Pastor Liss is a graduate of Concordia University, Ann Arbor where he met his wonderful wife Natalie. They have 2 wonderful daughters - Olivia and Evangeline, and a a son - Ivan. Natalie is an organist here at St. Paul's and is also the music teacher at Resurrection Lutheran Academy in South Bend, Indiana.
Before becoming a pastor, Pastor Liss was a Lutheran school teacher for 12 years. He began his ministry at Trinity Lutheran School in Jackson, Michigan as a 4th grade teacher and then taught 6th grade and middle school science. He then took a call to Resurrection Lutheran Academy in South Bend, Indiana as the 7th and 8th grade teacher.
Pastor Liss soon began taking classes at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana while still teaching full time and became ordained on January 26, 2014 and loves serving the St. Paul's congregation.
In his free time, Pastor Liss enjoys running, biking, camping, spending time with his family, is an avid University of Michigan fan (Go Blue!), canoeing, four-wheeling, watching football, and traveling the great state of Michigan.
Becoming a pastor was never in his plans, but it was in the Lord's plans and has never regretted that decision. St. Paul's is his family and is humbled that the Lord would use him to be their pastor.
Susan has been our office administrator since August 13, 2001. She knows all the ins and outs of the office and keeps everyone on track..especially Pastor Liss!
She has been a lifelong resident of Berrien Springs, has 2 sons, Douglas and Danny, 3 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren.
Douglas and his family also live in Berrien Springs. His older daughter, Samantha, is married and has 3 children.
Danny, her younger son, lives in Australia. He and his wife Kim are evangelists for her church. Kim has two daughters.
Prior to coming to St. Paul’s, Susan worked in the insurance industry for about 25 years, managing insurance offices in Benton Harbor, MI and South Bend, IN.
She enjoys reading, playing Mahjong and spending time with her grandkids and great grandkids.
Fred has been here since he was a kid. His dad, Rev. Theodore Laesch served here 50 years! He is married to Carol, his high school sweetheart. It is an understatement to say that this church is a part of who he is. He takes care of our building with tender, loving care and knows the history like no other!
Pastor Emeritus Carl Bassett, and his wife, Lisa have been married since October 9, 1970. They have been blessed with three daughters, Mary, Chrissie (husband, Gabe), and Annie . Chrissie and Gabe have further blessed them with two beautiful granddaughters, Sydney and Avery!
Pastor is a combat Vietnam veteran, having proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1967 through 1971.
He is also Senior Special Agent Chaplain with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Field Office, and Chaplain at Hines VA Hospital in Chicago.
Though now retired, he still is a member here at St. Paul's and treasures his Forever Family. He is excited because now he can sit "on the other side" and look to Pastor Liss as his pastor. Retirement will not be boring as he plans to visit family and friends, continue serving as a chaplain, and serving in various roles throughout the Michigan Distirict of the LCMS.