I was born in Orange, Texas but moved to Grundy Center, IA when I was two and lived there until 4th grade when we moved to Ankeny, IA which is where I graduated from high school. I went to Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and graduated with a major in Social Work. I then went to Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA where I received my Masters of Divinity. My father is a retired Lutheran pastor. I come from a long line of Lutheran pastors: fourth generation on my mom’s side and fifth on my dad’s. I have a younger sister and brother who live in New Jersey and Spain.
I met my wife, Nancy while working two summers at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp in Iowa. I was a counselor and she was one of the camp nurses.Nancy graduated from St. Olaf with a nursing degree. She worked a few years as a nurse but then became a paraprofessional in the school system working mostly with kids with special needs.
We have two adult children and two grand-daughters plus a grand-dog. Our oldest, Steven is married to Lindsay and they have two daughters, Alice Pearl and Violet Noelle. Steven is an ELCA pastor in Cottage Grove, MN. Our daughter, Rachel has her Master of Arts degree in Youth and Family Ministry. He husband, Lucas Holsten will be serving his first call as an Associate Pastor of a Lutheran church in Jamestown, ND.
My faith journey began when I was baptized Jan. 18th, 1959. My faith was nurtured by parents, grandparents, Sunday School and Confirmation teachers and Bible Camp both as a camper and counselor. I felt called to be a pastor while in college. My favorite verse is Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
I have served as a solo pastor, youth and family pastor and education pastor at churches in WI
(near Viroqua and in Marshfield) and in Iowa (Cedar Falls, Ankeny and Burlington.) Hobbies include:
riding bike, going on walks, reading (fiction and fantasy/science fiction), watching and cheering
the Packers and watching movies. We enjoy spending time with our family.
I have lived in Chippewa Falls most of my life. My family moved to here when I was in 2nd grade from Duluth, MN.
I have an Administrative Assistant-Associate Degree from Chippewa Valley Technical College as well as 15+ years of experience. I grew up in a Presbyterian Church with my father being the Pastor. I feel this has been very useful coming into a church office as I already knows the ins and outs.
I have a 22-year-old daughter, Makaya, who is going a senior year at UW – Stout. She plans to be an Art Teacher. I also have a 2 1/2-year-old son named Greyson, who is a charmer and is as sweet as can be. I feel very blessed to be his Mom and he has been a wonderful addition to my life!
My favorite bible verse is Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Kay Scharn grew up in Iowa, where she sang in various choirs and learned to play the piano and other
instruments. She became a registered nurse in 1980 and worked in various critical care, cardiac care
and trauma units in Iowa, Wisconsin and Hawaii. She earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing in 1987 and
Education Specialist in 1999. She worked for 26 years at CVTC, teaching critical care, pharmacology and behavioral health. She was the college Diversity Educator for many years, served on the college Foundation Board, and wrote for and edited several national texts. Kay is also a Legal Nurse Consultant and has taught in that area as well.
Kay has always been involved with music. She has served as a church organist and pianist since age 16. She was the Director of Piano Ministry at University Lutheran Church in Eau Claire for several decades. She is the pianist for the Valley Gospel Choir and various other vocal and instrumental groups. She frequently plays in pit orchestras for both the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild and the Eau Claire Children’s Theater. When not playing shows, she accompanies high school students for solo ensemble contest. Kay was the Vocal Director for the Eau Claire Women’s Chorus and currently serves as the choir director for both St. James Trinity Lutheran Church and English Lutheran Church of Bateman. Kay says that she is inspired by music. She credits her parents for supporting her musical education and showing her that if you work hard enough, you can accomplish anything!
Nancy Nerdrum is the organist/accompanist for English Lutheran Church of Bateman. She is retired from her
long time position as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools in the Chippewa Falls School
District. She grew up on a farm north of Withee, Wisconsin and took piano lessons since she was a third
grader at the insistence of her mother. She has been playing the piano ever since. She started taking organ lessons 1990 and played the organ at various churches in the area. She has been an organist at ELCB since 2006. She believes music is one of the most important parts of church service and she enjoys leading hymns with her energetic style. When she is not practicing, she is spending time in her garden, sewing or working on her Norwegian genealogy research. She resides near Lake Wissota State Park with her husband, Tom Meyer and cat, Minnie.
Megan is the Children, Youth & Family Director at both English Lutheran Church of Bateman and St. James Trinity Lutheran Church. Megan was born and raised with her family and older brother in Clear Lake and St. Cloud Minnesota. She graduated from high school in 2016. Even before high school graduation, Megan was busy with athletics and camp experiences. Megan began playing ice hockey as a small child. She continued her love of this sport and now plays forward position on a UWEC club team.
Megan served as a counselor at Luther Park Bible Camp in Chetek, Wisconsin this last summer. She led games and activities, planned and initiated Bible study and served as a lifeguard and leader for camp wide activities. She acted as an enthusiastic role model promoting positive attitudes among the campers and her peers.
Megan is a junior at UWEC, pursuing a double major in Social Work and Psychology. For the last three years she has worked as a Respite Provider for a high-school-aged student with special needs. She also volunteers at a Christian based internet cafe in Eau Claire that focuses on community and faith building.
The Youth & Family Director position fits perfectly with Megan’s goals to work with children and be actively involved in church ministry. Megan’s many additional gifts include her newly learned guitar playing skills and her basic proficiency in American Sign Language.