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Shawn O'Brien, Pastor

Pastor O’Brien graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Columbus, OH) with a Master of Divinity degree.  He has been serving St. John since 2009.  (He previously served at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Crestview Hills, Kentucky and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Miamisburg, Ohio.)

He and his wife Megan (who is the Mission Advancement Coordinator at Luther Home of Mercy) have two sons Aidan and Shane, who are both Genoa Comets.  The O’Briens enjoy spending time together as a family (whenever they can find it), especially traveling to new locations and seeing God’s beautiful creation.

In addition to his responsibilities at St. John, Pastor O’Brien is also involved in the Genoa Ministerial Association, he is one of the North Central Conference Triad coordinators, he is the Dean of the North Central Conference, he has served on the Northwestern Ohio Synod Council, the Southern Ohio Synod Worship and Music team, the Mission Strategy Team for Congregational Services, also in the Southern Ohio Synod, and variety of other committees and boards. 

In his free time, Pastor O’Brien enjoys reading Science Fiction (inspired by a love of Star Wars), biking, swimming, hiking, and walking the dog.

You can contact Pastor O’Brien by email here.


LisaAnne Gregg, Office Administrator



Lori Buhrow, Office Administrator



Beckie Goldstein, Sunday Organist



Tami Tailford, Saturday Accompanist

Tami is a life-long member of St. John.  She started playing the piano for Sunday School when she was 9 years old.  Tami has been part of the Saturday music team since its creation and is always ready to welcome new voices into the group.


Paul Fredericksen, Custodian