Peace Staff

Rev. Karen Locken

Lead Pastor
klocken@nullpeaceinwaunakee.org

Pastor Karen is the Lead Pastor of the pastoral team that serves together at Peace. Her role on the team includes the oversight of Worship, Stewardship, Staff and Administration. Her passion for integrating theology with the chaotic lives we live is part of what she loves about ministry. Her innovative leadership style, ability to think creatively, and compassion for humanity drives her work towards re-shaping the church as it seeks to be relevant and effective for the future. She loves to see how God is at work on the loose among us…everyday in the world around us.

A lover of stories, Karen likes photography, writing, and learning about people. She is interested in architecture and is humbled and intrigued by the people approaching the issues of housing with the innovation of the tiny house movement.

Karen is married to Doug and is mom to Abby, Kelsey and Sarah.

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Rev. Karen Locken

Rev. Karen Locken

Lead Pastor
klocken@nullpeaceinwaunakee.org

Rev. Doug Locken

Pastor
dlocken@nullpeaceinwaunakee.org

Pastor Doug is part of the pastoral team that serves together at Peace. His role on the team includes the oversight of Congregational Care ministries. Most recently a chaplain at Oakwood Village East, one of Doug’s areas of expertise is serving the people who are challenged by the vulnerabilities of aging. He also loves worship leadership and working with people of all ages.

A die hard Vikings fan living in Packer country, Doug is a wise thinker, great listener, and a compassionate care giver. He is excited about the future of the church and the work we have to do in the world related to the Good News of God in Jesus Christ.

Always advocating for caring for the environment, Doug loves spending time hiking, biking and paddling in the wilds of creation. He is married to Karen, and they have three grown daughters.

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Rev. Doug Locken

Rev. Doug Locken

Pastor
dlocken@nullpeaceinwaunakee.org

Rev. Erica Becker

Pastor
ebecker@nullpeaceinwaunakee.org

Pastor Erica is part of the pastoral team that serves together at Peace. Her role on the team includes providing oversight of all Educational ministries of Peace as well as Summer ministries. Wise beyond her years, she has a heart that welcomes all people with the love of Jesus.  Pastor Erica has a way of working with people that is wholesome and genuine. Her preaching arises from her faith which is central to her life.  She cares deeply about the planet, and the people who live on it and the God who created it.

Pastoral ministry is clearly one of the great things Erica was created to do.  She is a natural giver of grace and is a calm, compassionate comforter.

Pastor Erica takes her work seriously but she is also serious about her roles as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.  That makes her human....and honest...and worth getting to know.  A die hard Bears fan, she is harmoniously married to Matt, a Green Bay Packers fan.  They have two young sons, Marvin and Calvin.

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Rev. Erica Becker

Rev. Erica Becker

Pastor
ebecker@nullpeaceinwaunakee.org

Tom Kreis

Pastoral Intern
tkreis@nullpeaceinwaunakee.org

Mid career, Tom has left a successful vocation in the insurance industry to pursue ordination as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). A student at Wartburg Seminary, Tom has opted into the newly designed Collaborative Education program where he works as an intern in pastoral ministry alongside the four years of seminary education. Tom has joined our staff for this purpose and brings many great gifts to Peace. He and his wife, Karen have a college aged daughter, Katie who is studying at Wartburg College.

Tom has a passion for working with people of all ages, learning about Jesus, and discovering how his gifts and abilities serve the vocation of public ministry. Eager to move forward, Tom is excited about his work at Peace which will include teaching, leading worship, working with leadership teams, working with youth, and seeking outreach ministry opportunities. Tom loves to hike around the area and enjoys discovering new places to visit in Wisconsin that he can explore on foot. In addition, he values time with his family.

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Tom Kreis

Tom Kreis

Pastoral Intern
tkreis@nullpeaceinwaunakee.org

Jan Rutkowski

Office Supervisor
Radical Ringers Director
peace@nullpeaceinwaunakee.org

From her head to her shoes, Janet Rutkowski is a beloved staff member of Peace Lutheran Church. She is the welcoming voice for anyone who calls, and a welcoming presence for anyone who stops by. In addition to her daily ministry of hospitality, Jan is the one who makes the church work from creating bulletins, to newsletters, to anything that has to do with connecting people for fun and fellowship.

She is married to Alan, is the mother of three grown children, and the grandmother of three adorable little people.

Jan also directs a high school bells group, Radical Ringers and occasionally their alumni component Festival Ringers.

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Jan Rutkowski

Jan Rutkowski

Office Supervisor
Radical Ringers Director
peace@nullpeaceinwaunakee.org

Denise Blume

Assistant Treasurer
dblume@nullpeaceinwaunakee.org

Denise is the caretaker of all of our payables. She asks great questions and hunts people down for their receipts/explanations of expenses. A negotiator of reduced contract costs, a warm sense of humor and her sincere compassion for the least and the lost among us, makes her an essential part of our ministry team.

Denise lives with her wonderful family—her husband Mark, and children, Alex, Callie and Tyler.

