Pastor Ben

Pastor Ben Ahlersmeyer

Welcome to St. Peter Lutheran Church!

My name is Ben Ahlersmeyer and I am the pastor at St. Peter. My wife, Melissa, and I are thrilled to be serving St. Peter and the community of Portage. If you were to ask me to tell you one thing about myself I would say that I am, first and foremost, a child of God. All that I am and all that I strive to do flows from that identity. That is what we emphasize here in the community of believers at St. Peter. Our core identity, above all else, is that we are redeemed and forgiven children of God. This identity is earned for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and declared to us in our baptism. This identity is what informs how we worship, serve others, and fellowship with one another.

As a congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, we are committed to the unchangeable truths of scripture in our sermons and education. We value the Word of God and the administration of the sacraments. We believe that the word of God is relevant and applicable to our daily lives today. Above all, we value the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ and mobilizing our members to share that in their homes, jobs, and neighborhoods. We strive to be Christ’s ambassadors in Portage and we invite you to come along with us!

Pastor Ben


Lee Riley             

Jim Wells

Scott Lehman    

Claus Ackermann                                                       

Dan Rex                                                                        

Ro Guerrero                                                                 

Bill Lackey                                                                

Phil Luster-Bartz                                                   

Robbie Thaxton


Donna Pleasant                                                 

Lee Riley                                                                                                                  

Jolene Wilson                                                         

Sue Lynch                                                                                                                        

Candy Gaines                                                                

Pam Hass

Carrie Chapman

Head Ushers:

Early Service-Marty Riley

Late Service-Bob Duron


Brad Hughes

Financial Secretary:

Susan Lackey


Sandy Barden


Rob Bodza

Dave Nelson

Ken Untch

Recording Secretary:

Nancy Carroll

Sunday School Superintendent:

Melissa Ahlersmeyer

Youth Leader:

Carrie Chapman

Music Coordinator:

Linda Lemond

Assistant Music Director:

Mario Samaniego

Memorials Coordinator:

Donna Pleasant

Social Ministry Coordinator:

Candy Gaines

Stewardship Coordinator:

Jen Stone

Outreach Coordinator:

Sue Lynch


Linda Lemond


Joleen Wilson

Church Secretary:

If you have any general questions or would like anything added to the weekly bulletin, please contact:

Jamie Clendenin, Ministry Assistant-

Church Office – 219-762-2673


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