Jeff Hesse, Pastor - Share/Administration
With the amazing support, commitment and professional work of leaders/staff, Pastor Hesse oversees Administration at St. John’s which includes the following ministries: Finance/HR, Missions, Junior & Senior High Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Care. In addition, Pastor Hesse is the Treasurer and on the Board of Directors for St. John’s West Bend Foundation, Inc. Pastor Hesse loves the Lord, His Word and His people. By the power of the Holy Spirit Pastor Hesse seeks to follow, teach and preach Jesus daily… in all of life… trusting in the love, forgiveness and eternal promises of God!
Pastor Hesse did not begin his professional life as a minister. He is a second-career pastor who started in the business world… in finance (banking, small business venture capital) and 17 years as an executive officer for a family of Milwaukee-based companies in the metalworking industry. Pastor Hesse loves to travel with his wife (Christine), hunt deer, fly-fish, fish for muskies and fish for the Lord!
Favorite Bible Verse: John 11:25-26
David Nieman, Pastor - Care
David is a recent graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and is a brand new pastor at St. John's. He has entered into ministry by God's grace, and in partnership with the pastors, staff, and people of St. John's, with an emphasis on overseeing the care and support of the young adults and families of St. John's. You can find him at the school often, as he enjoys getting to spend time with all the students, families, and staff there.
David likes to get out and hike with his wonderful wife, Samantha. He's originally from New Mexico, so Wisconsin is new and exciting territory, . He likes trying different hot sauces, getting outdoors, playing guitar, building computers, and reading all sorts of writing. He hasn't quite figured out the whole "Packers thing," but it's exciting all the same.
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 John 4:19
Stephen Reynolds, Pastor - Connections
Pastor Stephen is a graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and, after five years of ministry in Florida, the Lord called him to return to the cold and snow to be a part of the pastoral team at St. John's. Pastor Stephen oversees and champions Connections ministries, which includes missions, youth and family, outreach and discipleship. Pastor Stephen is passionate about helping God's people understand that connecting is the ministry of the entire baptized family of God.
Pastor Stephen is married to his wife Rachael, who hails from Marshfield, WI, and they have been blessed with two children- Samuel Jacob and a new arrival due in March 2020. In their free time, Stephen and Rachael enjoy exploring all things toddler related-Libraries, bounce houses, basketball courts and, of course Packer football.
Chris Bruskiewicz, Director of Connections Ministry
Chris serves as a part time Pastor working in care and worship ministries. He also leads liturgy on a regular basis and participates in other pastoral duties as needed.
Chris has the unique blessing of being able to maintain vocations in both the private sector as an Electrical Engineer and as a church worker at St. John’s.
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 42:2
Jim Van Dellen, Elementary and Middle School Administrator
Jim serves as our Elementary and Middle School Administrator. He works to nurture faithful disciples of Jesus Christ at all age levels and is in constant collaboration with our Early Childhood Center. This partnership creates academic excellence and expectations for all of our classrooms. Jim has a passion for developing Christian leaders who will influence the communities they serve for generations.
Jim and his wife Penny, who is also a teacher at our school, have been married for over 30 years and are enjoying the empty-nester life. They have three grown children, two sons (Austin – an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, and Christian – a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy) and one daughter (Katherine – who is attending Concordia University – Ann Arbor). Jim and Penny like to bike, camp, and just enjoy the outdoors in God’s creation.
Doug Raddemann, Director of Worship
The Director of Worship is responsible for all worship activities and ministry groups. At St. John’s, this includes over a hundred volunteers and multiple staff, leading and participating in various worship support, music, and audio/video teams. The wide reach of congregational involvement creates a great opportunity for collaboration and creativity within our work of discipleship. It is a great joy to see the gifts of God’s people at work in His service; strengthened and sent into His community.
Doug is a son of the congregation. In fact, both he and his wife grew up at St. John’s, met at youth group, married and have begun raising their kids here. Doug loves being a part of this community of believers and our mission together!
Apart from his time at church, his family loves staying active and outdoors. His wife and three young boys enjoy doing all the classic stuff- sports, hunting, fishing, camping, biking, etc. If you drive by their house, they will probably be outside; if you stop on by, they will offer you a cold drink and include you in the fun!
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 12:1
Nicole Janisse, Director of Children’s Ministry
As the Director of Children’s Ministries, Nicole manages and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of St. John’s Early Childhood Center (ECC). The ECC provides care for infants through Pre K, before and after school care, and summer camp for children 5 -12 years old. Additional ministries of oversight include Sunday morning Discipleship Hour for the children, Vacation Bible School, and Parent’s Night Out. In collaboration with other ministries, Nicole also assists in the coordination of a variety of community events which include our Easter Egg Hunt, Trunk and Treat and Saturday Play Dates.
Lori Yogerst, Business Manager
Lori is part of the Administration Ministry of St. John’s. As an accountant, her position responsibilities range from preparing financial reports recording tithes, offerings and special gifts. Lori also manages the Human Resource duties, as well as, provides oversight of printed materials and mailings for St. John’s. God has gifted Lori with the ability to accomplish the tasks that are necessary to achieve the vision of the Visionary.
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 28: 6-7
Alan Lull, Lay Minister - Connections, Youth, and Missions
Alan serves as St. John’s Lay Minister of Junior High, as well as oversee our Missions Ministry. He has a desire to disciple youth and their families through all of life’s issues. He enjoys creating events that are a lot of fun, and yet God inspired. Alan has a heart for reaching the lost and developing servant leaders, regardless of age. He also oversees and plans local, domestic and international mission trips. Alan enjoys connecting with all of the families here at St. John’s.
Alan has been blessed to travel all over the world, and see God’s hand work in extraordinary ways, in the lives of people. He loves to laugh, bow hunt and hosting people at his home. Alan is gracious and thankful for his loving wife and two children.
Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Janet Hatland, Director of Campus Care
Janet oversees the maintenance and cleaning of all of St. John’s facilities. She also works with staff and volunteers to maintain our beautiful landscaping. Janet has a gift for managing volunteers and assists in the set-up and take down of Sunday morning Discipleship Hour, as well as any large events happening on campus.
Janet loves spending her free time with her family. She has been blessed with three wonderful children, two son-in-laws and three grandchildren. When not spending time with family, she enjoys sewing, quilting and studying God’s Word.
Favorite Bible Verse: Job 19: 25-27
Rachel Morton, Assistant Director of Worship
Rachel oversees the writing of traditional worship services, directs the St. John’s choir, handbell choir, wind ensemble and serves as our principal organist. She also collaborates with St. John’s School in the development of weekly chapels and oversees the functions of our altar guild. Rachel’s passion in ministry lies in her desire to make the music of the church accessible and fulfilling for anyone wishing to participate. She enjoys helping people see themselves not only as artists, but also as carriers of God’s Word through song and music.
Rachel loves to write, and has the ambition to publish at least one book in her lifetime. When she is not serving the Lord in her duties, she can be found taking adventures with family and friends or enjoying a hot cup of coffee in her favorite lounge chair composing the perfect ending to her first book.
Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 3:17b-19