St. Paul Lutheran Church & Pre-School

St. Paul Staff

Senior Pastor

Rev. Karl W. Haeussler


Senior Pastor Karl Haeussler has served as Senior Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church since 1998.  


He and his wife Polly have two adult sons and presently live with a cat.  Pastor enjoys golf, baseball, running, biking, and progressive rock.  


His passion is bringing the Mission of St. Paul Lutheran Church to life through worship that is uplifting and relevant, through sharing the hope of Jesus in every circumstance of life, and through involving people in Our Mission.  


He invites you to visit St. Paul Lutheran, a church that is not perfect, but forgiven.


Pastor Green

Associate Pastor 

Ernest Green III


Pastor Ernest (Ernie) Green III is a father of three.  A retired North Tonawanda police lieutenant, Ernie and wife Cindy, both life-long residents of North Tonawanda, are the proud parents of son Ernie, the 4th, and daughters Lindsey (Jason) Meyers Brothers, and Kimberly (Andrew) Kouzan, and grandparents to Max, Theo and Graham. 


Pastor Green is thankful to be at St. Paul, where he feels that he is surrounded by friends and family.   Pastor Green says, "It is indeed a blessing to serve at St. Paul."


Minister of Music 

Emmett Whitaker


Church musician since birth.  Other than church music, interests include photography, videography, sci-fi, Yorkies, & MG's.  Currently self-employed (piano lessons) and also in the employ of St. Paul Lutheran Church as Minister of Music.  Attended Concordia University, Bronxville (A.A.); Concordia Fort Wayne (B.A.); Concordia Seminary St. Louis (1 year); Virginia Commonweath University (M.S., Sociology).


Two lovely children:  Emmett III (Doctor at The Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus, OH), and Elizabeth (school teacher, Morrisville N.C), and an even lovelier wife, Jennifer (B.A., Concordia River Forest), who is currently an executive at Utical National Insurance.  And, last, but not least, our family includes SUPERYORKIE, Allie Jane Whitaker.  As for the future, I'm hoping to be good at something, someday.


Kristen Gallineau

Director of Family Ministry and Youth

 Kristen Gallineau has been working in the education field since graduating college in 2002. She enjoys working with children and families of all ages and hopes to bring the children and families at St. Paul Lutheran Church closer together with one another in fellowship and with our Lord Jesus Christ.


She is happily married to her husband, Erik, since 2003. They have one young son, Aiden, and two little doggy fur-babies. They enjoy traveling, camping, and relaxing  in the backyard together as a family.


Kristen is so thankful that the Lord has guided her to St. Paul Lutheran. She is looking forward to continuing to strengthen the Family Ministry here and developing a strong, exciting youth ministry program.


Director of Adult Education

Linda Gerlach


Linda Gerlach has served at St. Paul Lutheran since 1978, starting out as the Preschool teacher.  In 1999, she moved into the role of Director of Family Ministry, then added on the role of Preschool Director in 2004.   Linda retired from her full time work in June of 2016. 


She currently is serving as part-time Director of Adult Education.    Linda is thankful that God has led her to serve Him here at St. Paul and for His faithfulness through every part of her life.  She enjoys helping people find new ways to serve God, as they grow closer in their walk with Him.


Linda and her late husband, Paul, are the parents of 3 adult children.  She enjoys travel, reading, and all sorts of creative activities.  


Church Secretary and Office Manager

Carolyn Taylor


Carolyn Taylor has been working in office settings for over 30 years.  She also serves as the church Business Manager/Treasurer.  Carolyn has two grown daughters, a son-in-law, two wonderful granddaughters, and a crazy cat. 


She enjoys training in the Martial Arts, reading, and taking walks.  She is thrilled to be serving God and His people here at St. Paul.





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