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Pastor Michael Anderson

Rev. Michael Anderson is an ELCA pastor of 16 years and has served congregations in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and the Greater Milwaukee Synod. Most recently he served as interim pastor at The Lutheran Church of the Living Christ in Germantown, WI. A graduate of Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Art degree in Communication and Spanish, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now, United Lutheran Seminary). A Wisconsin native, Pastor Michael has enjoyed opportunities to live and travel both domestically and internationally.

His professional interests include liturgy and preaching, faith formation, cultivating spiritual practices, congregational mission and leadership development, and writing. His personal hobbies include cheering on the Milwaukee Brewers, running, golf, motorcycle road trips, growing his vinyl record collection, and reading (especially the work of Jim Harrison, Christopher Moore, N.T. Wright, and Christian Wiman). He and his wife Rebecca live in Milwaukee, WI with their dog.

Pastor Joe Wilkinson

It is good to worship and work together in this place! God invites us daily to be a part of the transformative movement of the Holy Spirit working through the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow and learn at Christ Our Savior as we seek together to understand what God is up to in our community.

I live in Milwaukee with my wife, Katheryn, and our daughter, Lily. When not at church, you can usually find me playing games with friends. Whether card games, board games, video games, party games, ultimate frisbee, bowling, shooting pool, or learning new games, I continue to delight in the joy of play.

Amy Berken

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). Every day I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve God and others by helping them live out their faith both in ministries within the church and in the community.

As the Director of Adult Discipleship and Outreach at Christ Our Savior, I have the privilege to get to know members and help them become involved in various ways using their God-given abilities. I enjoy seeing others connect with one another and build relationships with each other. And, nothing makes me smile more than when I see someone experience God’s love and share that love with others.

My husband Rob and I have three children: Sarah, Elizabeth, and Matthew. We live just outside of West Bend. I enjoy cheering on our kids at their sporting events, spending time together as a family, walking our English Springer Spaniel Oreo, attending Bible Study, swimming laps, and making crafts.

Eileen Swierczek

(Directors of Worship/Music Ministry)

It’s a blessing and privilege to be a part of such a vibrant congregation, which is very supportive of music ministry. I have been coordinating and playing music at COS for many years and find great joy in working with so many talented musicians to enhance worship. My husband and I are the proud parents of three wonderful young adults. When not at church, I work at a local elementary school and enjoy camping, biking and eating Japanese food.

Linda Brackmann

(Directors of Worship/Music Ministry)

My children and I have been members of COS since 1992. I became the Choir Director in 1999 and also share the position of Music in Ministry Director. I truly enjoy working with my choir; we are like extended family to each other. As a group, we love bringing a “joyful noise unto the Lord” to enhance an already great worship experience. It’s a pleasure to work with Pastor Tom and the staff. There’s never a dull moment putting a worship service together. I feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful , warm and giving congregation. In my spare time, I enjoy watching my kids participate in their sports, having friends over for wine, and being a “backseat judge” of American Idol.

Sandy Hollnagel

(Office Manager)

Sandy Hollnagel has been our Church Office Manager since January, 2008. She is energetic and well organized. We love having her as a member of the church and our staff! Sandy is also our chief bookkeeper, tracking our bills and keeping giving records of our members. Sandy is a devoted mother of two sons. She and her husband have lived in Sussex since 1996 and are originally from La Crosse, WI.

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