Pastor Joshua Stibb, Administrative Pastor begins his ministry June 18, 2018
Pastor Joshua grew up in Ripon, WI. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where he double majored in Psychology and Religion. At Wartburg, he spent time traveling and studying abroad. He studied Lutheran heritage in Germany; Mission work, Swahili, and Maasai/Sub-Saharan culture in Tanzania; and Archeology and Politics in the Middle East. After college, Josh attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, where he earned his Master of Divinity Degree with an advanced concentration in Congregational Missional Leadership. The CML program requires extra work and training with the goal of equipping Christian leaders to better respond to the 21st century needs of the church-especially when it comes to Christian community, church revitalization, and mission. Pastor Josh completed his Internship at a large church in Las Vegas, NV. Josh enjoys reading, tennis, playing his violin, and taking his dog Louis for a walk. He is a hunter, political junkie, lover of classical music, an avid gamer, and a terrible golfer. Like the Good Lord intends for all his beloved children, Josh is a Green Bay Packers fan. Pastor Josh started at his current congregation, in central Nebraska, as the Interim Pastor in June 2014 and was called and ordained a year later.
Pastor Tracy Polzin, Educational Pastor started her ministry Feb. 19, 2018
Originally from Minnesota, Tracy graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she majored in Elementary Education. Upon graduation, Tracy joined Youth Encounter, where she spent a faith formative year traveling the US and West Africa as part of music ministry team. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN and interned at the American Church in Berlin which serves the international community in Berlin, Germany. Following seminary she was called to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Racine WI where she served as pastor for 9 years. Tracy most recently served as the Camp Director at Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, an ELCA camp, located in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Tracy is passionate about sharing the Gospel with people of ALL ages and loves encouraging people to use the gifts God has given them in ministry and service in their daily lives. Tracy is married to Mike and they have two girls. In her personal time, Tracy loves to travel (she has been to 6 of the 7 continents), explore new places, read books, and hike in God’s Creation. Tracy, and her family, are extremely excited for the opportunity to join the congregation and community at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
MiSSION Exploration Team (MET) and call teams
Thanks to MET team members for their dedication and vision: Lead - JoAnne Lamp; Council Reps: Jason Kelly, Kris Timmer; HR : Joel Harris, Casey Krueger; Strategic Plan: John Rodell, Katie Lois; Members-at-Large: Molly Neumann, Al Wilson, Steve Bell, and Staff Representative: Pastor Rod Resheske.
Thanks to the Education Pastor Call Committee: Scott Roehl, Jeff Riederer, Katie Lois (MET), Joel Harris (HR & MET), Kyle Timmer (Council), Casey Krueger (HR & MET), and Sabrina Binns (Youth).
Thanks to the Administrative Pastor Call Committe: Sandra Zenor (Council), Steve Bell (MET), Kevin Kurschner (HR), Al Wilson (MET), Paula Jacobs, and Jeff Klaisner.