Grace Update

Worship services are every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Live streaming of the service and bulletins can be found on the Ministry and Mission webpage. Videos of the services will continue to be provided on our Facebook page and Youtube channel for anyone who is unable to attend.

Dr. Philip Ruge-Jones

Pastor

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.

Email Pastor Phil at pastorphil@grace-church.org

Andrew Reid

Office Manager

I grew up coming to Grace and participated in many events and organizations the church offered from attending Luther Park Bible camp to performing in both the Ringers of Note and Pacibells handbell choirs. I attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison where I earned a degree in Classical Humanities. In my free time I enjoy reading, biking, playing music and gaming.

Email Andrew at info@grace-church.org

Elaine Mann

Organist, Music Coordinator

I hold a Master of Music from Boston University, and Bachelor of Music degree from Greensboro College. I am an 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.

Email Elaine at orgelmuse@gmail.com

Karen Lionberger

Handbell Choir Director

Karen Lionberger has been in the Grace Lutheran music ministry since 1961, beginning in the vocal choirs. She then took piano lessons (from Avis Evenrud), and played flute and guitar in jr./high school years, often performing for worship and special events. Karen started with handbells in 1977, and over the next 37 years has attended 13 Handbell Festival Conferences, taking classes for handbell techniques for all positions and performing from treble to bass. She also took directing classes at the festivals and assisted Norma Lionberger with the kids’ groups at Grace and First Lutheran, while continuing to ring with Pacibells, and other community groups. In 2013 Karen became director of handbells at First Lutheran (now Spirit Lutheran). She brings a passion for handbells, and a wealth of musical experience to the music program at Grace.
Email Karen at bellhog76@gmail.com

Diana Cataldi

Choir Director

Diana Cataldi earned her bachelors and masters degree in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her doctorate of musical arts at The Ohio State University. As a performer, she has had many opportunities to share her talents with art song recitals, oratorio and opera performances throughout New York and the Midwest. While she taught applied voice at the collegiate level for seventeen years, she is currently turning her focus to rehabilitating voices by earning a masters degree in Communication Science Disorders at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Singing healthily and finding joy in the process are two of her biggest passions as a musician, teacher, and director. Already a member at Grace Lutheran Church, Diana is thrilled to direct the choir that first compelled her to join this congregation.

Matt Wing

Custodian

Bill Olson

Videographer

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.

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