Pastors and Called Workers

Rev. Rodney Serbus

Senior Pastor

Pastor Rod Serbus was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He attended Concordia Seminary (St. Louis) and there found his love for the preaching event. At seminary, he also found the love of his life, Deaconess Phaedra. Pastor Rod and Phaedra have four children who enjoy spending time together in motion, whether inside or outside. Pastor Rod enjoys the study of homiletics, hunting, shooting (pistol, rifle, archery), photography, and weight lifting. He has been blessed to be a husband, father and pastor, and finds great joy in each vocation.

Rev. Benjamin Leeper

Associate Pastor

Pastor Ben was born in Plano, Texas. From the time he was young, he knew that he wanted to be a pastor, but it wasn’t until he had the opportunity to share the gospel and teach the faith while working at a summer camp that Ben decided to pursue pastoral ministry in earnest. He met his wife, Emily, while in college and in 2018, they graduated from Concordia University Nebraska, married, and then moved to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis to complete his education. On July 16, 2023, Pastor Ben joined Bethlehem where he was ordained and installed as Associate Pastor. His interests include playwrighting, theatre, podcast editing, videography, mixology, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the study of the church (ecclesiology). Ben and Emily have two cats and have purchased their first home.

Jan Steinbrueck

Director of Christian Education

Jan came to Bethlehem to complete her internship and became full-time as Director of Christian Education in August 2019. She was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and attended Concordia University, Nebraska for undergrad. In her free time, Jan enjoys playing guitar, going on walks with her dog, Jax, and whipping up something new in the kitchen. She loves interacting with people of all ages at church, but especially loves spending time with the Sunday School and youth group kids. There is nothing better than seeing kids grow in their faith and realize the great plans that God has for them in their lives!