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Forward in Christ is the official magazine of Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
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Leah Adams

Leah Adams is a member of Apostles, San Jose, California.

James Aderman

James Aderman and his wife, Sharon, raised three daughters and are now enjoying their 10 grandchildren.
James Aderman

Daniel N. Balge

Daniel Balge serves as a professor at Martin Luther College, teaching Greek and Latin in MLC's pre-seminary program. He is also the program's academic dean.
Daniel N. Balge

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Nicole Balza

Nicole Balza finds her greatest joy as a writer to be . . . editing the work of other writers. Helping an author take her writing to the next level is a thrill. Preserving an author’s voice but improving his final product is a balancing act, but it’s one that she relishes. Nicole began working for WELS Communication Services full time in 1999 and has continued that work part time since 2006. Writing, editing, serving as the host of a bi-weekly newsmagazine—there’s plenty of variety and never time to be bored. Plus, she has a front-row seat to the synod’s neatest ministry stories. Nicole also manages Forward in Christ magazine’s parenting column, Parent conversations, and the magazine’s website. She and her husband, Rob, live in Germantown, Wis., with their three children.
Nicole Balza

Aaron Bauer

Aaron Bauer and his wife, Sara, have four children between the ages of four and eleven. The couple has been teaching Love and Logic parenting classes for the past eight years. Aaron teaches at Garden Homes, Milwaukee, Wis.
Aaron Bauer

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    Jim Baur

    Christ, Baxter, Minnesota

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      Holly J.  Beckman

      Is a member at St. Marcus, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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      Michael J. Berg

      Mike Berg is a theology professor at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a member at St. Philip, Milwaukee.

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      Jonathan P. Bilitz

      Jonathan Bilitz is a pastor at Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
      Jonathan P. Bilitz

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      Lucas Bitter

      Lucas Bitter is a home missionary at Intown Lutheran, Atlanta, Georgia.
      Lucas Bitter

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      Gabriella Blauert

      Gabriella Blauert attends Shepherd of Peace in Powell, Ohio. She’s married to Jack Blauert and dog mom to Sir Elton Dog. By day, she works as the marketing and communications coordinator for Pelotonia and by night you can find her exploring the latest restaurants and coffee shops in Columbus.
      Gabriella Blauert

      Rachel Blum

      Rachel Blum and her husband, Matt, are raising their three children in the country in Bonduel, Wis. Rachel currently teaches at St. Paul, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
      Rachel Blum

      James F. Borgwardt

      James Borgwardt is pastor at Redeemer, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
      James F. Borgwardt

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      John P. Bortulin

      John Bortulin is pastor at St. John, Mukwonago, Wisconsin.
      John P. Bortulin

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      Jonathan Bourman

      Jonathan Bourman is a home missionary. He and his wife, Melanie, have a six-year-old daughter.
      Jonathan Bourman

      Kelsie Bramstedt

      Kelsie Bramstedt, a junior at Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, is a member at St. John, Newtonburg, Wisconsin.

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      John A. Braun

      Executive editor at Northwestern Publishing House
      John Braun is the executive editor of Forward in Christ magazine.
      John A. Braun

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      Kenneth L. Brokmeier

      Kenneth Brokmeier is a pastor at Our Savior, Brookings, South Dakota.
      Kenneth L. Brokmeier

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      Linda Buxa

      Linda Buxa can’t seem to hold a full-time job. Instead, she has two part-time jobs in communications, is a regular blogger and contributing writer for Time of Grace Ministry, and does freelance writing and editing in her spare time. Linda is the author of Dig In! Family Devotions to Feed Your Faith, Parenting by Prayer, and Made for Friendship. She and her husband, Greg, have three children—one in college and two in high school. They also have one black lab, who-knows-how-many cats, and 18 chickens.
      Linda Buxa

      Lydia Buxa

      Lydia Buxa, a junior at Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, Wisconsin, is a member at Immanuel, Farmington, Wisconsin.

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      Mark J. Cares

      Pastor Mark Cares is president of Truth in Love Ministry, and a member at Messiah, Nampa, Idaho.
      Mark J. Cares

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      Keleen Carlson

      Is a member at Rock of Ages, Madison, Tennessee.

