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St. Martin’s Church Staff

St. Martin’s Ev Lutheran Church staff is here to help guide you along your journey. We have been blessed by a team of pastoral and ministry staff that reflect a heart for Christ and others. Our team shows excellence in ministry and collectively seeks to live out and implement St. Martin’s Church vision and mission of grace alone.

Peder Sandager
Peder Sandager
Senior Pastor
(512) 476-6757 ext. 1029
Rev. Peder Sandager (Pastor Pete) was called to serve as Senior Pastor at St. Martin's in 2012 after serving for fourteen years in Richardson, Texas.  Prior to that he served...Read More congregations in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Rockport, Texas.  He has a Master's degree from Phillips Graduate Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a Master of Divinity from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.  He and his wife Robin have three grown children and two very beautiful grandchildren.Show Less
Suellen Myers
Suellen Myers
Visitation Pastor
(262) 325-0112
Pastor Suellen Myers grew up in northwestern Illinois and graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI (1972) and Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA (1993).   She was ordained in 1994...Read More and has served as solo parish pastor in Delavan and Mukwonago, WI, and in six interim parishes for the Greater Milwaukee and Northern Illinois Synods, as well as Assistant to the Bishop in Madison, WI.   She retired to Austin in July, 2016.  She enjoys reading, sewing, walking, theater, movies, music, art, travel, and chocolate!    She has two adult sons: Tom, who is married to Alicia and Bob who lives in San Diego, CA.  She has two grandchildren: Austin and Sloane.Show Less
Laney Reed
Laney Reed
Director of Youth and Education
(512) 476-6757 Ext. 1024
Alana "Laney" Reed is a lifelong member of St. Martin's. This old brick building and the church family inside it have been her second home since preschool. She worshiped in the gym...Read More while eating cheerios, participated in the Confirmation program in middle school, and served as a Eucharistic minister and on Altar Guild as a young adult. After graduating from UT in 2013, she made her way downstairs to hang out with the Confirmation kids, and began teaching the class in 2015. In May of 2016 she started at SMLC as Director of Youth and Education, and with your love and support has been thriving in this ministry.Show Less
Tim O'Brien
Tim O'Brien
Director of Music
(512) 476-6757 Ext. 1035
Tim O'Brien has sung with Austin Opera, the Minnesota Opera, the Dale Warland Singers, the National Lutheran Choir, and the Rose Ensemble.  Recently he performed  Bach's B Minor Mass with Portland...Read More Oregon's The Ensemble, where his "vibrant and subtle" singing was praised by Oregon Artswatch.  Dr. O'Brien's performances can be heard on eleven commercial recordings, including the Grammy-nominated Walden Pond.  Tim is an alumnus of Gustavus Adolphus College, where he taught and conducted before relocating to Austin.  He currently on the faculty at St. Edward's University and is artistic director of Living Paper Song Project.Show Less
Calla Woodall
Calla Woodall
Preschool Director
(512) 476-6757 Ext. 1000
Calla Woodall, began working at St. Martin’s Lutheran Preschool in the spring of 2012. She has taken on many of the roles with in the school, and is very proud...Read More to take the reigns as the Director. Calla has lived in Austin since 2005, where she enjoys live music and spending time with her family. She has a seven year old Shih Tzu named Benny which keeps her pretty busy. Calla is looking forward to many more years at St. Martin’s, helping shape young minds and encouraging teachers from all walks of life.Show Less
Mike Kaase
Mike Kaase
Business Manager
(512) 476-6757 Ext. 1026
Mike is a lifelong member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church who recently joined St. Martin’s staff in August 2016. He previously worked as an Investigator at the Texas Department of...Read More Licensing & Regulation for 22 years before taking an early retirement in July 2016. Mike previously served St. Martin’s several times as Treasurer and was educated at Southwest Texas State University earning an Accounting Degree and MBA. Mike enjoys playing hand bells with the St. Martin’s Ringers and is a lifelong fan of the Cowboys, Astros and Spurs.Show Less
Emily Vanderslice
Emily Vanderslice
Membership Secretary
(512) 476-6757 Ext. 1022
Emily Vanderslice grew up in San Angelo, Texas and moved to Austin in 2001.  She is a graduate of Baylor University and occasionally will cheer for the Texas Longhorns. She...Read More began working at St. Martin’s in October, 2012. Emily enjoys working in a church environment and getting to know the members of St. Martin’s.  She is the proud mother of two teenagers, Jackson and Allison.  In her spare time she enjoys walking, reading, and making pies.Show Less
Alexis Rau
Alexis Rau
Assistant Preschool Director
(512) 476-6757 ext. 1001
Alexis has worked in our preschool for over 3 years. She is a native Texan and has lived in Austin since 2003. When she’s not working with children, she is...Read More usually playing with her new puppy at the park, trying new restaurants and catching live music around town.Show Less
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