Our Leadership

Staff 

Tim Bjorge

Pastor

All are loved and all are welcomed!
Hi, my name is Tim.
I am a child of God, loved and welcomed in baptism, and
I am a child of Jim and Fran (a pastor & English teacher- in heaven).
I am a husband to Amy, blessed since 1992.
I am a dad to three grown children: Anna, Johs and Jens.
I am a brother to 3 brothers and 1 sister, and
I am a brother in Christ to a wonderful church family called First Lutheran.
I am a pastor (since 1991), and have been at First Lutheran since 2006.
What about you?  We welcome you and I look forward to getting to know you.

Karen Christopherson

Secretary

Hi!  I’m Karen Christopherson! It’s been my honor and privilege to serve on staff as Church Secretary here at First Lutheran for more than 27 years.  I’m a lifelong member--I was born into this Church and was baptized, confirmed, and married here.  Having been instrumental in my faith formation, this Church Family is very special to me!  My husband, Terry, and I have been married for 46 years, and we were blessed with 4 children.  Now we are blessed beyond measure to be grandparents to wonderful grandchildren! 

Liz Bowman

Youth Director & Media Coordinator

Liz is an Amery native, graduating from AHS in 2007. Throughout college she worked as a camp counselor at Luther Point Bible Camp, and she continues to spend every summer at camp, but now at Wapo! She has served as Youth Director here since 2012. You can usually find her cooking up something new and exciting in the kitchen, playing board games with friends, watching Netflix with her cats, sitting behind the wheel of a school bus, or traveling the world. 

Ellen Forrest

Financial Coordinator

Ellen grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Amery in 2008.  She has been a member of First Lutheran since 2008 and the Financial Coordinator since 2015.    She is an accountant for a company in Delaware, wife to Terry and mom to Ashley, Kate and Brett.  She loves reading, road trips, hanging out with friends and family, and walking her dog, Cooper. 

Debbie Vincelli

Financial Secretary

Debbie became a member of First Lutheran in 2007 with her husband, Steve. In 2016 she joined the staff as the financial secretary. She has 3 children and 7 grandchildren who are her reason for living. She enjoys reading, Turner Classic Movies, baking, and entertaining friends and family.

Beth Ray

Music Coordinator

Hello! My name is Beth, or sometimes Feather.
I am a daughter of a UCC minister, confirmed and baptized in that faith
and in more recent years a member the Unitarian Universalist church in River Falls, WI. My  spiritual path now is a lot of meditation, love and devotion and finding God within. I am a child of David and Isobel Railsback, both deceased, and was born 67 years ago. I was raised by  my father and step-mother Florence with 5 other siblings. I am divorced and mother to Michaela, Samara and Jordan Ray. I am grandmother (Nana--I called my grandmother that) to Sartori and Sawle, boys ages 6 and 4, and have a granddaughter on the way.
I have been pianist/organist at First Lutheran since 2015. I am enjoying working with the choir also and getting to know many of you.
One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 3:6:  "Acknowledge Him in all thy ways and He will direct thy paths."

Julie Hanlon-Johnson

Music Coordinator

Julie grew up in a musical family in a small town in South Dakota. She started playing the organ for her home church in high school, succeeding her grandma. She met her husband, Matt, in pharmacy school at South Dakota State University and together they have two grown children. Outside of practicing pharmacy, Julie likes to express her artistic side with music, gardening, digital scrapbooking, and cooking. She is fascinated with the parallels between gardening and life. Julie is currently working on her piano skills, trying to re-learn the things she brushed off in piano lessons 40 years ago.

Mick Larsen

Custodian

Mick was born in Milltown in 1940 and moved to Amery in '48 where he's remained since (with the exception of his military career from 1962-1966). Many know Mick from his long career at M&M Barbershop in downtown Amery from 1970-2010. Mick started working here at his home church in 1994. Mick and his wife of 52 years, Les, have three grown children: Melissa (Peanut), Andy (Boom), and Jon, and is grandfather to Bits, JW, & Squeaks, and Elijah & Amelia.

Our Leadership

Church Council 2019

Officers & Committees

Jeff Chelberg President
Jason Gouker Vice President
Lee Jones Secretary & Worship/Life
Diane Amans Youth & Parish Education
Terry Forrest Long-Range Planning
Matt Johnson Evangelism
Shari Johnson Evangelism
Jean Mattakat Church in Society
Gregg Olson Property
Steve Osero Life Endowment & Stewardship
Hollie Severson Youth & Parish Education
Linda Tempel Stewardship
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