Staff & Council

  • Pastor Carolyn sellers

    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

  • intern amanda christensen

    seminarian intern

    As an advocate for systems which maximize resources, build and restore communities, and work to bring about God’s vision for justice, Amanda’s hope is to work in ways in which the church radically seeks to live out this sense of justice.

    Originally from Milwaukee, Amanda studied at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Wartburg Theological Seminary, and recently graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Amanda, her husband and two young children currently reside on their micro urban farm in the Polonia neighborhood of Milwaukee while they restore a historic home in the Concordia neighborhood.

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  • Carolyn Karl

    Minister of Cross+Generational Ministry

    Like many members and friends of Kingo, Carolyn has lived all over the world - Urbana, IL; Ithaca, NY; London; Atlanta; Melbourne; St. Louis; and Glen Ellyn, IL. Carolyn, her husband, and three teenage children are proud to have called Milwaukee home since 2006, making it the longest time she's lived in any one location.

    Faith has always played an important role in Carolyn's life. She was active in her high school youth group and volunteered as a youth leader for several years in Illinois and Missouri before leaving her law career to serve in professional youth ministry. She was raised Presbyterian and has served in ELCA congregations for her last three calls. She has a Certificate in Youth and Family Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Certificate in Cross+Generational Ministry through the Greater Milwaukee Synod and Vibrant Faith Ministries.

    E-mail Carolyn

  • jonathon Gideon

    minister of music

    Jonathon is a junior at Concordia University Wisconsin pursuing a BA in music with a minor in theater. In addition to singing in Kammerchor (German for Chamber Choir), he also plays tuba in the symphonic wind ensemble. Jonathon currently serves as the president of Concordia's mixed a cappella group, If Looks Could Trill

    While he feels that music is his calling in life, Jonathon enjoys theater very much (especially musical theater). Whenever the opportunity arises, he loves attending live shows. If you attend a theatrical production at Concordia, there is a good chance that you will see Jonathon on stage. 

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  • 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.)

  • Danette Braun

    Parish Administrator

    If you had to use one word to describe Danette, it would be "flexible". She is enthusiastic about yoga and tai chi, for starters, and brings an extraordinary degree of flexibility and capability to the church's administrative ministry. 

    If you call or email the church, or drop by during the week, Danette will likely be your first point of contact. You will also see her most Sunday mornings in worship (usually accompanied by someone from her large extended family).

    Danette has a long background in administrative work, but feels like she's found her true calling in bringing these gifts to a ministry setting. In 2011, she graduated from diakonia, a two-year lay ministry education program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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    While his maintenance and building systems skills are impressive, Bob is an educator at heart. Before coming to Kingo, Bob enjoyed a 20-year career as a middle school and high school science teacher. Spend a few minutes talking with Bob and you're bound to learn a thing or two about caring for the earth. Bob is a jack-of-all-trades who ensures that Kingo's building and property are as welcoming as the people.



    On Sunday mornings you can find Arrisa in the back of the sanctuary or down in the Nursery, enjoying the company of Kingo's young ones.  

    Arrisa is studying Psychology and Pre-Med at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Arrisa is the middle of five children, and was involved in track and field throughout middle school and high school.  

  • Congregational Council


    Walt Chossek, President

    Mary Lou Zuege, President-Elect

    Steve Jacobi, Secretary


    Eric Schubert, Jackie Davit, Lou Ann Madson, Jeanne Larsen