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Pastor

Pastor Matthew Poock

 

 

Matthew Poock

e-mail – pastor@stjohns-lc.org

Pastor Matt hails from the great state of Iowa. He accepted his call from St. John’s in August 2010. Matt has extensive experience in a wide variety of ministries. He has worked in international outreach ministries, youth programs, camping ministry, and music leadership. Prior to joining St. John’s he served as an associate pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA. His academic background includes a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and a Bachelor’s degree from Luther College, Decorah, IA, with majors in music and psychology. Pastor Matt and his lovely wife Becca have a growing family, with three vibrant children – Eleanor, Micah, and Simon. In many ways Becca is his partner in ministry. She received her Bachelor’s degree in music education, Wartburg College, Waverly, IA, and a Master of Arts degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary (where they met and began their lifelong alliance). When Pastor Matt is not in his office or deep in conversation, you’ll find him diving into swimming pools, strapping on running shoes, or thumbing through a magazine. Becca enjoys her time in the kitchen, as well as making music.

Director of Faith Formation

Amy Floan

Amy Floan

e-mail – director@stjohns-lc.org

Amy Floan joined the St. John’s staff as the Director of Faith Formation in August 2014. Amy brings experience in education, video production, and nursing assistance. In all of these roles, she has most enjoyed the relationships she has built. Amy has been an active member of Lutheran churches wherever she’s lived – in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Illinois – and spent three faith-shaping summers as a counselor at Lutheran Bible camps. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Luther College in Decorah, IA, and a Master’s degree in Communication (Media Studies) from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Amy met her husband Einar shortly after graduate school, and they were married in 2008. In the fall of 2013, they bought a house in Evansville just down the street from St. John’s and have been amazed at the friendliness of the town. Amy and Einar are the parents of two young, curious, and active children, Oscar and Kajsa. Amy used to have hobbies (watching movies, reading, spending time with friends and family), but now she has kids. You might spot Amy walking around Evansville with her family, including their dog Bella.

Office Manager

Brenda Rohloff

Brenda Rohloff

e-mail – office@stjohns-lc.org

Brenda joined the staff of St. John’s in December 2013, and views her job as an opportunity to be more involved in the community and also give something back. She was born and raised in Evansville and has spent most of my adult life here. At the tender age of 17, Brenda enlisted in the U.S. Navy where she served over four years on active duty.  She spent three years in the Naval Reserves before joining the Army National Guard. Brenda retired from the Army in 2010 after 33 years of service and also retired from my federal civil service job in 2011 after 36 years.

Brenda married her husband Joe in 1996. Along with a new husband, she gained a step-son, Kody.  Joe and Brenda love to attend Badger games and cheer on the Packers. She also loves to knit and do scrap booking as well as be in her flower garden in the spring and summer.

Financial Director

Cindy Millin

Cindy Millin

e-mail – finances@stjohns-lc.org

Cindy began serving as Financial Director in June 2013. She brings to her ministry with us a strong background in accounting, previous experience in church finance, and a heart of faith and generosity. Cindy and her husband Dan have three young adult children, Kelsey, Danielle, and Marcus, and live just outside of town. The family enjoys swimming, hobby farming, and their Burmese Mountain dogs. Cindy has a strong sense of calling to serve our growing congregation and to share her enthusiasm for the church.

Outreach Coordinator

Amanda Koenecke

Amanda Koenecke

e-mail – outreach@stjohns-lc.org

Amanda and her husband, Lucas, have lived in Evansville since 2009. Amanda and Lucas have two sons, Braeden and Rylan and their family became members of St. John’s in 2012. As a family they enjoy going to Badger athletic events, bike rides, camping, and exploring life’s adventures. Amanda enjoys working in the home and embraces the challenges that come with it. She values being a part of our community and making it a great place for children’s ministry. Amanda’s ministry focus with St. John’s is our thriving Vacation Bible School held annually the first week of August. As Outreach Coordinator, Amanda manages some communication responsibility and member connection, as well as coordinating trips, outings, and gatherings.

Children’s Ministry Team

Chris Cole

Chris Cole

e-mail – children@stjohns-lc.org

Chris has been a member of St. John’s since 2012 with her daughter Marabeth. She lives right down the street from the church with Scott, her husband. She is a Preschool Teacher at McFarland Lutheran Church and loves to teach about God’s Love. Chris was instrumental in starting the WWF (Wednesday Women of Faith) prayer group at St. John’s and is always willing to lend a hand.  When she is not busy working with children, she loves to craft, read, travel and enjoy time with family and friends. On Sunday mornings at St. John’s, Chris invests her energy in supporting teachers and children during B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers And Sisters In Christ) hour at 10:15 am.

Music Director

Sharon Magee

Sharon Magee

e-mail – music@stjohns-lc.org

Sharon grew up in a musical family, living in the Evansville area all her life. Country living and music is where her heart is. Sharon has been a 4-H leader for many years where she has led a 4-H chorus and taught sewing. She started her love of music by playing the accordion and singing in public at a very young age. She has been a longtime member (on & off) of St. John’s where she has worked with junior choir, adult choir, has played the organ, piano and has sung in the choir and has been a soloist. Prior to serving as music director, Sharon worked as an educational assistant at the Evansville Schools for twenty years. Her family includes four children and five grandchildren.

As music director, Sharon inspires our praise and guides our music. She works with the entire congregation and especially those with special gifts in music. Sharon brings talent, experience, enthusiasm, faith, and fun all together for a winning combination to our worship life

Custodians

Peck Sperry

Peck and Joan Sperry

e-mail – office@stjohns-lc.org

Peck has been been custodian at St. John’s for over 20 years, most of those years serving alongside his wife Joan, who recently retired from her duties. Peck grew up in Evansville, and Joan is from Stoughton. Together they have lived in Evansville for over 50 years. They have three children Jay, Christi, and Todd with six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They take great pleasure in all sports, especially baseball. Their hobbies are golf and bowling. Peck enjoys his job at St. John’s and their church family.

Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson

e-mail: office@stjohns-lc.org

Ken Johnson joined St. John’s staff in December 2013. He has been a member of St. John’s since 1994. Previously, Ken spent 10 years working for the State of Wisconsin as a custodian at Camp Douglas and with the Department of Agriculture. He spent the last 17 years in the Evansville public schools, last working as custodian at Levi Leonard Elementary. Ken has been married to Donna for 22 years. They have one son, Dan, who attends the University of Minnesota. Ken was on Church Council from 2009-2010. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and traveling. He is very glad to be on staff at St. John’s and enjoys serving his church family in that way.

Ministry Coordinator

Carolyn Butts

Carolyn Butts

 e-mail: carolynbutts@charter.net

Carolyn has been a lifelong member of St. John’s. Over the years she has been active in many ways, with our Befriender ministry, worship coordination, church council, and choir. Since her retirement from John Deere Credit in January 2017, Carolyn began a volunteer staff position to provide administrative support to our worship and care-giving ministries. Carolyn also gives her time and talents to serving with our regional church, the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin.

Carolyn has three grown children and 4 grandchildren.