The goal of our staff along with the church council is to help foster a friendly, welcoming environment that enables us to achieve our mission and have a positive impact on others. Council and staff members at Peace Lutheran listen to ideas, suggestions and concerns, while developing and implementing a strategic plan and vision for the congregation that aligns with our mission.
Pastor Donald Behrendt:
Pastor Don has been at Peace Church for 29+ years. He previously served churches in Neenah and Pell Lake (near Lake Geneva). His wife, Sandie, is a retired piano teacher. They have a son, Andy, who is a pastor in Waupaca. Andy is married to Tracy and they have two sons, Ben & Christian.
Pastor Stuart Dornfeld:
“Here are some things people have said about me:
…a family man, a jokester, a kid at heart, a cartoon lover, and serious when necessary.
A kid at heart with a serious message
…a kind, welcoming , transparent, relatable man with a fabulous ability to insert humor where appropriate to share the word of God! A true inspiration.
…a man in love with God, a man in prayerful relationship with God, which then manifests itself into a love of the world.
Mr. Rogers 2.0
…focus on kindness toward others…
A cross between George Lucas and Billy Graham? Devoted husband and father with child-like enthusiasm for both delivering God’s message and playing with Legos.
And if you have a chance, check out the Dornfeld Barefoot Snow Run”
Jim Justman, Church Administrator:
Jim has been serving as Peace Church Administrator since 2016. His wife, Vicki, is a Reading Specialist at Lincoln School in Appleton. Jim and Vicki have three grown sons: Luke, Ben & Seth.
“As a lifelong Lutheran I am so grateful for the mission of Peace which reminds us that We Are Here To Share God’s Love.”
Melissa Huber, Administrative Assistant:
Melissa has served as the Administrative Assistant at Peace Lutheran for over 4 years. Her husband of 11 years, Bill, is a sports journalist. The couple is blessed with two children, Grady, age 8 and Isaac, age 6. The Hubers are a busy family and they enjoy sharing God’s love by serving as greeters and ushers on Sundays, as well as participating in kids choir and bell choir. Melissa is a native of Michigan and views serving the congregation of Peace as a special opportunity to feel more like a local.
Deborah Bohm, Treasurer:
Deb is married to Mike, they have been members for 35 years. Deb has been the Church Treasurer for 16 years. She serves on the worship committee and heads up Lenten meals and funeral lunches. Deb lives close to the church and is gracious enough to be number one on the emergency call list.
Nurse Marsha J.M. Rozmiarek, Parish Nurse:
Nurse Marsha is a graduate of the Bellin College of Nursing, class of 1986. Along with serving Peace Lutheran Church, Marsha is a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at St. Vincent’s Hospital. She and her husband, Paul are blessed with a blended family of 5 children. Nurse Marsha’s vivacious sense of humor has helped her serve the people of Peace for more than 14 years. She enjoys sharing God’s love, listening to music and reading.
Karen Rafn, Worship Organist:
Karen thoroughly enjoys her role as pianist/organist for Peace Lutheran Church! She delights in hearing the congregation sing, working with various musicians to bring special music to enhance the worship services and often plays for weddings. She has taught music in numerous public, private, and community schools in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin. For 38 years, Karen ran her active private piano studio, Musical Pursuits.
Karen retired from private teaching in 2015, but continues to accompany for Bayview Middle school choirs as well as for students for local music festivals.
Karen has been a volunteer for Unity hospice for 8 years, loves companion sitting with patients as well as playing piano frequently at the Jack and Ingrid Meng hospice residence. She and her husband, Jeff, enjoy traveling and love the joy of spending time with their grandchildren.