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 music, and producing podcasts for Higher Things & 1517.

Mrs. Cassie Makela – Administrator & 4K/K Teacher

Cassandra Makela began her service as School Administrator and Teacher at St. John Lutheran School in July of 2017. She is a 2006 graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin with a triple major in Lutheran Education, English, and History, at which time she received the Dr. Marsha Konz Student Educator Award and the Moeller Award for English. She earned her Master of Science in Education – Educational Design and Technology (CUW) and an early childhood certificate program through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She has over 11 years of teaching experience that spans 4K-12th grade and includes both online and face-to-face classrooms. 

Mr. John Tarr – Assistant Administrator & Gr. 5-8 Lead Teacher

Mrs. Marla Kipp – Gr. 3-4 Teacher

Mrs. Elisa Caster – Gr. 1-2 Teacher

Mrs. Penny Tupper – Junior PreK & 3K Teacher

Mr. Josh Schroeder – Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Nancy Ernst – School Secretary

Mrs. Sandy Preder – Church Secretary