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Pastor Mark Gartner

Pastor Gartner grew up in Milwaukee, WI.  He attended Northwestern Prep in Watertown for High School – now known as Luther Prep - graduating in 1983.  He went on to attend Northwestern College in Watertown.  Following College, he finished his schooling at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary – graduating in 1991.   His Vicar year at the Seminary was spent serving the congregation at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Globe, AZ.  His first assignment was to serve Grace Lutheran Church in Charlotte, NC, where he served until May of 1998.  He accepted a call to serve as an Associate Pastor at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Watertown, WI in May of 1998 and served there until August of 2017.  He has been serving at St. John since August of 2017. 

In 1988 he married Betsy (nee Brassow) and they have been blessed with four sons. Pastor Gartner considers it a privilege and joy to be able to to help serve your spiritual needs as we gather together around God's saving Gospel found in the Bible and in the Sacraments of Baptism and Lord's Supper. He draws strength from the words of Joshua 1:9 and prays that you will also, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."


Pastor Matthew Schoell

Pastor was born in Milwaukee but raised in the town of Libertyville, IL, a suburb about 30 miles north of Chicago.During this time he attended grade school at St.John’s, Libertyville. Heidie was born in Libertyville, IL but raised in Lake Geneva, WI where she attended grade school at St John’s, Burlington, WI. Both Pastor Schoell and Heidie attended high school at Shoreland Lutheran, in Somers, WI. They also attended Martin Luther College together in New Ulm, MN. After college, Pastor finished schooling at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI, which included a vicar year in Hastings, MN.

 After graduating from MLC Heidie taught grade school at Trinity Lutheran, in Waco, NE. After seminary, Pastor Schoell was assigned to Zion in Rhinelander, WI. During this time Pastor Schoell and Heidie were (finally) married and Hudson was born. After six years, God called him to serve at St. Matthew’s in Winona, MN. Here both Emmaline and Cody were born. During this time Emmaline was diagnosed with a mutation on the BCL11B gene which makes some things, like talking, difficult for her. Even though she can’t talk yet, she’s happy to smile and wave at you. Both Emmaline and Hudson now attend school at St. Paul’s in Appleton.


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