Grace Update

Grace worship is back in the building. Services are every Sunday at 10 in the morning. 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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Julie DeBoer

Choir Director

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 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!

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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.

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