Meet Our Staff

Sandy Knuth

Organist/Handbell Choir

Sandy has been Advent’s organist for an astonishing 51 years and she also directs the handbell choir. Sandy is supported by husband John, who helps tune the organ periodically. Sandy said that when she started in 1962 as the organist, she would continue as long as it was enjoyable. She says that she still loves it, and can’t wait until each Sunday arrives.

Maxine Effenheim


Maxine and husband Don have lived in Cedarburg since they were married in 1970 and have been members of Advent since 1975. They have two children – Cheryl and Daniel. Maxine and Don are currently both retired and busy with family, grandchildren, great grandchildren, hobbies and reading. Maxine is a member of the Syzygy Group and has work on various projects around the church.

Jackie Vandenberg

Senior Choir Director

Jackie Vandenberg is the director of our senior choir at Advent for the last 10 years. She is a retired elementary music educator who holds a bachelor’s degree in organ and voice from UW-Stevens Point, and a master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University Minnesota. “Working with Advent’s musicians is a blessing and a privilege!” Advent’s Senior Choir rehearses on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm and sings at 3 services each month.

Cindy Westgor

Pastor's Assistant

Cindy and her husband John joined Advent in 1976 and have 2 daughters, Heather and Andrea.  Cindy has been active in many rolls, joining council as “Secretary” and “Worship and Music”, has sung in Choir since 1986,  taught Sunday School for 11 years and was President of Evening Circle from 1994-2002.  She currently subs and has volunteered as office secretary since 1991, belongs to the Syzygy Group and is on the Columbarium/Prayer Garden Committee.

Lisa Wegner

Sunday School Director

Prior to becoming the Sunday School Director in 2003, Lisa spent 18 years in youth ministry and two as a stay at home mom. She enjoys helping children build a faith foundation through learning, worship, and outreach, and believes all children should feel welcome at Advent.  Her career in ministry has taught her many new things and helped her own faith to continue to grow.  Lisa and her husband Matt have two children, Nathan and Rachel.

Krista Kinens


Krista has been Custodian for Advent for 10+ years and is our now retired communion bread baker!  She loves all animals and has a pet sitting business along with her home cleaning business.