindergartners I GET to be with each day.

1st & 2nd GRADES TEACHER

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Tessa Miller
tessam@messiahlutherangj.org

I grew up in Farmington, Missouri with my parents, one sister, and two brothers.  I attended Concordia University Mequon, Wisconsin. I graduated with a BS degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education.  My first teaching call was to Honolulu, Hawaii, where I taught for two years.  I then got married and moved to Kent, Washington, where I also taught two years.  My husband and I moved to Grand Junction, CO in 2009 and had our first son.  I now have two sons and a daughter.  I have taught everything from three year olds to second grade as well as 3rd and 4th grade Language.  My favorite thing about teaching is sharing the love of Jesus with my students and watching them be amazed by his grace and goodness.  Our God is kind and faithful and has richly blessed my teaching ministry!

3rd & 4th GRADES TEACHER

Enid Miller
enidm@messiahlutherangj.org

I grew up in Fort Morgan, Colorado with my parents and one brother. I attended St. John’s College in Winfield, KS for two years where I met my husband Corky. I then attended Concordia University in Seward NE where I graduated with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. After graduation we taught in Troy, Illinois and also at a two room school in Sylvan Grove, KS. In 1982 we moved to Grand Junction with our two sons.  All of my 39 years of teaching experience has been in grades 1 – 4 in the Lutheran system. The best part of teaching is sharing the gospel and love of Jesus with the children and their families!

5th & 6th GRADES TEACHER

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Karen Mead
karenm@messiahlutherangj.org

I grew up in Raleigh, N.C. and finished high school at Central High here in Grand Junction.  I attended Concordia University, Seward, NE and have my masters degree in literature. I have taught grades second through eighth in my 21 year teaching career.  I’ve taught in the southern and central coast of California, Loveland, CO, and now lovely Grand Junction.  God is good!

7th & 8th GRADES TEACHER

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Corky Miller
corkym@messiahlutherangj.org

Born – 1953 – Axtell, Kansas

Education:

• St. John’s, Kansas H.S. 1971
• St. John’s, Kansas JUCO (AA) 1973
• Concordia, Nebraska (BA) 1975
• Adams State College, Colorado (M.Ed) 1991

Work:

• St. Paul’s – Troy, Ill. 1975-1977 Bethlehem – Sylvan Grove, Kansas 1977-1979
• Rancher/Candy Chef – Montrose, Colorado 1979-1982
• Messiah Lutheran Church and School – Grand Junction, Colorado 1982- Present

Married to Enid in 1975. Two children Kyle and Jeremy. Corky and Enid have 5 Grandchildren!

He is an accomplished artist, enjoys hunting, fishing and Volleyball….

MUSIC TEACHER

Lonni Karly
lonnik@messiahlutherangj.org

Lonni Ann Karly serves as Director of Music for the Lutheran Church and School of Messiah, teaching General Music and Music Appreciation as well as directing the Angel Choir, Lion’s Jubilate, and the Hand Bell Choir, all for the school. Additionally, Mrs. Karly directs the Kingdom Kids Choir and the Adult Choir, plays organ for and is in charge of music for church services.

Mrs. Karly has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance in both Piano and Percussion, a Master of Science Degree in Music Performance – Percussion, a Master of Science in Music Theory, and is ABD in a Doctor of Arts in Music – Percussion, with a secondary emphasis in Music Theory. She has taught at St. Mary-of-the-Wood College, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Slippery Rock University, Mesa State College, and Western State College. Additionally, Mrs. Karly has played with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra.

SPANISH TEACHER

Cheryl Stearns
cheryl.stearns@outlook.com

Grew up in Highland Park (Dallas), Texas (GO COWBOYS!)

