Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Claire Ackelow

Pastor Claire (she/they) is a “Cradle Lutheran” who grew up at Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Racine, WI. She is a second career pastor with a background in Education. She did her undergrad work at University Wisconsin-Parkside, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Spanish. She spent about a decade teaching, beginning with Head Start and ending with Special Needs High School students. She earned her Master’s Degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA. She spent her three-month Clinical Pastoral Education (Chaplaincy) program at NCH in Naples, FL and spent her year-long internship in Coos Bay, OR at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Pastor Claire is married to her wonderful wife, Jules (she/they), and they have two dogs. She enjoys Harry Potter, art of all kinds, and spending time with her family.


Barbara 'Barb' Brewster

Barb is a charter member of Faith. She has been the church organist since 1964, serves on Altar Guild, is Faith's coordinator for Loaves and Fishes, and a volunteer at Center for Lay Ministries.


Patti Smith

Patti has been a member at Faith Lutheran since 1979. She took on the roll as church secretary in 2005. She is semi-retired, a mother to 3 adult children and recently became a first time grandmother to her beautiful granddaughter. She enjoys serving the church in her capacity as secretary.

Additional Staff

  • Kristina Peter- Nursery

  • Felicity Hawkins - Nursery

  • Cathie Wheat - Office Assistant

  • Carol Taylor - Education

  • Scott Rife- Custodian

  • Tami Czerwonka - Custodian

Church Council

  • Bill Holman - President

  • Bruce Miller - Vice President

  • Ken Hawkins - Financial Secretary

  • Mark Ginn- Secretary

  • Lyle Gernand

  • Ashlee Rajala

  • Barb Fitzpatrick

  • Fred Czerwonka - Treasurer