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.)



    We're happy to welcome Hilary to Kingo's staff! Her first day was August 24th. 

    E-mail Hilary

  • 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 with her husband Paul and granddaughter Charlotte.

    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.

    E-mail Danette

  • 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