Meet Our Staff

Our Pastor


Rev. Matthew C. Rauh accepted the call to serve as Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in 2016. He also serves as our 7-8th grade religion instructor.  Prior to joining St. Paul's, Pastor Rauh served as Associate Pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in St. Peter, MN since 1995.  He also served as Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Denver, CO for 4 years, and as a teacher at Michigan Lutheran High School in Saint Joseph, MI.  His interests include his studies, reading, history, games, and spending time with his family.  You may contact Pastor Rauh at 507-964-2731 or at



Our Church Assistant

Mr. Don Koch currently serves part-time at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.  He was born and raised in southern Wisconsin, went to a Christian day school and attended public high school.  He then graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN.  Mr. Koch taught at our school for 42 years teaching various combinations of grades 3-8 and also served as our school principal for 29 of those years.  He most recently served as our Staff Minister prior to his retirement in 2015.

Don continues as our choir director and conducts various Bible studies and church ministries.  You may contact him at church at 507-964-2731 or at


Our Secretary


Mrs. Ella Schmidt currently serves as our church secretary and is also a member of our choir.  She has previously served as a Sunday School teacher and a substitute Sunday School teacher, and has also worked and volunteered at St. Paul's school.  Ella grew up in Silver Lake, MN and has been a member here since 1992.  She is married to Scott and has four children.  She enjoys reading, baking and cooking, and is eager to help answer any questions you may have about our church.  Ella can be reached at the church office at 507-964-2731 Monday - Thursday, or by e-mail at