Our Pastor & Staff

Pastoral Staff


Dennis Ellisen
Interim Pastor

Pastor Dennis Ellisen is currently the Interim Pastor at Our Savior's.  For 21 years, our congregation, along with its ministry and worship opportunities, have flourished under Pastor Cath Mode's guidance. Since her retirement, we are now in the process of finding a new permanent pastor and Pastor Ellisen is helping us on that journey.

A little about Pastor Ellisen - he was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and received his Master of Divinity degree from The Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. After his ordination in 1970, he served congregations in Rochester and Albany, NY. In 1976 he accepted a call to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Appleton and served as Senior Pastor for 34 years. After “retirement”, he became an Interim Pastor and served Our Savior's in Lessor, St. Mark's in Neenah, and Peace Lutheran in Oshkosh.

Pastor Ellisen's wife’s name is Cathy and they are blessed with four children and eight grandchildren. They enjoy golfing together and cheering on their grandkids at their many sporting events. Pastor Ellisen is excited to work with the excellent staff and church council so that the high level of worship and mission at our church continues.

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Ministry Staff


Marcie Kimmes
Ministry Associate
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Ruthie Melzer
Ministry Associate
Ruthie is our Sunday School director, the Care and Concern visitor and a liturgist during worship. She helps with funerals, weddings and baptisms alongside the pastor as needed.
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Colleen Welsh
Youth Director
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Office Staff


Kasey Konkle
Office Manager

Kasey provides administrative support to our church. She is the first person you see when you enter our office wing at church, and she is the first contact most people have when needing a question answered.

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Dave Zernicke
Finance and Bookkeeper
Other than counting the money and signing checks, Dave handles almost everything finance-related in the church.
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Jennifer Hurley
Communications Assistant
Jennifer is the editor of our monthly newsletter, 'The Voice.' She also keeps our website and Facebook page up to date and does the powerpoint with our rolling announcements each week.
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Chris Swender
Custodian
Chris keeps our church in top order! He cleans the church, shovels snow in winter and cuts grass in summer.
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Music Staff


Roberta Golden
Organist & Music Team Leader

Roberta's primary role at Our Savior's is organist. She plays organ/piano/keyboard for all services except the first weekend of the month. She also leads the Joyful Noise Praise Choir, accompanies the Chancel Choir and serves as music team leader.

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Ardy Kreuter
Joyous Ringers & Chancel Choir Director
Ardy directs our Chancel Choir as well as the Joyous Ringers Handbell Choir. They meet Wednesdays for rehearsals and play during worship at least twice a month.
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LuAnne Stensberg
Organist