Meet Our Staff

Pastor John A. Holm

Interim Pastor

Pastor Holm is described as a dynamic and passionate Senior Pastor since 1989, including 10 years as a Leadership Consultant in the church, with government, and corporate arenas. Engaging in supportive and collaborative approach to    mission and ministry, and to the work of mission development and visioning that engages teams. He is a peer coach, mentoring other Senior Pastors through the Church Coach Project of the ELCA, as well as equipping first-call pastors through their first three years of ministry.

Bethany Thiede Wray

Communication Coordinator/Secretary

Bethany joined Advent Lutheran Church in our office at the end of August of 2018. Questions regarding services, schedules, programs, pastors schedules, prayer chain, editing the bulletin, This Week in Advent, and The Advent Herald, are just a few of the many tasks she handles in the office. Many years in education, healthcare and community health compliment well all that happens here at Advent Lutheran Church. A member since 2005 her involvement at Advent has included being a member of Church Council (2012-16) active in Syzygy, Sr. Choir and as a lector.  Be the Change God has guided you to be.

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.

Lisa Wegner

Youth and Family Ministry Director

As of July 15, 2019, Lisa will take on the dual role of Youth and Family Ministry Director responsible for both Sunday school and Youth programs. 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.

Maxine Effenheim

Treasurer

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.

Krista Kinens

Custodian

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.