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

    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

    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.)



    My name is Breanna Kuehn, and I am the Minister of Communications & Administration at Kingo.  

    I have been working in church communications for two years now.  Before that I worked for a national accounting firm for six years and a family owned, medal fabricating machine business for two.


    I was born and grew up on the lakes in Minnesota.  I moved to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University where I majored in communications.  My senior year of college I met my husband, Josh, who is from Burlington, Wisconsin.


    We have been married for 12 years and currently live in West Allis, with our newborn son, Sawyer, our daughter, Evelynn (5), and my stepdaughter, Jenalee (18).  I also have a stepson, Mikhail (20), who lives on his own. 


    When I am not working and Josh is not studying law, we love to spend time with our families, and be on the water, swimming and boating, and also out in the mountains skiing. 


    Email Breanna

  • 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


    Tim Schoewe, President

    Karina Ward, President-Elect

    Kerry Ammann, Secretary


    Steve Jacobi, Dennis Larsen, Alexa Doebele, Melissa McCorkle