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      Aaron L. Christie

      Aaron Christie is pastor at Trinity, Waukesha, Wisconsin.
      Aaron L. Christie

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      Carianne Ciriacks

      Designer at Designworks
      Carianne Ciriacks has served as designer for Forward in Christ magazine since 1999.
      Carianne Ciriacks

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        Mary Clemons

        Mary Clemons and her husband, Sam, have three children and seven grandchildren.
        Mary Clemons

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          Justin C. Cloute

          Justin Cloute is pastor at St. Luke, Watertown, Wisconsin.
          Justin C. Cloute

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          Sheryl Cowling

          Sheryl Cowling is a licensed clinical social worker who is also board certified as a professional Christian counselor and expert in traumatic stress. She provides counseling services at Christian Family Counseling, a ministry of WLCFS—Christian Family Solutions.
          Sheryl Cowling

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          Samuel Degner

          Seminary consultant at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
          Samuel C. Degner is Professor of Evangelism and New Testament at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He, his wife, and three children attend Christ Alone in Thiensville, Wisconsin.
          Samuel Degner

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          Donn Dobberstein

          Donn Dobberstein is the director of the Commission on Discipleship. He and his wife, Beth, have four children.
          Donn Dobberstein

          Whitney Donovan

          Whitney Donovan is a counselor at Christian Family Solutions.

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          Sallie Draper

          Sallie Draper performs system analysis and testing of synod software for the WELS Technology team. Along with WELS CTO Martin Spriggs, she has co-hosted the WELSTech Podcast (https://welstech.wels.net) since its debut in 2008, learning and sharing resources at the intersection of ministry and technology. Sallie graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi, is a married mom of three adult sons and two lovely daughters-in-law, is a member of Christ the Lord Lutheran Church in Brookfield, WI, and loves llamas.
          Sallie Draper

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            Mark Eckert

            Mark Eckert is pastor at Calvary, Eaton Rapids, Michigan, and campus pastor in Lansing, Michigan.
            Mark Eckert

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            Julie Educate

            Licensed professional counselor with Christian Family Solutions.

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              Jeffrey D. Enderle

              Jeff Enderle currently serves at Christ the Rock in Farmington, New Mexico, a culturally diverse and historically rich area of northwest New Mexico near the Four Corners. Previously he had served in Southern California, Nebraska, and briefly overseas. Jeff and his wife Angela have four children ranging in ages from 11 to 4. Whenever they get a chance, his family enjoys exploring the natural wonders of God's creation in the Southwest together.
              Jeffrey D. Enderle

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              Laurie Gauger-Hested

              Laurie Gauger-Hested and her husband, Michael, have a blended family that includes her adult daughter and son and his teenage son.
              Laurie Gauger-Hested

              Joel Gawrisch

              Joel Gawrisch is pastor at New Life, Shoreview, Minnesota. He also serves on the Rites Committee of the New Hymnal Project and as a consultant with the Self-Assessment and Adjustment Program of WELS Commission on Congregational Counseling.
              Joel Gawrisch

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              Anna Geiger

              Anna Geiger and her husband, Steve, are raising their six kids in Mequon, Wis. Anna is the creator of The Measured Mom, an education website for parents and teachers. https://www.themeasuredmom.com/
              Anna Geiger

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              Stephen Geiger

              Prof. Stephen Geiger, WLS director of financial aid
              Stephen Geiger

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                Adam Goede

                Adam and his wife, Stephanie, have been married for 14 years and have been blessed with four children–Samuel, 12; Joel, 10; Alexis, 8; and Micah, 5. They are members at St. John, Wauwatosa, Wis. He is supervisor in the Ministry of Christian Giving office at WELS Center for Mission and Ministry.
                Adam Goede

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                  Emily Gresens Strey

                  Emily Gresens Strey and her husband, Johnold, have four children.
                  Emily Gresens Strey

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                    Rob Guenther

                    Rob Guenther and his wife, Becky, are raising four boys. Rob serves as pastor at St. Paul, New Ulm, Minnesota.
                    Rob Guenther

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                    Bryan D. Guhr

                    Brian Guhr is a member at St. Paul’s, Muskego, Wisconsin.

