Congregation Council

Council Minutes
Meet the Council Members

The 2018 Congregation Council of First English Lutheran Church is comprised of 11 elected members. These dedicated members are the governing body of the church. Front row: Bruce Doerfler, David Lindenstruth, Christina Skowen, Judy Forseth and Deni Kuchler. Back row: Deanna Sanders (Secretary), Jeff Bemis (President), Mark Van Beek (Treasurer), Doug Moard and Dayton Henderson. Not pictured: Hollie Holtebeck.

Meetings: The Council meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, with the exception of July. The meetings in January through June are held in Room 110 at the Downtown Site. Meetings in August through December are in the Sanctuary at the North Site. Check the church online calendar for times.

Contact your council members here.




First English Lutheran Church Constitution & Bylaws 10-02-2016: Follow this link.

Covenant & Principles of Conduct: Follow this link.

2018 Annual Progress Report: Follow this link to download the pdf.

017 Annual Progress Report: Follow this link to download the pdf.

2016 Annual Progress Report: Follow this link to download the pdf.

2015 Annual Progress Report:
Follow this link to download the pdf.

2014 Annual Progress Report:
Follow this link to download the pdf. 

2013 Annual Progress Report: Follow this link to download the pdf.  View in booklet form here.

Council Meeting Minutes:

2019 Council Meeting Agendas

January 22, 2019

2018 Council Meeting Agendas

December 18, 2018
November 27, 2018

October 23, 2018

September 25 ,2018

August 28, 2018
June 26, 2018

May 22, 2018

April 24, 2018

March 27, 2018

January 23, 2018

2017 Council Meeting Agendas

December 19, 2017
November 28, 2017

October 24. 2017

September 26,2017

August 22, 2017

NO July Meeting
June 27, 2017
May 23, 2017

April 25, 2017

March 28, 2017

February 28, 2017
February 12. 2017
January 24, 2017

2018 Council Meeting Minutes

November 27, 2018
October 23, 2018

September 25,2018

August 28, 2018

June 26, 2018
May 22, 2018

April 24, 2018

March 27, 2018

February 27, 2018

January 23, 2018

2017 Council Meeting Minutes

December 19, 2017
November 28, 2017

October 24, 2017

September 26, 2017

August 22, 2017

June 27, 2017

May 23, 2017

April 25, 2017

March 28, 2017

February 28, 2017

February 12, 2017
January 24, 2017

2016 Council Meeting Agendas

December 20, 2016

November 21, 2016

2016 Council Meeting Minutes

December 20, 2016

November 21, 2016

October 25, 2016

September 27, 2016

August 30, 2016

July, 2016: NO MEETING
June 28, 2016

May 24, 2016

April 26, 2016

March 22, 2016

February 23, 2016

January 26, 2016


December 15, 2015
November 23, 2015

October 27, 2015

October 12 2015

September 22, 2015

August 25,2015

No July Minutes
June 23, 2015

May 26, 2015

April 28, 2015

March 24, 2015

February 24, 2015
February 8, 2015
January 20, 2015


December 16, 2014
November 24, 2014

October 28, 2014

September 23, 2014

August 26, 2014

June 24, 2014
     Vision Notes Addendum 6/24
May 27, 2014

April 29, 2014 (with Vision Ideas)

March 25, 2014
February 25, 2014
January 28, 2014


December 17, 2013
November 25, 2013
October 22, 2013
September 24, 2013
August 27, 2013
June 25, 2013

May 28, 2013

April 23, 2013

March 26, 2013
January 22, 2013


December 18, 2012
November 27, 2012

October 23, 2012

September 25, 2012

August 28, 2012

June 26, 2012

May 22, 2012

April 24, 2012
March 27, 2012

February 28, 2012
January 24, 2012


December 20. 2011
November 22, 2011

October 25, 2011

September 27, 2011
August 23, 2011

June 28, 2011
May 24, 2011 
April 26, 2011

March 22, 2011
February 22, 2011
January 25, 2011


December 14, 2010
November 30, 2010
November 16, 2010
October 26, 2010
September 28, 2010
August 24, 2010
July 27, 2010
June 22, 2010  
May 25, 2010
April 27, 2010
March 24, 2010
February 23, 2010
January 26, 2010
January 14, 2010
January 5, 2010

