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Senior Pastor
David Gunderson

Pastor Dave is originally from Minnesota. He graduated form Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1977 and from Concordia Seminary in 1981. He served his vicarage( internship) at St. John Lutheran Church in Salem, Oregon from 1979-80.  His first parish was Grace Lutheran Church in Deadwood, South Dakota from 1981-1990.  He has served St. John's in Yankton since May 1990.

Pastor Dave is trained in Crossways Bible studies, and Stephen Ministries.

In addition to serving St. John's Pastor Dave is currently a chaplain with the South Dakota National Guard. Pastor Dave enjoys various hobbies such as golf, reading, writing and home made wine making. Pastor Dave is an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.

Pastor Dave is married to Connie and they have two grown children, Kristen and Jonathan.

Associate Pastor
Steven Weispfennig

Pastor Steve grew up in Minnesota. He attended Concordia University-St. Paul, MN, graduating in 2004 with a BA in Theology. He attended Concordia Seminary-St. Louis, MO, graduating in 2008. While at seminary, he did Residential Field Education at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, MO, and served his vicarage (internship) at St. Paul Lutheran Church in McAllen, TX. Pastor Steve received his first call into the ministry from St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton, SD. He has served there since July 2008.

Pastor Steve is married to Hannah and has a daughter, Hope, and a son, Timothy. They have a half beagle/half basset hound named Taz.

Pastor Steve is an avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan. He enjoys traveling, playing golf, and collecting baseball memorabilia.

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Office Manager
Paulette Gross

Paulette Gross has been the church secretary/office manager for St. John's Lutheran since May 5, 1986. Paulette (Osborn) Gross, is married to Gary Gross and they have 3 children, Bobbie Gross, Pauline (Brian) Sumption, and Jeremy (Amber) Gross, 4 grandsons - Tanner, Zachary, and Taite Sumption and Nathan Gross, and two granddaughters, Olivia Gross and Makeda Sumption. Paulette has lived in Yankton most of her life, except for 7 1/2 years while Gary served in the Air Force. Gary and Paulette enjoy traveling to see their children and grandchildren and enjoy riding their motorcycles. Paulette semi-retired on May 7th, going to just two days a week - Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Part Time Secretary
Mickey Wadkins

Music Director
Hannah Weispfennig



Parish Nurse
Andra Gates

Tammy Rabbass

Part Time Maintenance
Doug Auch

Head Preschool Teacher
Jami Stevens

Preschool Aid
Tracy Kisch

Preschool Teacher
Christy Hagge

Preschool Aid
Cindy Lynde