Our Staff

Rev. Christopher 
Gillespie
Pastor & Catechist

Pr. Christopher R. Gillespie was ordained into the Office of Holy Ministry on July 25, A+D 2010. He earned a Masters of Divinity in 2009 from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has previously served congregations in Indiana and Chicago. Pastor and his wife, Anne, have been blessed with nine children. He also enjoys roasting coffeerecording choral and chamber music, and producing media for Higher Things & 1517.

Mrs. Marla Kipp
Administrator & Gr. 3-4 Teacher

Marla Kipp is a 2001 graduate from Concordia University Wisconsin with a B.A. in Lutheran Elementary Education and a minor in Adaptive Education. In 2011 she earned her M.S. in Special Education from Grand Canyon University, AZ. Prior to beginning her ministry at St. John in 2019, Mrs. Kipp previously taught at a Lutheran School in Milwaukee, WI, for 17 years. While there, she taught children of all grades in a resource classroom, in a general education classroom for the middle school grades 6-8, and most recently grade 5. Mrs. Kipp is a Kohl’s Teacher Fellowship nominee.

Mrs. Penny Tupper
Junior PreK & 3K Teacher

Penny Tupper began her service at St. John in the summer of 2018. She has over nine years of teaching experience in a variety of child care and preschool settings. She is currently working toward her formal preschool teaching credential through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. 

Mrs. Nancy Ernst School Secretary (retired) &
Mrs. Sandy Preder Church Secretary (retired)