FELC Personnel Committee Minutes

March, 2017

FELC Trust Committee Minutes

Second Quarter 2011
First Quarter 2011


Meet the 2017 Congregation Council

Jeff Bemis and his wife Diane have been members at FELC for 32 years and enjoy all the worship services. They have three children who grew up in the congregation and were confirmed here. Megan and her husband, Jim live in Frisco CO with their 3 children.  Jenna and her husband Tom, currently are in Appleton and enjoying their 2 year old son. Kyle and his fiancee, Brittany live in Milwaukee and will be married  in 2017.  Jeff retired from Secura Insurance last year.  He served on the council for 3 different terms and has been the FELC council President. Jeff is on the Board of Directors for Harbor House, our local domestic violence agency.  Diane and Jeff enjoy golf, snow shoeing and being on the water for skiing and fishing.  They love to spend time with their 4 grandchildren and enjoy traveling to see them.  

Bruce Doerfler and his wife, Julie, have been members of First English for 46 years. They have two daughters who were baptized, confirmed and married at First English. Jessie and her husband, Jake, have three sons and Abby and her husband, Timm have a daughter and two sons. Bruce and Julie attend worship at both sites and enjoy the different worship styles offered at each service. Bruce is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh and is retired from Packaging Specialties Inc. where he was in sales, selling packaging machinery and materials. Bruce has served two previous terms on the Church Council and has been an 8th grade Sunday School teacher, usher, Communion server and reader, He has also been a Confirmation small group leader and trip chaperone for youth service trips, National Youth Gatherings and Seraphim Choir trips. Bruce also helped organize the Car Folks Life Group and church picnic car show. He is a member of the Tuesday morning men's Bible study and is on the north site mow patrol. Since retiring Bruce has enjoyed volunteering at the Fox Valley Warming Shelter and tutoring at LincolnSchool. He also enjoys golf, woodcutting, reading, history and spending time with his grandchildren. Bruce and Julie enjoy their home, their garden and yard, travel and time with friends and family.

Judy Forseth was baptized and confirmed at FELC and has been a member for 43 years.  She primarily worships at the Downtown Site, however, in the summer she enjoys the Wednesday night services at the North Site with the summer interns.  Judy has two children who were also baptized and confirmed at FELC. Travis (21)  is a junior at UW-Madison and Krista (16) is a junior at Appleton East High School.  Judy has been with Thrivent Financial for 37 years and is currently working in Human Resources as a Talent Management Specialist.  Judy has served FELC by being a member of the Personnel Committee and volunteering as a Sunday School teacher, Welcome Host and Greeter.  Judy also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Starving Children, Feeding America and Loaves and Fishes of the Fox Valley.  Judy enjoys reading, fishing, golfing, watching the Packers and Badgers, and spending time with family and friends.


Dayton Henderson and his wife, Amy, have been members of First English for 27 years. After attending FELC’s North Site during its early years, Dayton and Amy now worship at the Downtown Site. A graduate of Luther College, Dayton is now retired after a 35-year career in marketing communications, including global head of Design for Kimberly-Clark. Dayton has previously served on the congregation’s Television Ministry Task Force, building committees, call committees, and the Personnel Committee. He currently participates with the East-Central Synod Lay School, the Arts & Environment Committee, the Tuesday Morning Men’s Study, and The Arthur Krempin School of Music & Art. In the community, he’s been a member of the Appleton Career Academy governing board, and helped to launch the Fox River Chamber Fest last summer. Dayton and Amy have two adult daughters and four grandchildren. In his spare time, Dayton enjoys travel, music, art and sports. 



Hollie Holtebeck has been a member of First English for nine years. She worships predominantly at the North Site with her husband, Matt, son Martin (14), and daughter Addie (12). Hollie is a Reading Specialist at Houdini Elementary in Appleton. She works with students who struggle with reading in grades K-6. Hollie volunteers with the Fox Valley Humane Society and one of her dogs (Cena) is a licensed therapy dog. She takes her to school a few days a week and the students enjoy reading books to Cena. In previous years, Hollie taught Sunday School at the North Site, and currently Hollie and Matt are co-leading a 9th grade Confirmation small group. Hollie loves to run, bake, and spend time up north at their family cottage.


