Pastors & Staff

  • Rev. w. Robert (Rob) Martin, III

    Lead Pastor and Head of Staff

    During a virtual Congregational Meeting in November , the members of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church voted overwhelmingly to elect the Rev. W. Robert (Rob) Martin III as the church's next installed pastor and head of staff. Pastor Rob is expected to begin his new call on January 25, 2021, with his first time in the pulpit scheduled for January 31, 2021. To learn more about him, visit the "Meet Our New Pastor" page on the church website.

  • Rev. Kyle Otterbein

    Associate Pastor

    Pastor Kyle has served as St. Andrew's associate pastor since 1999. He has a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Virginia and is a proud graduate of the University of Washington. When he is not cheering on the Huskies or the Seattle Mariners, he loves gathering with St. Andrew's small group ministries and finding new ways to tell the story of the gospel. He is also a Gottman Institute 7 Principles Program Educator.

  • Randy Hausler

    Director of Youth Ministries

    As one of the first baptisms on record at what was then St. Andrew United Presbyterian Church, Randy Hausler was born into the church family. After working alongside Phil Butin (St. Andrew's first youth director) and other church leaders, Randy answered the call to Youth Ministry. His first call in Youth Ministry was to Kendall Presbyterian Church in Miami, Florida. In 1985, Randy returned to St. Andrew to fill the position of Youth Director. Since then, he has developed the church's strong junior high and senior high ministries and had a lasting impact on a generation of St. Andrew families. He lives in Iowa City with his wife, Peggy. They have three daughters: Molly, Mary, and Anna. In his free time, Randy enjoys Hawkeye Football, working in the yard, traveling with Peggy, family and friends, and back yard bonfires. 

  • Heather Woodin

    Director of Children's & Family Ministries

    Heather is Director of Children's and Family Ministry. She is the oldest of four children in a family that moved often. By high school graduation, she had spent significant amounts of time in Canada, Illinois, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Journalism, then served 13 years as a news reporter for the Quad-City Times and the Cedar Rapids Gazette. She joined the staff at St. Andrew in 1999. She and her husband, Jim, have two delightful adult children, Corey and Amanda. Her joys in this life include spending time with kids, cooking delicious meals with Jim, laughing with friends, connecting with sisters in faith, and making lists to keep everyone organized. She has a ridiculous, excessive aversion to glitter.

  • Matthew Penning

    Director of Music Ministries

    Matthew has served as Director of Music Ministries at St. Andrew since 2001. Growing up in Austin, Minnesota, he was introduced to a life of music making by his oldest brother, and encouraged along the way to make music a lifelong pursuit. Matthew is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where he earned a BA in Music while studying organ with William Kuhlman and choral directing with Weston Noble. He also holds a Master of Sacred Music degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he furthered his church music studies with John Ferguson (organ), Robert Scholz and Anton Armstrong (choral), and Paul Westermeyer (church music). Matthew is proud papa to Margaret and Helen and is married to Tamera, an instructor of piano to students in the Iowa City area and a home school mom.

  • Lee Rabe

    Assistant Director of Instrumental Ministries

    Lee has been sharing his musical talents with St. Andrew since 2003. He leads the church's Brass and Woodwind Ensembles and oversees their combinations in jazz and traditional orchestras. He also serves as an elementary band teacher for the Iowa City Community School District.

  • Nelda Wittig

    Assist. Director of Children's Vocal Ministries

    Music has always been a huge part of Nelda's life. She comes from a singing family - having sung a cappella 4-part harmony with her parents and siblings and also her extended family. She was introduced to the piano at the age of five. She plays piano, organ, and guitar and teaches piano to a few children in her home. After college at Hesston College, a Mennonite school in Kansas, Nelda went on to technical school where she learned how to tune, rebuild, and refinish pianos. That knowledge led her to a life-long career of selling (not tuning!) pianos, and she has been at West Music Company for 26 years. Along with selling pianos, she has taught group adult piano and organ classes. She has conducted children's choirs in the past and has led a cappella congregational singing in her home church. In her free time, Nelda loves the challenge of games, puzzles, and cards and has been known to become competitive! Nelda and her husband, Bill, have three daughters and twin grandchildren.

  • Laura kastens

    assist. director of handbell ministries

    This is Laura's second stint as a staff member, the first time around serving as assistant director of vocal ministries (2002-2012). She comes from a musical family and started playing piano in kindergarten and clarinet when she was in the 4th grade. After receiving a a BS in music education from the University of Illinois, she taught in the Evanston, IL public schools and worked at Buffalo Grove, IL High School. She has spent more than 25 years directing children's, youth, and adult vocal and handbell church choirs. Since 2000, she has been the administrator for the Departments of American Studies and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. Laura is a volunteer in the Oakdale Community Choir which provides choral singing experiences for men incarcerated at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center (inside singers) and for community volunteers (outside singers) who have an interest in learning more about issues in the prison system locally and across the state and nation. She and her husband, Kevin, have two adult children, four grandchildren, and a needy dog.

  • John Benson

    Finance Administrator

    After retiring in 2017 as a senior vice president of Hills Bank and Trust, John Benson found a new ministry as St. Andrew's finance administrator. Both he and his wife, Patti, are active in St. Andrew's choir and have three children.

  • Jeff Charis-carlson

    communications Consultant

    After more than two decades working as a journalist in the Eastern Iowa area, Elder Jeff Charis-Carlson signed on as Communications Consultant for St. Andrew in November 2019. 

  • Rev. Mark Wilson Martin

    Pastor emeritus

    In recognition of Pastor Mark's long tenure and lasting legacy in the Iowa City area, St. Andrew's Session gained permission in 2018 to recognize him as a Pastor Emeritus for the congregation. The title honors Mark's 21 years at St. Andrew, his mentoring of pastors throughout the Presbytery of East Iowa, and his post-retirement work with World Renew Disaster Response Services.