Education:

• BS – University of Kansas (Spanish/English), Lawrence, Kansas (ROCK CHALK, JAYHAWK!)
• M.Ed. – Lesley University, Cambridge Massachusetts
• National Certification – Early Adolescent English/Language Arts
• Trainer of Trainers – Six Traits of Writing

Teaching experience:

• Spanish and Developmental Reading – Parkway School District, St. Louis, Missouri
• Assistant director/teacher – Presbyterian Children’s Center, Longview, Texas
• Developed Middle School Language Arts Program and taught Spanish and English/ Language Arts- Trinity School of Texas, Longview, Texas
• Language Arts, Reading, and Spanish – Powell Middle and High Schools, Powell, Wyoming
• Summer School Director – Powell Middle School, Powell, Wyoming
• Conversational Spanish – Northwest College, Powell, Wyoming
• Six Traits of Writing – trained teachers at Powell Middle School and several districts around Wyoming

Private life:

• Christian – so grateful for my salvation
• Mother of two awesome people: James and Jessica
• Grandmother and Nanny to my wonderful grandson, Cyrus
• Caregiver of two dogs, one cat, and ten chickens
• Ardent Dallas Cowboys fan and Golden State Warriors fan
• Lover of the arts
• Love to travel

I have been blessed to have loved all my jobs these 41 years, but my favorites have always been in the private, Christian sector where I could freely and verbally include Jesus in my day-to-day classroom.

MATH TEACHER

Paul Yutzy
pvyutzy@gmail.com

I grew up in Grand Junction Colorado. I graduated from Central High here in town. I attended Colorado Mesa University (then Mesa College) where I graduated with a BA in Social and Behavioral Science with an emphasis in economics and political science. I retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2009. I started teaching math here at Messiah in 2014 and have been richly blessed by this second career. The Lord God is good and He created mathematics!

COMPUTERS TEACHER

Layla Stone
laylas@messiahlutherangj.org

I grew up in the small town of Gypsum, Colorado with my parents and younger sister. I attended CMU after graduating from Eagle Valley High School. I later earned my degree from Colorado Christian University. I have been married to my husband, Leighton, for 19 years and we have two wonderful children. I enjoy camping, hunting, being outdoors, campfires, fall and photography. My husband and I led short-term mission trips for many years in many countries and love the universality of the Gospel. My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 139:13 as He has always known us!

 RELIGION AND CONFERMATION TEACHER

Pastor Redeker
pastorr@messiahlutherangj.org

Pastor Michael “Mike” Redeker is the son of a retired pastor in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  He was born in San Jose, California where his father started a mission church.  They relocated to Sheboygan, Wisconsin when he and his twin sister were three years old in 1965.  His Wife, Mary, was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  They celebrated their 30th anniversary this past October (2016).  Pastor and Mary have been blessed with seven children and one granddaughter.  Pastor Redeker earned his BBA in marketing from UW – Milwaukee in 1985. He worked for the Plough Corporation as a territory manager after graduation, and for Lutheran Brotherhood following Plough.  He entered the Concordia Seminary St. Louis in 1991.  His vicarage was at Saint Paul Lutheran Church on the north-west side of Chicago.  He graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in May 1995 with his Master of Divinity degree.  He earned his Master of Sacred Theology in February 2016.  The focus of his paper was the Flesh/Spirit conflict in Galatians 5.  Rev. Dr. Jeff Gibbs was his advisor.  Pastor Redeker served a dual parish, St. Paul/Zion Lutheran in Bowler/Eland, Wisconsin, from July 1995 to August 1998.  He then served Concordia Seminary St. Louis in the admissions department from August 1998 to December 2004.  From January 2005 until July 2010 he served St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, Kentucky.  He was called back to the Seminary in July 2010 and served in various capacities until accepting the call to Messiah Lutheran in Grand Junction.

 RELIGION AND WORLD VIEW TEACHER

Scott Mauser
scottmauser@discovercreation.org

I was born in Rapid City, SD, but have been a resident of Colorado since the age of three. I graduated from Moffat County High School in Craig, CO and then spent a year in Finland as a foreign exchange student through Rotary International. On returning, I began my education again at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, looking to major in comparative religion and philosophy. I have always been extremely inquisitive in what people believe and why, studying a range of worldviews from atheism, Islam, postmodernism, Christianity and quite a bit in between. I am an avid reader that enjoys learning and discovering Truth. I work full-time for a Christian Apologetics ministry (Alpha Omega Institute) that interacts with the culture in the areas of Worldviews and Science/Creation. I have been teaching and presenting on religion and worldview for over 10 years. I especially love engaging younger generations in their views and ideas of the world, really wishing I had had those encounters to help me at that age to sort through the morass of options. I am married to a wonderful woman and we have been blessed with two sons. I enjoy any time that I can spend in their company.