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                    Jeremiah J. Gumm

                    Jeremiah Gumm is pastor at King of Kings, Maitland, Florida. 
                    Jeremiah J. Gumm

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                    Seth P. Haakenson

                    Seth Haakenson has served as a home missionary at Immanuel, Waukegan, Illinois, since 2017. He works with the congregation to reach out to the Spanish-speaking community.
                    Seth P. Haakenson

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                    Daniel J. Habben

                    Dan Habben was born and raised in Japan where his father served as a missionary for 42 years. He spent 18 years serving a congregation in western Canada and now is at a congregation on the Caribbean island of Antigua. He and his wife, Sarah, enjoy getting their four daughters up at 4 a.m. to go hiking whether in the Canadian Rockies or along the Caribbean coast.
                    Daniel J. Habben

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                    Sarah Haeuser

                    Sarah and her husband, Frank, live in Merton, Wis., with their four children.
                    Sarah Haeuser

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                      Dayton Hamann

                      Dayton Hamann is a  member at  St. Matthew, Marathon, Wisconsin.

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                      Rachel Hartman

                      Rachel Hartman is a member at Divine Savior, Doral, Florida.

                      Eric S. Hartzell

                      Eric Hartzell is a pastor at St. Peter, Globe, Arizona.

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                      Gilbert Haw

                      Gilbert Haw, a junior at Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, Wisconsin, is a member at St. Paul, Lake Mills.

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                      Jonathan R. Hein

                      Jonathan Hein is director of WELS Congregational Services and the Commission on Congregational Counseling.
                      Jonathan R. Hein

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                      Brian Heinitz

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                        Stephen G.  Helwig

                        Pastor at Gethsemane, Omaha, Nebraska.

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                        Wendy Heyn

                        Wendy Heyn is a member at Christ, Pewaukee, Wisconsin.
                        Wendy Heyn

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                          Cindi Holman

                          Cindi Holman is the WELS national coordinator of early childhood ministries and a member at Grace, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  

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                          Casey Holtz

                          Casey Holtz and his wife, Amanda, have three young children.
                          Casey Holtz

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                            Phil Huebner

                            Dr. Phil Huebner was assigned to start a new mission church in Palm Coast, FL in 2007.Over nine years Christ the King Lutheran Church and School was showered with blessings, growing to 300 members and 400 students. In 2016 he accepted a call to serve as Campus Pastor at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee where he now serves. Dr. Huebner holds a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in Systematic Theology from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and received his Doctor of Ministry in Mission and Culture from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN in 2019. His thesis was on what to do with children in church. His entire ministry to date has seen emphases on outreach, children, teens, and families. Dr. Huebner is married to Becky and they have two children, Noah and Gwen. In his free time he loves to travel and read and research more on the topics of families and teens.
                            Phil Huebner

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                              Samantha J. Huebner

                              Samantha Huebner is a 2019 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a member at Peace, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

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                              Kelly Huet

                              Pastor at St. Andrew, Middleton, Wisconsin.
                              Kelly Huet

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                                Ann Jahns

                                Director of Marketing and Communications at WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions
                                Ann Jahns and her husband, Thad, are members of Shepherd of the Hills, West Bend, Wisconsin. They have three 20-something sons.
                                Ann Jahns

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                                  Amanda Klemp

                                  Staff writer at WELS
                                  Amanda Klemp is the Editorial Projects Manager for WELS Communication Services. A lifelong WELS member, Amanda feels very blessed to use her professional skills to serve WELS ministries. She resides in Iowa, working remotely, with her husband, three children, and two dogs.
                                  Amanda Klemp

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                                  Thomas D. Kock

                                  Thomas Kock is a professor at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wisconsin, and a member at Atonement, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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                                  Melissa Anne Kreuser

                                  Member at Bethlehem, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
                                  Melissa Anne Kreuser

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                                    Leah Kuchenbecher

                                    Leah Kuchenbecher graduated from Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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                                    Richard E. Lauersdorf

                                    Richard Lauersdorf is pastor at Good Shepherd, West Bend, Wisconsin.

