5 questions with Shari Buckellew, business manager at St. John’s Lutheran Church

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Position: Executive director of business operations, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington

Shari Buckellew


1. How long have you been in this role at St. John’s Lutheran Church and what are your responsibilities in the position?

I have been the executive director of business operations since January 2014, but I have been an active member since moving to Bloomington in 1988. My responsibility is to lead, support and work alongside a team of dedicated staff and volunteers in the areas of finance, human resources, facility, coordination and planning.

2. St. John’s is in the midst of a building project. Can you tell us more of what you hope to accomplish with this project?

St. John’s Lutheran Church is celebrating our 150th anniversary in 2021. Our Vision 2020 building project will provide the foundation for St. John’s to continue to be an inviting and innovative church for the next 150 years where all are welcome. The project includes the construction of a new worship center that will accommodate multiple styles of worship from traditional with an organ to contemporary with a worship band; and the technology to produce a high-quality worship experience for those watching online as well as those in person. We are also renovating the current sanctuary into an inviting gathering space for guests and members to connect, and remodeling the offices for better efficiency and effectiveness. 

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