Our Office Staff

Pastor Rynearson began his service at Peace in 1992. He came to us from Faith Lutheran Church in Aransas Pass, TX. He is joined by his wife Linda and three sons, Joshua, Andrew, and Nate. Pastor is a native of Detroit Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University - Ann Arbor, MI and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary - Saint Louis, MO. He is currently serving as the Circuit Counselor of the Waco area LCMS congregations.


Rev. Stephen Rynearson, PHD



Office hours: 
Mon-Thurs. 9am - 1pm


Dr. Bahkou is a lecturer at Baylor in Arabic Literature, Culture and Language and serves as pastor to Apostolic Antioch Church in Hurst. He is married to Phylan, and they have two children, Anna Kait and Kifa. He has two earned doctoral degrees, one from the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies (2011) and one from the Salesian Pontifical University (1998), both institutions located in Rome, Italy. Dr. Bakhou was first ordained as a Deacon-Monk in the Syrian Orthodox Church in 1993, then as a priest at St. Ephraim Chapel Monastery in Damascus-Syrian in 1997. In 1999 he was called to be youth pastor at St. Ephraim Cathedral in Burbank, Calif. He left ministry work from 2003-05, and then was introduced to People of the Book Lutheran Outreach (POBLO) in Texas. In 2008 he was hired by POBLO to plant the Arabic Church of All Nations in Dallas at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Dr. Abjar Bahkou

Rev. Abjar Bahkou, PHD

Pastoral Assistant

Website: fatherabjar.org


Elke is originally from Paris, Texas but has lived in Waco most of her life. She is married to Randy Fehler and is the proud mother of two children, Paris and Paul. She has an Associates Degree in Web Design from TSTC, a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M - Commerce and just recently obtained her Masters Degree in Family Life Ministry from Concordia University - Nebraska. In March of 2018 she also received her Certification as a Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations.

Family Life, Peace Lutheran Church Hewitt, TX

Elke Fehler, CFLE

Family Life Ministry


Office hours: 
Mon-Thurs. 8:30am - 2:30pm


Heather is a Waco native and is married to Chris. She is also the proud mother of three children: Kaelyn, Blake, and Braxon.

Secretary, Peace Lutheran Church Hewitt, TX

Heather Franks



Office hours:
Mon-Thurs. 8:30am - 1pm


“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully." Romans 12:4-8