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                                    Rachel Learman

                                    Rachel Learman and her husband, Paul, are raising four children in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
                                    Rachel Learman

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                                      Stephen M. Luchterhand

                                      Stephen Luchterhand is pastor at Trinity, Minocqua, Wisconsin.

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                                      Greg Lyon

                                      Greg Lyon has served as a campus pastor at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, since the fall of 2015. Prior to that he served at Peace Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. His primary area of focus and passion is pastoral counseling. He has been happily married to Amy since 2006 and they have three children, Samuel, Elliana, and Addison.
                                      Greg Lyon

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                                      Trudy Madetzke

                                      Zion, Russell, Minnesota

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                                        Pam Manske

                                        Pam Manske is a devoted wife, mother of three, and grandmother to 11 precious lambs. Retired from a 41-year nursing career, her greatest joy continues to be serving Jesus by serving others.
                                        Pam Manske

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                                        Kristi Meyer

                                        Dr. Kristi Meyer has been writing Advent services at St. John’s, Wauwatosa, WI for many years
                                        Kristi Meyer

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                                          Jennifer Nelson

                                          Jennifer Nelson is a member at Cross of Christ, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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                                          Alicia A. Neumann

                                          Alicia Neumann is a member at Christ, Zumbrota, Minnesota.

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                                          Dan Nommensen

                                          Dan Nommensen and his wife, Kelly, have a teenage daughter and a teenage son. They are members at Calvary, Thiensville, Wisconsin.
                                          Dan Nommensen

                                          Scott Oelhafen

                                          Scott Oelhafen is campus pastor for the Waukesha campus ministry and serves at Trinity, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

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                                          Kerry Ognenoff

                                          Kerry Ognenoff and her husband, Andy, have an 11-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son. They are members at St. John, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
                                          Kerry Ognenoff

                                          Don Patterson

                                          Pastor at Holy Word, Austin, Texas, is president of the South Central District.

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                                            Dave Payne

                                            Dave Payne and his wife, Joyce, have four adult children and two grandchildren. Dave serves as communications director at Fox Valley Lutheran High School, Appleton, Wisconsin, and is a member at Eternal Love, Appleton.
                                            Dave Payne

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                                              Ann M. Ponath

                                              Ann Ponath and her husband, David, have four kids ranging in age from 24 to 15.
                                              Ann M. Ponath

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                                              David Ponath

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                                                James F. Pope

                                                James Pope, a professor  at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota, is a member at St. John, New Ulm.

                                                Gail Potratz

                                                Gail Potratz and her husband, Phil, have three adult children and eight grandchildren. Gail has served as a teacher and technology coordinatorfor more than 30 years.
                                                Gail Potratz

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                                                  Steven H. Prahl

                                                  Steve Prahl is pastor at Foundation, Peyton, Colorado.

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                                                  Peter Prange

                                                  Contributing editor Peter Prange is pastor at Bethany, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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                                                  Jack G. Radandt

                                                  Jack Radandt, a freshman at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a member at St. John, Newtonburg, Wisconsin.

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                                                  Sarah Reik

                                                  Sarah Reik is a graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a counselor at Christian Family Solutions. She and her husband have four children.
                                                  Sarah Reik

                                                  Laura Reinke

                                                  Laura Reinke is a marriage and family therapist at Christian Family Solutions and the director of youth ministry at Trinity, Waukesha, Wisconsin.
                                                  Laura Reinke

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                                                    Eric Roecker

                                                    Commission on Evangelism, Director at WELS
                                                    Eric Roecker is the director of the WELS Commission on Evangelism, a ministry of WELS Congregational Services.
                                                    Eric Roecker

                                                    Amanda Rose

                                                    Amanda and her husband, Frank, are high school sweethearts. They are blessed with four children: Fiona, Archer, Victor, and Zion. Amanda has her master’s degree in Music Composition, sings with The Lutheran Ceili Orchestra, and teaches music lessons. She is also a co-founder of Holy Hen House, a ministry for Christian women to be spurred on in their faith online and in real life.
                                                    Amanda Rose

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                                                    Jeffrey Samelson

                                                    Jeffrey Samelson is pastor at Christ, Clarksville, Maryland.

