Our Staff 

Pastor Reed Lessing
Senior Pastor

Pastor Lessing was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He is married to Lisa and their marriage has been blessed with three wonderful children. Reed received his pastoral education at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He enjoys jogging, biking, camping and following the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pastor Shawn Davis
Missional Pastor

Shawn is the son of a retired Air Force Chaplin.  Shawn and his wife Anna met at Camp Lutherhaven in Albion, Indiana, and were later engaged to be married there.  They currently have three children named Adelaide (7), Elsie (5) and Daniel (3).   Shawn enjoys being outdoors, cheering for the Seattle Sounders, and perfecting the art of home brewing.
Pastor Don Sandmann
Assisting Pastor
Upon graduation from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Pastor Sandmann was called to begin a mission in rural northern New Jersey.  He served that congregation, one in Illinois, and two others in New Jersey.  In 1985, he was elected President of the New Jersey District, LCMS, and served the church workers and congregations there for 15 years.  Upon retirement in 2000, his wife, Marilyn, and he moved to Fort Wayne.  His pastor’s heart has led him to serve interim pastorates in Fort Wayne at Trinity, Concordia, and Suburban Trinity Lutheran Churches.  He has mentored seminarians by teaching two courses at Concordia Theological Seminary and by serving as a vicarage supervisor.
Tommy Moll
Director Of Youth Ministry
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Tommy Moll grew up in South Texas and Missouri before graduating from Concordia University, Nebraska, as a Director of Christian Education. He has served as a DCE in San Antonio, Texas, and Topeka, Kansas, before coming to Fort Wayne to serve at St. Michael. Tommy enjoys spending time with his wife, Laura, and two kids, James and Lucy. He also likes reading, running, bike riding, and thanking God for every day He has given him to serve Christ and His people.

Stephanie Maxson
Worship Director

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Stephanie was born in Natchez, Mississippi, but spent most of her time growing up in Lafayette, Indiana. Go Boilers! She is married to Tim and they have four children. Stephanie graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, and earned her a Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan. Stephanie’s hobbies include gardening, singing jazz, and biking.

Tammy Bruns
Executive Director

Tammy was born in Michigan; went to school in Leavenworth, Kansas; graduated from high school and attended college in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Her varied jobs have taken her to Chicago, Illinois; Orlando, Florida; Columbus, Ohio; Bloomfield, Nebraska; Yankton, South Dakota; and finally to Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is married to Rick and has two children, Ben and Alexis, and one grandchild, Roman.  Tammy spends her time studying the Bible, loving on her family, and reading.




Tina Hoover

Tina was born in Paulding, Ohio and grew up in Paulding and New Haven. She is married to Randy and they have one daughter. Also living with them is Randy’s son, A.J. She has an Associate Degree in Business from Indian River Community College. Things she likes: playing with daughter, being outdoors, going to the beach, climbing mountains, skiing (water & snow), crafts, reading and most important naps!


Ivy Gray

Ivy was born in Fort Wayne, attended Lutheran grade and high school, and attended IPFW. She is married to Philip, and their two adult children and families are also St. Michael members. Ivy enjoys gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.



Shawn McLain
Technology Specialist
Shawn McLain was born in Lapeer, Michigan and moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in the mid 1980’s. Married Jessica in 1996 and blessed with 4 children. Educated locally at International Business College and member of St Michael since 2000. Shawn
enjoys spending time with his family in various activities like camping and enjoying the outdoors. Happy to be a part of the St Michael family “Connecting People To Jesus.”



Karen Manges
Karen Manges was born in Milwaukee, WI and grew up in Indianapolis, IN. She has a Bachelor of Music Degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. That is where she met her husband, Steve. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. She also enjoys giving piano lessons and playing the flute