council  leadership

Dr Jason Kurtz

Council President

Dr. Jason Kurtz and his wife Jessica have been members of St. Peter since 2004. They were married and all three of their children (Carter, Owen & Gwyneth) were baptized, took their first communion and confirmed at St. Peter. He has served previously on church council and is excited to work together to assist St. Peter in overcoming the effects of Hurricane Ian.
Jason grew up in Kendall, NY graduating from Kendall Jr. Sr. High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College in Comparative Literature with a minor in education. Dr. Kurtz earned his Master’s Degree in Special Education from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2004 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership and Exceptional Student Education from the Adrian Dominican School of Education at Barry University in 2011. His interests include special education, organizational learning and change. He is currently serving as the principal of Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. Elementary School in Cape Coral, FL.
During his free time, Dr. Kurtz enjoys sailing, baseball, reading, and spending time with his family.

mark Venturin 

Council vice-President

Hello! My name is Mark Venturin. I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and attended Mendel Catholic high school! After graduating I began my Pipefitter apprenticeship in 1969. I retired after 42 years as a General Superintendent for BMW Constructors  located in Munster Indiana.
I moved to Florida in 2013 with my lovely wife Liz and joined St. Peter’s shortly afterwards! I’m eager to help my church in any way I can after this devastating Hurricane Ian! Faces will change, friends will move on but hopefully St. Peter’s will be our church for many years to come! Thanks for the opportunity to roll up my sleeves and help where I can!!

Arlene Burm

Council Secretary

Arlene Burm grew up in the Chicago suburbs. She moved to Fort Myers permanently 3 ½ years ago after being a snowbird in Florida for 23 years. She is a retired elementary school teacher and a church organist. She enjoys walking, reading, and music.

Jana Clevenger

Interim Council treasurer 

I grew up on a small family farm in Indiana.  My two daughters and two grandsons still  live in Indiana.  After working for Indiana Bell for 32 years (with perfect attendance), I retired 21 years ago and moved to Fort Myers Beach.  
Being active in my church in Indiana, I quickly joined St. Peter Lutheran Church.  Since joining the church, I have continuously served my church family in the following ways:  Monday Work Day, Secretary of WELCA, organize Lunch Bunch monthly outings, Restore Our House Campaign and Church Council.

Jim Look

council Member

Jim Look

Doug Eckmann

Council member

Doug Eckmann was appointed by council to fill a vacant seat. 

Lynn Larson

Council member

Lynn grew up in Oak Lawn, Illinois with her six siblings.  She retired from AT & T  after 30 years. Lynn and her husband Tom reside in Fort Myers Beach and have a summer home in Dowagiac, Michigan. She has two step sons and four grandchildren whom she loves spending time with.