staff & community directors

Stephen DeMik


A native of the Washington DC area, Stephen met his wife Natalie while studying at Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana. After finishing up studies at Concordia Seminary in St Louis, he was called to serve at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Covington, Louisiana. In August 2009, Stephen was installed as the Associate Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, and in 2016, helped to develop and launch CYPRESS CHAPEL, a satellite ministry of St. John. He is inspired by his wife Natalie and four children, Benjamin, Phoebe, Zoe, and Joseph.

In October 2017, Stephen was commissioned as a Chaplain (LT) in the US Navy.  In 2021, he was selected to be the Chaplain on the USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112), and will return to Cypress Chapel in 2022.

In his free time he can be found with his family, running, coaching flag football or soccer, or waiting patiently in a deer stand. He enjoys developing mission/service opportunities, while helping to empower and encourage others in their ability to walk in and share their faith.

Jordan Even

Director of Operations

JORDAN studied music at Valparaiso University where he met his wife, Stephanie. He subsequently completed graduate work as a graduate assistant at Western Michigan University. Jordan loves learning new instruments, teaching lessons and reading, and is currently serving at Covenant Academy Director of Music and Grades 5 & 6 Bible Teacher. In his spare time, he enjoys working on projects around the house.  Stephanie works from home and cares for their two kids, Alexandra and Jonathan.

After being a part of Cypress Chapel for five years, Jordan is looking forward to stepping into an operational role during this new season for the ministry.  He brings with him experience managing/recruiting volunteers and paid workers in church/school settings.  He has also been actively involved in starting, running and managing groups, programs and ensembles in a variety of non-profit settings.  He has run his own small business for the past decade and, on occasion, consulted with other ministries and business owners.

In his free time, Jordan likes to be with his wife Stephanie and children Lexi and Jonathan.  The family is expecting its third child in June.  Hobbies include basketball, reading and working on projects.

Mark Junkans

Shepherding Pastor

The ninth child in a family of twelve, Mark grew up in the midwest and moved to Houston after high school.  Working in construction and also serving as a Missionary at Large for the Texas District LCMS, he graduated from the DELTO program at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He also studied Sociology at San Jacinto College and Organizational Management and Leadership through Concordia University St. Paul. In 2001 he was called to start LINC, a mission organization focused on training ministry leaders and planting new churches in urban and immigrant communities.  

After 15 years at LINC, Mark stepped out in faith to help develop new international business ventures as a mission catalyst, allowing him to also train and support pastors and evangelists in developing countries.  He also runs a commercial general contracting business with projects in multiple cities.

Mark and his wife Natalia have three daughters, Victoria, Jessica and Krystin along with two grandchildren, Jenna and Amancio.  He enjoys traveling, running, biking and competing in endurance events as well spending time with his family.

Scott McWhirter

Director of Worship & Arts

Scott has been a member of Cypress Chapel since its inception in 2016, and was previously a member of St John Lutheran Church. He has almost 30 years of involvement in various church worship ministries, beginning as a teenager at his father’s church in Kingwood, Texas. Over the years, he has been a part of several church worship teams as a band member and worship leader. Scott has been involved in the music ministry at Cypress Chapel since the beginning, and is looking forward to the added responsibility of coordinating and planning moving forward.

Scott attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ and Daytona Beach, FL, earning a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management. He is currently employed full-time with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as a Crime Scene Investigator.

Lauren Nietubicz

Director of Communications

Lauren is a native Houstonian with a background in Church work.  She received her Director of Christian Education degree from Concordia Texas where she met her late husband, Chris. Chris later became a Lutheran Pastor and served in Giddings, TX--where the family has been involved in the community for the past 5 years.

Lauren and her two children, Lillie and Mark, look forward to being around family again and getting to know the Cypress Chapel family.  She firmly believes that even in hard times, or even when it feels like time is standing still, God has a beautiful story that He is creating for each of us.  

Besides her family- she likes to invest her time in running, her woodworking business and building authentic friendships.

community directors

Amy, Gideon, Stephanie, Hernan, Jennifer, Scott, Amy, Sarah, Teri, Susan

The Cypress Chapel Community Directors have been tasked with developing simple systems for Cypress Chapel. [i.e. What volunteers/tasks are needed each week for worship? The system would identify how to recruit volunteers, organize, schedule and lead/serve in regular rotation with other volunteers and Directors per the worship plan. What system is in place to move worship attendees to home gathering participants?]

They also assist the pastor in the area of building systems for corporate needs, support the mission and ministry of the congregation by financial, business, and spiritual advancement, and give guidance and counsel in additional affairs. They also offer encouragement and are advocates in any other matters that may affect this community.