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Primary Office Location:  col Christ the King Campus   col Cross of Life Campus   ctkFloating

Pastors

John previously served as Pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in New Holstein, WI. Prior to that he served as Youth Director at Hopewell Reformed Church in Hopewell Junction, NY, and on the staff of the National Council of Churches/Interfaith Conciliation Center in New York, NY. He has served as one of the pastors at Cross of Life and UNITY since 1996.

Besides John, the only other known "Horner-Iblers" in the world include his wife Barbara, their sons David and Michael, and their dog Taz. Barbara is a physician in private practice in Brookfield as well as the Medical Director of the Bread of Healing Free Clinic in Milwaukee.

David is currently serving in the Peace Corps as a public health worker in Alibi, Togo (West Africa). Michael is a sophomore at UW-Madison. Now empty-nesters, John and Barb fight over the sports section in the morning and then make up by gardening together or trying to teach Taz (a very old dog) some new tricks.

Sherrie has been serving as Pastor at Cross of Life and UNITY since August 2006. It was when she was in 7th grade that she began to feel a call to ordained ministry. She is the 7th person (and the 4th woman) ordained from her home congregation of Grace Lutheran in Tomahawk, Wis.

Sherrie majored in Religion at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and received her Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Through seminary, she served at Capitol Drive Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and at Bethany Lutheran in Escanaba, Mich.

Her husband Matthew is a Master Electrician and owns his own electrical business. Matt and Sherrie have two sons, George and James, and a daughter Emily.

Administration

Nancy has been with Christ the King and UNITY since 2004 as the Office Administrator and joined CTK as a member in 2013.  She is responsible for providing office support to UNITY staff members, as well as performing the day-to-day functions of the CTK campus office.

Nancy grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and married Ken in 1977. They have three adult children – Elizabeth (married to Mike), Laura (Married to Paxton) and Kenny – and 6 grandchildren.

After her own children were in school full-time, Nancy began working as an Office Administrator for her church in Texas. From that point on she was hooked, and has served in that role for four congregations due to job transfers with her husband.

In her free time Nancy enjoys attending Bible Study, golfing, coaching Special Olympics and spending time with family – especially her grandchildren.

Melanie has been a member of Cross of Life and UNITY since 2004. She joined the staff in April 2017. In addition to her staff roles in administration, volunteer coordination and new member classes, she is also one the coordinators for the summer VBS program.  

Melanie has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from UW-Madison.  She has worked in business consulting, information systems and customer service.  Although she grew up in the South and attended 3 high schools in 3 states, she has called Wisconsin home for over 25 years.  

Melanie met her husband, Bill marching together in the UW Band. They have two children, Aaron and Emily.  For fun, Melanie enjoys attending Badger football and basketball games, playing handbells, reading and scrapbooking.

Ann formally joined our staff in March 2015. Now our primary Administrator, Ann serves as our Bookkeeper, Web Master, and provides staff technical support.

As a member of the Communication & Technology Committee, she is integral in the development of our UNITY website. (In fact, she created the website of her previous church in Andover, MA) Ann occasionally plays clarinet in worship and has traveled on trips with our youth.

A native Minnesotan, Ann has a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Engineering in Electric Power Engineering from RPI in New York. She worked in the electric power field for close to 25 years and holds two patents for work related to power transmission control systems.

Ann, her husband Jay, and their twin high school seniors Abby and Nick, moved from Georgetown, MA to Brookfield in November 2013. Ann enjoys performing with the summer Concord Chamber Orchestra, the Cardinal Stritch University Community Orchestra, the Milwaukee Police Band, and working on 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles.

Program Directors

Janet has been with Christ the King since 2007, having over thirty-five years of experience in church music. She now serves as the Director of Music for both campuses of UNITY Lutheran church.

Janet was born and raised in a small farming community in the Red River Valley of North Dakota near Grand Forks. Baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church, Janet is quite familiar with the Lutheran traditions of strong faith, abundant Holy Spirit and coffee with anything at any time of day.

Janet also works for Hal Leonard Corporation as an Editor in the Choral Music Department and as the Editor-in-Chief of Music Express, an educational magazine for teachers and students. Janet and her husband, Bob, live in Elm Grove with their two sons, Jacob and Jonathan. 

Jo Ann began her career here as the volunteer Sunday School Director in 1989. At that time the job description was little more than recruiting teachers and ordering supplies! Over the years it has evolved into a full-time staff position overseeing programming for young learners through Confirmation. Jo Ann recruits the Sunday School staff and works closely with them throughout the school year. She also works with the Education Committee to organize special learning and young youth fellowship events, including Winter Lock-in’s, Vacation Bible School, Summer Sunday School and Lent School.

A teacher at heart, Jo Ann is a part of the Confirmation teaching team and enjoys leading a Sunday School class every chance she gets. She has discovered that she loves to write and enjoys rewriting and fine-tuning curriculum for all of our various programs.

