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Ministry Team

Our Staff

Matthew Leighty
Executive Director

Matthew joined Lutheran Ministries Media in October of 2013. In his role as executive director, he oversees the implementation and expansion of the ministry's mission of sharing Christ's love. Click here for a detailed bio.

Paul Melin
Program Director

Paul joined the staff as production engineer in 1995 and now oversees all pre and post production on behalf of Worshp Anew. He coordinates the work of staff and volunteers in the Wolf Chapel Studio including camera operators, set designers, teleprompting and closed captioning personnel.

Julie Beers
Operations & Development Director

Julie joined the staff in 2010. She guides the staffing and financial components of the ministry. Julie works with donors to develop stewardship and funding for Worship Anew so that the Lord's work may be done. She also coordinates an active volunteer program throughout the ministry.

Thomas Moll
Content Manager

Thomas Moll joined Worship Anew in February of 2020 as our new Content Manager. Thomas manages and serves as editor for all content, analyzes community media metrics, and collaborates with church professionals as well as mental health professionals to develop new resources to support individuals and churches. 

Cheryl Gilliom
Donor Database Specialist

Cheryl joined the staff in 2010 as part of the administrative support team. Today, as a member of the development staff, she oversees the donor database, development research, and stewardship activities. Cheryl also assists with ministry events and manages the DVD subscription program.

Dcs. Wendy Boehm
Communication Specialist

Wendy graduated from Purdue University Fort Wayne with her bachelor’s degree in 2015. She continued her education at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, earning her master’s degree in Deaconess Studies. In addition to her work at Worship Anew, Wendy is also serving at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ossian, Indiana. Wendy shares, “I am so honored to serve alongside such wonderful people at Worship Anew, contributing to their mission in sharing Christ's love through ministry and media.”

Thad Goff
Video Editor & Production Specialist

Thad majored in Communications at Huntington University. After doing various broadcasting jobs in Minnesota for six years, he made the move back to the Fort Wayne area and began working at Worship Anew in 2019. In joining the ministry team, Thad shared, “I first heard about Worship Anew from my college advisor, Dr. Lance Clark. Since then I began volunteering with the ministry, and now I’m pleased to be on board helping with production. I look forward to the rest of my time at Worship Anew.”

Peyton Sweet
Production Assistant

Peyton has been volunteering with Worship Anew since 2014. During his senior year at Concordia Lutheran High School, he interned at Worship Anew in the summer of 2019 and the summer of 2020 to the present. Peyton is currently enrolled at Purdue University Fort Wayne, majoring in Communications. He eventually wants to study filmmaking in the next upcoming years.

Cathy Tapp

Cathy is the first person most people will speak to at the ministry either over the phone or at the front desk. She's been a member of the ministry team since January of 2017.

Elizabeth Puls
Editor-in-Chief of Hope-Full Living

Elizabeth Puls joined the staff of Worship Anew as the Editor-in-Chief of Hope-Full Living in July of 2020. Elizabeth works closely with the Content Manager, Hope-Full Living authors, and the Executive Director of Worship Anew to bring this daily devotional to our Senior community.  

She has B.A. degrees in Communication and Theatre from California Lutheran University and earned her M.A. in Business and Organizational Communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is happily married to Rev. Dr. Timothy Puls and the proud mother of four amazing sons.

Kenneth M. Schilf
Executive Director Emeritus

Ken Schilf served as Executive Director of Lutheran Ministries Media, Inc. from 1985 until his retirement on January 31, 2014. Through his leadership, Worship for Shut-Ins expanded its reach into a worldwide television program via numerous broadcast stations, cable, satellite, and the internet. Ken’s engagement with the local community led the active volunteers to grow to over 150 individuals. He oversaw a $1.7 million campaign that culminated in the program transitioning to digital media and opening of the Elsie Rossman Media Center and Wolf Chapel in 2010. In conferring the honor of Executive Director Emeritus on October 4, 2015, Al Schumm, LMM Board of Directors President, shared a plaque that is hung at the home of Lutheran Ministries Media, Inc., “so that others may know and be emboldened in their proclamation of the Gospel thanks to Ken’s example of Christ’s love and service”.

Our Pastors

Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Ahlersmeyer

Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Ahlersmeyer received his B.A. from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne in 1976, his M.Div. from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne in 1979, and his Ph.D. in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Bowling Green State University in 1989. He first appeared on the program in 2007. He is the senior pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Rev. Thomas A. Eggold

Rev. Thomas Eggold graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, in 1992, and immediately began his career as a church worker at Concordia Lutheran High School.  In his time at Concordia, Eggold served as an English teacher, a director in the drama department, and the boys’ varsity soccer coach. In 1996, Eggold accepted a call to serve Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne to serve as Director of Youth and Family Ministries.  After completing his studies at Concordia Theological Seminary in 2003, Eggold was ordained into the pastoral ministry and called to Emmanuel where he currently serves as Senior Pastor.  Pastor Eggold will begin appearing on Worship Anew in December of 2018.

Rev. Shayne M. Jonker

Rev. Jonker is 2009 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In May of that same year, he was called to serve as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Roanoke, Indiana and continues to faithfully serve there to this day. He will begin appearing on Worship Anew in December of 2018.

Rev. Dr. Walter A. Maier III

Rev. Dr. Walter A. Maier III has been a regular pastor on the program since 1998. He graduated from Concordia College, Ann Arbor in 1972 and Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne in 1974. He then went on to graduate from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne in 1978, and earn his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1984. He currently teaches in the Exegetical Department at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Rev. William E. Mueller

Rev. William E. Mueller became a regular pastor on the program in 2016. Mueller attended Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, graduated from Concordia College (now Concordia University), Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1990, and received his Masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri in 1994. In 2008, he was installed as Senior Pastor at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church & School of Fort Wayne, where he still serves to this day.

Rev. Paul E. Shoemaker

Rev. Paul E. Shoemaker is an alumnus of Concordia College, Bronxville (’72), Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne (’74) and Concordia Theological Seminary alumnus (’78). He was one of the five original pastors who began appearing regularly on the program in 1994. He has been the senior pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven since 1989.

Our Host

Eric Kaschinske

Eric Kaschinske began as host of Worship Anew on January 7, 2018. He graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, IL, in 1996 with a Secondary Education degree, majoring in mathematics and minoring in theology. He completed his Masters of Education at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2002.  Eric currently serves as a mathematics teacher and the department chair at Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne. He has coached various athletic teams during his time at Concordia. Eric and his wife Amy have three children: Mason, Rhaya, and Landon.