New pastor to begin in August at St. John Evangelical 

The Rev. Russ and Susan Leeper

CHARLES CITY — St. John Evangelical Church has a new pastor.

The Rev. Russ Leeper will begin in mid-August.

According to the church’s website, Leeper has served congregations in Nebraska and Wisconsin. Before being called to Spooner, Wis., he was the pastor of Burke Lutheran Church in Madison, Wis., for nearly 10 years. 

His wife, Susan, is a middle school math teacher. They’re both originally from Iowa and love canoeing and hiking in the north woods. 

“I always challenge myself as a preacher and worship leader to proclaim the gospel in ways that are authentic, relevant and interesting while at the same time maintaining a sense of holiness that transcends the world around us,” Pastor Leeper said. “I have been preaching for 25 years. In both preaching and leadership I inject ample amounts of humor, because that’s who I am. In preaching I use stories, videos, music and technology because they hold attention of all ages so that we can hear the message and they help us connect with the spirit of the gospel in familiar ways.”




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