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Associate Pastor - Joel Howard

EMAIL - pastor.howard@grace-connect.org

Pastor Joel Howard joined the family at Grace in March of 2011. He has been married over 10 years to his wife, Delinah, and together they have six children: Megan, Melissa, Jessica, Rebekah, Hannah, and David. Pastor Howard is the son of Lutheran school teachers and has attended Lutheran schools through his education at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, from which he graduated with his Master's of Divinity in 2005. He is currently working on his Doctorate of the Ministry degree at Trinity in Deerfield, Illinois. He is also a 2001 alumnus of Concordia University Wisconsin.

Pastor Howard previously served as the Campus Pastor and as the head of Theology at Sheboygan Lutheran High School. His first call was as the Assistant Pastor of Youth and Confirmation at Immanuel Lutheran in Belvidere, Illinois, where he previously served as Vicar. In his free time, Pastor Howard enjoys watching NCAA wrestling, reading, watching movies, and spending time with his family.


Associate Pastor - Aaron Kuehn

EMAIL - pastor.kuehn@grace-connect.org

Pastor Aaron Kuehn became part of the ministry team of Grace in July 2011. As a former pastoral intern, he is thrilled to return to Grace and serve the Lord among His people! Pastor Aaron and his wife, Rachel, have two young

children - Johanna and Josiah. His wife and two kids are the greatest joy and blessing of his life.

With a deep-seeded passion for passion for preaching and teaching, Pastor Aaron is thrilled at the opportunity to help people grow in their love for the Lord and in their journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. After earning a BA in Psychology from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, he went on to graduate with a Masters of Divinity in 2010 from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Presently Pastor Aaron is working on a Masters of Sacred

Theology in Old Testament studies. Growing up in Nebraska, Pastor Aaron is a die-hard Cornhusker fan, and also follows soccer, baseball, and football. He values getting to know people and enjoys the outdoors, classical music, and having a great cup of coffee or tea.


Pastor Emeritus - Warren Granke

EMAIL - wagsag2002@yahoo.com

Rev. Warren A. Granke served as Senior Pastor of Grace from 1989 to 2010. For 21 years, Pastor Granke and his wife Sharon have been a shepherd to the people of Grace in many and various ways.

Since high school, Pastor Granke has felt called by the Lord to serve God’s people as a pastor. He enjoyed serving the individuals and staff at Grace. Pastor Granke describes his role as "serving as leader of the congregation and being pastor to all who are part of the flock." He looked forward to serving the Lord in such a way every day, and he looks forward to serving Grace in new ways as a retired pastor.


Deaconess - Christiana Ewert

EMAIL - deaconess@grace-connect.org

Christiana and her husband Charlie are thankful and excited to be a part of the Grace family “loving God, loving others, and making disciples.” They feel blessed to serve together, building relationships with God’s people at Grace and in the community.

As deaconess at Grace, Christiana leads Women’s Ministry, Stephen Ministry, various care ministries, and Sunday Children’s Ministry. Her passion is for meeting people where they are at and walking with them in their faith journey. It brings her great joy to share with all people the grace and love of Christ for them.

After graduating with a BA in Lay Ministry and Theology, with a focus in social work and in missions from Concordia University Wisconsin, she completed her Graduate Deaconess Certification at Concordia University Chicago. She is currently working on her Master of Arts in Religion, also at Concordia, Chicago. It’s the little things in life that she often enjoys the most, like a good cup of coffee, cooking, reading, and being outdoors. She and Charlie love to spend time with family and friends, travel, camp, and cheer for the Packers, Bucks, and Brewers. She is also the second staff member of Grace to be a die-hard Nebraska Cornhusker fan.


Financial Manager & Ext. Care Director - Carol Bird

EMAIL - cbird@grace-connect.org

Carol Bird has been a member of the Grace Lutheran staff since she began the Extended Care Program in 2001. She took on the position of Business Manager in August of 2010 and in addition to continuing to supervise the Extended Care Program Carol helps with stewardship of school and church finances, human resources and a variety of other management and planning activities.

Carol came to the United States from Europe in 1996, having met her husband Ken, a long time member of Grace, through work. They have 4 daughters, Katie, Melissa, Theresa and Rebecca, who all attended Grace Lutheran School. Both Carol and Ken are very involved as volunteers at Grace.

Prior to beginning her work with Grace Church and School, Carol worked for many years in Business management, Sales and Marketing throughout England, Europe and South Africa. She received her Business Management degrees from Universities in both England and Germany, majoring in Marketing.


Director of Worship and Music - Bill Cahill

EMAIL - bcahill@grace-connect.org

Bill Cahill uses his musical talent to serve as Grace’s Minister of Music. Both church and school ensembles are headed up by Mr. Cahill. Besides conducting, scheduling, and coordinating the music for these ensembles, he also plans and evaluates the music used in Grace’s worship services. Mr. Cahill started at Grace in January of 2008.


Communications- Beth Klopatek

EMAIL - communications@grace-connect.org

Overseeing Communications, Beth promotes Grace Church & School through various media and projects as well as manages the website. She also lays out the design and announcements for each week’s bulletins for worship.


Administrative Assistant - Office - Kathryn Reinders

EMAIL - info@grace-connect.org


Administrative Assistant - Office - Sue Drewes

EMAIL - info@grace-connect.org


Facilities Manager - Brian Arndt

As our Facilities Manager, is responsible for all maintenance and repairs for both the Church & School. The Facilities Manager also organizes/monitors volunteers who clean the buildings and researches and monitors all vendors/contractors.


Christine Young

DCE Intern


Board of Directors

Mr. Be Ware, President

Mr. Jim Denor, Vice President

Mr. Tony Cherney, Treasurer

Mrs. Shari Arndt

Mr. Jay Koebert

Mrs. Gail Krajewski

Mr. Mike Lessila

Mr. John Ritter


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