Pastors and Vicar

  • Steve P. Carlson
    Senior Pastor

    Pastor Steve Carlson has pastored Ruthfred Lutheran Church since 2009, first as Assistant Pastor and then beginning as Senior Pastor in 2013.  He began full time ministry in 1992 as a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on college and university campuses in WI and MN for eight years.  He also pastored three congregations in Minnesota for nine years prior to being called to pastor at Ruthfred Lutheran. 

     

    Pastor Carlson received a Graduate in Theology degree from the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary (Minneapolis, MN), a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education from the University of Wisconsin – Superior, as well as a diploma of Biblical Studies from the Association Free Lutheran Bible School.  He is currently in a doctoral program through Trinity School of Ministry (Ambridge, PA). 

     

    Pastor Carlson has a deep love for the Church, and a passion for preaching, teaching, and sharing the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

     

    He has been married to Jennifer for 26 years and they have three children, Ben, Sadie, and Sam.  They have homeschooled their children.  As a special needs family, they have experienced God’s grace and strength in the midst of many ongoing challenges.  Together they enjoy the incredible history of Pennsylvania, the beauty of nature, Pittsburgh sports, reading, trips to the beach, and relationships with many dear friends in church and in the community.

  • Bryce C. McMinn
    Associate Pastor

    Ruthfred called Pastor Bryce McMinn as Associate Pastor in 2020. He and his wife, Erin, have been married for 16 years, and have 5 children: Noah (13), Elliot (11), Caleb (9), Lillian (7), and Joshua (5). Bryce grew up in Lancaster, PA, and Erin in Bethel Park.

    Bryce and Erin met at the University of Pittsburgh, both graduating in 2001 with bachelors degrees in business administration. Bryce received a masters degree in organizational leadership from Geneva College in 2008, and a masters in divinity from the Free Lutheran Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2020.

    Bryce and Erin joined Ruthfred in 2003 and were active in ministry. In 2012 they moved to Harrisburg, PA, where Bryce served as Executive Director of Morning Star, a pregnancy resource center. The McMinns discerned God’s call for Bryce to attend seminary, and moved to the AFLC’s seminary campus in 2016. Upon completing his seminary studies and one-year internship at Rose and Spruce Free Lutheran congregations in Roseau, Minnesota, Ruthfred called Bryce and his family back home. Bryce has a passion for men’s and family ministry, and for preaching, teaching, and sharing God’s Word.

    The McMinns are divided in loyalty to Pitt and Penn State, and to the Phillies and Pirates. They are, however, undivided in their loyalty to the Steelers and Penguins. They enjoy bike rides, going to South Park, and Sheetz and GetGo slushies.

 

Support Staff

  • Sally Ondrejko
    Office Manager

    Sally joined the Ruthfred staff as Office Manager in mid-2021. She and her husband, Tom, grew up in Washington, PA. They moved back to southwestern PA in 2005 after living in southeastern OH for 14 years (where all three of their children were born). Prior to serving at Ruthfred, she was a librarian, a stay-at-home mom and PTA volunteer, and most recently an office manager for a small, local company. In her free time, she enjoys reading, sewing, and various online classes.

  • Regan Johnson
    Youth Director

    Hi, my name is Regan Johnson and I’m serving as the Youth Director here at Ruthfred Lutheran Church. I am originally from Fosston, Minnesota which is a very small town up north. I have an older brother and younger sister, and am very close to my family. I grew up in my local AFLC church of Calvary Free Lutheran, where I was an active member in my church and youth group growing up. I was a two sport athlete, involved with basketball and track.

    I attended the Association Free Lutheran Bible School after graduating high school from 2015-2017. Throughout my time there, I participated in activities such as the Basketball team, Choir, Cross Cultural Ministries, Street Ministries, and Summer Team VBS ministries. Attending there was such a blessing in growing and nurturing my faith.

    Since graduating, I served as a youth leader for a year long internship in Metropolis, Illinois before moving back to Fargo to continue my education. I am currently attending Minnesota State University Moorhead and pursuing a degree in Business Marketing, which will be completed and fulfilled this December. During my time in Fargo, I served as 5-7 year old childcare provider, and really grew to love working with kids. God has now currently called me to work with the youth here, and I’m very excited to be here with this opportunity to serve and grow.

    With my free time and personal life, I enjoy activities such as traveling, camping, and hiking. I also enjoy just being with people and exploring my surroundings and finding good places to eat. I’m also a big fan of movies, music, puzzles, and games of all kinds.

  • Ron Thorhauer
    Administrator

    Ron has served as Ruthfred’s business manager since 2013.  Born and raised in Bethel Park, he has been part of the Ruthfred Lutheran circles for most of his life, officially joining in 1989.  He and his wife have 3 children, 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  In his free time, he enjoys woodworking. 

  • Andrew Vogel
    Multi-media Coordinator

    Andrew has served as Ruthfred Lutheran Church’s multi-media coordinator since 2018. Born and raised in Mt. Lebanon, he grew up in the church and has been involved in a variety of Ruthfred’s ministries. He received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Grove City College. As Ruthfred’s multi-media coordinator, Andrew coordinates the church’s website, network, multi-media equipment, and various other technology needs. In his free time, he enjoys ballroom dancing and playing cello.

  • Lauren Compel
    Kids Time Co-Coordinator
  • Denise Stutzman
    Kids Time Co-Coordinator | Preschool Director

 

Music Programs

 

Preschool

  • Denise Stutzman
    Kids Time Co-Coordinator | Preschool Director
  • Erin McMinn
    Preschool Teacher