Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson

Intentional Interim Pastor

I have been the interim pastor here since October 2018 and will be here until the next senior pastor of Shepherd of the Hills church is called and installed. Prior to serving here, I served 33 years as an ordained Lutheran pastor before being retired for the last two years. Though serving here came as a surprise, it has been a joy-filled experience.  Shepherd of the Hills is a solid congregation with a great staff and very competent lay leadership.

I am a Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. While there, God grabbed my heart and I grew in my relationship with Christ and my desire to serve Him with my life. Since then I was involved in collegiate ministry for 7 years, 5 at the Universities of Maine and Massachusetts. After seminary training in the Chicago area, I served as a pastor in Omaha, Nebraska 15 years and in the Rockford, Illinois area for 18 years.

My wife, Barb, and I moved to the Milwaukee area this past July in order to be near our two adult daughters. No grandchildren yet, but we are hopeful for the first one to come in a year or two. I ride a road bike and have ridden now for 26 years. I was pleased to find a member of this congregation who leads a group of people who ride bicycles in the warm months and hike trails in the cold ones.

Once this gig is over, my wife and I will resume with whole hearts the neighborhood ministry we are praying God will initiate and grow through us.

Amy Cichon

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Amy Cichon

Amy Cichon

Director of Children's Ministry

Amy's responsibilities include coordinating our Sunday school program and middle school confirmation program, planning and organizing our summer VBS, and coordinating our Kid's Night Out program during the school year. Amy brings a heart for Christ, a love for kids, and wonderful organizational skills to our team.

Deb Ratzel

Deb Ratzel

Deb Ratzel

Assistant for Volunteer Ministries

Deb works to seek and prepare members and regular attenders of Shepherd of the Hills to grow in their faith through discovery and successfully using their God-given gifts for ministry to fulfill God’s mission for the church. Under the Pastor’s guidance, they set up a system to identify spiritual gifts, train, equip and motivate the baptized to use their gifts to serve Christ through His church, thus cultivating a climate where the people of Shepherd of the Hills effectively deploy their spiritual gifts in ministry inside and outside the congregation.

Sherry Levitsch

Sherry Levitsch

Sherry Levitsch

Assistant for Communications Ministry

Sherry Levitsch has a broad background and skill set ideally suited in the area of communications and coordination as we grow and expand the ministries and outreach of our church. She is the editor of our monthly newsletter and responsible for maintaining our communication platforms. She is directly involved in all forms of electronic outreach while maintaining and augmenting the volunteer network that has been so heavily involved in that area of our church life.

Lucas Abegglen

Lucas Abegglen

Lucas Abegglen

Director of Choirs

An earnest student of music, Lucas is fresh off earning a Bachelor's in music composition from Azusa Pacific University and a Master's degree in composition from the University of Bristol in England. He finds great value and joy in music ministry and will work with the choir, handbell choir, and children's choir to provide meaningful and worshipful music for the congregation.

Cynthia Skaalen

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Cynthia Skaalen

Cynthia Skaalen

Director of Worship and Traditional Music

Born into a family of musicians in New Orleans, music has always been a passion for Cynthia. From piano, singing and dancing lessons as a child; playing her first church service at age 12 (her grandfather was the pastor); singing in the church choir as a teen; accompanying the high school choirs; serving a mission congregation as an organist while attending college; Cynthia’s evolvement into a church musician is no surprise. She continues to serve as organist, providing organ and other appropriate music for the worship services, weddings, and funerals; is a member of “Spoken For”, SOTH’s praise band, on keyboard and vocals; and sings in the choir.

Dave Schmidt

Dave Schmidt

Dave Schmidt

Contemporary Praise Band Leader

Dave leads the Praise Band that leads worship at 10:30 Sunday Services. Dave also leads a band that includes some of the Praise Band members and plays at local establishments, they are called Smitty and the Troubadours. Frequently members of the congregation will come to eat, drink, socialize and enjoy the music when Smitty and the Troubadours are playing in the area.

Sue Faber

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Sue Faber

Sue Faber

Administrative Assistant

That friendly voice that answers when you call the church office belongs to Sue. Sue worked part-time as our church secretary for five years in the 1990’s. Besides handling the daily communications, including e-mail, regular mail, and phone messages, she is also responsible for maintaining the church and pastor's calendar, preparing the weekly bulletins and entering contributions and membership information among the myriad of other weekly tasks that need attending to. If you have a question, Sue can find you an answer!

Becky Reilly

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Becky Reilly

Becky Reilly

Bookkeeper & Facilities Manager

Becky serves as the church bookkeeper, oversees the general operations of the church (maintenance, cleaning, etc.), maintains the worship server schedule and chairs the Altar Guild (setting up communion).

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