Board of Elders
Our Savior Lutheran Church and School has a Board of Elders comprised of 11 members. Elders are appointed to serve by overseeing, leading, and caring for the church. As a group, they oversee the spiritual needs of the church as a whole and assist the pastor.
Andrew W. Pupke: Chair
Andrew has been worshiping at Our Savior since 1967 and has served as an Elder for 8 years. Professionally, he is Director, Real Estate Management Department. Andrew’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”
“This verse reminds me that I need to spend time with God, away from the distractions of the world, in order to hear Him speak to me.”
Chris, a consultant, has been worshiping at Our Savior since 1984. He has been serving as an Elder at Our Savior for 25 years.
Chris’ Favorite Bible Verse is Joshua 1:9 NIV, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Ken is a building Inspector for the City Of St. Petersburg. He has been worshiping at Our Savior since 2006 and serving as an Elder for 3 years. Ken and his wife, Terri, were married at Our Savior in 1974. Ken’s favorite Bible verse is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one & only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
“It's my favorite verse because it sums up God's love, forgiveness, and grace for all believers and shows what He sacrificed for all of us.”
Matt has been worshiping at Our Savior since 2002. He has been serving as an Elder for 7 years. Professionally, Matt is in restaurant management.
When asked about his favorite Bible verse, Matt responded, “I hate to say that it is impossible for me to narrow my "favorite" Bible verse down to 25 let alone 1. The first verse that popped into my mind was Proverb 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding"
“I think the reason this verse popped right into my mind is because I struggle with Proverbs 3:6 “in all your ways acknowledge him....." I keep reverting to verse 5 to try and work on 6....it is a daily battle to acknowledge in all ways... But it also solidifies my utter need for the Lord.”
Tony is the Owner of Eco Cool. He has been worshiping at Our Savior since 1999 and serving as an Elder for 5 years. His favorite Bible verse is Malachi 3:10, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."
“As an entrepreneur you are constantly tested on many levels, and you are forced to trust in God, and when you do He is always faithful.”
Jeff has been worshiping at Our Savior since 1992 and serving as an Elder for 17 years. He is a Supervisor at Ball Metal Container.
Jeff’s Favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 20:24, “The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?”
Tim is the Owner of Patrons Insurance Agency Inc. He has been worshiping at Our Savior since 1998 and serving as an Elder for 10 years.
Tim’s favorite Bible passage is Ecclesiastes 3 1-8, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
“For me it resonates because God has a purpose and time for everything in your life and it will all work out in the end in God’s perfect timing.”
Jeff works for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has been worshiping at Our Savior since 1999 and serving as an Elder for 13 years.
His favorite Bible verse is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
“This verse resonates with me because it so simple! It sums everything up for us.”
Rodger, a retired middle school science teacher, has been worshiping at Our Savior since 2012. He has been serving as an Elder for 2 years.
His favorite Bible verse is Matthew 7:7:8, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
“This was my confirmation verse and has always stayed with me.”