Pastors & Staff

  • Rev. w. Robert (Rob) Martin, III

    Lead Pastor and Head of Staff

    The Rev. W. Robert Martin III began his ministry as St. Andrew Presbyterian Church's lead pastor in January 2021. As such, he has learned firsthand how to begin meeting and ministering to a congregation during a time of pandemic and social distancing. Over this three decades in ministry, Pastor Rob also has served as a chaplain in the Tenderloin of San Francisco ministering to folks dying of AIDS, as a chaplain for Warren Wilson Presbyterian College in Swannanoa, North Carolina, and as a pastor of churches in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Palo Alto, California. He has served as a liturgical writer for PC(USA) General Assemblies and for various national conferences around the country.


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  • Rev. Kyle Otterbein

    Associate Pastor

    The Rev. Kyle Otterbein 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.


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  • Matt Moore

    Interim Director of Youth Ministries

    Matt Moore has served as St. Andrew's interim director of Student Ministries since August 2022. He grew up in Iowa City and was called into student ministry after college. He has worked previously as a student pastor in Wisconsin and Colorado, He enjoys good food, the outdoors, fishing, board games, and basketball. Matt received his BA in Religious Studies from the University of Northern Iowa. He lives in Iowa City with his wife Marissa (pictured here) and their dog, Arya. 


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  • Thomas Hartley

    Interim director of Children's & Family Ministries

  • Nichole Hoffman

    children's Ministries Outreach coordinator

  • Sara Penn

    Children's ministries activities Coordinator

    In August 2022, Sara Penn was fortunate to have been asked to serve on the Interim Children and Family Ministry Directors Team, alongside Thomas and Nichole. At Saint Andrew, she has also served as an elder since August of 2021, been a Sunday School teacher in the “Lambs” classroom, and been a part of a few handbell groups. She lives in Iowa City with her husband, Jeremy, and two children, Isaac and Eleanor, and rescue mutt, Hedwig. She enjoys watching movies, writing, painting, learning more ASL, bicycling, and, most of all, spending time at home with her family.  


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  • Austen Wilson

    Director of Music Ministries

    Austen Wilson has been director of Music Ministries since August 2022, where he directs the Logos Adult Choir, Children's Choirs, and works with Student musicians. In addition, he collaborates with the Organist/Accompanist, Assistant Director of Instrumental Ministries, and Assistant Director of Handbell Ministries. Previously, Austen served churches in Colorado, New Jersey, Florida. He received a B.A. in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College and an M.M. in Choral Conducting from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Austen is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Choristers Guild, Handbell Musicians of America, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Apart from church, Austen enjoys walking in various parks in Iowa City, exploring coffee shops and breweries, reading, listening to podcasts and books on Audible, and writing blog posts twice a month for Choralnet, a professional choral website.


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  • Lee Rabe

    Assistant Director of Instrumental Ministries

    Lee Rabe 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.


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  • Laura kastens

    assistant director of handbell ministries

    This is Laura Kastens' 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, Illinois, public schools and worked at Buffalo Grove 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. She has two adult children and multiple grandchildren.


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  • Jeff Charis-carlson

    Director of Communications & Media Ministries

    After more than two decades working as a journalist in the Eastern Iowa area, Jeff Charis-Carlson signed on as Communications Consultant for St. Andrew in November 2019 and officially joined the staff in June 2021. He and his wife Christina, a local physician, have three children who often can be found creating either art or music.


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  • 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.


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  • 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. 


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