Leadership Board

St. John's works under Policy Based Governance.  In this, the Leadership Board is the trustees of the organization on behalf of the congregational membership.  The Leadership Board members (meet them below) are your means for directing the mission of St. John's.  The Leadership Board then gives direction to the staff to create ministry plans and provide feedback to the Board and congregation.  Please feel free to contact your Leadership Board as a group via CONTACT US.  Check out the various pieces of information in pdf's attached below:

Constitution and Bylaws148.76 KB
LB Policy Manual193.98 KB
Cong. Conversation Roadmap 2010-11101.09 KB
Leadership Covenant120.53 KB
Mission Vision Alignment Tool44.7 KB
Self Nomination Form72.07 KB

Board Members

Roy Peterson's picture

My life has been blessed and enriched through my marriage to Joanie who has been my wife since 1976. We have four incredible kids who have married equally amazing spouses. They in turn have blessed us with eight grand-kids (and counting). It is a joy and fun to be with them all.

God has taken us on an incredible journey through life. My life experience includes working for a young start-up company in Milwaukee before starting my own business in West Bend that God truly blessed. After ten successful years He called me to continue my education by attending the seminary in St. Louis and then allowing me to serve as pastor at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church, Menomonee Falls for almost ten years. Since 2007 I have been privileged to return to my Alma mater and serve the Lord in a new capacity. When I began my work at Concordia I was also able to return to the church that I grew up in, St. John's, West Bend, where I am now honored to serve on the Leadership Board.

Mark Rasmussen's picture

The Lord has blessed us all in many ways, as individuals and also as a congregation. No matter what challenges we face, no matter what difficulties we have, no matter what burdens we bare, we all have so much to be thankful for, so much to praise the Lord for.

The first time I visited St. John's, I heard a sermon that really got my attention. Pastor Kelm had never met me or even seen me, but it seemed he was talking to me alone as he kept pointing out over and over again how wrong and sinful my attitudes were and asking who was I to replace God’s commands with man’s wants and desires. It got my attention and it hurt.

It hurt because I had to admit I was guilty. The Lord used that message to open my eyes and make me think. And when I did, I found it wasn’t just the issue he had preached on, I had strayed in many ways and had adopted worldly views on abortion, creation, sin and salvation. I needed to hear more.

We began attending St. John's and after several years, my wife, Kim, and I became members in 2004. Our son Kyle has been in St. John's School from pre-school to his current 5th grade level. We are thankful for the new member classes, bible studies, pastors, teachers, fellow members and school principal that have helped us grow in our faith and understanding of scripture and Lutheran doctrine.

St. John’s has been a blessing to us, so it is an honor to serve our Lord and to serve you, the people of St. John's, as a member of your Leadership Board. Please remember that your Leadership Board is here to serve you and that we truly welcome your questions and input. Please do feel free to contact us.

Dave Schmidt's picture

I've been at St John's since 2001, since we moved back to Wisconsin from Illinois. My wife, Karen, assists Alan Lull with Youth and Missions at St John's and I sing in the Rejoice Choir, Sing Praise Choir and Contemporary Worship Team in addition to my duties as Secretary of the Leadership Board.

In the past 5 years I've been privileged to go on two mission trips; one to Guatemala and one to Mexico. On our Mexico trip, we adopted the motto, "Surfing Udder Swift Luff". If you slur the words together and say it enough times, you'll get the idea. St John's has provided me with an encouraging and supportive environment to do just that; "Serving Others With Love".

Derrick Iseler's picture

First of all to the members of St. John’s – Thank You for the opportunity to serve on the Leadership Board. Cyndi and I, along with our son, Ryan, and our daughter, Lindsey, moved to this area in 1999 from the Detroit area. Since then we have enjoyed being members of the family of St. John’s. Like many of you, we have seen and been part of many changes over the past 12 years. That is the reason I am excited to be on this Leadership Board. The future holds great promise for us. The optimism felt here is witnessed by the many ministries and volunteers present at St. John’s. To be fortunate enough to serve and contribute as we continue to grow in our Church’s Mission of Connecting, Caring and Sharing in Christ is truly an honor.

Amy Genszer's picture

I grew up in Shaker Heights, OH, and have lived in West Bend since 2001. I am a paralegal at Kasdorf, Lewis & Swietlik in Milwaukee. My husband John teaches math and religion at Living Word Lutheran High School in Jackson. We have three sons: Chris and Matt are both students at Living Word, and Ben attends St. John's. In my spare time, I enjoy bike riding, walking, reading and cross-stitch. My husband and I both serve on the worship team at St John's Main Street and we enjoy leading God's people in worship through music. We feel blessed to be a part of God's family here at St. John's.

John Kuehl's picture

My wife, Carrie, and I have been married over 22 amazing, blessed but interesting years. We were truly blessed with having 4 wonderful children together. Kyle, our oldest, is at Concordia in the Pre-Seminary Program, and accepted at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in fall, getting his Master of Divinity. Our twins, Desiree & Destin both are attending Moraine Park Technical College, with Desiree in the Early Childhood program, and Destin in the Accounting program. Our youngest, Kierra, is a sophomore at Kewaskum High School. I own Kuehl Electric Services, LLC, an Electrical Contractor Business. We have been members since 2006. I have been enlightened by attending Thursday morning bible study, along with DADS bible study, & going on mission trips. I enjoy helping out at St. John’s on Main. I believe God has directed us to St. John’s to serve him and his people, by connecting, sharing and caring.

Keith Traska's picture

My wife Kay and I have lived in West Bend for 8 of the last 9 years and love living in our community. Becoming members of St. John's has been a wonderful blessing for our family. We have two wonderful children, Stryker and Peytra. In addition to being a teacher at West Bend West High School where I teach calculus and geometry, I also serve as the West Math department leader, and coach JV boys basketball. During my free time I enjoy watching and playing sports along with running a small landscaping company.
Over the years, I have learned that Jesus Christ is the most important part of our lives. In fact, it is trying to live as if Christ is our life instead of a part of our life that guides our family each and every day. We strive to show God's love to every person we meet, and continue to look for ways to serve God through our church in every aspect of our lives.

Kyle Newman's picture

God has blessed my life in many ways; however, I am most blessed to have married my wife Debbie. Debbie and I have been entrusted with 2 beautiful girls named Natalie and Nadia. We moved to the West Bend area to be closer to family when Natalie was born 7 years ago. While it was the school that first drew us to St. John’s, it has been the people and the focus on “Connecting, Caring and Sharing” that has made this our home.
Being among the congregation of St. John’s and all of the disciples that are part of our church has been an amazing blessing for my family and me. God has used many of you to challenge us to share his love with the children of our congregation. Debbie and I have been involved with SonShine Hour and Children’s Church for several years. Once our daughters grew past the toddler age, and I began to understand the unique needs of girls, God nudged me to start a group for Fathers and Daughters. As I move into this new role of serving, I am honored to have been chosen by the congregation to serve on the Leadership Board.