Jo Ann loves the exciting challenge of integrating technology into the education program while keeping the core of Sunday School about building a faith community. As much as she loves the classroom, Jo Ann is totally energized by the adventures with our kids that bring her outdoors, especially camping with the Confirmation class.

Chris retired on Aug. 31, 2017 after a 19 year career with Cross of Life and UNITY Lutheran church. A special thank you celebration for Chris' service will be held between services at Cross of Life Campus on September 24.

 

Matt joined us on December 16, 2014. Prior to coming here, Matt worked for seven years at South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake, MN, responsible for overseeing the Youth Program, Sunday School, Confirmation and Vacation Bible School.

Matt was raised in Milwaukee and graduated from Milwaukee Lutheran High School. He moved to St. Paul, MN, to attend Concordia University, where he took courses in the Director of Christian Education Program and majored in Parish Administration. He graduated from Concordia in May 2007 and joined South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church that fall.

In 2010 Matt married Joy, who teaches at Lake Country Lutheran School. Their first child Elliot was born in May 2016.

Muriel began her position with Cross of Life on October 15, 2013. She leads our Adult Education, Small Group, and Servanthood ministries.

Muriel received her Master of Divinity degree from Vancouver School of Theology in May 2013, was married in July (to Andrew) and moved to the Milwaukee area in late August as Andrew began his studies at the Marquette University Law School.

Muriel and Andrew have a Welsch Corgi, Manny, whose heart can easily be won through treats. Muriel's faith, personable ways, and theological training are of great benefit to our work together here at Cross of Life.

A member of COL since December 1999, Debbie previously provided Administrative Support. In 2014 she completed a vigorous, graduate-level program called Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Thanks to her training, as of early 2015 Debbie is responsible for two areas of ministry.

As Volunteer Coordinator, Debbie will work to get the right person in the right role at a church. If you are motivated to serve through COL, Debbie will be one of your touchstone people. This includes what we currently don't do. Debbie’s goal is to understand your passion for serving and find ways for you to use that energy!

In the area of Member Care, Debbie works with the pastors to visit members who are hospitalized, faced with losses or celebrating life blessings. She helps us to grow our limited number of support groups for death, divorce, or child/parent issues. In Debbie's free time she likes to walk, bike, read, and visit with friends.

Music Directors

Stacey has been with Christ the King and UNITY since 2013. She directs the Praise Bands at both campuses and the Handbell Choir at the CTK campus.  Before coming to CTK she served in various churches in the Milwaukee area as a Worship Leader and Pianist.

Stacey is the Church Choral Editor for Hal Leonard Corporation and holds a Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is also a member of the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble.

Stacey is married to Kevin and they have one son, Ryan. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys geocaching, reading and doing counted cross-stitch.

Christine has been a staff member since 2009 but worked closely with Cross of Life and UNITY for the past 15 years. Christine has played for weddings, funerals, and church services here – accompanied by her husband Terry and their son Ted (both violinists) and by colleague or student ensembles. Christine selects and prepares music, organizes performers, and directs rehearsals and services.

She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education (Vocal Music Ed/Piano Major) from UW-Milwaukee. She worked in Muskego schools for 15 years as an Elementary Music Specialist teaching grades K-5 until Ted was born. She then "retired" from public schools, increasing the number of private piano lessons at her Wauwatosa studio where she continues teaching lessons after Terry passed away in 2009.

Christine also accompanies students for school contests or private teacher recitals. She likes to garden, crochet, read, and walk, often combining several of these activities at once with her iPhone.

 

Lynn joined Cross of Life in the early 1990's when her daughter remarked “I want to go to the blue church!” Lynn was in Pastor Sue Sheffer-Meyer’s very first New Member class and joined the Gloria Dei Handbell Choir immediately. She eventually sang in Senior Choir and began playing the piano for our Youth Choirs. Over time she learned to play the organ and officially joined our staff as Organist in 1998.

That same year Lynn graduated from Mount Mary College with a degree in Business Administration, which she has applied to her jobs outside of COL. Since 2006 she has worked full-time as an Accounting Assistant at Innovative Construction Solutions, Inc.

Lynn and her husband, Jeff, were married at COL in 1992. They enjoy spending time together reading or fishing at their family lake home in Conover, WI.

Molly holds a BA in Music from Millikin University and a Master of Music from Northern Illinois University. She served as an Assistant Professor of Music and the Performance and Audition Coordinator at Alverno College since 2008.

Molly is married to Ian, who works as a Technical Services Manager and Urban Forester for the City of Milwaukee. They have two daughters: Greta, who is 2 years old, and Britta, who was born on June 10, 2015. They also have a Golden Retriever named Hazel. Molly and Ian are residents of Bay View and take advantage of all the activities the area has to offer, especially biking, walking along Lake Michigan, and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

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