St. Paul's Staff
Rev. Phil Geleske
Pastor Phil comes to St. Paul’s following calls to congregations and outdoor ministry in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Phil is a graduate of Valparaiso University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Throughout Phil’s ministry he has actively sought to make a significant difference in the lives of people by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ through both word and deed
Phil is married to Anna and they have two children who are both married. Their daughter Molly is married to Erick Simien. Their son Caleb is married to Alexandra and they are the parents of Gabriel and Mia. Phil and Anna enjoy spending time with their family, most importantly their grandchildren Gabe and Mia, their friends and traveling. Phil enjoys Dove and Whitetail hunting and golfing as time allows.
Rev. Pat Dietrich
Interim Associate Pastor
Pastor Pat has been serving as the interim associate at St. Paul's and moved to the Interim Administrative Pastor upon Pr. Phil Fenton's retirement.
Pastor Pat was raised in South Dakota, but has lived in Texas for more than 30 years. She graduated from Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD) and Luther Seminary
(St. Paul, MN). She was ordained in 1986 and served several congregations in the central Texas area. She retired in 2016 after serving First Lutheran in Temple for 12 years. She and her husband Larry have 2 adult children.
They just recently moved to Brenham and look forward to making new friends and becoming involved in the community.
Erich L. Knapp
Director of Music Ministries and Artist in Residence
I was raised in a Christian home in which participation in worship, Christian education and the church music program was expected. I have striven to never separate my life of faith from my employment, but to do everything to the glory of God.
I am blessed with a very successful and varied career in music as an organist, recitalist, choir director, composer, and educator in public school, university and church work settings. My degrees include a MM in choral conducting with organ as my primary instrument, and a nearly completed a DMA in choral conducting with organ as my primary instrument.
Youth Ministry Associate
I was born and raised in Brenham, Texas. I was baptized, confirmed and married here at St. Paul’s. My husband Rick and I have a daughter, Sara. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and worked in the computer industry at NASA before moving back to Brenham. I am currently employed at Brenham Wholesale Grocery Co. as the Director of Programming. About 10 years ago, I felt a calling into the ministry. My passion is working with the youth and over the years have been fortunate to be a part of building our Youth and Family Ministry into what it is today. God continues to open doors for me and I am now blessed to be the Youth Ministry Associate here at St. Paul’s.
God is Good!
Director of Youth and Family Ministry
Having a love for children since she was young herself, Becky McDonald began working at St. Paul's Christian Day School September 1998. Throughout her years there she has worked with children of all ages, including teaching the 2 year old children for ten years. For the past three years, she has been an aide and helped coordinate the Fifth and Sixth grade classes.
She has a six year old son, Ty McDonald. He will begin Kindergarten at St. Paul's CDS this year. They enjoy going to the beach, swimming, and love going to the movies to pass time.
I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Texas A&M University, taught five years in the public school system, and have been director of St. Paul’s Christian Day School for 29 years. My husband, Rob, and I are both Brenham natives and have been married 35 years. We are faithful members of St. Paul’s, and are blessed with three daughters; Jill, her husband, Josh; their children Isabelle and Luke; Jodi, her husband, Daniel; their children, Grace, Wyatt, and Annie; and Jan and her husband, Mark. We enjoy family time at the farm, Aggie sports, and traveling. I also love to read! Family ministry is my passion, and I love my job!
CDS Extended Care Director
I have been teaching & directing Extended Care here at St.Paul’s for 27 years, and I am looking forward to many more wonderful years here at St.Paul’s! I attended Blinn College for 2 year’s and I also have my Child Development Associate’s Degree for Early Childhood. I am certified with the State of Texas as a Day Care Administrator. I was born in Kansas, with most of my family living in Missouri. I have lived in Brenham since I was 4 years old. I was raised as a Brenhamite! My husband is James Robbins and he is employed at Dealers Electric here in Brenham. We have been married for 23 years. We have 2 boys, Shea (21) and Rhead (16). As a family we love to watch our boys play lots & lots of football & baseball, and we love to fish. My hobbies are family outing’s, photography and watching ‘I Love Lucy’.
I was born and raised in Victoria, Texas and grew in my Christian faith at Trinity Lutheran church in Victoria. I graduated from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos with a BBA in Finance. I married my husband, David in 1984 and moved to Brenham in 1985 and joined St. Paul’s a year later. We baptized and confirmed our 4 children; Jessica, Jennifer, Trey and Kelsey at St. Paul’s. I have worked in various accounting positions, and then returned to college in 2001 to receive a teacher certification in Business Education. I taught Business Information Management and Accounting for 15 years at Brenham High School. My family and I enjoy all types of sports, fishing, boating, traveling, and playing games at all of our family gatherings.
I am a native of Austin, Texas, a graduate of A. N. McCallum HS. I attended Blinn College where I met my husband Wayne, a Brenham native. We were married in 1970, in my home church in Dripping Springs, Tx. We moved to Brenham in May of 1976 and became members of St. Paul’s in August 1976. I spent 22 years with the Brenham Housing Authority and I joined the staff of St. Paul’s as Administrative Assistant in May of 1999. Wayne has been employed at the LaRoche Chevrolet Dealership since May of 1976. We have one daughter, Sarah, who with her husband Matt, and two children, Emily and Austin, live in Keller, Tx. Wayne and I enjoy spending time with our family and enjoy traveling.
Matt is our part-time Media Coordinator and also works full time as an EMT with CHI St. Joseph EMS. He most recently served as the chaplain at Hospice Brazos Valley. He moved to Brenham from Waco, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Truett Seminary at Baylor University. During his time at Truett, Matt served as an on-call chaplain for Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. He also completed a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry degree at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR. In his free time Matt enjoys whitewater kayaking, camping, working on his ranch, and chasing after his dogs.
I was born and raised in Carmine, Texas. My wife of 35 years, Stacy Ullrich works here in the St.Paul’s Christian Day School since it opened in 1984. Together we have two children. A daughter Reanna and a son Paden. My expertise has been horseshoeing for the last 36 years. I have been attending church here at St.Paul’s for 35 years, with both of my children being baptized and confirmed here. I enjoy bowling and being outdoors hunting and fishing.