Who We Are At a Glance

A worshiping community since 1893, St John’s has been actively engaged in the community of Anderson, IN for over 125 years. We are married couples, singles, young families, empty nesters, kids, seniors, and more, gathered together by the God to grow in faith, hope, and love, and called to serve God in the world around us.

We come from all over the city of Anderson and many of the surrounding communities as well.  We engage in weekly opportunities for worship, serving, study, and fellowship.

Our building is actively used by many community groups including Madison county’s largest food pantry, Helping Hands, and our highly regarded preschool, St. John’s Early Literacy Preschool.


St. John’s Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest national Lutheran denomination. We are a part of the Indiana- Kentucky Synod, a regional mission territory of over 180 Lutheran churches.

Pastor Manning

Pastor Matt arrived at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the fall of 2004, after serving a church in Tullahoma, TN. He is married to Libby, also a pastor in the ELCA, and together they have three teenage children, Benjamin, Tommy, and Ellie.  Pastor Matt enjoys living with his family on 6 acres outside of Anderson where they love and care for a garden, several chickens and turkeys, a dog, four cats, and 10 beehives. As a family they are passionate about travel, the environment, arts and music, and their amazing extended family.

Rick Sowers, Music Director  

Rick has music degrees from Indiana University, Colorado State University and Arizona State University.  He has been a Professor of Music at Anderson University since 1984, where he serves as Director of Choral Activities.  He is currently the Conductor of the Anderson Symphony Orchestra.  Rick is married to Nancy, a CPA in Anderson.  They have three grown children and one grandson.

Brenda Jamerson, Ministry Administrative Assistant

Brenda is a business graduate of the University of Memphis.  She has been an active member of St. John’s for 30 years and has been employed by St. John’s for over 25 years. Brenda is a wife of 30 years, mother of three and grandmother of one.  Her interests outside of St. John’s include coaching high school and college cheer.

Brenda Jamerson

Office Administrator


Rick Sowers

Director of Music


Vonda Bowen



Andrea Kirkpatrick

Director, St. John’s Early Literacy Preschool


Connie Herndon

Director, St. John’s Early Literacy Preschool