Faculty & Staff

Head Pastor

James Hennig

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Grace, peace, and mercy, be to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Concordia has a rich history of blessings and challenges that by God's grace we move forward.   As a congregation, that is part of His Church, we need to remember and focus on His grace and every blessing that we may meet the challenges with faith and see how God is drawing us not only closer to Himself but to each other as well.  God's peace now and always.

Associate Pastor

Michael Koschmann

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After serving as her vacancy pastor in 2005, Pastor Koschmann returned to Concordia Lutheran Church-School-Preschool as her Assistant-to-the Pastor in 2007.  His main duties include preaching, teaching adult classes, and visiting the sick and home bound.

His full-time parish is Immanuel Lutheran in Riverton, where he has served since 1987.  Since 2010, he has served as the "Pastor Pro-Tempore" at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, a historically black congregation on Springfield's East end.  He also holds a weekly  Bible Class at Concordia Village in Springfield and leads the Sunday Vesper service at the Village on a rotation basis.

Church and School Secretary

Lora Beavers

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I began working here at Concordia in 2008.  I have a wonderful husband, Michael and an amazing daughter, Amelia.

It is wonderful to get to work with such amazing people, get to know and help our congregation and have the priveledge to see all the young people who come through our school doors.  Getting to see God's work in both our school children who are just learning about Him and in our congregation, through the every day highs and lows as well as in the reassurance in their death, through His death and ressurection is truly a blessing.

Principal & 3rd-8th Grade Teacher

Janet Burmeister

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Miss Burmeister brings 37 years of assorted teaching and administrative experience to Concordia.  She received both her bachelors and masters degree from Concordia University-Chicago.  She has served in schools and congregations in Michigan, Arizona, and Illinois.  Those classrooms and offices have been located in grade schools as well as high schools.

Her greatest joy is when teachable moments occur.  It is at these times when students are open and receptive to whatever one can share with them.  This is particularly exciting when it relates to faith and the Gospel.

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Teacher

Donalyn Vinlove


I have been in education for 15 years and  have worked with children from 6 weeks old to seniors in high school. I graduated from Western Illinois University with my Bachelor's of Science in Special Education. Recently, I finished classes to become a called Lutheran School teacher. Children are the highlight of my day. When I see them sharing the love of the Lord it melts my heart. One of the greatest joys I have is when I see a child's eyes light up because they have learned something new. God's blessings to all.

4 year old Preschool Teacher

Debbie Miller

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I have been blessed to be a teacher at Concordia for 2 years.  This is my 25th year teaching preschool.  Previously I taught in the Pekin Public School District for 11 years in an at risk Pre-K program.  I then taught at Tazwell Woodford Head Start for 10 years.  After moving to Springfield 4 years ago I worked at a private Day Care and have been at Concordia for 2 years.  My husband is a pastor and we have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren.  I enjoy all aaspects of teaching 4 years olds but most of all I love being able to share the good news of Salvation with the children.  I am truly amazed at how the Lord works in the lives of these young children.  I am truly blessed everyday when I walk into my classroom.

Preschool 3-year old Teacher

Trudy Wise

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Teaching is an absolute passion of mine.  I am so excited to work with you and your child here at Concordia.  We are going to learn so many new and exciting things together!  I have 26 years of Early Childhood experience.  I am married to Carl and we have a dog named Dilly.  I have a niece, Sydney and a nephew Alec.  Welcome to Concordia Preschool! We are so excited that you have chosen us as your child's preschool.  Early childhood education is such an important piece in building a solid foundation for higher learning and social interaction.

  July 2020  
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