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, take an active role in making the community better, and help people grow in their relationship with God.

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, Dr. Barb Arnold-Tengesdal, is an early childhood education professor and consultants. They were married in 1993 and have two delightful children: Joren who is in a doctoral program in Industrial Organizational Psychology, and Britta who is studying to be a nationally certified dog trainer. 

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 a member of a Lutheran Youth Encounter outreach teams while attending Gustavus Adolphus College, and spending six months in West Africa on a Lutheran Youth Encounter international team. She was born in Moose Lake, Minnesota the only girl in a family with four older brothers. 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 the early years of their marriage, Mike finished his training to become a family doctor and Mary became certified to teach high school physics and chemistry. This was followed closely by beginning a family, and becoming a stay-at-home mom to their three children. Church was always an important part of family life, and she and Mike 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 and Mike have lived in Waupaca for over 25 years, and their grown children live in the Appleton area. Mary’s hobbies include reading, playing piano, Sudoku, gardening, knitting, board games with the family, and playing with her miniature golden doodle, Honey.

Listen to the Pastors' sermons here.