Phil Brandt

Pastor Phillip Brandt


Pastor Phillip Brandt has served congregations in Nevada, Utah, and Oregon. Currently he also serves as a member of the Religion faculty at Concordia University. Phillip is the son of a Lutheran pastor and grew up in the Midwest. He is married to an Oregon native, Stephanie, and together they have raised three children in the St. Michael’s neighborhood. Their eldest is a seminary student in Germany, another is a university student, and the third attends Madison High here in Portland. Stephanie serves as a nurse at a local hospital. Pastor Brandt earned an MDiv from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and an MA in Classics from Washington University. He also holds a PhD in Classics from the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK. He enjoys reading about biblical theology, history and historical theology as well as Science Fiction and Fantasy. When he is not reading, you will likely find him in his garden.


Every week Pastor Brandt publishes a commentary on the Scripture readings appointed for the following Sunday according to the lectionary. If you are interested in receiving these, send him an email at




I have been serving St. Michael’s as their part-time church secretary since 2007.

I grew up in Vancouver, Washington and graduated from Battle Ground High School. I attended Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho and graduated from there with an Associate’s degree in Business.

I am married and have two kids, my step-son Chris, and my daughter Codee. I also have the cutest dog, Cuddles. In my free time I enjoy walking, reading and crocheting.

I am usually at St. Michael’s from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm. Please feel free to stop by during those hours with any donations for Faubion or the Food Bank. You are welcome to call or e-mail at any time with questions that you may have about St. Michael’s ministries.


Dr. William F. Kuhn


Professor of Instrumental Music, came to Concordia University – Portland the fall of 2008 after serving over thirty years in the teaching ministries of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in Chicago, Hong Kong, and from 1993 – 2008, as director of instrumental music at Concordia University, Nebraska. Kuhn received his bachelors degree in music education from Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, Illinois in 1977 where he studied with such notable Lutheran musicians as Paul Bunjes, Richard Hillert, Carl Schalk, and Thomas Gieschen. His master of music degree (1985) is from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois where he studied with band legend, John Paynter; choral director, Robert Harris and well-known music education philosophers Bennett Reimer and David Elliott. His doctor of education degree in music education (2000) is from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where his advisor was Glenn Niermann, President-elect of the NAfME, the national professional organization for music educators.

At Concordia, Nebraska, his primary responsibility, the Concordia University Wind Ensemble, undertook vigorous concert programs emphasizing sacred, multicultural and contemporary literature and including several local, national, and international commissions. The ensemble kept an active concert schedule both on and off campus, giving concerts in over twenty-five states and undertaking a three-week concert tour to China during Kuhn’s tenure. Kuhn is a member of The College Band Directors National Association, The Oregon Band Directors Association, The Music Educators National Conference, The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and The American Guild of Organists where he is Sub-Dean of the Portland chapter. In 1985 he was inducted into the Alpha chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society. He is included in Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In addition to his work at Concordia, Kuhn is also Cantor at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Portland. Bill and his wife, Kristine, have two children – Michael, a student in the Master of Arts in teaching program at Concordia, and Elizabeth.