Our Staff

Pastor Julie Brenden

Pastor Julie Brenden, Lead Pastor

God’s grace and the peace of Jesus Christ be with you! I began my call as Lead Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in February of 2019. I grew up on a farm in West Central Minnesota and attended college in Fargo, North Dakota. I graduated from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in 1989 and have served in calls in the Southwestern Minnesota Synod and the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin. My husband, Mel, and I are making our home in Eau Claire while our sons, Zachary and Isaac, attend college and high school. We like to keep in touch with extended family in Minnesota and North Dakota including Mel’s daughter and granddaughters. I enjoy walking, hiking, biking, reading, cooking and traveling. I am a fan of women’s basketball and other sports.

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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, Luna. 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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Adriane DeMoe Communications & Ministry Coordinator
Adriane DeMoe, Communications & Ministry Coordinator
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Genny Gorton Administrative Assistant
Genny Gorton, Administrative Assistant
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St. John's Christian Preschool

Nancy Hanson co-director
Nancy Hanson
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Phyllis Meier
Phyllis Meier
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Jenna Mayer Teacher
Jenna Mayer

Sarah Wergeland
Sarah Wergeland

Building And Grounds

David LaRose, Custodian
David LaRose
Facility & Grounds Manager


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