Leaders Teaching Leaders

St. John's Administrators serve as Christian witnesses to the school and church community, demonstrating a personal Christian faith and commitment to the teaching ministry and Lutheran education. They are all visibly active in church worship, Life Groups, Bible study, and congregational and school activities. We are proud to say that their Christian attitude and joy is truly felt on our campus on a daily basis!

When opportunities present themselves, our Principal and Assistant Principals relate situations to spiritual truth or prayer. When working with students, they take the opportunity to focus on God’s Word in scripture and how it applies to the situation, forgiveness, and reconciliation between students, confession, and the assurance of God’s forgiveness. Their attitude reflects that they view serving the Lord and serving in Lutheran education as an absolute privilege.

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jake hollatz


Dr. Hollatz is in his 19th year of educational ministry, with experience from preschool through the university level. He received his Doctor of Education, in Educational Leadership, from Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2013. He and his wife, Brooke, along with their two daughters, Eden (first grade at SJLS) and Adelaide (Kindergarten at SJLS) enjoy living in Old Towne Orange and close to the St. John’s community. He is passionate about reading, literacy and educational technology, and believes that parent involvement, communication, a strong curriculum and excellent teachers are the key to student success. His interests include reading, fitness and spending time with his family.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Philippians 4:6

A TEC21 Principal

dave stuewe

assistant principal - student engagement

athletic director

Mr. Stuewe holds both B.A. and M.A. degrees from Christ College (Concordia University, Irvine). He has served for many years in the field of education in Hawaii, Costa Mesa, and St. John’s. His wife, Yvette, is a Middle School teacher here at St. John’s, and their two sons, Benjamin, who attends Crean Lutheran High School and Nathan, who attends St. John's. He loves working in Lutheran education because he is able to see God’s Grace at work everyday. His interests include his favorite teams (USC, Angels, Lakers), coaching basketball and football, watching movies, dinner out with his family, camping, and traveling.

Favorite quote: “Never give up; never give up.” 

Coach Jim Valvano

"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."

Philippians 4:13

school board

School Board Members 2018-2019

2019*       Tony Harnack, Chairman

2019*       Julie Brown

2020        Jenny Lark

2019        Sheri Ledbetter

2019        David Willett

2021        Mike Crawford

2019        Heidi Byrnes, Auxiliary President

2021        Scott O'Day, Elder (non-voting)

Staff        Jake Hollatz, Principal

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* denotes second term