Staff & Council

  • Pastor Carolyn sellers Rizzo

    Originally trained as a violinist and a graphic designer, Pastor Carolyn's love for the arts meshes perfectly here! 

    Pastor Carolyn grew up in Wauwatosa, loves to walk and read (but not at the same time). She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before working as a

    violinist-teacher and graphic designer. She attended Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Prior to becoming pastor here, Pastor Carolyn was the senior pastor at

    Cross Lutheran Church in Burlington, Wisconsin for seven years. At her first call, she served as an associate pastor at Church of the Resurrection in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

    Email Pastor Carolyn

    Link to sermon podcasts

  • jonathon Gideon

    minister of music

    Interim Communication Specialist

    Jonathon lives in Franklin with his wife, Jen, and their dog, Sadie. He loves sports and has an extensive bobblehead collection.

    Jonathon started at Kingo in August 2017 while still a student at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon. He has since graduated with a BA in music, minoring in theater. 

    In addition to his work at Kingo, Jonathon works in the Milwaukee area as an actor, singer, music director, and composer. He has worked with First Stage, Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Entertainment Group, and Kohl's Wild Theater, as well as other various theater companies and schools in the area. Jonathon can also be seen as a game show host at Game Show Battle Rooms in Brookfield. For information on upcoming shows and projects, visit

    For Music: E-mail Jonathon

    For Communications: E-mail Jonathon

  • Maria Koester

    pianist and Organist

    We are incredibly blessed by Maria's talents at accompanying congregational music. Whether it's a jazz piece, a traditional African hymn, a Latin processional song, or any of a host of other musical styles, Maria makes our church's song better. 

    She and her husband, Tom, have been longtime residents of the Shorewood community. (You may have even seen the familiar sight of them walking their dog, Ruby.)

  • Jim Hooten


    Jim’s world is filled with gratitude and care for God’s creation. Recently retired from

    full-time employment, Jim brings a long history of caring for places to Kingo. Whether volunteering with the Caledonia Conservancy or the Dept. of Natural Resources, building and repairing America’s beautiful spaces with the Sierra Club, or completing his Master Gardener certification, Jim is a Mr. Fix It with a natural curiosity about how things work.

  • Congregational Council


    Karina Ward, President

    Dennis Larsen, President-Elect

    Kerry Ammann, Secretary


    Rick Cole, Becca Herbert=Morrison, Melissa McCorkle, & Pam Wronski