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Denise Blume

Denise Blume

Assistant Treasurer
dblume@nullpeaceinwaunakee.org

Carrie Miller

Office Administration / Financial Secretary
cmiller@nullplcemail.org

Carrie is a Jill of all trades who is a part time receptionist, office assistant, copy editor, organizer, communicator and financial secretary. Carrie can make a lot of things happen and is a great back up to our Office Manager. She is married to Corby and they are the parents of two boys, Mason and Max.

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Carrie Miller

Carrie Miller

Office Administration / Financial Secretary
cmiller@nullplcemail.org

Sherry Johnson

Music Coordinator
Pianist
sjohnson@nullpeaceinwaunakee.org

If you have met Sherry, you know that music is in her bones.  She is a master at recruiting people to use their musical gifts.  Mention that you once sang in a chorus or played an instrument and you will find yourself resurrecting your talents.  Sherry not only plays the piano, keyboards, organ and bells; she also sings, teaches piano and accompanies local talent in many music festivals.

Sherry is our Music Coordinator at Peace which means she schedules special music, organizes the choirs, chooses hymns, directs Chapel Chimes, Resurrection and JuBellation Ringers, accompanies worship, and is an amazing recruiter of volunteer musicians.

Sherry is married to Jerry, has two grown sons, and is the grandmother of five grandsons and one granddaughter.

 

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Sherry Johnson

Sherry Johnson

Music Coordinator
Pianist
sjohnson@nullpeaceinwaunakee.org

Jerry Johnson

Peace Choir Director

Jerry is one of those talented choir directors with a great sense of style and humor. He coaxes the best music from a volunteer group of adults who love to share beautiful music with our worshipping community.

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Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson

Peace Choir Director

Molly Petroff

Grace Notes Choir Director
mpetroff@nullplcemail.org

Molly directs the Grace Notes Choir, a children’s choir for students in grades 3-6. Molly who has a long history of working with children in musical productions in congregations is also the Choral Director at Waunakee High School.

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Molly Petroff

Molly Petroff

Grace Notes Choir Director
mpetroff@nullplcemail.org

Elaine Mischler

Organist

Elaine, a retired pediatrician has a passion for making the organ produce a “wow”for worship. Married to Nick, they have three grown children, three grandchildren with another on the way.

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Elaine Mischler

Elaine Mischler

Organist

Laura Komar

Joyful Noise Choir Director

Laura Komar is our new Joyful Noise Director. A mother of three and wife to Jason, Laura delights in helping our little people grow with sounds of music and rhymic noises. Trained in early childhood and elementary education, Laura is skilled at helping our young ones enjoy learning and performing. We are delighted to have her on our team.

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Laura Komar

Laura Komar

Joyful Noise Choir Director

Shannon Conners

KiX Co-Director
peacelutheranss@nullgmail.com

Shannon and Keri make a great team leading our KiX program.  Both were instrumental in the creation of KiX and continue to improve and expand the program year after year.

Shannon and her husband Josh have two kids, Haleigh and Kaleb.

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Shannon Conners

Shannon Conners

KiX Co-Director
peacelutheranss@nullgmail.com

Keri Ceder

KiX Co-Director
peacelutheranss@nullgmail.com

Keri and Shannon make a great team leading our KiX program.  Both were instrumental in the creation of KiX and continue to improve and expand the program year after year.

Keri and her husband Jim, have two daughters, Madison and Emma.

 

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Keri Ceder

Keri Ceder

KiX Co-Director
peacelutheranss@nullgmail.com

Sandra Briesath

Preschool Director
sbriesath.peacepreschool@nullgmail.com

With a passion for educating little people at the level of their development, Sandra Briesath has created a preschool that has quickly become a favorite in the community. She has a passion for helping everyone. She has implemented a scholarship program so that no one is denied the opportunity to learn and grow.

Sandra is married to LJ and they have three growing sons: Luke, Ben and Jack.

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Sandra Briesath

Sandra Briesath

Preschool Director
sbriesath.peacepreschool@nullgmail.com

Pre-School Teaching Staff

2017-2018 Preschool Staff

<strong>2016-2017 Preschool  </strong><strong>Staff</strong> <em><strong>Front (L-R):</strong></em>

Patti Bowe (Bumble Bees), Sandy Esse (Librarian), Kim Klug (Dragonflies)

<em><strong>Back (L-R):</strong></em>

Kellie Faulds (Bumble Bees), Dawn Wood (4K), Alexis Peterson (4K), (Suzanne Sackett (Assistant Director), Sandra Briesath (Director), Heidi Gaugert (Dragonflies)

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Pre-School Teaching Staff

Pre-School Teaching Staff

2017-2018 Preschool Staff

Suzanne Sackett

Assistant Director to Peace Preschool
ssackett.peacepreschool@nullgmail.com

Suzanne Sackett is the amazing Assistant Director of Peace Preschool. She joined us after serving as the Director of Preschool at Luther Memorial in Madison for over four years.  She brings a variety of gifts including fabulous artistic talent, faith formation expertise, and a passion for working with our littlest people.  Suzanne grew up in Minneapolis, MN, went to school at UW Madison, and has been a Madisonian ever since.

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Suzanne Sackett

Suzanne Sackett

Assistant Director to Peace Preschool
ssackett.peacepreschool@nullgmail.com