Board of Elders
Our Savior Lutheran Church and School has a Board of Elders who 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 serving as an Elder since 2006. Now semi-retired, professionally, he is in Real Estate Management.
Andrew’s favorite Bible verse is Micah 6:8. I believe it is a beautiful embodiment of how the Lord wants us to live our life in glory to Him.
Chris, a consultant, has been worshiping at Our Savior since 1985. He has been serving as an Elder at Our Savior for 19 years.
Chris’ Favorite Bible Verse is Isaiah 6:8 – In the midst of all great adversity, God calls out His chosen to fight the good fight for Him. We have to be listening in order to hear His call.
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 since 1997. Jeff enjoys any hobby that takes place outdoors!
Jeff’s Favorite Bible verse is Romans 12:9, It's how we're called to live (living love right?). And God sent a perfect example too follow in Christ Jesus.
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.”
David has been a member of Our Savior since 2014, and a member of the Elders since 2019. David has been a math and physical education teacher for 40 years. Hobbies include pretty much all outdoor activities and woodworking.
David's Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:11-13 It shows us that no matter what our circumstances are, we can find joy and strength in Christ Jesus.
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Alex has been worshiping at Our Savior since 1987, and has been an elder since 2021. Alex's profession is as a Financial Advisor and hobbies include coaching and exercise.
His favorite Bible verse is Psalm 23:1-4, "this is my constant reminder that God is here always through the ups and downs in life. Anything is possible with him. It’s my encouragement when things aren’t going well."
Cindy and her family have been worshipping at Our Savior since 2012, and Cindy has been an elder since 2018. I am the project manager for a federal statewide grant that provides high-quality professional development in evidence-based instructional strategies for students with disabilities. I enjoy making cards and attending my son’s many sporting events.
My favorite Bible verse tends to change, as apparently God needs to get my attention and shift my focus at different times in my life. Currently, Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” reminds me that when I feel overwhelmed by sin and life, I should lean on Christ who will give me what I need to persevere and turn from sin. I cannot do it without Him, but that is ok because He is always with me.
Tom and his wife Tara have been worshiping at Our Savior since moving to St Pete in 2017, and became an Elder in 2021.
Tom works in retail e-commerce consulting.
His favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 - “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This verse has been a source of hope and encouragement during the challenging times in my life.