Our Staff

Rev. Christopher 
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. Elisa Caster
Gr. 1-2 Teacher

Elisa Caster began her service at St. John Lutheran School in Random Lake in July of 2016. She grew up in Oregon and received her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Western Oregon State University. Mrs. Caster taught 3K, 4K, first grade, and a first and second-grade blend while living in Washington and Oregon States. She has been married for over twenty years, and she and her husband have been blessed with four wonderful children.

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

Nancy Ernst began her service as the secretary at St. John Lutheran School on April 15, 2004. Nancy and her husband Ron have five children and six grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys camping and spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Sandy Preder
Church Secretary

Sandy Preder started her service as church secretary in January of 1981. Sandy and her husband Norm have been blessed with three daughters and five grand-daughters.