MEET OUR STAFF

Walter Still, Senior Pastor
pastorwalter@peaceftmyers.com

“It is such a joy to see how God has grown Peace Lutheran Church!” is a remark often heard from Pr. Walter. In 1999, he was appointed as the Pastor Developer of Peace and since then it has been a fascinating walk with God meeting the challenges of planting, building a facility, developing ministries and growing the church. Pastor’s passion is equipping disciples—he loves leading worship, preaching, teaching, greeting visitors and leading the congregation.
Pr. Walter was raised in Pennsylvania, attended Penn State, the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg, and has earned a Ph. D. from Duquesne University. He has served three congregations. His wife is Elizabeth, a flutist who plays sometimes at church. They have two daughters and have been blessed with a grandchild. Pr. Walter enjoys bicycling and making furniture.


“I lift my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? It comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121.1)

 

Pastor Mick, Seasonal Pastor
seasonalpr@peaceftmyers.com

Pastor Mick as our seasonal Pastor will teach us how to live out our discipleship in creative ways. Opportunities will be offered for all to discuss their God-given gifts and apply them to the needs of others.

“because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.” (Isaiah 43:4 NLT)
 



 
 

     

Karen Coleman, Deacon
deacon@peaceftmyers.com

Karen serves Peace as our Deacon. She was born and raised in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Teacher of French at all levels – pre-K-high school-college-adult. Retired to Fort Myers in 2002. She works here as a part-time bakery clerk at Publix, volunteers as a lab docent at the Edison-Ford Winter Estates, and deacon at Peace Lutheran.

“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work of the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith." (Galations 6:9-10 NRSV)


 

  

Richard D. Jaeggi, Director of Music
music@peaceftmyers.com

Richard (Ric) began to serve in September 2008 as Director of Music, Choir Director and Organist here at PLC. Ric returned to full-time music ministry after years of working in the organ industry. He was also a highly sought-after substitute in the greater St. Louis, MO, area. He has given concerts throughout the US and suffered greatly while playing in St. Thomas and the Bahamas!
 
His love for the high art of worship comes from his 40+ years of playing in churches, studying with the finest of teachers, his years at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and post grad studies at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.

"29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel." (Isaiah 30:29 KJV)

  

Marilyn S. Kranich, Parish Nurse
parishnurse@peaceftmyers.com

Marilyn, RN, BSN, FCN, is a graduate of The William Paterson University of New Jersey. She has 40 years of experience as a direct care nurse. Marilyn has certification as a Holistic Nurse, and earned her Master of Science in HealthCare Management at the College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey in 2013. She was led to attend the FCN program sponsored by LMHS in 2014. Marilyn has been married to George for 39 years, and they have been blessed with 3 children and 1 granddaughter. Marilyn feels God has led her to a wonderful place at Peace Lutheran Church and she welcomes you to share your joys and concerns.

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32.

  

Sandy Branstiter, Parish Administrator
sandy@peaceftmyers.com

Sandy was born at Offutt AFB, NE, raised in IA, lived in Memphis, TN for about 35 years, spent 7 years in Little Rock, AR. Moved back to Memphis, married Ray, her current and last husband; moved to Ohio, PA, ND, back to PA, back to ND and now here to SW Florida—my last move—hopefully; they will see what the Holy Spirit has in mind. Her husband is an ordained ELCA pastor and she has been strongly involved with the church most of her life. They have five children and four grandchildren at present writing.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 ASV)

 

 

Michelle Smyth, Publication Secretary
pubsecty@peaceftmyers.com

Michelle began serving as Publication Secretary in January of 2015. She is extremely honored to be serving as your Publication Secretary!

Just a little bit about Michelle. She is originally from New York City and when her dad retired they moved to the Poconos in Pennsylvania. She moved permanently to Fort Myers in 1988. She is married to her best friend and has a son, Matthew. She loves to do Bible studies, read, knit and crochet.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5–6 NIV)

 


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