Senior Pastor - Pastor Kenneth Nelson

Pastor Ken Nelson’s passions in ministry are preaching, teaching the Bible and finding new ways to connect people to Jesus Christ through worship, study, service and prayer. Pastor Ken is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he studied accounting. He later graduated from Luther Seminary with a Master of Divinity and was ordained in 2000. Pastor Ken was called to serve in both Nebraska and North Dakota before joining Calvary Lutheran Church.
Pastor Ken and his wife, Marcella, have three daughters, Johanna Grace, Else-Marie, and Ingrid Ann. Outside his congregation life, Pastor Ken loves to play golf, ride his bicycle and spend time with his family.

Director of Music

Gene is a native of Paterson, New Jersey. He holds degrees from William Paterson University and New Brunswick (NJ) Theological Seminary. He has spent over thirty years in the field of church music, directing handbell and vocal choirs and is a published composer of hymn tunes and organ works.Though classically trained, he also has a jazz streak in him, having played trombone and tuba under Thad Jones, and backing up Dizzy Gillespie. Gene began at Calvary as Director of Music in January of 2015. He is also the music director of "The King's Heralds", a brass ensemble that performs each January in New Orleans. In addition to his musical skills, Gene is an FAA-certified commercial pilot and flight instructor. He enjoys flying, but says that the hours are better in church music, and the odds of injury are usually lower. He lives in Waukesha with his wife Laura.

Interim Youth Director

Pastor Dawn Spies is excited to continue as the Interim Youth Director at Calvary after serving as both the Interim Pastor and Youth Director since the beginning of 2016. Her high energy will be utilized with the Youth Groups!  Pastor Dawn, her husband, Pastor Dan, and son, Isaiah, reside in Pewaukee.
To apply for the permanent Director of Youth and Family Ministry, please see the position description here.

Office Manager

Holly has gratefully served at Calvary since 1985. Born & raised in a small town in Wisconsin, Holly, along with husband, Lee enjoys condo living in Pewaukee. They have one child, Heather, who is married & lives in Oconomowoc with her husband, Mark. Holly is proud grandma to one granddaughter, Eva and enjoys reading, traveling, & being with her family.


Financial Secretary

Kris grew up in Brookfield and has been “counting the fruits”at Calvary since April 2000. She attended Milwaukee Lutheran High School and graduated with a degree in Psychology and Economics from Carroll University. After a career with the Pabst Brewing Company, time out to raise two daughters (Michelle and Stephanie), and a series of part-time jobs, she found the welcoming family at Calvary.“
It is a rare day that I don't want to come to work!” In her spare time, she enjoys reading, shopping, crafts, and spending time with her husband, Mark, grandson, Joey and their Cairn Terrier in Menomonee Falls where they are members of Holy Cross Lutheran.

Communications Coordinator

Cindy and her family have been members of Calvary Lutheran Church for over 25 years. During that time, Cindy has been involved in several committees and is currently a deacon and Sunday School Teacher. She and her husband, Rich, are the proud parents of two children (Katie and Austin) and two grandchildren (Jayden and RJ) whom they enjoy spending time with golfing, swimming, reading, "gaming", and Sunday dinners.

Youth Hospitality Coordinator

Mary Baumgartner

Mary is a junior at Arrowhead High School. Mary and her family are very active in many ministries. Mary shares her vocal talents in worship, often singing with her mom, Tina. Mary is also active in the high school youth group and has attended numerous camps, retreats, and mission trips.