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Deni Kuchler has been a member of First English for over 10 years. She can be found most Sunday mornings worshipping at the North Site along with her husband, Dan, and their two  children, Ruby and Margot. Deni has spent the last five years making a career of taking care of her children and home. Prior to that, she worked at School Specialty, managing the Early Childhood product assortment and vendors. She is an active member of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) where she is a small group discussion leader. She is also co-coordinating a discussion group for women at the North Site. Her hobbies include running and working out, cooking and exploring the Fox Valley and surrounding areas with her family. She is most interested in serving on the Congregational Council to be a voice for families with young children and ensure that First English’s strong focus on youth and faith formation continues.



David Lindenstruth has been a member of FELC for eight years. His wife, Rachel, and children, Heaven, Chloe, and Connor, primarily go to the North Site, where David serves as a communion assistant. David owns and operates Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape, as well as instructs entrepreneurialism courses as an Adjunct Professor at Fox Valley Technical College. Prior, he received national recognition for growing a start-up company to seven locations and over 400 employees within five years. Outside of work, David serves as Vice-president for Hatch Lake Association, sits on the Waupaca County Deer Advisory Council, and volunteers as a mentor for entrepreneurs. For fun, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, home improvement projects, habitat improvement projects at the family’s cabin in Iola, and grilling. David is happy to serve on the Council because he believes that there are wonderful opportunities to cultivate Christ’s community through FELC.




Doug Moard
and his wife Sherrill have been members of First English since 1985. They generally worship at the downtown site.  Both of their children were confirmed at FELC and one of them, Michelle, is still a member of FELC.  Both children are now married with children of their own. Doug is currently a family physician working at the Darboy office for Thedacare.  Doug is a member of the Thedacare board of directors and is also an associate medical director for Thedacare. Over the past several years Doug has developed an interest in mental health, and as a volunteer currently coordinates classes for local physicians which are aimed at improving the knowledge and skill level of local physicians when they care for their own patients who have mental illness.  He and a couple of local psychiatrists and a psychologist then teach these classes on a monthly basis free of charge during the school year. Doug enjoys time with his family and his dogs.  When time allows he likes to hunt or bike.

Deanna Sanders and her husband, Mark, have been members of First English for almost 20 years. They have two daughters, Gwynn (15) and Claire (11), that participate in FELC youth education.  The Sanders family primarily worships and volunteers at the 10:30 a.m service at the Downtown Site.  Their volunteer roles include communion server/set-up, welcome host and soundboard. Deanna served on the Learning Ministry Team, co-taught 7th and 8th grade Sunday School, and participated in several adult classes and studies. She has been employed by Bemis Company for 17 years and is currently a Marketing Product Manager.  Deanna enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, movies, music and reading.  


Christina Skowen has been a member of First English since 2012 and worships primarily at the Downtown Site. She has been married to Chris for almost four years and has two children, Lauren (15) and Ryan (14). Christina has been with Thrivent Financial for over 20 years, most recently in the General Counsel’s Office as a Senior Compliance Analyst. She serves at the Downtown Site as worship assistant, communion server and greeter. Christina has also served on a church council and taught religion classes prior to joining First English. Christina volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and is the treasurer for her son’s soccer team. Outside of First English, Christina enjoys spending time with her family, triathlons, traveling and camping. 


Mark Van Beek and his wife, Sara, have been worshiping at FELC for 23 years.  Their two boys, Cory (19) and Kent (16), were baptized and confirmed at FELC.  They worshipped at the Downtown Site for several years and then switched to the North Site when the boys were in early grade school (the boys loved the up-beat music).  Mark has been employed by Kimberly-Clark for 24 years and is currently a technical leader on a global personal care team.  Mark is one of the volunteers who run the soundboard at the North Site.  He served as an adult leader for twelve years in the Boy Scouts as a Cubmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster.  In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with his family, canoe camping, hunting, and other outdoor activities.