Our Staff

Pastor Jonathan Kolander

Lead Pastor

About Pastor Kolander:

Jon has been serving as associate pastor at St. Mark’s since September of 2017.  Before coming to St. Mark’s, he served as a pastor for 4 years in Indian River and Gaylord, MI, and then for 22 years in Menomonee Falls, WI. He is a graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI.

Favorite Bible verses:

  • “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21-23).
  • “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).

Message from Pastor Kolander:

“God’s mercies are new every day. May this truth regarding His mercy refresh us and motivate us in our worship of Him and in our living our lives for Him. It is a privilege to work alongside the members of St. Mark’s as we seek to Glorify God through worship, Grow in His Grace, and Go with His Gospel near and far.

Pastor Brock Groth

Associate Pastor

bgroth@StMarksLutheran.com

916-961-7891 x104

About Pastor Groth:

Brock has been serving as associate pastor at St. Mark’s since June of 2017.  Before coming to St. Mark’s, he served as a counselor to India for two years following his graduation from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI, in 2015.  He is a second-career pastor, previously graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, in 2006.

Favorite Bible verses:

  • “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
  • “Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

Message from Pastor Groth:

“It is an honor to serve as pastor of the wonderful people of St. Mark’s and to teach the students in the school the beautiful truths of God’s Word. It is my prayer that the members, students, and school families here continue to grow in the grace of our Savior Jesus and continue to learn about God’s love and forgiveness through him.”

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