Meet Our Staff

Pastor

Rev. Ernest B. Sheldon

Pastor

Pastor Rev Ernest B. Sheldon is from Fortville, Indiana. Upon graduating from high school, Pastor Ernie served the next twenty years in Army Special Operations (Green Berets). While in the Army, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Campbell University. He retired from the Army in 1997 to attend Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC, graduating with a Master’s in Divinity in 2001. Since then he has served a number of congregations in North and South Carolina.

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Valarie Valois

Director of Music

Our cantor, Valarie Valois, has been making and directing music with others since she was seven. She has focused on piano, organ and liturgical worship studies literally all of her life, and her work as a concert artist, teacher and teacher of teachers has taken her from small country churches to cosmopolitan cathedrals, and everyone and everything in between, in the US, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Orient. Her students have played world wide, from the White House and UN, to major symphony orchestras, and on TV and radio. She simply LOVES making and sharing music, and will happily welcome you into our bell choir,if you want to help ring in The Good News and/or our Chancel Choir, if singing makes your heart smile.

Assistant

Janine Dopirak

Church/Financial Secretary

Janine began working at St. Johns in July 2004 as church secretary. In 2012 she also assumed financial secretary duties. Previously she had worked part time setting up a church office and overseeing technology upgrade. Before that she worked as a Software Specialist at Digital Equipment Corp in Michigan, a software engineer at RCA Automated Systems, Government Division in Massachusetts. She attended Western Michigan University and graduated with BS in Computer Science with math minor. Graduate work was done at Boston University. She has 2 sons and resides in Mooresville. She enjoys gardening, cooking and travel.