Joel Bode – Head of School
Joel Bode graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 1983. His first position in the teaching ministry was as a business teacher at Martin Luther High School in Maspeth, NY. He then served as a teacher at Luther High School North in Chicago. After two years in private business, Bode was hired to serve at Holy Cross High School in River Grove, IL. In 1994, Bode moved to Montgomery, TX and worked in the middle school there for two years before taking a position at Westfield High School in Spring ISD. After two years at Wells Middle School as an assistant principal, Bode came to Concordia Lutheran High School to serve as assistant principal. He completed his Masters of Education in School Management at Sam Houston State University in 1999. Bode served as the Principal of Concordia from 2001-2010, and has served as the Head of School since 2010. He also served as chair of the Association of Lutheran Secondary Schools (ALSS) Board of Directors. Joel and his wife Judy have four children, Jeremiah, Rachel, Amanda, and Sarah.
Julie Kangas – Principal
Julie Kangas graduated from Concordia University, Irvine in 1992 and completed her California Clear Teaching Credential in 1993. Her first call was to Zion Lutheran Church and Schools in Anaheim, CA where she served for twenty-five years. Kangas taught 4th grade for seven years and then completed her Masters degree from Pepperdine University in Educational Administration, as well as her Administrative Credential in 1999. At that time, she moved up to teach 7th & 8th grade in middle school and also served as Assistant Principal. In 2002, she served as Interim Principal and was formally called as Principal in 2003. She was selected to be a Van Lunen Fellow through Calvin College in Michigan that trains educational leaders in executive management. Kangas has served on the Board of Directors at Lutheran High School in Orange County and as President of the Orange County Lutheran Educators Conference. Julie and her husband Sean, have two children, Matthew and Mackenzie. Sean teaches at Trinity Klein Lutheran School in Spring, TX.
Matthew Schleicher – Assistant Principal
Matthew Schleicher graduated from Concordia University, Wisconsin in December 2001. He immediately took a teaching position at Trinity Lutheran School in Tinley Park, Illinois. The next year, Schleicher began using his secondary education training by moving to the Detroit, Michigan area to teach and coach soccer at Lutheran High School Northwest (Rochester Hills, MI). Schleicher taught both on-level and Advanced Placement Biology during each of his four years in Michigan. Starting with the 2006-2007 school year, Schleicher joined the ministry team at CLHS. While teaching on-level and AP Biology as well as Anatomy & Physiology courses at Concordia, Schleicher earned his Masters degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University Nebraska in 2007. He has served as Assistant Principal since 2008. Matthew and his wife Kim have three sons, Ian, Ryan, and Nathan.
Andrew Schultz – Assistant Principal
Andrew Schultz graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska in December 2009 with a degree in Secondary Education. He completed the Masters in Educational Administration program through Concordia University, Texas in April 2016. Schultz was called to Concordia Lutheran High School in August 2010 and has served as a Physics teacher and Theatre Director. Schultz now serves both in and out of the classroom during the day, splitting time between teaching Engineering and AP Physics and partnering with the administration team as an Assistant Principal. He enjoys the dynamics of this dual role and the opportunities it provides to serve and partner with students. He also cherishes being able to continue directing theatre productions alongside his wife Melanie, who teaches Theatre and Theology at CLHS.
Matthew Neidigk ’92 – Director of Athletics
Matthew Neidigk graduated from Concordia University, Wisconsin in 1997. He then began teaching at Concordia Lutheran HS in Tomball. After two years at Concordia, Neidigk moved to Lutheran North High School in Macomb, Michigan where he served as History and Theology teacher, as well as Head Girls Basketball Coach for 9 years, before becoming Athletic Director. Neidigk then moved back to Texas where he served as History Teacher and Head Baseball and Football Coach at Lutheran High North in Houston for four years, and then spent a year at Klein Collins HS as an assistant football and track coach while teaching United States History. Neidigk then returned in 2006 to his high school alma mater CLHS, where he as served as History and Theology teacher, as well as Head Girls Basketball Coach, before becoming Athletic Director. Matt and his wife Lindsay have four children, Jackson, Ryan, Lauren, and Alyson.
Rory Duffy – Director of Admissions
Rory Duffy graduated from Concordia University, Austin with a degree in Human Resource Management. In 2011, Duffy completed her colloquy to become a called worker in the LCMS. Rory taught health and P.E. at Trinity Lutheran School in Klein for ten years. During that time she coached volleyball, basketball, and softball. In 2007, Duffy began her career at Concordia, which included working at the attendance desk and teaching Health, Theology, and P.E. She also coached volleyball, softball, and tennis and enjoyed being a part of State Championships in both volleyball and tennis. Rory and her husband Jim have four children that have all attended Concordia Lutheran High School and eight grandchildren.
Ryan Neuhaus – Director of Spiritual Life
Ryan Neuhaus graduated from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX in 1999. He then attended and graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO with a Masters of Divinity in 2005. Neuhaus’ first call was to be a missionary at large in Buda, Texas with his best friend, Rev. Paul Goeke. In Buda, these two men worked full-time in the community while planting The Well Lutheran Church. While being a pastor at The Well, Neuhaus worked at Home Depot for a year and then at a position in the Hays Consolidated School District. While at Hays, Neuhaus taught Life Skills for a year, Economics and Government for three, and spent two years teaching at-risk elementary students social and leadership skills. Neuhaus joined Concordia Lutheran High School in the summer of 2012. He currently serves as the Director of Spiritual Life. Ryan and his wife Jill have three children, Jane, Adele, and Vincent.
Jonathan Schleicher – Director of Advancement
Jonathan Schleicher graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska in 2011 with bachelor degrees in Marketing and Business Administration and a minor in Finance. Schleicher joined the Concordia ministry in June 2014, after serving Lutheran Hour Ministries as a major gift/planned giving officer. Prior to Lutheran Hour Ministries, Jonathan worked in the advancement and marketing offices at Concordia University, Nebraska and was a tennis professional at the Lincoln Racquet Club (Lincoln, Neb.). With his Masters in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary's of Minnesota and the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) distinction, Schleicher offers expertise in estate plans, trusts, gift annuities, life insurance gifts, property and direct gifts, and endowed scholarships. Jonathan and his wife Chelsea have three children, Isaiah, Noah, and Micah. Chelsea teaches at Trinity Klein Lutheran School in Spring, TX.
Board of Directors and Governance
Concordia is governed by eight association churches listed below.
These churches elect members to serve as our Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
Jay Abshier, President - Trinity Klein Lutheran Church
Jason Hogue, Vice President - Resurrection Lutheran Church
Pam Groeschel - Secretary - Epiphany Lutheran Church
Hannah Cluiss - St. Mark Lutheran Church
Rev. Michael Daniels - Zion Lutheran Church
Dr. Mary Beth Gaertner - Salem Lutheran Church
Derek Mueller - Trinity Klein Lutheran Church
Brad Graves - Salem Lutheran Church
Jay Jorczak - Salem Lutheran Church
Kyle Scott - Trinity Klein Lutheran Church
David Smith - St. Timothy Lutheran Church
Joel Bode, Head of School and Executive Committee