Senior Pastor

Pastor Rachel arrived at First Lutheran in February of 2019, having served in campus ministry in Nebraska and parish ministry in Illinois. She is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Texas Lutheran University, and moved to Wisconsin with her spouse Matthew (also a Lutheran pastor) and their daughter. She enjoys sci-fi, choral music, obscure trivia, and road trips.


Rebecca has been Church Secretary here at First Lutheran since April 2006. She is married and is the mother to one daughter and one son. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys reading, sewing, crafts, knitting and crocheting, baking, and spending time with family and friends.

Contemporary Music Director

Stephanie has been in this role since September 2010. This position gives her the opportunity to use her background in music education, and combine her love of music, teaching, and working with people with her love for Jesus. Stephanie is married to David and they have 2 daughters. In her free time Stephanie enjoys reading, working in her garden, camping, and spending time with friends.

Director of Faith Formation

Before moving to Manitowoc in 2000, Kristine served as the Youth Director at Grace Lutheran Church in Berlin, WI. She and her husband have three children, and their family have been active members since moving to the area. Kristine has served First Lutheran in many capacities, from youth, Stephan Ministry, music and Sunday School. In the summer of 2020, Kristine took on the position as Director of Faith Formation and looks forward to working with all the children, youth and families on the lifelong journey of Christian faith. Welcome, Kristine!


Brenda is a life-long member of First Lutheran and has been involved in Sunday School, Prayer Shawl Ministry, a counter for Sunday monetary offerings, and helped her sons with the AV systems. She joined our office staff when Jean retired in September 2020. Welcome, Brenda!


Shelli has been a custodian at First Lutheran since November 1998, Dave since February 2006. They have been members since their marriage in the chapel in 2005. Between them they have 4 kids and 5 grandchildren so far. In their spare time, they enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, cooking, baking, and crafts.


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First Lutheran Church ELCA

521 N. 8th Street

Manitowoc, WI 54220

Office: 920-682-7742



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