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                                                    Timothy Satorius

                                                    Timothy Satorius is WELS' liaison to the Puerto Rican church.

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                                                    David Scharf

                                                    David Scharf served as a parish pastor at lmmanuel in Greenville, Wisconsin, from 2005-2016. He now serves as a Professor of Theology at Martin Luther College as well as the chairman for the WELS Commission on Congregational Counseling. A graduate of Luther Prep (1996), Martin Luther College (2000), and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (2005), Dave and his wife, Beth (nee Koelpin), have six children.
                                                    David Scharf

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                                                    Becky Schermerhorn

                                                    Becky Schermerhorn is a member at Grace, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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                                                    Mark H. Schewe

                                                    Mark Schewe is pastor at St. Peter, Clovis, California.

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                                                    Jane Schlenvogt-Dew

                                                    Jane Schlenvogt-Dew is a member at St. Andrew, Middleton, Wisconsin.

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                                                    Eric D. Schroeder

                                                    Eric Schroeder is a pastor at St. John’s, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

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                                                    Mark Schroeder

                                                    Rev. Mark Schroeder is president of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
                                                    Mark Schroeder

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                                                    Liz Schroeder

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                                                      Andrew C. Schroer

                                                      Andy Schroer has been a pastor for more than 20 years, serving congregations in Mexico, Miami, and now at Redeemer in Edna, Texas. His first book, 364 Days of Thanksgiving, was published in 2015. He has a syndicated devotional column in five newspapers throughout Texas. He has been a contributing editor of Forward in Christ since 2016. You can find more of his writing at http://364DaysofThanksgiving.com. Pastor Schroer and his wife, Clariza, live in Edna, Texas, with their two children, Isabel and Andy.
                                                      Andrew C. Schroer

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                                                      Jenni Schubring

                                                      Jenni Schubring and her husband, Tad, currently have six children in their clan ranging in age from 10 to 18 as well as their crazy dog.
                                                      Jenni Schubring

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                                                        Michael D. Schultz

                                                        Pastor Michael Schultz is the director of the WELS Hymnal Project and a member at Trinity, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

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                                                        Glenn L. Schwanke

                                                        Pastor Glenn Schwanke serves Peace, Houghton, Michigan, and the “Lutheran Collegians,” a student organization at Michigan Technological University.
                                                        Glenn L. Schwanke

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                                                        Andrew D. Schwartz

                                                        Pastor Andy Schwartz began his greatest and most blessed personal ministry on August 8, 1998, when he married Sarah, his wife of 21 years. God has richly blessed them with children Katelyn, Benjamin, Emma, and Natalie and one more unborn child they can’t wait to meet in heaven one day! God has also gifted the Schwartz family with the opportunities to serve in the public ministry as pastor and family at St. John's in Florence, Wisconsin, where he began his ministry in 2001, and at Christ the King in Bremerton, Washington (as in the state), where he has served since 2006.
                                                        Andrew D. Schwartz

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                                                        Carly Seifert

                                                        Carly and her husband, Joel, live in Bozeman, Mont. Joel is the pastor of Shining Mountains Lutheran Church. In addition to teaching piano, Carly is a freelance writer. She and Joel have two children—Ella, who is seven, and Benjamin, who is three.
                                                        Carly Seifert

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                                                          Joel Seifert

                                                          Joel Seifert lives in Marietta, Ga., and serves Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. He’s previously served in Bozeman, Montana; Thiensville, Wisconsin; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Phoenix, Arizona. He enjoys exploring Atlanta with his wife Carly and his children.
                                                          Joel Seifert

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                                                          Mary Sieh

                                                          Mary Sieh is a member at Good Shepherd, Burnsville, Minnesota.

