Tom Pietz - Staff Picture

Tom Pietz

Pastor

I’m Pastor Tom Pietz serving as “Missionary-at-Large” to spread the gospel.

A little history- both my wife Kris and I grew up in Golden Valley, MinnesOta (MPLS) attending the same Jr. High, High School, church and college (Luther in Decorah, IA) but she’s three years younger.  So, we started dating her freshman year in college.  Kris is a teacher (public school at first, at home now) and I studied Social Work and Religion in order to become a Christian counselor only later discovering my call as a pastor in the Boundary Waters (that’s a story!).

God has sent me all over the world to share the gospel.  First, to Ecuador for 3 weeks with our high school church youth group.  While at Luther, I toured with the Nordic Choir in Russia, Poland, and Hungary.  First semester my senior year I studied in Cuernavaca, Mexico, along with Nicaragua and Honduras.  Following college I served on a Lutheran Youth Encounter Team that traveled throughout the North and South America (Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru) for one year sharing Jesus through song, drama, puppets, and speaking in churches, schools, universities, prisons, city parks, and marketplaces.

I studied Youth and Family Ministry while completing a Masters of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary in 1995.  We have served parishes in Owatonna and Blooming Prairie, Minnesota; Loveland, Colorado; Cedar Rapids and Decorah, Iowa, and now here since April 2010.  In 2005, I completed a Doctor of Ministry Program at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA.

Kris and I have 4 delightful children: Tim (24), Dan (22), Sam (18), and Sally (16).  They love sports, music, camping, discussions about faith and life, playing games and cards and the Vikings!

I enjoy meeting with people face-to-face over coffee or lunch or side-by-side on a bike, playing golf, fishing, softball or whatever sport you prefer.  Always enjoying the 19th hole conversation afterwards.  And I really enjoy singing and playing guitar, especially with folks around the campfire.

If you’d ever like to connect, don’t hesitate to e-mail, text, call,

or inquire (262-490-4057 or pietztom1@gmail.com)

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Amy Hoffmann

Youth & Family Ministry Coordinator

My family and I have been members of St. Olaf since 2005. I currently work in the Hartford Jt. 1 School District and assist with coordinating St. Olaf youth events. Through the years I have served on a youth education committee and participated in several St. Olaf events. The St. Olaf family truly cares for and welcomes all.

The Sharing God's Love...Caring for Community mission of St. Olaf aligns with my personal beliefs and focus. My background includes a B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Counselor Education. I've worked in adolescent residential treatment and schools, coached volleyball for 22 years, been a childcare provider and even a cookie decorator.

I'm married to Ben, a high school teacher, coach and EMT. We have four children -Gabe, Abby, Drew and Alex. I love the game of volleyball, movies, attending musicals, cookie decorating and spending time with family and friends.

stolafyouthcoordinator@gmail.com

Scott Siegrist - High School Discipleship Leader

stolafyouthleader@gmail.com

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Shannon Lutz

Church Secretary

Hello, my name is Shannon. I have been the secretary at St. Olaf since 2011, at which time I was looking for a very part-time job that allowed me to still be actively involved in my children’s many activities. Lucky for me I found St. Olaf!

When I’m not at work you would most likely find me with my kids and husband. We would be at a school or sporting event, at the movies or just hanging out at home.

When not with them, you would find me working in my garden, relaxing on the deck watching the wildlife, doing something fun with friends or watching a movie (I love movies!)

You can get a hold of me at stolafsecretary@gmail.com

or by calling the office at 920-474-7042.

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Kathy Johnston

Financial Secretary

Hi, my name is Kathy, and I have been working as St Olaf’s financial secretary since 2016.  I live just “down the street” in the Town of Erin with my husband, Dave.   Our three children, Tim, Katie and Sarah grew up with St Olaf as their church home, and have now established their own households.

When I am not at St Olaf I am often found at Community Memorial Hospital, where I work as a medical technologist, or working in the yard with Dave.  My favorite hobbies are arts + crafts, playing musical instruments, and “experimenting” in the kitchen.  Favorite activities are family gatherings, hiking, camping, playing cards, reading and learning new things.

I can be reached at stolaffinance@gmail.com if needed.

Clara & Yogi

Clara Birkel

Musician

My name is Clara Birkel, and out of all of the current staff at St. Olaf, I am the one with the longest history. For as my position, I am the pianist/organist.  I play for most of the worship services, work with the Sunday School, work with any special music, serve on the Music, Worship, Arts Committee, work with the Altar Guild for changing the paraments, decorate the church for special services/seasons, instruct new acolytes (hopefully, get back to this after the Pandemic), and work with the Pastor on the music for services.

My husband, George, and I built and moved into our home, which is three miles from St. Olaf in May 1969. In October 1969, George, our four-month-old son Todd, and myself became members of St. Olaf.  Fast forward many years.  We now have two children, Todd and Tiffany.  Todd is married to Cindy, and they have three (3) children: Trent (age 21), Ariel (age 19) and Ethan (age 16). Todd was confirmed at St. Olaf and attends special services at St. Olaf.  Ariel was also confirmed here. Tiffany is married to Jeff Brewer, and they have two (2) sons; Austin (age 23) and Zachary (age 20). Tiffany was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. Olaf.  Jeff became a member when they were married in 1995. Both boys have been baptized and confirmed at St. Olaf and remain members.

I began playing as a substitute musician at St. Olaf in 1977. This led into becoming the only musician in 1980. From 1980-2000, I was the musician for all services which had grown to three services a week, worked with the choir, later handled special choirs, played for Sunday School, etc. There was a brief time, from 2000-2005, where I played for other churches.  In 2005, I again became a substitute musician for St. Olaf.  In 2008, I once again became the primary pianist/organist, and I’m still here (in 2022).  I now have been joined by a Praise band, a Youth band, and Steve Stretz and Pastor Tom as guitarists.

As a retired paraprofessional from the Hartford Joint 1 School District, my free time is spent with many friends and my FANTASTIC family, along with my St. Olaf family.  I like to read, walk, and bake.  I’m also on the Board of the Richfield Historical Society where my family’s heritage lies.  As a family, we like to attend old time tractor shows and thresherees.  We also enjoy watching Austin, Trent, Zach, and Ethan play and/or coach baseball and basketball and Ariel perform in band and in dance recitals.

God bless you all!

 

Debbie Stephan - Custodian

Youth Ministry Team

Sunday School: Kris Pietz

Youth Group/High School: Scott Siegrist

Youth & Family Ministry Coordinator: Amy Hoffmann

Musicians

Clara Birkel

Steve Stretz

Praise Band-Kathy Johnston, Dave Johnston, Tom Ziebell, Steve Monsen

Cathy Paquette (Saturday Night)

Worship Services

PowerPoint (Slides): Dave Johnston (stolafteam@gmail.com)

Videography (Recording): Scott Siegrist

Website Coordinator: Dave Johnston (stolafteam@gmail.com)

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