Pastoral Staff
Pastor Jeff Tengesdal, Senior Pastor (

Pastor Jeff’s call to pastoral ministry began in 1993 with four small churches placed amongst the durum fields of northwest North Dakota.  In 1997 he was called to serve Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck as one of its pastors.  As the Senior Pastor from 2000 to 2010, he watched the congregation grow to two campuses.

Born in Williston, North Dakota and raised in the Seattle area, Pastor Jeff is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He continued his education at the University of St. Thomas, completing a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. His work experience includes a management position with the ELCA Board of Pensions, counseling with Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, and the Neighborhood Involvement Project in Minneapolis.  Pastor Jeff’s goals as Senior Pastor are to keep a vision and mission at the forefront, lead a staff and foster a spirit of teamwork, and help people grow in their relationship with God. Also of importance is to affirm all people’s call to ministry, preach a relevant and scriptural message of God’s unconditional love through Jesus, and engage the community. He serves on the the Fox Valley Literacy Council Board, the Mental Health Ministry Task Force, and the INCLUDE Steering Committee.  

In addition to his call as a pastor, Pastor Jeff lives out his call as husband, father, and chief launderer for his family.  His wife Barb recently received her PhD and is an early childhood education professor. They were married in 1993 and have two delightful young adult children, Joren who is a Gustavus Adolphus student, and Britta who is a student at UW-Fox Valley, and a small dog, two rabbits, green-cheeked conure, Amazon parrot, two parakeets, two crested geckos, and assortment of fish. Jeff enjoys reading, walking, building tree houses and sundecks, painting, boogie-boarding in the Pacific surf, and traveling to places like Holden Village and overseas.

Pastor Mary Bauer, Associate Pastor of Discipleship (

Pastor Mary graduated in May of 2008 from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Even though she was not raised in the Lutheran tradition, she has had a life-long association with Lutheranism. This tie has included attending Luther League in high school, being part of “Come Together” (a high-school musical outreach group), going to Gustavus Adolphus College and being part of the Lutheran Youth Encounter outreach teams while there, and being a member of a Lutheran Youth Encounter international team that spent six months in West Africa. She was born in Moose Lake, Minn. and was the youngest and only girl in a family with five children. Her college major was a general science distributive with a minor in French. She capped off her college years by marrying Michael Bauer one week after graduation. During their early years of their marriage, she completed her teaching certificate in physical science (teaching high school physics and chemistry). This was followed closely by beginning a family, and becoming a stay-at-home mom. Church was always an important part of their family life, and she and her husband were particularly active in the music ministries. It was during this involvement that Pastor Mary felt a call into full-time ministry. Her husband and children were incredibly supportive during the seven years (six of them as a seminary student) from call to graduation. Pastor Mary lives in Waupaca with her husband, Michael, who is a family doctor.  They have three children. Her two grown sons, Aaron and Tyler, live in Appleton. Her daughter, Sarah, is spending a year on rotary youth exchange in Izmir, Turkey. Mary's hobbies include playing piano, gardening, reading, quilting, biking and playing board games with the family.

Listen to the Pastors' sermons here.