Pastor Gerike, became senior pastor at Our Saviour's in February of 2014. Before coming to Our Saviour's, he served as Senior Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manchester, Missouri, for 22 years. He is a graduate of Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS, with an undergraduate degree in Music. He received his Master of Divinity from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary (now Luther Seminary) in St. Paul, MN.

Pastor Gerike is married to Ruth and they have two adult sons, Brent and Brian, who are both graduates of Luther College in Decorah, IA. Brent is married to Katie and is a professional musician in New York, NY.  Brian is married to Betsy. They live in Watertown, Wisconsin, where they are both teachers, and have a daughter named Anna.

Pastor Gerike strongly believes in the Lutheran teachings of God’s grace and the good news of the Gospel. He believes that God loves each of us and that we are called to reflect that love in our daily lives.

Pastor John works with the following areas Council , Executive Team, Preaching and Worship.