Leadership Team

The staff members of St. John’s bring their many gifts and rich experience to the ministries of the church. They can be contacted through the church office (760-345-2122). Please see the bios below to learn more about our team members.


Molly Farin

Molly Farin

Youth and Family Coordinator

Molly is a recognized associate youth minister for Region 2 of the ELCA. She is a mother and long-time member of St. John’s who brings experience and enthusiasm to her work with kids and teens. Molly has a passion for education and is active volunteer in local schools. She also works part-time as an ABA therapist, and is trained to work with kids who have special needs.

Laura Stave

Laura Stave

Director of Music

Laura Stave learned to sing in a musical family but she gained her formal training at Concordia College in Moorhead MN. There she studied voice and stage while performing in choral and theatre productions. Shortly after earning BA in Theatre Arts she was married and moved to the Coachella Valley. During that time she has nurtured both a family and career as a church music director, worship leader and soloist, as well as an entertainer at local country clubs and resorts. Laura feels privileged to be a long time member of St John’s and finds it greatest asset has always been it’s warm, welcoming people!

Calendar of Events

Saturday Night Light Worship
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us Saturdays at 4 PM for Contemporary acoustic service

Traditional Worship
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Traditional worship at 9:00 AM is a liturgically responsive worship service, based on the Bible and the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal. St. John’s talented Patrick Karst accompanies this service on organ and keyboard and Laura Stave provides her beautiful voice as cantor and soloist. This service is formal, yet relaxed, allowing time for prayer and reflection, with communion each Sunday.

St. John’s choir, directed by Laura Stave, also provides special music on occasion.

Praise Worship
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our 11:00 AM Worship is a “lighter” liturgy than the 9:00 AM service. The service’s jazz and praise beat encourages participation from the worshipers and although we mainly sing contemporary praise songs, we don’t neglect beloved hymns. The Praise team is directed by Bob Corwin and is comprised of Bob Corwin, pianist, Danny Flahive, bass fiddle, and Ron Mercier on the drums. Samantha Corwin and Laura Stave are the lead singers whose rhythmic harmony strengthens participation. These talented women also sing solos and duets each Sunday.

Lessons, sermons and announcements are the same at both services with Holy Communion every Sunday.

FIND Food Distribution @ St. John's Lutheran Church
Jul 23 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

FIND Food Bank offers this service for hungry and food-insecure residents of eastern Riverside and southern San Bernardino Counties. St. John’s offers food the 4th Tuesday of every month. 


Worship Times & Location


42-575 Washington Street,
Palm Desert, CA 92211

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Saturday, 4 PM
Sunday, 9 AM and 11 AM

Worship Schedule