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 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 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.
A Wisconsin native and second-career pastor, Wendy has served both large and small congregations in the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin, as well as in the metro Milwaukee area. After additional training in the specialized field of interim ministry, she now serves congregations experiencing various kinds of transition or, as with Unity, going through the process of calling a new pastor. Wendy and her husband Greg like to spend their free time pedaling their tandem bike on Wisconsin’s bike trails, taking in jazz or salsa performances, or visiting their daughters in Baltimore and Wichita.