Calvary Lutheran Church Pastoral and Office Staff

Pr. Jeff Fricke – Senior Pastor, (920) 494-2431 ext. 104 or pastorjeff@calvarygb.com

I have been at Calvary since November of 2018. I have served as a pastor in the church for 35 years. Married to Joy, we have three grown children and two grand-children, I love how the family continues to grow and experience God's creation in ever changing new ways. 

I love to ride bicycles and often commutes to church. Our dog Leo, often comes to the office to keep an eye out for treats from the staff and visitors at the church. Hiking through the woods and exploring the Northeastern side of Wisconsin are a new hobby to Joy and I. 

Pr. Rufus Kudee – Associate Pastor, (920) 494-2431 ext. 103 or pastorrufus@calvarygb.com

I came to Calvary in October of 2019. I have served the Lord in ministry for over 15 years.

It is a pleasure to be a part of the Calvary Church family. I am passionate about sharing the Word of God, connecting, and helping people of all ages. I enjoy discovering new ways to be a church in a changing world.

I am married to Lucinda and we have been blessed with two beautiful girls, Princess and Rufina. I’m  a graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

I like fishing, walking, traveling, and meeting new people. I love watching football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and soccer.

Katy Tomlanovich – Seminarian in Residence, (920) 494-2431 ext. 109 or katy@calvarygb.com

I am a life-long member of Calvary Lutheran Church. I've been on staff in various capacities since 2012. Currently, I serve as the Director of Education and Faith Formation. Prior to coming on staff at Calvary, I taught at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College as a Psychology and Sociology Instructor. I loved college teaching and enjoy that teaching continues to be a large part of my ministry at Calvary. I am also a student at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and studying to be an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament.I love working with youth and families and feel it is a gift to serve their spiritual needs. I especially like leading short-term mission trips in local, domestic and international locations. 

I live in Green Bay with my husband, Tim and our daughter, Gracie. We enjoy outdoor activities such as biking, camping, fishing, and hiking.I also enjoy gardening, playing pickleball, reading murder mysteries, playing cribbage, hanging out with horses at the barn, and travel. My favorite spiritual practice is Lectio Divina. 

Kent Paulsen – Music Coordinator, Choir Director, Organist (920) 412-0391 (text) or  kent@calvarygb.com

My name is Kent Paulsen and I am the Organist, Senior Choir Director, and Worship and Music Coordinator at Calvary.  I have been working at Calvary leading worship for more than 20 years, was married at Calvary, and all of my kids were baptized at Calvary.  Calvary has been my church home for nearly half my life! In the past I have been the Stewardship Director, taught 7th grade confirmation for a few years, and was the chair of the Long Range Plan Committee.  I have been a part of more weddings and funerals at Calvary than I can count and I cherish the connections we have all made together.  

In addition to working at Calvary, my "real job" is as the Artistic Director of the Dudley Birder Chorale, the Director of the Knights on Broadway, the Music Director for Summer Music Theatre, the Executive Director of the Youth Orchestra Program, and an Adjunct Instructor of Music, all at St. Norbert College.  My wife Emily and I have 3 children, Elli, Gretchen, and Miles.  I am grateful to all the many people I have worked with and my family at Calvary.  Since other people are listing their hobbies, I may as well conclude by saying I have no hobbies.

Lynn Des Jardin – Finance Coordinator (920) 494-2431 ext. 101 or lynn@calvarygb.com

I have been working at Calvary since 1997 and have held the roles of Administrative Assistant, Office Manager and now Finance Coordinator during those years. I have been a member of Calvary most of my life, along with my husband Mark and our two sons. 

In my free time I enjoy training and competing with my two dogs, reading, puzzles and spending time in the summer ‘up north’.

Kris Best - Office Support, (920) 494-2431 ext. 102 or kris@calvarygb.com

I grew up and belonged to Calvary Lutheran Church along with my four siblings and parents, Paul and Florence Trondson.  You may know my brother, Paul Trondson, and my sister Katy Tomlanovich who are also currently members.

I am married to Mark and we have one son, Benji, who is 15 years old and attends Ashwaubenon High School. Benji was confirmed at Calvary last year.  Our family moved from the Milwaukee area to Green Bay a few years ago after Mark retired from the police department in West Allis.  We are thrilled to be back home in Green Bay and to be members of Calvary!

Lexi Parr - Office Support, (920) 494-2431 ext. 102 or lexi@calvarygb.com

I have been at Calvary all of my life along with my parents and three younger brothers. We were all baptized and confirmed at Calvary. My dad is also a life-long member. I have helped out with our youth program for many years. I started teaching Sunday School many years ago and currently teach 7th grade confirmation. I actively help out with the youth and assist Katy in running events. I love helping out with the youth and students. I have went on multiple mission trips and love giving myself and my time during these trips. 

I strive to help and serve others and am currently a senior at Bellin College. In my free time I like to spend time with family and friends, play piano, or paint. I am excited to continue working at Calvary as I have been helping out with various activities for many years!

Melanie Brown – Sunday School Coordinator, (920) 494-2431 ext. 108 or melanie@calvarygb.com

I have been a member of Calvary Lutheran Church since 2004. After teaching Sunday School for 12 years, I joined the Calvary staff in 2018 as the Sunday School coordinator working with children 4K to grade 5 and the volunteer teachers. I am married to Rick and we are blessed with 2 wonderful children.   

Some hobbies enjoyed are reading, camping and gardening.  I also enjoy crafting and often make greeting cards for family and friends.

April Peterson - Director/ Teacher Genesis Preschool, (920) 494-2431 ext. 110, or april@calvarygb.com

I have been a teacher at Genesis Christian Preschool for 18 years. For 13 of those years she has also been the director of the preschool program. Genesis hold a special place in my heart as I have been with the program since graduating from college. I love watching the kids learn and mature throughout the school year. I have met many wonderful families and have created many lasting memories working with the children. 

I am married to Jesse and together we have three very active boys. Much of our time is spent in the bleachers cheering for our boys out on the wrestling mat or on the baseball diamond. I love going for walks with my dog Archie and spending time outdoors with my family. During the summer, my family and I enjoy many camping trips together. 

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