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Senior Pastor

David Gunderson

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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

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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 3 children, Hope, Timothy, and Faith. 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.

Director of Christian Education (DCE)

Brian Weyers

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Brian is originally from Hudson, WI.  He attended school and graduated from Concordia University St. Paul as a Director of Christian Education.  He did his internship year at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN.  Brian began his ministry at St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton, SD in June of 2015.  There he is the Director of Christian Education for the congregation.

Brian is married to Amanda Weyers who he met while attending Concorida Saint Paul.  She is the 3rd and 4th grader teacher at Missouri Valley Christian Academy in Yankton, SD.

Brian is a cheesehead through and through and roots for the Packers, enjoys reading many different kinds of books, and writing on the side (hoping to produce a novel eventually).  His biggest claim to fame is his black belt in Goju Ryu Karate under Karate for Christ International.  

Office Manager

Paulette Gross

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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

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Music Director

Hannah Weispfennig




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Head Preschool Teacher

Jami Stevens

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Preschool Aid

Tracy Kisch

Preschool Teacher

Christy Hagge

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Preschool Aid

Cindy Lynde