Congregation Council

Council Minutes
Meet the Council Members


The 2020 Congregation Council of First English Lutheran Church is comprised of 9 elected members. These dedicated members are the governing body of the church. Back row: Karen Dorn, Dayton Henderson, Nate LeDuc, Kathy Freeman (Treasurer) and Dave Lindenstruth. Front row: Pete Vandenberg, Mark Ulman (Secretary), Don Kirby (President) and Jeff Picken (Vice-President).

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 220 at the Downtown Site. Meetings in August through December are in the North Site Library. Check the church online calendar for times.

Contact your Council members here.


First English Lutheran Church Constitution & Bylaws with Endowment Revisions 2019: Follow this link.

Covenant & Principles of Conduct: Follow this link.

2019 Annual Progress Report (with Addendum): Follow this link to download the pdf. 

A Celebration of Mission: 2019 Message to the Congregation: Follow this link to download the pdf.

018 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.  

Council Meeting Minutes:

2020 Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes (minutes will be posted following approval at the next month's meeting)

August 25, 2020 Agenda
June 23, 2020 Agenda
               June 23, 2020 Minutes
May 26, 2020 Agenda
                May 26, 2020 Minutes
April 28, 2020 Agenda
               Aprili 28, 2020 Minutes
March 24, 2020 Agenda             March 24, 2020 Minutes
                                                 February 25, 2020 Minutes
Special Meeting: February 13, 2020
Special Meeting: January 27, 2020
January 21, 2020 Agenda
          January 21, 2020 Minutes

2019 Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes (minutes will be posted following approval at the next month's meeting)

December 17, 2019 Agenda    December 17, 2019 Minutes
November 26, 2019 Agenda
   November 26, 2019 Minutes
October 22, 2019 Agenda
       October 22, 2019 Minutes
September 24, 2019 Agenda
   September 24, 2019 Minutes
August 27, 2019 Agenda
         August 27, 2019 Minutes
June 25, 2019 Agenda            June 25, 2019 Minutes
May 28, 2019 Agenda
             May 28, 2019 Minutes
April 23, 2019 Agenda
            April 23, 2019 Minutes
March 26, 2019 Agenda
          March 26, 2019 Minutes
February 26,2019 Agenda 
      February 26, 2019 Minutes
January 22, 2019 Agenda 
       January 22, 2019 Minutes

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

2018 Council Meeting Minutes

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

February 27, 2018

January 23, 2018


Meet the 2020 Congregation Council


Karen Dorn and husband, Chuck, have been FELC members for about 35 years and worship mainly at the Downtown Site. They have one adult daughter living in New York City. Karen is recently retired from a career as a mediator and leadership coach. She has served on the FELC Congregation Council, including as Council President. She has served on the Personnel, Building and Grounds, Stewardship, and Call Committees, and has volunteered in many other ways at FELC. Karen is a lifelong community volunteer.  She currently volunteers with the WI Farm Mediation Program and Outagamie County Restorative Justice Program. She has volunteered with the United Way, Salvation  Army, as a Girl Scout leader, teacher’s aide, and in lots of other ways. Karen is an avid reader, a fair golfer, a marginal cook and loves to travel. Her interest in serving on Congregation Council is likely the same as most FELC members - to do what she can to support the vibrancy and growth of the faith community that has been her faith home for most of her adult life. 


Kathy Freeman and her husband, Doug, have been members of First English Lutheran Church for 25 years. They have two sons. Kelly is economic development director for Sault Ste Marie, MI. Cory is a graphic designer in Madison where he lives with wife, Katie, and 2-month-old son Logan. Kathy recently retired from the Hand to Shoulder Center in Appleton after working in financial services for 18 years. Doug is a freelance writer with Aurora Health Care and A.O. Smith. Over the years, Kathy has been active at First English in several ways, including serving on church council and as president. She’s been a leader of the Worship Ministry and Outreach and Social Ministry Teams, participated in other FELC outreach programs, volunteered for Habit for Humanity and community activities at work. Since retiring, Kathy is looking forward to giving more time to First English and living her call by helping where she’s needed.