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                                                          Snowden Gene Sims

                                                          Pastor Sims is a 1980 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran High School, a 1985 graduate of Northwestern College, and a 1989 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He presently serves as an associate pastor at St. Paul's, Columbus, Ohio. He also serves as the Michigan District President. He is married to Melinda who is an instructor at The Ohio State University. They have a daughter, Erika, who resides in West Allis, Wisconsin. In his spare time Pastor Sims enjoys fishing, hunting, working out, gardening, playing guitar, and listening to jazz.
                                                          Snowden Gene Sims

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                                                            Nicole Smith

                                                            Nicole Smith and her husband are raising two young boys in Sussex, Wisconsin. This article is reprinted with permission from holyhenhouse.com, a blog for “imperfect women spurred on by God’s perfect grace.”
                                                            Nicole Smith

                                                            Mary Snyder

                                                            Mary Snyder is a member at Living Hope, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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                                                            E. Allen Sorum

                                                            E. Allen Sorum, director of the Pastoral Studies Institute at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wisconsin, is a member at Christ, Big Bend, Wisconsin.

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                                                            Martin Spriggs

                                                            Chief technology officer at WELS
                                                            Martin Spriggs is WELS' chief technology officer.
                                                            Martin Spriggs

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                                                            Joshua E Stahmann   

                                                            Josh Stahmann is a pastor at Salem, Scottsdale, Arizona.

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                                                            Paul Steinberg

                                                            Rev. Dr. Paul Steinberg is executive director of Chaplains in Schools and one of Kingdom Prep’s spiritual advisors.

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                                                              Bill J. Tackmier

                                                              Bill Tackmier is a professor at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wisconsin, and a member at Christ Alone, Thiensville, Wisconsin.

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                                                              Michael A. Thom

                                                              Michael Thom is a member at St. John, New Ulm, Minnesota.

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                                                                Thomas H. Trapp

                                                                Thomas Trapp served as campus pastor at Wisconsin Lutheran Chapel at UW-Madison for 38 years.
                                                                Thomas H. Trapp

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                                                                Earle D. Treptow

                                                                Contributing editor Earle Treptow, president of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wisconsin, is a member at Christ Alone, Thiensville, Wisconsin.
                                                                Earle D. Treptow

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                                                                Lisa Uttech

                                                                Lisa Uttech serves at Christ the Lord, Brookfield, Wisconsin.

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                                                                Joshua Van Sluytman

                                                                Joshua Van Sluytman is a member at St. John, Maribel, Wisconsin.

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                                                                Amy Vannieuwenhoven

                                                                Amy Vannieuwenhoven and her husband, Charlie, have four children ranging in age from a fourth-grader to a high school senior. Amy is a teacher at Northdale Lutheran School in Tampa, Florida, and the author of Look Up From Your Phone So I Can Love You from Northwestern Publishing House.
                                                                Amy Vannieuwenhoven

                                                                Luke C. Werre

                                                                Luke Werre is a pastor at Peace, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
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                                                                Timothy J. Westendorf 

                                                                Contributing editor Timothy Westendorf is pastor at Abiding Word, Highlands Ranch, Colorado. 
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                                                                Hannah White

                                                                Hannah White, a junior at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, is a member at Loving Shepherd, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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                                                                Julie Wietzke

                                                                Julie Wietzke has served as managing editor of Forward in Christ magazine since 2006. Since she began working at WELS Communication Services in 1995, she has written hundreds (thousands?) of articles for the synod. Her favorite part of the job: getting to talk to WELS members around the world about their faith and then being able to share their stories with Forward in Christ readers. She also enjoys turning a flicker of an idea into an article or a series in the magazine and finding the right authors to tell the story
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                                                                Jon Zabell

                                                                Pastor at St. Paul, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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                                                                  Paul E. Zell

                                                                  Paul Zell is pastor at Living Savior, Hendersonville and Asheville, North Carolina.
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                                                                  Eric J. Ziecker

                                                                  Eric Ziecker is pastor of Peace, Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

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                                                                  Natalie Zirbel

                                                                  Natalie Zirbel, a 2019 graduate of Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, is a member at Morrison Zion, Greenleaf, Wisconsin.

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                                                                  Ann Zuleger

                                                                  Ann Zuleger and her husband, Matt, have four children—Zachary, 18; Faith, 16; Isaiah, 13; and Ellis, 10.
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