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.

  • Adam G. Osier
    Assistant Pastor

    Pastor Osier has served as Assistant Pastor at Ruthfred since July, 2014.  He received a Master of Divinity degree from the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary (Plymouth, MN) in 2012.  Before serving at Ruthfred, he served as pastor of two churches in central Minnesota for two years.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education from the University of Northwestern—St. Paul.  He has also studied at Valley City State University (Valley City, ND) and the Association Free Lutheran Bible School (Plymouth, MN).  He has a passion to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ through teaching and preaching, as well as through small group and individual discipleship.


    He married his wife, Courtney, in 2008, and they have been blessed with two children, Jacobi and Kaia.  Together they enjoy outdoor adventures, sports and exploring God’s creation in the variety of zoos and museums that Pittsburgh has to offer.  When time allows, he also enjoys woodworking.

  • Kevin Czymbor

    Vicar Czymbor began serving his one-year vicarage at Ruthfred in July of 2018 to complete his 4 years of seminary training at the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary (Plymouth, MN).  Kevin was born and raised in Saginaw, MI.  Prior to attending Seminary, he studied both Arts and Sciences which resulted in an Associates of Science degree. He was led to full-time ministry through 22 years of service in his local church as an acolyte, usher, prayer partner, elder, teacher, ministry trainer, and fill in preacher. Kevin’s interests in science and communication have led to a strong passion for researching and discussing Creation Science and Creation Apologetics.


    Kevin and his wife Jaclyn were married on July 7, 2012 in Park River, ND. They have two boys, Noah and Ezra. As a family they enjoy visiting the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter destinations in Northern Kentucky


Support Staff

  • Paula Mikulan
    Office Manager

    Paula began as Ruthfred’s Office Manager in 2002 serving many roles, including receptionist, bulletin coordinator, designer and printer, as well as many other administrative and managerial roles.  She and her husband Paul became members of Ruthfred Lutheran Church in 1990. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She has 2 grown daughters, and 2 adorable grandchildren. She travels frequently visiting their daughters and family.

  • Ron Thorhauer

    Ron has served as Ruthfred’s business manager, (as well as an ad hoc IT 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. 

  • Patricia Lutz
    Administrative Assistant

    Patricia “Pat” joined the Ruthfred ministry team in 2017 to serve under the broad heading of Administrative Assistant.  In this role, she is responsible a number of clerical duties, but also assists in planning and executing ministry events and serves in the visitation ministry. 


    Prior to serving at Ruthfred, she served as a sole commissioned lay pastor in Taylorstown, PA for 23 years.  She and her husband, Bob, joined Ruthfred in 2015.  They have been married for 51 years, and have two children, and three grandchildren.  In her free time, she enjoys all types of needlework, sewing and decorating.

  • Brandon Fouks
    Youth Director

    Brandon has served as Ruthfred’s Youth Minister since 2015.  He is responsible for creating and overseeing activities for the youth of the church, striving to encourage the youth to cultivate their personal relationship with Jesus.


    Born and raised on the family farm in Deer Park WI Brandon has been doing youth work since he was 16 years old. In 2011 he graduated from the Association Free Lutheran Bible School in Plymouth Mn, after which he entered a one year program with a focus on youth ministry training.


    Before accepting the call as the Youth Director of Ruthfred Lutheran Church Brandon worked as a maintenance personnel, diesel mechanic, and finally as a well driller. In his free time Brandon enjoys working on and riding motorcycles, cooking, gardening, camping and spending time with his wife and partner in ministry Bekah.


Music Programs


Nursery School

  • Erin Campion
  • Beth Blanc