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The worship style Pathfinder is known for with biblically-sound real life messages, band and vocal music that enhance worship and the message while maintaining a focus on the sacred and encouraging you on your LIFEjourney with Christ.

9:00am* and 10:45am*|Sanctuary


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*Kids Ministry options are available for children from birth through fifth grade at the times marked. Children are always welcome to worship with their families. A Parents' Room is also available if you need to step out for a moment.



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Laura Cook Lacey Clausner Mat Dale Justin Guldalian  Lauren Hunsinger Julie KernHeather Liebnau Katie Lorenz  Tom Surkamp Jodi Treat DREW BRINKLEY Michele YoungbergCHRISTY CLARKKARA YANNON


Laura Cook

I began taking piano lessons at age six and continued taking them through high school. During that time I accompanied choirs, went to piano contest several times and of course practiced a lot...much to my dismay at times! My college major was education so I spent my years after college teaching first grade. After teaching, I decided to stay home with my children. I began teaching at School of the Arts four years ago and recently I have taken on the position of School of the Arts director. My roster of piano students includes my sons which always keeps things interesting. My passions are teaching and also playing the piano so I love that I get to combine both into one!  I also play the piano at St. John for worship when my schedule allows. I love getting to work with such talented musicians in church.

I have been married to my husband for sixteen years and we have three boys who attend St. John School. In my free time I enjoy running, reading, and shopping and just chilling out at home with my husband and three boys.

I would be happy to talk with you about taking lessons through School of the Arts. I love being able to incorporate faith and worship into learning music. School of the Arts is a great place to be!

Lacey Clausner

Hi!  My  name is Lacey Clausner. I am an ex-professional actor with a classical theater training and background in theater, musicals, commercial, voiceover, and improv. I've done a wide variety of jobs during my career which have spanned Chicago, New York, to the west coast and down to Florida to Nashville, and even here in St. Louis. I teach the drama class here at School of the Arts and in that class I share some of the super cool, more creative aspects of my training in Manhattan with the class. The drama class that I teach here focuses on all of these things and it promises to be a fun experience for all involved!

Mat Dale

I’ve been serving at Saint John as a worship guitarist for over three years and am happy to be a part of the teaching staff at SOTA. Aside from teaching, I am an active gigging musician. My favorite styles include rock, jazz, blues, acoustic fingerstyle, worship, soul, and pop. I’m also an avid gear-head so don’t ask me about guitar amps or pedals unless you are prepared to get your ears talked off! My journey with music started at an early age watching my dad play guitar. By the time I was 6, I started private guitar lessons and continued all the way through the end of my high school career. Upon entering college, I pursued audio engineering while studying privately with Dave Black. After a year at Webster University I transferred to McNally-Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, MN and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance. After college I began teaching and gigging professionally, and spent most nights and weekends practicing, practicing and practicing some more, which led me to develop my own technique and approach to music. My teaching method is three-fold. First, music is a language, and we learn this language as we did our native language- by listening. As we listen, music resides in our hearts and minds. We, then, study technique on an instrument to express the music already within ourselves. Next comes the theory of how music works to make the process streamlined and repeatable. With all that in mind, I like to make things fun and enjoyable so everyone can experience the joy music can bring.

Justin Guldalian

Hi! My name is Justin Guldalian and I am a charter member of the St. John School of the Arts staff. I have been playing percussion since 1993, and have played in every kind of band/ensemble you can think of. 

Throughout grade school I performed with the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching Band (snare), and Percussion Ensemble. I received a Bachelor of Music in percussion performance from Drake University in 2005, and while there performed as principal percussionist in the Wind Symphony, drum line section leader in the Marching Band, and as timpanist for the Symphony Orchestra.

In the non-academic world, I have played drum set in bands of all kinds, from classic rock, to punk, to Indy rock, to blues, performing both covers and original work. I have been playing in praise bands of various kinds since 2002. Currently, I play and tour nationwide with a theatrical percussion group called stikyard (stikyard.com).

