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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

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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

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Layla Stone
laylas@messiahlutherangj.org

TEACHER

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Erin Ratliff
erinr@messiahlutherangj.org

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

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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

MUSIC

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Lonni Karly
lonnik@messiahlutherangj.org

MATH TEACHER

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Paul Yutzy

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

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Layla Stone
laylas@messiahlutherangj.org

RELIGION AND CONFIRMATION

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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

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Scott Mauser
scottmauser@discovercreation.org