Pastor Brent Hartwig began his ministry at Our Redeemer in June of 2008. He completed his vicarage assignment here, and was ordained June 21, 2009. He has been married over 20 years and is blessed with five children. Pastor Hartwig was born, raised, and married in Pekin, Illinois. After graduating from Illinois State University in 1993, he worked for twelve years at Walt Disney World. Prior to going to seminary, Pastor Hartwig served as the Youth Coordinator at Woodlands Lutheran Church, Montverde, Florida.
Vicar Wolfgram began serving as Vicar at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in August of 2016. He is a seminary student at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He looks forward to serving the people of Our Redeemer and the community for the next year.
Vicar Wolfgram was born in St. Louis, MO shortly before his father graduated from Concordia Seminary and received a call to serve as pastor in North Dakota. He lived in a very small farm town near the Canadian border where his father served a dual parish for the first six years of his life before moving to Bismarck, ND where his family has resided ever since. Throughout all the years of school, from kindergarten to present day, he has sung in choir and learned to play guitar, both of which he still finds a joy to this day.
Vicar Wolfgram met his wife Cassie while working at Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads, an LCMS camp in northern North Dakota. They have been happily married for four years and recently had the addition of a puppy to the family. He attended and graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, WI in 2014 with a Pre-Seminary Major and Theological Languages minor.
He enjoys running and has done four marathons and a half marathon and is currently training for a race in October 2017. He hopes to someday qualify and run in the Boston Marathon. Between runs, he and Cassie enjoy watching Packer Football. He is very much looking forward to being further north of St. Louis this winter and enjoys the snow a great deal.
Director of Youth Ministry
Kaja graduated May 2004 from Concordia University - Saint Paul, Minnesota as a Director of Christian Education (DCE). She moved here in October 2004 to focus on High School and Middle School Youth Ministry. Kaja is now the Children's and Youth Director here at Our Redeemer. Kaja and her husband, Aaron, live joyfully with their family in Iowa City.
A member of Our Redeemer, Sarah joined Our Redeemer staff in March. Biography to follow.
Kara joined Our Redeemer in June 2008. She graduated from Illinois State University in Normal, IL. She is happily married to Pastor Hartwig and enjoys her vocation as mom to their five children. Kara became the youth coordinator in 2015 and feels blessed to be at Our Redeemer.
Director of Small Group Ministry
Denise has been a member of Our Redeemer since 1983 and accepted the Director of Small Group Ministry position in 2009. She has been active in small group ministry for the past several years and has completed small group leadership training. Denise graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master's degree. She is board certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Denise and her husband, Myrl, have two grown children, Matthew and Jenna.
Director of Choirs
Louise joined Our Redeemer in 1993. Originally she was employed as the Children's Choir Director and Bell Choir Director, and served in that capacity for 3 years. Louise took a hiatus, and then was asked to lead the Adult Choir and Bell Choir. She has held this position for 10 years now. Louise has a degree in Music Education from Northeast Missouri State University (now known as Truman State), and a Master's Degree in Humanities.
Cheryl Manary bio coming soon...
Marilyn Paetz bio coming soon...
Preschool Assistant Teacher
I graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor of science degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. I became a stay-at-home mom after having girl/boy twins, and three years later we had our youngest daughter. It has been the adventure of motherhood that led me to my new passion of teaching young children! I have also enjoyed volunteering at my children’s elementary school and being a Sunday school teacher here at Our Redeemer for the past four years.
Director of Technology
Kevin joined Our Redeemer in 1998 along with wife Laurel and daughter Krista. He became Director of Technology in February of 2014. He also works at the College of Dentistry in the Technology and Media Services department. Kevin has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics from Wartburg College, A Master of Science degree in chemistry from Purdue University, and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Northwest Missouri State University.
Laurel joined Our Redeemer in 1998 along with husband Kevin and daughter Krista. She became office coordinator in June of 2011, having previously served in a similar position at Faith Lutheran in Orange City. Laurel has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics from Wartburg College.