Everyone involved with Grace firmly believes in building communities one person and one day at a time. Our Christian ministry has been doing it here in Eau Claire for over hundred years.

Lacy Sahr
Office Manager

Elaine Mann
Organist, Music Coordinator 

Norma Lionberger
Handbell Choir Director 

After graduating from Luther College with an Instrumental Music Education degree, and being a band director for two years, I then began my career as a stay-at-home mom. In subsequent years I was a substitute teacher, Latin teacher, and a teacher of homebound students in Middle and High Schools. In 1976 I began ringing handbells in the first bell choir at Grace, and in 1983 became the director. Later I started a 3rd through 5th grade handchime choir, Grace Chimes, and a 6th through 12th grade youth choir, Ringers of Note.

I hold a Master of Music from Boston University, and Bachelor of Music degree from Greensboro College. I am active member and Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. I am also an Associate in Ministry in the ELCA. When not playing music or attending concerts, I tend my gardens, enjoy traveling, reading, and visiting with friends and family.

I hold a BM in voice performance and a BA in religious studies from Lawrence University as well as an MM in voice performance from Northwestern University. Recently, I moved from Chicago to Eau Claire to teach voice at the university and to direct the Amazing Grace choir. While living in Chicago, I performed with many professional choirs, including Music of the Baroque, Grant Park Chorus, Bella Voce, and the Schola at Holy Name Cathedral. Outside of music, my interests include running with my coonhound Desmond and competing in marathons - completing three in Chicago!

Sunday  School Teachers
Taylor Sharratt &  Kelsey Redman

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Julie DeBoar
Choir Director 

I grew up in small towns in Wisconsin (Richland Center, River Falls, and Rice Lake) so I feel I am "at home" and "among my own people" here in our state. I lived for a time in Berkeley, CA and then studied at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA and later at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA. I tie flies and love those moments when I can fool a wily old trout into thinking they're the real McCoy. I've been married to Linda for 35 years and we have three grown children, a son and two daughters.

I have served as the Office Manager at Grace since January 2014. I am a mom to three kids, Tyler, Adyson and Baylee, whichs keep me active serving as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader. When I'm not on the go, I can be found with my nose in a book and an iced coffee in my hand!

Taylor is also a stuent at UWEC and is from Farmington, Minnesota. She has experience as a nanny and as a supervisor at her hometown Papa Murphy's before starting college. They are both involved in the Lutheran Student Association on campus.

Kelsey is also a student at UWEC and is from La Crescent, Wisconsin. She is on the UWEC Cheer and Stunt Team and involved with PRIDE, Physical Activity and Recreation for Individuals with Disability.

After I served for eighteen years as a professor of theology at Texas Lutheran University, my family decided to return to the Midwest where my wife and I grew up, attended college and seminary. When I am not ministering with the good people of Grace Lutheran, I travel the country to tell biblical stories and speak about God’s love. My wife of twenty-six years is the Campus Pastor at University Lutheran, and our two adult children are pursuing their education at Luther College and the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Videographer
Bill Olson

I was born and raised in Eau Claire and grew up seeing Grace Lutheran's beautiful stained glass windows every Sunday. I'm the owner of Iconostar Productions LLC and work full-time as a video producer, photographer and filmmaker. I hold B.A.s in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology and have won two national Telly's for directing documentary films.