Meet the Staff
I am passionate about connecting people with God and each other so that we can live the abundant life that Jesus wants to give all people. For me, the center of scripture is John 3.16–17 and our response to that love is 1 John 3.16.
I’ve been around the block a few times now: I’ve lived in Minnesota, Arizona, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. I graduated from the University of Arizona, in Tucson (the only one ever to graduate with minors in Mathematics, Computers Science, and Religious Studies) and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. I have served Big Drywood Lutheran Church in Cadott, WI, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Superior, WI, the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin as Assistant to the Bishop, and I am also a chaplain in the U.S. Navy Reserves, having deployed to Afghanistan in 2014.
I am married to Rebecca, who is also a pastor in the ELCA. You’ll see her fill in for me on my Navy weekends once in a while. She is a GREAT preacher. I also have three wonderful daughters: Sonja and Marta who live with me during breaks from school, and Amelia Jane who is growing like a weed!
I love serving God through Immanuel. Come and see the great things that God is doing here!
I'm a native of Ripon, Wisconsin and direct/oversee all aspects of Immanuel's diverse and ever-growing music program. Prior to moving back "home" to Wisconsin in April 2015, I served as Director of Music at Redeemer Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Hinsdale, Illinois. Previous positions include Interim Director of Music at First Church Congregational UCC in Fairfield, Connecticut, rehearsal accompanist for the Fairfield County Chorale, a critically acclaimed 100+ voice choral ensemble, Assistant Organist at The Riverside Church in New York City, Associate Organist at the First Presbyterian Church in New Canaan, Connecticut, and Choral/Vocal Administrator at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. I received my MM for the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music, BMus from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, and am organist with the Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble.
My partner, Jared, and I live in Sun Prairie and have two cats, Louie and Callie. We both enjoy spending time outdoors riding bike, boating on the lake, and relaxing at our log-cabin near Wisconsin Dells. My parents, two of three siblings, and 5 nieces and nephews all live north on Highway 26 in Ripon.
I love ministering through music at Immanuel and invites anyone who wishes to get involved! Immanuel is bursting with talent; come see what it's all about. All are welcome!
I have been a member of Immanuel since 1973 when Howard & I were married and I moved to Watertown. Howard was baptized and confirmed here. We have two children; Shannon and Scott. Shannon & husband Troy have blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren – Alex, Jack & Emerson. One of my favorite things to do is to spend time with each and every one of them! I also love reading, scrapbooking and making cards for different occasions.
My 10th anniversary of working at Immanuel was in June of 2015. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long. I guess time flies when you enjoy what you are doing! When I first started, I knew a lot of names but not so much who someone really was. I’ve gotten much better at it. I’ve listened to a lot of stories about people, families, and histories. Sometimes it can be like putting a puzzle together to know where different people fit.
I see lots of different community members that come through our doors for the Food Pantry, Personal Essentials Pantry, Hometown Mission and Bread & Roses. I can honestly say that I am proud to work for a church that is so community minded. I love being able to put people in touch with all our programs including the new Community Laundry. The look on some people’s faces when you tell them what is all offered is the only token of appreciation needed. It is both gratifying and humbling to work here.
Immanuel is a wonderful place to work, co-workers are great to get along with; we work well together. I want to thank all of you for letting me be a part of your lives.
I have lived in Watertown my entire life. My father was in the Army, so I remember lots of wonderful summer vacations spent in what ever state or country he was stationed in. The best were Colorado and Germany. Bob and I were married in 2004. While we don’t have any children, we do have children of the furry four-footed variety known as cats, who behave just like children at times.
Bob and I are members of Ebenezer Moravian Church, where I teach the youngest Sunday school class. We are a small church, so I have students ranging from 2 to 7 years old.
I worked at City Hall in the Clerk/Treasurer’s office for over 20 years. I still help at election time doing absentee voting in nursing homes and residential care centers, as well as working at the polls as chairperson on Election Day.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the Watertown Food Pantry as Treasurer and Volunteer Coordinator. Through a fellow board member and Immanuel church member, Bob and I started cleaning at Immanuel in May 2010. On November 30, 2015, I began working as Financial Secretary. Nothing but good has come out of being at Immanuel. The people at Immanuel are so nice to work with; and I’m getting to know more of you every day. My co-workers are wonderful. I think we make a great team.