At Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School, we believe that communication is key to a successful education team. Please feel free to utilize the following e-mail addresses to communicate with our staff.

Richard Brune

Rich Brune has been in Lutheran education over 40 years and Principal at Suburban Bethlehem since 2001. He is married to Pam, a past teacher at SBLS. They have three children, Elizabeth, Michael and Christopher, and a growing family. "SBL is a great place to grow. I love being in ministry together with all of you." Proverbs 22:6

Rev. Bill Mueller
Senior Pastor

Pastor Bill Mueller serves our Lord as Senior Pastor of Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School. He is married to Julie and they have two children, Sarah and Nicholas. He enjoys seeing people connected to God's grace in Jesus Christ. Acts 16:31

Patty Macke
Admissions Counselor

Patty Macke is excited to be working with SBLS as their Admissions Counselor. She is married to Brian and they have 2 daughters. Paige and Brooke are both graduates of Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School. Patty and her family have been members of SBL Church and School since 2000. "I love the opportunity to share all the great things our school has to offer."

Kathy Blessing
School Secretary

Kathy Blessing has been the school secretary at Suburban Bethlehem since June of 2006. She is married to Kurt. They have two children, Alicia and Jacob. “After 25 years as a secretary in the dental field, I have found a new home in the office at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School.” 2 Timothy 3:16

Gary Mews

Computer and Math

Gary Mews has been a Lutheran school teacher and technology coordinator with Suburban Bethlehem for over 20 years. He is married to Amy, who works in Lutheran education as an administrative assistant for the LCMS Indiana District. They have three children: Paul, David, and Laura. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)

Johannah Miesner 

 Eighth Grade 

A graduate of Concordia University-Seward, Johannah Miesner has been teaching in Lutheran schools in Illinois and Indiana since 2005.  She loves traveling to historical sites, reading, and music.  She teachers 5th-8th grade social studies, pre-algebra, and 8th grade literature and English.  Her favorite Bible verses are 2 Corinthians 4:5 and 8-10, "For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake...We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies."

Aaron Barnholt

Seventh Grade

Aaron Barnholt began his teaching ministry at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School in 2009. He teaches sixth through eighth grade math and science and serves as the seventh grade homeroom teacher. Aaron is a graduate of Suburban Bethlehem and feels very blessed to be teaching where he went to school. His favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." 

Cara Duensing

Sixth Grade

Cara Duensing came to SBLS after 5 years in Lutheran education. She is teaching language arts for grades 5-7. Cara has a B.S. in Speech Communication and her Lutheran Teacher’s Diploma.  In addition to literature and theater, Cara has a love for music (singing and guitar), karaoke, outdoor ministry, crafting, and movies. The verse that has sustained her for many years is Hebrews 13:6:  “ So  we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”

Dan Gottschalk
Fifth Grade

Dan Gottschalk teaches 5th grade homeroom at SBL and also physical education in k-8 and art in grades 6-8. He has been an educator for over 25 years, many of them at Suburban Bethlehem. Coaching soccer, basketball, and track round out his work at SBL. God has blessed him and his wife Ellen, also a teacher, with three daughters and one son. 
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand." John 10:27-28

Rachael Johnson
Fourth Grade 

Rachael graduated from IPFW with a bachelor degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in language arts, science, and social studies. She completed her colloquy courses and became a Called teacher in September 2010.  She is married to Ryan Johnson. They have two children, Carter & Cameron. Joshua 1:9

Amy Greener
Third Grade

Amy Greener has been in Lutheran education for over 25years. She has been at SBLS since 1994. "Third grade is a huge year of growth between the primary and intermediate grades. It is great to be a part of helping them grow and prepare in this transition." Phil. 4:4-9

Stacie Gass

Second Grade

Stacie Gass started teaching in 2003 and has taught first, second, third, and sixth grade. She is married to Kevin and God has blessed them with three sons: Keaton, Carson, and Cohen. Stacie enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her boys. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23


Brittany Brune
First Grade

Brittany Brune started her teaching ministry in 2013. She is married to Chris who teaches at Concordia Lutheran High School. They have two sons, Kamden & Wyatt. When Brittany is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family. She loves to camp and travel while visiting family and friends. She loves attending football games and cheering on the Cadets! “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.” 2 Peter 3:18


Rachell Stratton
First Grade

Rachell Stratton began her teaching ministry in 2013 as a fifth grade teacher. After teaching fifth grade for three years, she was a stay at home mom for two years, and is excited to begin a new adventure in first grade. Her husband, Kenny, works at Sweetwater Sound. Together they have two children, Aiden and Oliver. “My favorite part about being in Christian education is that I can impact a child’s life in more than one way. Not only can I help them grow in knowledge, but also in faith.“  1 Corinthians 15:58

Pastor Alex Duff

Pastor Youth and Outreach

Pastor Alex Duff serves as the Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry. He has served the Lutheran Church for over 30 years as teacher, principal, and pastor.  He has a heart for Lutheran Schools and the faith development of children and finds great joy in hearing children young and old share their faith in their Savior Jesus.  He has been married for over 30 years to his lovely wife, Meri and they have four children (now adults); Jenna, Rebecca, Kyle and Kurtis. "I am blessed to be part of this wonderful Suburban Bethlehem family!"   Mark 10:14

Matt Johnston


Matt Johnston joined the staff of SBL after nine years of teaching music. Being a graduate from SBL and Concordia High School, he has a degree from IPFW in Music Education and Organ Performance.  Directing, playing, arranging and singing music are all the exciting things he does leading the Music Ministry at the church and school. He plans to complete the Lutheran Parish Music colloquy soon. II Chronicles 5:12-14

Carmen Cleaveland

Special Education

Carmen has over 25 years of experience teaching grades 1-8. She graduated from Cincinnati Christian University with a double major in Christian education and Bible, completed a graduate certificate in Autism Education at Liberty University, and is currently finishing a Master's program in Special Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne. She and her husband Mark have four adult children, three sons-in-law, and one granddaughter. "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid"   John 14:27

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