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Pastor Baltz

Our pastor is Dr. Frederick W. Baltz who has been preaching the Word for more than 40 years-all right here. He is also a teacher, a writer, and a biblical scholar, known for bringing the Scriptures to life.

Dr. Baltz specializes in the Gospel of John. A book he wrote, published in 1996, became a catalyst for present-day discussions of that Gospel's origins among professors and other New Testament scholars.

Dr. Baltz has also related biblical stories to the sky through a combined use of the ancient texts and modern technology. That's why we are the only church in the world with its own planetarium dome where we will be happy to welcome you or your group.

In addition he has contributed to the production of videos which have been telecast worldwide on the Trinity Broadcast Network.

Many have said through the years that they find Dr. Baltz's messages thoroughly biblical, carefully-thought-out, and relevant for their lives.

Dr. Baltz is married to Cindia, and they have four children.





About Jan Etzel

Music and Choir Director

Jan Etzel began her formal music education at the age of 7 under the direction of Mrs. Gladys Mulkern. She later changed teachers and continued studying piano and theory instruction with Mrs. Margaret Corbyn.

After graduating from high school, she entered the Director of Parish Music Program at Concordia University in River Forest, IL. There studied voice instruction with Dr. Thomas Geischen, piano with Dr. Julia Hennig, pipe organ with Dr. Herbert Goetsch, and music theory and composition with Dr. Paul Bunjes.

She and her family moved to Galena in August, 1986. They immediately became members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and began serving the congregation as organist on August 2, 1987. Jan started the St. Matthew Choir in 1996.













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