As an instructor, I enjoy teaching about all facets of music (yes, even music theory). I do my best to set my students up with real world percussion skills and musical knowledge so they will meet with success in all of their playing endeavors.

Julie Kern

I agree with Martin Luther who said, “Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” Music stirs the soul, that’s for sure.  I am a huge advocate for any kind of musical training because it will be with you for life. It is great therapy and can be useful in so many different ways. I began piano lessons in the 1st grade. I still remember my first piano teacher, Elsie Hoteling, who taught me for about 6 years. I then took organ lessons in 6th grade and ended up playing for my hometown Lutheran church services until I left for college. I studied fashion merchandising and art at the University of Missouri, Columbia.  I missed the piano so much I would often go to the studio rooms on campus and play at night. When my 3 children attended St. John Lutheran School I became the pianist for the school choirs and worked as a 4th grade teachers’ aid. After a few years I became the 6th-8th grade art teacher, school choir director and music teacher for 1st through 8th grades. I was in charge of at least 20 musicals over 10 years. I was also a choir member and often played for services. What a joy and blessing! I am currently the choir director for Meramec Bluffs Singers at the Lutheran Senior Services Center in Valley Park.  Needless to say those piano lessons served me well as this wonderful hobby has turned into a career! Now I am finally teaching piano and I hope to bless your children with this incredible joy that lives inside me!

Heather Liebnau

It seems like music has always been a part of my life.  I began taking piano lessons when I was going on five years old and continued with various teachers all the way through college.  During my elementary and high school years,  I accompanied church and school choirs, sang in choir, played in band, and played in many music competitions and recitals.  I have also taught piano lessons off and on since college.  I graduate from Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska with a degree in elementary education and a concentration in music.

I am currently a second grade teacher at St. John’s and enjoy teaching many things.  I am blessed to have the opportunity to share my love of music with my SOTA students.

Katie Lorenz

This is my first year as an instructor for School of the Arts and I am extremely excited to be blessed with this opportunity! I started piano lessons when I was seven and continued to study formally throughout high school. I attended grade school at St. John and Lutheran South for high school. I am currently in my third year at Lindenwood University, pursuing a degree in marketing. 

During middle school, I got the opportunity to play during worship services and have done so periodically ever since. Currently at St. John I am a Core mentor and I love working with the middle schoolers! Though I love classical music, (Beethoven is my favorite composer), my love for music covers many genres and time periods. I continuously work to further my knowledge of piano and music in general. The piano is one of my greatest passions and I am so excited to share my love of music with others!

Tom Surkamp

My family and I joined St. John Church in the summer of 1994. Within a few months, my wife was in the choir and I was playing in the worship band on guitar, keyboards and occasionally on bass guitar. I have played professionally at Six Flags over Mid-America, in theatre productions, in stage bands, with rock bands, bluegrass and polka and even a belly dancer. I have taught guitar and piano previously, but when the School of the Arts began, I was one of the first teachers. I have taught every semester since. Focusing on the fundamentals of reading music, I work fun into every lesson along with music the student likes.

Jodi Treat

I’ve been teaching with School of the Arts since 2009.  I work part time as a physical therapist for Mercy and have played piano most of my life.  While I didn’t pursue a music degree in college, I feel that I have always been led in the direction of worship and music.  I started teaching piano years ago for friends and family.  Trading piano lessons for babysitting was a “win-win” for me when I had three little ones at home.  Over the years, it has given me so much gratification to watch my students grow at all levels, and express their musical gifts.  The bible tells us that God’s expectation is that we share our talents and gifts to further His kingdom.  I am grateful that School of the Arts is helping artists of all ages and skills fulfill God’s purpose in their lives.

My husband Calvin and I have three daughters and have recently become empty nesters, with one daughter teaching in Rockwood and two in college.  My hobbies include traveling, photography, scrapbooking, and Cardinals baseball.

Drew Brinkley

Hey! My name is Drew Brinkley and I am the Associate Music Director here at Pathfinder Church. I’ve been serving at here at Pathfinder for a little over three years now. I served as a volunteer for about two years before being hired on staff to work with our student ministries. Currently I manage our CORE (middle school band), Summit (high school band), as well as our 5th grade worship time on the weekends.

