Ministry Team


Rev. Barbara Dahl

Pastor Barbara is an ordained pastor with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. After a 20-year career raising three children, she graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree in 2001 from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Her educational experience also includes:

  • Lutheran Confessions & Theology - Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, IL (2000)
  • Church Field Education - Messiah Lutheran Church, Brownsburg, IN (2001)
  • Spiritual Formation Certificate of Completion - Grace Institute for Spiritual Formation, Luther College, Decorah, IA (2005)
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Residency - Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL (2007)
  • Spiritual Direction Internship Certificate of Completion - Benedict Inn, Beech Grove, IN (2013)

Before being called to Gethsemane in October 2010, Pastor Barbara served at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Mulberry, IN as well as two interim positions in Illinois and as interim Campus Pastor at Purdue University's Lutheran Ministry. She and her husband, Jon, recently celebrated their 40-year marriage. In her spare time, she enjoys spoiling her grandson and likes anything involving a needle and thread or needles and yarn, reading, and spending time on the porch swing.

Office Assistant

Laura Rhodes

Laura is a long-time member of Gethsemane. In addition to her work with the Worship and Music Committee and the worship service, she prepares the bulletins each week.


Tom Steffen

Tom is also a long-time, active member. His responsibilities include keeping the building clean. In his free time, he keeps the grounds weeded and full of flowers.

Congregation Council

Tom Steffen, President
Loren Seils, Vice-President
P.J. Hinton, Secretary
Dennis Frick, Treasurer
Lola Daniel
Gary Evans
Gloria Parr
Terry Teagar