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. 


Don Kirby has been a member of First English for about 15 years, since relocating to Freedom from SE Wisconsin. He and his wife, Kathy, and their two children, Blake (20) and Brooke (11), primarily worship at the North Site, although Don likes to visit the Downtown Site, where the organ and architecture remind him of the Lutheran churches of his youth in northern Wisconsin. At FELC he’s served on the Finance Committee on and off since 2012, Congregation Council: 2013-2015 including a term as president, Executive Committee: 2016, and recently completed a three-year term on the Endowment Committee, as well as assisting with soundboard and media tech roles with the North Site music team. He currently works in the outdoors industry for Bast Durbin Advertising, after many years building the former Gander Mountain chain, followed by nine years in non-profit leadership with the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association. An avid outdoorsman, he and his family spend a lot of time together enjoying nature, while hunting, fishing, hiking and camping - along with their yellow lab, Jake.



Nate LeDuc and his wife, Jenny, have been FELC members for 13 years after moving to Appleton in 2004 and getting married at the Downtown Site. They have watched their daughters, Brooklyn and Hannah get baptized, grow up and currently attend Sunday School at the North Site, where Nate has taught Grades 1-4 for the past 2 ½ years. They have  enjoyed several small groups at FELC, including the Adoption Support Group, Friday Morning Men’s Group and Women’s Book Club. Nate has spent the past 19 years in Sales and Sales Leadership of Software and Digital Marketing. He has been involved in the Chamber of Commerce, as a Mentor and youth basketball coach. Nate is looking to help continue the FELC mission as a place to experience God’s love through friendships, direction and involvement and a place that supports individuals and families as they learn and practice Jesus’ caring example. 


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




Jeff Picken and his wife, Kristi, have been  members of First English for 16 years. They and their two children, Lucas (17) and Marisa (15), primarily worship at the North Site where Jeff serves as a Worship Assistant and Media Builder. Jeff is now retired after a 32-year career at Thrivent Financial in IT and project delivery. Jeff has previously served on the Congregation Council, Worship & Music Ministry Team, call committees, and various task forces. He is active in the Friday Morning Men’s group, on the North Site Banner Task Force and working with other retirees on whatever needs attention at the North Site. Jeff also likes helping out with the Thursday picnics in the Seeds of Grace garden hosted by the Tuesday Morning Men’s group. Outside of First English, Jeff enjoys coaching the Appleton North High School Track and Cross Country teams, following his children’s activities, running and woodworking.



Mark Ulman has been a member of FELC since 1980 worshipping at the Downtown Site. He was married in the church in 1989 and his five children were baptized at FELC and three confirmed their faith. For 21 years he has worked as a Lieutenant for Fox Valley Metro Police Department spending a career in public service as a paramedic, fire-fighter, and deputy coroner. He enjoys fixing things and is restoring a 1968 Ford Fairlane 500. He has been involved in county-wide steering committees for the Law Enforcement Addiction Assistance Program, Outagamie County (OC) Peer Support, and OC Chaplin’s Program. Through the church, he has loaded train cars with supplies, cleared brush from property in the Gresham area, and volunteered at the Warming Shelter. Mark has felt rewarded implementing and watching programs grow that positively impacted community members. He hopes to give back to the congregation that has been an important part of his life.


Pete Vandenberg and his wife, Mary, have been members of FELC for about 40 years. Their two sons grew up at First English and their four grandsons were baptized here. They started worshipping at the Downtown Site. When the decision was made for a presence on the growing north side of Appleton, they committed to worship at the North Site. Pete worked for 24 years in the automotive service industry at a local dealership. When he had his mid-life crisis, he started working retail service at the local Ace Hardware store where he has been for 20 years. Pete has served on several committees (Building and Grounds, Worship and Music, and Finance) and several terms on the Congregation Council.