I come from a worship background with a worship heart! I’ve been singing and playing guitar in worship bands since I was 11. As soon as I picked up a guitar and started playing music I knew it was going to be something I did for the rest of my life. Over the years, I have learned so many things to better acoustic guitar playing, and after teaching myself things over and over I finally decided it’s time to start teaching others.

This will be my first year teaching at SOTA and I can’t wait to dive in. I will be focused on teaching beginner acoustic guitar. My hope is to equip students with the ability to play songs that they would desire, and allow them to flow through different dynamics and styles. 

Michele Youngberg

My name is Michele Youngberg and I thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to teach piano here at St. John's School of the Arts!

With my mom being a music teacher and choir director/pianist and organist at our church, I grew up with a strong musical background. I began playing piano when I was in first grade and eventually accompanied our church choir and small groups in church. I began playing piano in our church's worship team six years ago and love playing anything from old hymns to the newest Christian music out there.

My husband and I have been married for almost 30 years and have four daughters. We are originally from Nebraska but have become loyal fans of the Cardinals, Rams and Blues since moving to St. Louis. I now spend parts of my days as a nanny, as my own girls are pretty much grown, and love to interact with and teach children any way that I can. Teaching piano is a way that I can continue to do that in a musical sense.

Christy Clark

Hi! My name is Christy Clark and many of you know me as the music teacher here at St. John Lutheran School.  I am so happy to be here as the music teacher and now as a private voice/piano instructor with School of the Arts.  I have really been playing the piano for about as long as my memory serves. I began lessons when I was 6 years old and studied all the way up into my High School years, where I accompanied choirs at school and church.  My professional instruction with voice also began in my High School years. 

I have a degree in Vocal Music Education with a minor in Piano from Missouri Southern State University.  While there, I was able to travel all over the world from Vienna to Sydney, Australia singing with an amazing Chamber Choir.  I began teaching High School in my hometown of Joplin, Missouri and then traveled on to Neosho, Missouri teaching Choir. That area of Missouri is very active in Show choir, so I have a strong background in dance and show choir also.  My husband and I then had the opportunity to serve in Oahu for 2 years as music directors of a church there and I taught at a private girl’s school.  Since then I have served as choir director at Fort Zumwalt East High School and most recently Washington, MO High school.  I have directed and co-directed as musical director for countless musicals, so I have a passion for that form of musical expression.  I also am still serving as accompanist for our church where my husband is the Music Director.  You might say that music is in our family.

My husband and I have five children between us and we will be welcoming our first 2 grandchildren into the world this year. My family is where I want to spend most of my time and is my hobby.

I love teaching children and although it is different from High School, in some ways it is very similar.  I love getting to work with kids one on one where you can really get to the depth of their talent and get to know them individually. I look forward to reaching all sorts of goals with the students I will be blessed with.  Thank you so much for sharing them with me.

Kara Yannon

Hi!  My name is Kara Yannon and I am a vocalist, pianist, and educator from St. Louis. After falling in love with songwriting and at an early age, I joined my elementary school’s choir in my hometown of Springfield, Missouri and never looked back. In high school, I had the privilege of being chosen as a member of the American Choral Director’s Association’s National Honor Choir in Dallas, TX, as well as attended weekly piano instruction at a local music School in Springfield, Missouri. During my time at Webster University in St. Louis and Thailand I studied Music Education and Jazz Vocal Performance. Here, I student taught, refined my piano skills, performed in many university ensembles and student jazz bands, and was a founder of the a-cappella group “Earthtones,” who performed for the Muny Pre-Show during the 2016 season. I was also the pianist for Kol Rinah’s high holiday program in 2018. Currently, I perform in a local blues band called The Silver Dollars, play my original songs around town, and am an aspiring voice actress. Apart from playing music and teaching, my passions include traveling, moon sand, children’s literature, and coffee. Lots of coffee (but not when I’m singing).


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