Our Leadership Team

The staff and leadership here at St. John's Church is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at 256-734-0344 or karen.hassell@sjepc.com.

  • Rev. Dr. John Richter  -   Senior Pastor      

    Born and raised in Cullman, Reverend John is a lifelong member of St. John's He has been on staff since 2003 and was formally called as Senior Pastor in 2014. Previously, John served as Religion Department Chair at the Dunham School in Baton Rouge, LA. Ordained in 2002, John holds a B.A. in history from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, an M.A. in the same subject from Ole Miss, an M.Div from Pepperdine University, and the Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. John also serves on the Board of Directors for the Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches and is an adjunct professor of religion at Wallace State Community College. John has one wife, Tiffany, one daughter, Vella, and one son, John Isaac. The family has two cats, Rainbow Claire and Tom Robin, adopted at Vella's request and in hopes of getting rid of the snakes that like to hang around their house. John enjoys the idea of running and likes to read and travel. You can follow his old doctoral blog at http://reverendjohn.wordpress.com. He also likes the idea of writing, but as his blog reveals, it is mostly still a dream. Nonetheless, if one wants to dig into the riches of the tradition of churches like St. John's, it's not a bad place to start.  john.richter@sjepc.com

  • Nate and Lauren Randall - Director of Youth Ministry  

    Nate and Lauren joined the Saint John’s staff and church family in August of 2015. Nate and Lauren and their children moved from just outside of the nation’s capital in Maryland to attend Beeson Divinity School so Nate could pursue an M.Div. During the transition to Alabama, God brought the paths of the Randalls and Saint John’s together for a ministry match. Nate is currently attending classes full-time and leading the youth ministry here at Saint John’s. Having served as a youth pastor for nearly 15 years in Nebraska and Maryland, Nate loves seeing the next generation catch a vision for life lived to the glory of Jesus Christ! Nate and Lauren both graduated from the University of Nebraska in Kearney in 2002. Nate earned a degree in Business Administration-Management and Lauren earned a degree in Interior Design. Married since 2002, Nate and Lauren have enjoyed the blessings of their kids—Arianna, Grayson, Lucienne, and Penelope. They enjoy big adventures with their kids, traveling to new places, practicing words with a Southern accent, renovating houses, eating pancakes, homeschooling, reading, binging occasionally on a Netflix series, and laughing with new and old friends. Nate loves college football and unapologetically roots for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. 

  • Gyzelle Warren -   Director of Children's Ministries     

    Gyzelle joined our staff as a preschool teacher in August 2003 just two months after our Little Lambs Preschool was established.  She accepted the position as director of the preschool in June 2006 and stepped into the role of Director of Children's Ministries for the church in January 2014 . Gyzelle has been a member of St. John's Church for 25 years. For more information about any of our children's ministry activities please contact Gyzelle at gyzellew@sjepc.com or text 256-595-2775. For more information about our preschool visit Little Lambs Preschool on this site. 

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  • Alice Butler - Interim Music Director

  • Karen Hassell - Administrative Assist/Facility Coordinator

    Karen has been the Administrative Assistant since1997. Karen is also the Facilities Coordinator and just recently added Senior Travel Coordinator for our Sassy Sages group to her growing resume here at St. John's. Karen heads up our Meals and Ministries Outreach Team and was instrumental in the implementation of Safe Sanctuaries for SJ and in the start of our Blessings and Outreach Team. Karen is married and has 2 grown children and one precious granddaughter. 


  • Regina Baker - Financial Secretary

    Regina has been the Financial Secretary at St. John’s since 2007. She has been a church member since 1999. Regina is the proud mother of three sons, Justin, Thomas and Steven Baker. Because of her sons, she has enjoyed being very active with the Cullman High School band program and served several years as Vice President of their booster organization. She also enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.