St. John's Lutheran Church & School
St. John's Nodine

42685 County Road 12 - Nodine,  Dakota MN 55925

Church:  507-643-6381;   School:  507-643-6440;  Fax: 507-643-6007

LaCrosse Area

Meet Our Staff

Teaching God's Children about God's World in light of God's Word

At St. John’s, we are blessed to have a very dedicated staff with many years of experience.  Most of those years have been right here at St. John’s.






Pastor Dennis Harbach  

Dennis Harbach graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in May 1993.  He served at St. James Lutheran Church in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin for 10 years. Pastor Harbach came to serve St. John’s Lutheran Church of Nodine, MN, in August 2003. Pastor Harbach and his wife, Allison (Thomas), have six children:  Jeremiah, Susanna, Chloe, Matthew, Michaela, and Jonathan.

 Mark Kutz, Principal  - Grades 7-8

Mark Kutz graduated from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, in 1994. He previously taught at Niles, Illinois and Sturgis, Michigan. He and his family came to Nodine in July 2004. Mark and Heidi have three children, Joshua, Ben, and Katie.  Mr. Kutz is Principal and teaches Grades 7-8.  

Thomas Zuberbier, Athletic Director - Grades 5-6

Tom Zuberbier graduated from Martin Luther College in 1995.  He first served at Glorie Pei-Bethesda, Milwaukee, WI, then St. Paul's, Columbus, OH. He has been teaching grades 5-6 at St. John's Nodine since 2001.  Mr. Zuberbier is also our Athletic Director and Coach.

Julie Beach - Grades 3-4

Julie (Zeamer) Beach came to St. John's in 1987 after graduation from Martin Luther College, New Ulm.  She taught grades 1-2 for 6 years. She married Brian Beach of Dakota, MN in 1992, and resigned from teaching in 1993.  Julie and Brian have two children, Cody and Carissa. Julie returned to the teaching ministry in 2004.  She teaches Grades 3-4 and directs the Church Choir.

Laura Schaper   - Grades 1-2

Laura (Adamczyk) Schaper also graduated from Martin Luther College in 1995. Her previous teaching was at Trinity in West Bend, WI, in 1995 and 97-98 PreK in Cudahy, WI.  She was called to teach Grades 4-5 at   St. John's in 1999.  She has been our 1-2 Grade teacher since 2001. Laura and her husband, Brad, have two children, Aaron and Addison. Brad is a teacher at Luther High School, Onalaska, WI.

Kathy Miller   - Kindergarten

Kathy (Dobrunz) Miller is our Kindergarten teacher.   She is a life-long member of St. John’s and former student.  Kathy has also been helping at St. John’s as a Sunday School teacher and Patriot Parent volunteer. Previously she taught in Waterloo, WI and Caledonia, MN, before marrying Jeff Miller.   Kathy and Jeff have 4 children, Joshua, Klarissa, Justin, and Karly.  

Heidi Kutz - PreKindergarten

 Heidi (Schneider) Kutz, is the wife of our principal, Mark Kutz.  They have three children, Joshua, Ben, and Katie. Heidi graduated from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, in 1994. She previously taught Preschool at Niles, Illinois.  She was called to teach PreKindergarten at St. John's in 2010. The Kutz family came to Nodine in July 2004. Mr. Kutz is principal and teaches grades 7-8. Heidi Kutz teaches our PreKindergarten Program, gives piano lessons and serves St. John's Church as an organist.

Tracy Heyer  - Administrative Assistant

Tracy (Richards) Heyer has been Administrative Assistant at St. John's since 2003.  Tracy is originally from Yucaipa, California.  She is married to Dean Heyer and lives in Nodine.  They have five grown children: Christina, Seth, Aaron, Henry, and Melissa.