Our Staff

Pastor Nathan Aaseng

Pastor Nathan Aaseng, Lead Pastor

I grew up in St. Louis Park, MN and earned a B.A. in Biology and English from Luther College (Decorah, IA). I enjoyed two fascinating careers as a research microbiologist, and a free-lance author with 178 published books. After graduating from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) in 2005, I served a congregation in Creston, IA. In 2009, my wife, Linda, and I were surprised and pleased to return to Eau Claire, where we had raised our family, to accept a call to help St. John’s discover the joy and meaning of being a discipleship congregation.

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Pastor Christine Emerson

Pastor Christine Emerson, Associate Pastor

Greetings in the name of Christ! My call as Associate Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church began October of 2010. I’m originally from the Pacific Northwest, born and raised in the Seattle area of Washington State. I attended Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, graduating from there in 2005 and entering my first call in Strum, Wisconsin. I reside in Eau Claire with my husband Jim and my dog Marty. When possible, I love to be out in God’s creation walking the dog. I also love reading, traveling, and going to baseball games. Having a professional background in music, I love to sing and during the concert season, both Jim and I sing with the Schola Cantorum of Eau Claire.

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Pastor Chris Sims

Chris Sims, Director of Christian Education

Welcome to St. John’s website!! I began my time here at St. John’s in 2009. My position supports all facets of Christian education from birth to high school, such as Sunday school, faith milestones, confirmation, youth service groups (C. I. A. – Christian youth In Action and Summer Stretch ) and Vacation Bible School. I enjoy helping families and youth learn more about ways they can grow their faith.

My husband Mark and I have two children, Nathan and Gabrielle. In my free time, I enjoy doing outdoor activities, such as camping, riding bike, reading and following my kids at their events. We would love for you to visit us at St. John’s and learn more about the many exciting opportunities we have to offer!

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Patti Gorell Ministry Assistant
Patti Gorell, Ministry Assistant
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Sandy Huebscher Office Manager
Sandy Huebscher, Office Manager
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St. John's Christian Preschool

Nancy Hanson co-director
Nancy Hanson, Co-director/teacher
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Phyllis Meier
Phyllis Meier, Co-director/teacher
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Julie Kitzman, teacher
Julie Kitzman, Teacher
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Building And Grounds

Mike Gorell, Facility & Grounds Manager
Mike Gorell, Facility &
Grounds Manager
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Larry Krause, Custodian
Larry Krause

Mary Ann Holte, Custodian
Mary Ann Holte


Jo Rauckman
Jo Rauckman, Accountant
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Music Directors

Roxanne Litchfield-Holey, Director of Music
Roxanne Litchfield-Holey,
Director of Music
Roxanne Litchfield-Holey

Roxanne Litchfield-Holey, St. John's Choir

Linda Ranney, Music Assistant

Kathy Kurshinsky, JuBellation