William Gottwalt is serving as part-time consulting librarian for Luther Classical College, organizing and cataloging donations so that a functioning library will be ready when students arrive in August 2025. He holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and has worked as an archives inventory specialist at the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He is member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Laramie, Wyoming, where he works remotely while also making periodic trips to the campus of Luther Classical College in Casper, Wyoming.
Mrs. Tiffany Hoff is the Administrative Assistant for Luther Classical College. In addition to the college, she is the Administrative Assistant for the Wyoming District as well. She and her husband, Tim have five children; Katharine (graduated in 2022 and lives in Colorado), Deborrah, Lyezabeth, Timothy Jr., and Thomas. They are thankful to have a classical Lutheran school to send their children and look forward to sending them to Luther Classical College. She enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, photography, watching her kids participate in sports, and singing Lutheran hymns with her church choir.
Dr. Ryan MacPherson serves as the Academic Dean of Luther Classical College. He holds a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from University of Notre Dame and is author/editor of several books, including: Rediscovering the American Republic, Studying Luther’s Large Catechism, and The Culture of Life. He and his wife, Marie, are homeschool parents to seven children. Dr. MacPherson comes to LCC with 20 years of previous experience in Lutheran higher education. He is passionate about leading his family in home devotions and guiding his students through the primary texts that have shaped Western Civilization and Christian thought.
Austin Mock is the Head of Mission Advancement at Luther Classical College. He graduated from Hillsdale College with degrees in political philosophy and Spanish. He and his wife live in Holland, Michigan.
Prior to Luther Classical, Austin provided data and technology services for a management consultancy in Indianapolis, IN and worked in strategic communications for an international cybersecurity firm based in Arlington, VA. He has worked in politics and fundraising for several years, with stints on Capitol Hill and with a prominent national fundraising firm. Austin is a (relatively) recent convert to Lutheranism and attends Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, MI.
Samuel Preus is the Director of Development for Luther Classical College. He earned his B.A. in International Business at the Berlin School of Economics and Law in Berlin-Shöneberg, Germany, and has lived with his family in Laramie, WY since 2017. He is thankful for his faithful Lutheran church and the classical Lutheran school connected to it. He and his wife, Rachel, have five children: Job, Eve, Herman, Anja, and Philip.
Hunter Andersen is an entrepreneur and owner of the food truck company On the Hook Fish and Chips. He studied petroleum engineering at the University of Wyoming while working with his business partner to grow their company to serve in 15 states with a dozen food trucks. With a strong interest in classical education, Hunter has spearheaded classical curriculum developments at his local church’s private school and for his private study program preparing young students for college. He currently serves on Luther Classical College’s curriculum committee and also has been instrumental in advancing operational schedules and campus building designs. He recently has been accepted into the undergraduate program at Hillsdale College where he will begin studying the Classics this Fall. Hunter and his wife Catherine have one son and a second child on the way.
Justin Benson is the Executive Director of Wittenberg Academy. He and his wife, Jocelyn, have four children and they live in Chatfield, Minnesota. They are members of Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatfield where he serves on the Board of Elders and Church Council. His family enjoys singing Lutheran hymns, hiking Minnesota’s State Parks, and reading out-loud as a family.
Pastor Paul Cain was born in Burwell, NE and currently lives in Sheridan, Wyoming with his wife, Ann. Pastor Cain attended the University of Nebraska and went on to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He has been a rostered member of the synod for twenty-one years and has served three congregations, his current congregation being Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sheridan, Wyoming. He served as Headmaster of the school affiliated with his church, Martin Luther Grammar School and Immanuel Academy for thirteen years and still teaches guitar and public speaking and leads chapel. Pastor Cain serves in several other capacities in addition to his pastoral vocations. He is First Vice-president of the LCMS Wyoming District and is Chairman of the District Board of Directors. He has been active in Jail Ministry, he contributes to Concordia Pulpit Resources, he serves as Board Member, Webmaster, and Secretary for the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education, he is an occasional guest on KFUO radio, he is the editor of Lutheran Book Review, and he is a speaker on Mormonism, Law and Gospel, Latin, Liturgy, Worship, Dialectic and Rhetoric, Great Books, and Classical Education.
Micah Christensen serves as Natural Resource Counsel for the Wyoming County Commissioners Association. Previously, Micah worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wyoming and a judicial clerk for Scott W. Skavdahl, Chief Judge of the United States Federal District Court, for the District of Wyoming. He currently serves as Treasurer for Luther Classical College and church chairman of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Casper, WY. Micah and his wife Erin have three children. When he is not wrangling or reading to kids, he enjoys hunting, mountain biking, and brewing beer.
