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Pastor Jonathan Zielske
Pastor Jonathan Zielske

Serving as a Pastor for the first time in Wisconsin, it’s fun to be able to claim my roots as having been born in Green Bay and baptized on the day of the infamous Ice Bowl on December 31, 1967. Though I have to admit, I have spent the majority of my life in Minnesota. I attended Concordia, Moorhead for three years before transferring and graduating from North Park College in Chicago. I went on from there to seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and was married to my high school sweetheart, Anne, after my first year. We moved back to Minnesota for my first call which was to Christiania Lutheran Church in Lakeville. My next call was to Gethsemane, followed by Hope Lutheran, on the East Side of Saint Paul. From 1998, Anne and I have been living in Saint Paul and raising our three daughters. Micah and Rachael, our Minnesota twins, will be completing their Bachelor's degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2021. Our daughter LeighAnna is studying at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. 
I am enjoying serving as pastor of Holy Cross and can hardly believe I have been here four years already. 
I am passionate about doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God along with running, collecting baseball cards, watching the Twins, camping and hiking with my family, trying to golf, and being outdoors.

Missy Klatt
Missy Klatt

Office Manager

Missy Klatt hails from New Jersey but she became a Wisconsinite when she moved west to marry Don almost 25 years ago. Don and Missy have one son, Corey who is a college student. After dairy farming for several years, they both work in town and farm on the side.

After many years of helping out with all of Corey’s activities, she has cut back on her volunteering however she still helps out with the JAM group at church. Her interests include photography, gardening, reading and crafts and she likes to travel and visit with friends all around the U.S. and the world. Unfortunately, those trips are limited at best.

Janice Bonte

Janice Bonte
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Carol Kelm

Carol Kelm

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Bruce Kelm and Lisa Berends
CYF co-coordinators

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Marian Schmitz

Marian Schmitz
Organist Emeritus

Growing up outside of Barron, Wisconsin, Marian went to a one-room country school for 8 years and graduated from Barron High School. Because of her Finnish heritage, she attended Suomi College in Hancock, Michigan for 2 years and then graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a degree in Music Education.

Married to her husband, Jack for 53 years, they have six children (Julie Berends, Janet Mortenson, Amy Root, Henry, Peter and Anthony Schmitz), 10 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Marian is retired from piano teaching and substitute teaching. Having been an Organist for 38 years and Choir Director for 37 years, she began playing organ at her home church, Bethany Lutheran, when in high school. When Marian began playing at Holy Cross, she and Emma Knoebel alternated between the 8:30 and 10:45 services, and the Choir did the same, singing every Sunday. When Emma became ill and retired, it was Marian who took the full-time position. Marian has also played for numerous weddings and funerals, including one Military funeral which was held at Holy Cross for a local serviceman. Since Holy Cross got the Clavinova, she seldom plays the organ and the choir sings downstairs.

Marian loves music and it has been a big part of her life at Holy Cross.

Brian Teigen Brian Teigen
(715) 928-0158
Brian has been a lifelong member of Holy Cross, being baptized and confirmed in the church, and now raising his own children, with his wife Laura, in this church. Brian grew up just south of Glenwood City on the family farm and continues to farm with his Dad, Scott, and brother, Travis. He is a 2002 graduate of Glenwood City High School. Brian also has a reptile collection that he does educational programs with and takes to the Wisconsin and Minnesota state fairs. Since 2013 Brian has served as a volunteer on the Glenwood City Ambulance Service as an EMT. He enjoys spending time outside, teaching his children about farming, hunting and fishing and loves any amount of time spent on a tractor.


Darlene Waters Darlene Waters
I was born at Sachenmaier Maternity Home located on Co G outside Glenwood City Sept 28 1950. I went to school in Emerald and Glenwood City. In the 7th grade we moved to Kenosha WI , where I completed 7th grade and graduated from Tremper M High School in 1968. My husband (Edward) and I were married at Holy Cross in April of 1975. We Have 2 Children, Gregory (Nicki Marko) and Cynthia (James Drury). Three Grandchildren Morgan Waters, Brady and Jenna McCarthy. I have worked at West Cap since 1972.


Carol Larson Carol Larson

Carol was born in Spring Valley and was raised on a farm south of Wilson. She graduated from Spring Valley in “65”, married Keith Larson in “65” and moved to Downing. They have one son, Bryan, two granddaughters, one great granddaughter and one great grandson.

Carol was a stay home mom until Bryan graduated. She and Keith raised beef cattle and then dairy cattle. After Bryan’s graduation, Carol went to work for a real pay check, working for Action Labs for 23 years. She is now retired.



Dave Anderson Dave Anderson
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Gloria Hill Gloria Hill
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Eric DeSmith Eric DeSmith
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Jill LoggheJill Logghe
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Ned HahnNed Hahn
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Dav BartzDave Bartz
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