On October 31, 1517, in Wittenberg, Germany, Martin Luther posted his thoughts about some theological topics and the practices of the Church. That simple action began the Reformation — a movement that changed Western society.

One man stood against the corruption of the establishment. Luther’s fight was, of course, one of theology. But it was still one man, a monk, against the massive Holy Roman Empire. Luther was threatened, exiled, condemned and labeled a heretic. But his teaching grew in popularity throughout his life.

Those who follow Luther’s teachings number in the millions. Most Protestant churches today trace their lineage, in some part, to the teachings of Luther. The German language exists as it does today in large part due to Luther’s translation of the New Testament.

Luther’s writings on the freedom of the Christian to serve the government, and the role of the government to establish justice and to protect citizens, have greatly influenced our view of authority. Though he was a theologian, Luther wrote and thought about all of life. He was concerned for the children in his town. He was involved in the politics of his day. He was an academic. He was a family man. He was a revolutionary. He was involved in the lives of the poor and the common man.

Yet this Reformation anniversary is not a celebration of Luther. Even the Lutheran church does not celebrate Luther. Lutheran does not mean a follower of Luther, but of his theological teachings.

Luther and the other Reformation theologians believed that all mankind is sinful, that everyone is guilty of error in God’s sight. They also believed that God will punish those who do what He forbids. The problem is not only that everyone sins, but that mankind’s sinful condition means there is no way to do enough good things to earn God’s love.

The Reformation proclaimed that the solution to the problem is not in man, but in God. Luther and his followers taught that the Bible teaches salvation by God’s grace, through faith, because of Jesus. The message of the Reformation is that the Scriptures teach that God has grace on sinners. He gives forgiveness freely to all who believe in Him. This forgiveness is given through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. All who believe in Jesus as their Savior receive forgiveness and eternal life. All of this is a free gift from a loving God.

Luther’s teaching, and that of the Reformation, is often summarized in three “solas.” Sola gratia, sola fide and sola scriptura — by faith alone, by grace alone and by Scripture alone. The key to Reformation theology is found in God’s love for people.

By grace alone means that God gives His love freely. People can’t earn God’s love. People can’t earn forgiveness. God’s love is not gained by human efforts, but given freely by God’s grace.

By faith alone means that those who believe in Jesus as God’s Savior for all of mankind receive forgiveness and eternal life. Faith is something God gives to people through His Holy Spirit, working in the Word of God and the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. People do nothing to earn God’s love, but receive it by grace through faith.

By Scripture alone means that God has revealed His truth through the Holy Bible. Scripture is the one trustworthy source for the truth about God. The Scriptures are properly read in light of Jesus as the Son of God in the flesh. The Bible teaches that His death and resurrection is the key event in all of history, because there, Jesus died to gain the forgiveness of everyone’s sins. This does not mean that Christians should only read the Bible. Sola scriptura means that the Bible is the only trustworthy source for doctrine and life.

The three solas, by grace alone, by faith alone and by Scripture alone, are all summarized in one more phrase from the Reformation, solus Christus — through Christ alone.

This is really the focus of the Reformation. God’s grace, our faith and the Scriptures are all focused on Jesus Christ. The Reformation moved the focus from the Church to Jesus. Luther and the reformers taught that Jesus is how God relates to us and how we relate to Him. The reformers taught that Jesus is our salvation, that Jesus is the way that God loves.

When Martin Luther understood Jesus as the center of all of Scripture and man’s relationship to God, he saw everything in light of this relationship between God and man. This moved him to teach about the Christian’s role in society, the role of the government, and how individual Christians live out their faith.

Luther cared for the people in his town and worked to provide materials for them, writing the Small Catechism to teach the basics of the faith, and translating the Bible into German so that everyone could read the Word of God.

Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany, 500 years ago. Much has changed since then. Many things we encounter daily were influenced by the Reformation. The heart of the Reformation was theology. It was a return to God as the source of mankind’s salvation. It was a focus on God’s love. 500 years later, Lutherans still teach this theology, and rejoice in God’s love.

My name is Marilyn Sublette, and I’ll be teaching the three year old class at St. John’s. Three year olds are such an adorable age. The children are excited to learn and they soak up everything we do from shapes and colors to songs and Bible verses. As we are learning our ABC’s, numbers, Bible stories, and a multitude of other things, we try to make it fun through acting the parts of stories, dressing up, visualizing, hearing the lessons read aloud, and much more. 

I have my Bachelor of Science and my Masters in Education. I have taught almost every age from pre-school through fifth grade. Each child and each age has been delightfully different and amazing. This will be my fourth year to teach at St. John’s and I am thrilled about the new year.