Larry Harrington obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1973 and a Juris Doctorate in 1976 from the University of Wyoming. He worked for the U.S. Department of Energy until 1981 when he went into the practice of law in Casper, Wyoming, and retired in 2018. He has served in numerous community organizations including the Natrona County Red Cross, Casper Lions Club, and Casper Youth Soccer League. He belongs to Mount Hope Lutheran Church, Casper, Wyoming, where he served as Vice President of the congregation, chair of the board of elders and chair of the board of education. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and the Board of Regents of Luther Classical College.
Pastor Joshua Hayes is pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Palmer, KS and Linn Lutheran School. He is graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and holds an M.A. in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis. He is also editor for Johann Gerhard’s Theological Commonplaces (CPH) and a contributing translator to the American Edition of Luther’s Works. He and his wife Diane have five children. Together they enjoy playing music, gardening, and raising chickens and sheep. They watch too many modern “homesteading” videos on YouTube.
Pastor John Hill serves as president of the Wyoming District LCMS. He holds a BA from Concordia College Ann Arbor and the MDiv and STM from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He has been engaged in Classical Lutheran education in various capacities for 25 years. He enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking, classical music, good literature, Lutheran hymnody, the theological languages, and sound doctrine. God has given him and his wife Angela five children and many grandchildren.
Pastor Christopher Maronde is the pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Hastings, Iowa and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oakland, Iowa. He also serves as the director of the Lutheran Institute of Regenerative Agriculture. Pastor Maronde has taught as an adjunct and graduate assistant at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska and at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is working on his PhD through CTSFW, writing a dissertation on the book of Psalms. In addition to theology, his interests include the literature of the Western tradition, especially Shakespeare, Milton and Dante, more recent authors such as Austen and Bronte, and a strong interest in Tolkien. Pastor Maronde and his wife Bethany have three daughters.
Pastor Robert Paul serves as associate pastor and headmaster at Memorial Lutheran Church and School in Houston, TX. He holds a BA in Biblical Languages, History, and Religion from Concordia College – New York, an M. Div from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, and an STM in Exegetical Theology from CTSFW. He is a PhD candidate in the History of Exegesis Program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Pastor Paul enjoys playing the bassoon, reading, translating, and cooking international cuisine. He and his wife Amy have five children.
Rev. Dr. Christian Preus is senior pastor of Mount Hope Lutheran Church, Casper, WY. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Iowa. He and his wife Lisa have nine children. They are very thankful to have a wonderful classical Lutheran school and a faithful Lutheran congregation. Singing Lutheran hymns, enjoying Casper Mountain, and reading great books are the family’s favorite activities.
Pastor Mark Preus is pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Laramie, WY. He holds a BA from the University of Minnesota, an MDiv. from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, and an MA in Classics from the University of Kansas. God has blessed him and his wife with ten children. He enjoys reading, writing hymns, talking theology, and exploring the Laramie Mountains with his family near his home.
Pastor Andrew Richard is the Assistant Pastor and Headmaster of Mount Hope Lutheran Church and School in Casper, WY. He teaches Religion, History, English, Literature, Poetry, Logic, and Rhetoric to the upper level students. He enjoys studying the biblical and classical languages, writing poetry and hymns, singing, and reading great works of literature. He is the Education Exec for the Wyoming District and the lead editor for Christian Culture: A Magazine for Lutherans. Pastor Richard and his wife, Renae, have six children.
Rev. Reed T. Shoaff is pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in Taylorsville, NC. He is a graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He and his wife, Emily, have seven children. Together they classically educate their children at home and enjoy singing Lutheran hymnody, playing music, and reading. Pastor Shoaff is active in promoting classical Lutheran education in the South and repristinating old Tennessee Synod publications for the sake of the wider Church.
Mr. Jeffrey Snyder is the Business Manger for the Wyoming District – LCMS and the LCEF District Vice-President for the Wyoming and Montana Districts. In addition to being on the Board of Regents for Luther Classical College, Jeff is the chair of the Building and Grounds Committee. Jeff earned his undergraduate degree in Business with an M.B.A from the University of Wyoming. He and his wife, Linda, have two sons, Samuel and Jonah. He is an Elder and Secretary for Mount Hope Lutheran Church in Casper, WY. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family camping, hunting, fishing, cross country skiing, aviation, and golf.