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.
 

Administrative Assistant

Edie grew up in Milwaukee, went to college in Canada and grad school at UW-Milwaukee.  She was born in Germany and immigrated to Milwaukee with her family after World War II.  Wauwatosa is where she lives now in a “very small” condo.   She has traveled extensively in Europe and Canada.  She is a former early childhood teacher, missionary, and has worked in the healthcare industry.  Edie loves the Lord with all her heart and feels very privileged to be working at Calvary Lutheran Church with such wonderful staff and people.

 
 

Financial Secretary

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.
 
 

Communications Coordinator

Sue has been a member of Calvary Lutheran Church for over 20 years, and has served on many committees.  She recently finished a three-year term as a member of the Board of  Deacons and continues to participate on the Church Life committee, is a ringer with the Bell Choir, and also can be found running the PowerPoint for Sunday service.  Sue and her husband, Mike, have two grown sons (Justin and Bryan) who were both confirmed at Calvary. Retired after 30 years at Miller Brewing Company, Sue enjoys spending time with family, traveling when the opportunity arises and shopping.
 
 

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.