Pastor Leah Woehr-Grande
Pastor Leah is an artist/craftswoman and pastor and loves sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in a world that aches for love, reconciliation, justice, and peace. Natives of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Pastor Leah, her husband, and young son have happily made their home here in Central Wisconsin. They enjoy spending time in nature, engaging art, and discovering new foods. Pastor Leah was called to Good Shepherd in July 2017 to serve first as Associate Pastor, and now serves as Lead Pastor since November 2022. She delights in the movement of the Holy Spirit, and has a passion for: the Gospel of Jesus Christ, social justice, racial equity, art & theology, spiritual discernment, and ecumenical partnerships. She affirms and celebrates the unique gifts of LGBTQIA+ persons as beloved children of God. Pastor Leah loves sharing in the many ministries at Good Shepherd and in the community. She feels blessed to love and serve the neighbor near and far in response to the unconditional love that she herself has received from God.
Pastor Matt Olson
Pastor Matt joined Good Shepherd Lutheran Church as an associate pastor in 2023 with the mission of helping the congregation live into its vision and God’s calling: to go beyond the walls the church facility and to serve human need in a deeper way.
Heeding one of his “holy nudges” in 2018, Pastor Matt began pursuing a path for bi-vocational ministry allowing him to maintain his current employment while also becoming a pastor to serve a congregation part-time. Pastor Matt is excited about new and innovative ways to approach ministry, empower congregational leadership and leverage his entrepreneurial spirit. He is a graduate of Luther Seminary and served a congregation in the Greater Milwaukee Synod where he helped launch a synod-wide ministry focused on cultivating conversations at the intersection of faith and addiction.
Pastor Matt grew up on the family dairy farm with his parents and younger sister in Door County, Wisconsin, before attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison to receive his undergraduate degree in life sciences communication. In his secular career, he works as an account supervisor for a marketing firm serving various food and agriculture companies. In addition to conventional communications and public relations, he also works with clients to realize and achieve their goals related to sustainability and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
In his spare time, Pastor Matt is an avid traveler. He has visited 28 U.S. states (and counting) and has spent extended time in Norway, South Africa and Peru in addition to shorter trips to several other countries. What he enjoys most about traveling is experiencing the beauty and diversity of God’s creation and connecting with God’s people, their cultures, and their food.
If you’re looking to schedule time with Pastor Matt, we suggest you try connecting over a cup of coffee or some Culver’s custard.
Elise joined the Good Shepherd staff in 2017 after retiring from Sentry Insurance. She is married to her husband, John, and has a daughter, Kelly, who lives in Madison with her husband Ryan. Elise is a joyful and welcoming presence on our staff and in our congregation. Elise handles the day to day management of the office and is responsible for preparing bulletins, mailings, and other important documents for our church. She is the friendly voice you hear when you call and will help answer any questions.
Jen has been our Media Content Creator since 2019. She is responsible for the presentations you see both during in person and online services. Additionally, she is responsible for all other church media needs such as postcards and the Flock Talk Connect. Jen is also a kindergarten teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and lives in Plover with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.
Dr. Duane R. Karna
Duane R. Karna, DMA is our Director of Music Ministry here at GSLC. Over the past 45+ years, Duane has served in that capacity either part-time or full-time in over 20+ churches representing 7 different denominations. Duane has also been a Director of Choral Activities at seven universities in Maryland, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Indiana, and Wisconsin from 1988–2019.He brings a wealth of musical skill and expertise to his ministry of music at GSLC and also very much enjoys the ministerial aspects and responsibilities of his role specifically in the GSLC community. He is the father of two older children, Kathryn (now married) and Jacob, who live in Muncie, Indiana.
Judy joined our staff at Good Shepherd in 2017 and has been a great support to Good Shepherd’s ministry of hospitality. Her generosity, humor, and baking skills are added gifts to her work of keeping our facility clean, safe, and welcoming. She is always ready to greet our community with a smile.
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