Meet Our Staff
Rev. Mark Shaltanis, Pastor
Pastor Mark is an Iowa native who graduated from Concordia College in Wisconsin and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He served as an associate pastor in Richmond before becoming the pastor of St. Paul’s in November of 1998. He and his wife, Theresa, live in Dunn Loring and have two children. Pastor Mark enjoys music and sports, with a particular love of trail running and hiking.
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Rev. Chris Xinhong Yang, Associate and Chinese Pastor
Pastor Yang grew up in Beijing, China. He worked in the area of software development before attending Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne and becoming a pastor. He was called to serve at St. Paul’s in 2009. From 2015-2018 he served an overseas mission. Pastor Yang and his wife have two young adult boys.
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Rev. Wayne Lehrer, Pastoral Assistant
Pastor Lehrer is a native of Minnesota and attended Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received a Masters of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1969, an MA from Salve Regina University in 1994, and an LLD from Concordia University in 2006. He served as an Army Chaplain for 25 years, and as a parish pastor for 12 years before joining St. Paul’s staff part-time in 2005. He and his wife, Lois, have three grown children.
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Kantor Aaron Jansen, Director of Music
Kantor Aaron grew up in Wisconsin. He attended Valparaiso University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a PhD in Human Cancer Biology. He worked for a number of years as a researcher in Maryland while also serving as a part-time church musician. In 2015 he completed a Masters in Church Music degree from Shenandoah University. Kantor Aaron has been St. Paul’s Director of Music since 2017. He and his wife, Melissa, have two school-aged children.
Jill Cha, Preschool Director
Jill is originally from Illinois, moving to Virginia in 1983. She and her husband and four children have lived in the neighborhood close to St. Paul’s for many years, with the children all attending the preschool. Jill is an experienced educator who earned her BA in Early Childhood Education from Virginia Tech. She became the Director of the preschool in 2019.