Rev. Marlin Rempfer

Visitation Pastor

St. James Lutheran Church & School has been a part of the Quincy community since 1851. Convinced that we do not live on bread alone but on every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God, from the year of its founding, St. James has had a grade school. The mission for both our Church & School is, “Seeing and Sharing Jesus!” He (Jesus) must increase and we must decrease. (John 3:30) We’d love to have you join us as we “Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Jesus is the one who gives us life in all of its fullness (John 10:10). It doesn’t get any better than that.

God has blessed me tremendously through His gift of marriage and family. My wife Jeanie and I were married on May 25, 1975. God has blessed us with three daughters. Our oldest daughter, Crystal is an occupational therapist in Waco, Texas. Our middle daughter Emily is a teacher and married to Pastor Adam Gless in Mayer, Minnesota. They have two sons, Christopher and Will, and two daughters, Nora and Lydia. Johanna our youngest is a nurse and is married to Pastor Justin Bell in Knoxville, Tennessee. God has blessed them with two daughters, Payton and Delaney.  They are expecting their third child in July 2015. It has been my joy and privilege to be pastor here at St. James since February 1999. Previously I served congregations in Howard, South Dakota; Muscatine, Iowa; and Riverton, Wyoming.




Pastor Marlin Rempfer

Becky Swanson

Business Manager

I have been blessed to be a part of St. James Church and School since 1998 as their Business Manager.  I have been a familiar face as you enter the front doors of the church, helping with the daily operations of the financial matters of the school and church.  As many challenges arise, it seems that God truly does bless this congregation with financial support.  St. James Church is real people facing the trials and tribulations like all others.  We serve a very real God who helps us get through life one day at a time.  We would always welcome you in attendance of our worship service on Sunday.

I was raised on a farm in rural Nebo, IL and attended a very close country church with many fond memories.  At a very young age, I learned to love the Lord with my whole heart.  My husband, John, and I live on a farm north of Quincy.  Church has always been a big part of our lives, both growing up and currently.  We have two daughters, two granddaughters and a grandson!  God continues to work in our lives daily and for that we are truly blessed!




Mrs. Becky Swanson



Jonica Bretz

Church Secretary

I began at St. James in January of 2019 as the Office Secretary.  Likely, I will be the first face you will see when you visit and the first voice you will hear when you call.  My favorite bible verse is "The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen." 2 Timothy 4:18

My husband, Chris and I have 6 beautiful daughters.  

Jonica Bretz