Pastoral & Office Staff

Pastor Jerry Mansholt - Interim Senior Pastor, (920) 494-2431 ext. 104 or 

Greetings in the name of the Risen Christ and welcome to Calvary Lutheran Church.  

I began serving as the Interim Pastor of the congregation on August 1, 2022.  In my first sermon at Calvary, I paraphrased a beloved prayer and noted we are on a journey, the ending of which we cannot see.  We only know God's hand is leading and God's love is supporting us.

I am here to work with the leadership and staff in preparing the congregation to call a new Senior or Lead Pastor.  We expect this work to take a year or more.  Though we live in anxious times we lean into God's Promised Future and strive to participate ever more fully and faithfully in God's mission in the world.  

I have served as pastor of congregations in Oklahoma, St. Louis and Wichita before being called to serve as bishop in two different synods.  Most recently I served as Interim Pastor for an ELCA congregation in Louisiana.

My wife Anita and I live in Appleton.  Our family includes two daughters, their husbands and four grandchildren.

We have been privileged to visit Lutheran churches in places like Russia, Papau New Guinea, South Africa and the Holy Land.  These visits have helped us appreciate the global dimension and the rich heritage of Christ's Church. 

If you are looking for a church home, I invite you to explore with us the Lutheran tradition within Christ's Church.  Whoever you are, I pray God's love and peace in Christ upon your heart and home.

Dawn Frehse  - Office Support, (920) 494-2431 ext. 102 or

I have lived in Northeastern Wisconsin all of my life.  I am very blessed to be a part of Calvary Lutheran Church.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and pets.  I like to do gardening in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter.

 Angel Castro - Youth and Family Ministry Director, (920) 494-2431, ext. 109 or

I have been living in Green Bay for about 5 years now! I am originally from Delavan Wisconsin until I came to Green Bay for college. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay with a bachelor’s in human development and psychology. 

I love to skate: roller skating or ice skating even if I am not that good. I love yellow and bright colored things.  My favorite football team is obviously the Packers, but I also really like the Buffalo Bills too! 

Melanie Brown – Sunday School Coordinator, (920) 494-2431 ext. 105 or

Welcome to Calvary Lutheran Church. I was born and raised in Northeast Wisconsin and joined Calvary over 17 years ago. I have enjoyed teaching Sunday School for 12 years before joining the church staff as the Sunday School coordinator in 2018.  In addition to working at Calvary, I work as a Claims Manager at Schneider. 

I have been blessed with two wonderful children.  When I am not working, I enjoy spending some quiet time at my camper.  Some of my other hobbies are reading and crafting. 

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

I have been teaching pre-school at Genesis Christian Preschool since 2002.  In 2007 I became a director as well.  I have met many wonderful families and have created lasting memories working with the children.  I love watching the children learn and mature throughout the school year.  Genesis is very dear to me as I have been teaching here since I graduated from college!

My husband Jesse and I have three boys.  Much of our time is spent sitting in bleachers as we cheer them on in their different sports.  In my free time, I enjoy going for walks with our dog Archie, playing piano and being crafty.  One of my favorite family activities is visiting different state and national parks and exploring their trails.

Stephanie Macedo - Web/Media Specialist, (920) 494-2431 ext. 102 or

I have been a member of Calvary Lutheran Church since 2003.  I have served Calvary in many capacities such as a Council Member, Secretary of Church Council, Assisting Minister, Communion Assistant, a member of the Executive, Long Range Planning and Membership & Evangelism committees and 6th Grade Confirmation Co-Leader. 

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay with a Bachelors Degree in Communications and Public Relations.  In addition to working at Calvary 10 hours a week, I am a Business Analyst for a local Insurance Company. My husband Leo and I have one daughter, Majriela.

In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, jet skiing and spending time outdoors working in the yard/planting flowers.  I also enjoy crocheting and spending time with my family.

Kent Paulsen – Music Coordinator, Choir Director, Organist, 

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

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 dogs, reading, puzzles and spending time up north at "The Hideout".