Hi my name is Madi Tucker. I am honored to be a member of the St. John’s Lutheran School staff starting year number two. I received my Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree from MACC in 2016. Upon graduation, I started my journey at St. John’s in the 5 year old room. This year however, I will be teaching in the 2 year old room. I am blessed that God had provided this new opportunity in my life and look forward to helping our young people grow in a faith based educational system. I am looking forward to a fun, memorable year. God Bless.

Cindy Harrison-4 Year Olds-Lions 

My name is Cindy Harrison. I am a mother of four wonderful children, of those twins with autism. My twins are the reason I believe that I received my calling to work with children. Working with my boys on reaching their goals in life started me thinking about how I can help other young children. I have been with St. John’s Lutheran School for eight years. I have been blessed through these eight years working with the preschoolers. It gives me so much joy teaching them and filling their sponge like brains with knowledge of numbers, shapes, matching, the word of God, and so much more! This year I am so excited to be our four year old part time Lions teacher. I have so many great and wonderful things planned for our class!

My name is Shantel Hinton. I have been blessed to be a part of St. John’s Lutheran family, teaching four year olds for fifteen years. I received my degree in early childhood from MACC. It gives me so much joy guiding and teaching young children. I am very excited to see what the Lord has planned for our classroom. Together, as a team, I know we can help our children grow spiritually, academically, and socially. I look forward to meeting all of our new St. John’s families. God bless!

I will be teaching in the 5th and 6th grade at St. John’s this year. I was born and raised and have lived in Hannibal, MO all of my life with the exception of about 4 years. I am married and have 2
children and four grandchildren with the fifth one to arrive in November. I taught in the Hannibal Public Schools for 10 years and then homeschooled my two children from Kindergarten through
high school. Most recently I was the Associate Director of the ADVANCE Program (adult degree completion program) at HLGU. While away from teaching in a school setting I have
taught in Sunday School at Calvary Baptist Church from pre-k through high school and also I worked in the Youth Department for many years at Calvary. As you can see my true love is
children and teaching and God. I have been praying for an opportunity to teach school in a Christian environment for quite some time so when this opportunity arose I truly felt like it was a
God thing… Isn’t He GOOD!!! I feel honored and blessed to become a part of the school and to be able to touch the future in a positive way.

Hello everyone! My name is Krissy Adcock. I was born and raised in Valdez, Alaska and moved to Hannibal, Missouri as a young teenager. In 2012 I graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in instrumental music. In 2013 I graduated from Truman State University again with a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education. I am also certified to teach early childhood education. I started teaching at St. John’s in 2013 as the High Five teacher. The next year I switched classrooms and became the Kindergarten teacher. This year I have been given the opportunity to teach music in grades K-8. I am excited to have the opportunity to share my love of music with all of the children! I am currently in my fifth year of teaching at St. John’s and I absolutely love it! I am married to Ryan and we have an adorable baby girl named Rylee. When I am not at school I can oftentimes be found at the Mark Twain Riverboat working in the gift shop. I enjoy knitting, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and enjoying long walks.


I am excited to have your child in my class this year!

Eight years ago, I returned to St. John’s as the first and second grade teacher. I previously had taught
second grade at St. John’s for the 1998-1999 school year, and then first grade after that for three more
years. Previous to that, I taught for two years at Holy Rosary School in Monroe City at the first grade
level. And before all of that, I graduated from Culver-Stockton College in May 1996 with a degree in
Elementary Education.
After taking time out in the business world (working for Niemann Foods in Quincy as an Equipment
Buyer), I decided that I was missing the imagination and creativity that teaching brought to my days. So
I returned to the field of education. I live with my husband, Doug, and eleven year old daughter, Maddie
in Payson, Illinois. Maddie is a sixth grader in Mrs. Miller’s class this year!
I would like the parents to know that they are always welcome to visit our room. If you have concerns,
questions, etc… please don’t hesitate to call me at school (221-0215), on my cell (217-430- 9257), or e-
mail me at We are working as a team to help our kids get the best
education possible!
When dreaming of the future for my students, I hope that they will grow into adults who possess self-
discipline, self-respect, respect for others, integrity, perseverance, patience, generosity, commitment,
determination, and diligence. St. John’s is a school that truly strives to instill these character traits in the
children that attend there. This will provide these students with the tools they can use to serve as
Christian witnesses and productive members of their future communities!

Mrs. Ann Lear


Education is my passion. I come from a long line of teachers, and I am just as passionate today as I was my very first year. God brought me to St. John’s after a short hiatus from thirty two years of teaching. I began at St. John’s five years ago as the Preschool Director. From there I was asked to become the administrator for the Preschool and Kindergarten through 8th. It has been and continues to be a wonderful journey in faith and teaching. We are growing each year. This is due to the outstanding staff, the Board of Christian Education, the Trustees, as well as the support of the church and parents. We are all working together to develop strong students spiritually, academically, physically, and socially. This is the blessing of a lifetime, and I take it very seriously. Thank you for this opportunity to spend time with your family.


God bless,

Ann Lear