Ministry and Leaders

INTERIM PASTOR SUE RUEHLE

Pastor Sue Ruele

Pr. Sue Ruehle was born in Milwaukee, received her undergraduate degree from UWM.  Sue is a former school teacher.  She attended seminary in 1978.  From 1981 – 1988 she served as co-executive director of Lutheran Human Relations with her late husband, Chuck Ruehle, anti-racism educator and trainer Urban resource developer and teacher.  In April 1986, she was ordained into word and sacrament ministry and served as pastor at Roschkeat Reformation Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. From 1995 – 2009, Sue served as Assistant to the Bishop in the Greater Milwaukee Synod and professional anti-racism trainer and resource development for Crossroads Ministry. From 2009 – 2012, she served as parish pastor at Adoration Lutheran Church in Greenfield, Wisconsin until she retired in 2012. Pr. Sue served as transition pastor for Redeemer Lutheran while in the call process. She is currently the chair of the Meru Partnership Committee of the Greater Milwaukee Synod.

She loves people, especially children!!   She loves thinking out of the box and creating new things.

  • Born in Milwaukee in 1948. Undergraduate UWM in l970
  • Taught 6th grade Templeton Middle school Sussex Wisconsin 1970-1974
  • Stay at home mom from 1974 until entering seminary in 1978
  • 1981 until 1988 served as co-executive director of Lutheran Human Relations with my husband Chuck Ruehle
  • Anti-racism educator and trainer
  • Urban resource developer and teacher
  • April 1986 ordained into word and sacrament ministry
  • Served with my husband Pastor Chuck Ruehle and Pastor Mick Roschkeat Reformation
  • Lutheran Church in Milwaukee 1995 – 2009 served as assistant to the Bishop in the Greater Milwaukee Synod
  • Professional anti-racism trainer and resource development for Crossroads Ministry
  • 2009-2012 served as parish pastor at Adoration Lutheran Church in Greenfield Wisconsin
  • 2012-Retired

CONGREGATION LEADERSHIP

CHRISTINA OLDANI

Worship Leader

Christina has been playing with the Spirit Alive Praise Team for about ten years and absolutely loves it! She says, “We have a fantastic group of talented and loving people who come together with their musical gifts to share in worship with Spirit Alive. The people and the music feed my soul in a way nothing else can.”

Ann Livermore

Congregation President

Welcome to Spirit Alive! My husband and I became members because we wanted to connect and engage with a congregation that is relaxed, family-friendly and open to the needs of the community via service. I am a newly retired elementary/middle school teacher. We are excited about our space sharing with St. Paul's and the potential it brings for all of us. Come - connect with new folks, give ideas and suggestions, create new ministries and receive God's grace and love.

Stacy Juga

Leadership Team Vice President

Hi! My name is Stacy Juga. I am the Vice President of the Leadership Team and a worship leader (singer) in the Praise Band here at Spirit Alive. I have been a member of Spirit Alive for about 5 years. Outside of church I own my own vintage business -- ``Stacy J's Vintage Antique and Consignment``. Check out my site on Facebook. I have 4 beautiful grandchildren and am married to a wonderful man.

Jeni DeVore

Treasurer

Hello and Welcome. My name is Jenni. Besides being our church Treasurer, I have 4 kids, 2 dogs, a cat, and a full time job as a Quality Assurance Liaison. I love reading, playing games with the kids and being with our church family.

Donna Jensen

S.A.L.T. (Spirit Alive Leadership Team)

I have been a member of Spirit Alive since 2002. In the past, I have been especially blessed by the opportunity to be involved in the Spirit Alive youth program. I have also served on the Leadership Team on two separate occasions. I consider this church and the people who attend Spirit Alive to be my ``family.`` I love each and every one of them.

ROSIE HATCHER

S.A.L.T. (Spirit Alive Leadership Team/Secretary)

Hello and welcome to Spirit Alive! My wife Anne and I have belonged to Spirit Alive since 2002. We were drawn to Spirit Alive for its welcoming and accepting approach to spreading the Word of God. Spirit Alive is a wonderful community where members become like family while helping serve the community at large. I have served on S.A.L.T. on two different occasions and am excited for the future of Spirit Alive! Outside of church, I am a practicing small animal veterinarian and my wife and I enjoy training and showing our dogs in a variety of activities.

Heidi Steinbrenner

S.A.L.T. (Spirit Alive Leadership Team)

Welcome to Spirit Alive! My daughter Sam and I have been part of the Spirit Alive congregation for more than 10 years. The congregation is welcoming and the atmosphere is relaxed. Sam and I love to serve the community as part of Spirit Alive. Thank you for visiting our website.

Connie Skinner

S.A.L.T. (Spirit Alive Leadership Team)

Welcome to Spirit Alive! My husband Dan and I have six children with the two youngest just starting college. I have worked in Human Resources for 29 years currently as an HRIS Manager. I love technology and figuring things out. Spirit Alive members are welcoming and accepting of everyone, no matter where you are in your walk of life. I am truly blessed to be part of this family.

Marge Breckenfeld

S.A.L.T (Spirit Alive Leadership Team)

Welcome to Spirit Alive! I am happy to be a member of such an open, welcoming congregation. I live in Pleasant Prairie with my husband, Kevin, having raised three sons. I love our the Spirit Alive difference, particularly our commitment to helping our community neighbors! I encourage you to check out our wonderful congregation, our excellent band, and our enjoyable contemporary service.

Corlis Hachey

Volunteer Coordinator

Everyone has talents, passions and skills to offer and there are many opportunities to plug in and use those gifts to make a difference at Spirit Alive. I enjoy matching people with opportunities to serve. I love seeing others grow in ways they never imagined they could.

Karen Thomas

Office Volunteer

I’m excited about Spirit Alive’s growth as a new welcoming church. We are able to worship now in a real building! I love being back in the office able to help out.