Council 2

Jeff Cieslik has been a member  of First English for 35 years and spends most of his time at the Downtown Site, but has been visiting the North Site recently. Jeff and his wife, Cindy, have  two children: Benjamin, 30, who is a pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran in Minneapolis, and Meghan, 26, who is currently living in Chicago.  Jeff works in procurement for Presto Products Company. He has served on congregational council twice (once as president.)  Jeff has also volunteered for six National Youth Gathering trips as a chaperone.  Jeff likes to play golf…a  lot.  Jeff says the older he gets, the more appealing fishing in a boat gets.


Aaron Douglas and his family joined First English two years ago, shortly after moving to town. They attend worship at both sites, but predominately, the North Site.  The Douglases moved to Appleton in 2008, when Aaron, a family physician, joined Primary Care Associates. Alyssa, a nurse by training, has found full-time work as a loving mother of two children, Clara (3) and Levi (1). Serving on the recent call committee that called Pastor Tengesdal was a fun and rewarding experience for Aaron. He has also enjoyed being a part of various medical committees in the area, along with involvement with the Lawrence University athletic program. When he’s not playing with his kids at home, Aaron enjoys several outdoor activities like running, cycling, cross-county skiing, and camping, and he always keeps a good book on his nightstand.


Kay Eggert  has been a member of FELC since 1991 and worships primarily at the Downtown Site. Kay and her husband, David, have four children, Charlie, Emily, Peter and Elizabeth. The older three have graduated from college; all worked as FELC summer interns and are continuing their educations in the medical field. The youngest is a first year student at St. Olaf College. Kay worked as a dentist prior to raising children. Her current part-time “job” is serving on the Board of Education for the Appleton Area School District. At FELC Kay volunteers as a welcome host, communion server, coffee hour host and with various special events such as the Progressive Dinner.  She recently served on the Financial Task Force. Her current community service includes the Appleton Area School District Board of Education and the Appleton YMCA Board of Directors. Kay enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, cross country skiing, knitting and reading.


Ellen Evensen has been a member of First English since 2000. She was appointed in May to take over a vacant Council spot, has served on the Congregational Life Ministry Team, is a confirmation small-group leader, volunteers in many worship areas when needed and enjoys getting up bright and early with the “Women’s Thursday Early Riser Bible Study.” Ellen is an HR Generalist for Alta Resources in Neenah. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends in her spare time and is really looking forward to joining the First English youth at the youth gathering in New Orleans in July.

Steve Ford and his wife, Annette, have been active members of First English Lutheran Church since 1988.  They have 3 children, Trevor, Chay and Molly.  Steve has served on the Building and Grounds Committee and has been a member of the Church Council, serving as Council President for one term.  He has taught Sunday School at the 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade levels.  He and Annette were Confirmation Small Group leaders for 8 years and also coordinated the Youth Christmas Wreath Sales for many years.  He is active in the Men's Ministry and enjoys family, friends, fly fishing and golf.


Dean Haas
and his wife, Edith, joined First English in 2002 after moving to Appleton from Minnesota.  They have two adult children, Angela who lives in Montana and Steven & wife Missy who live in Denver.  Dean has served on the Support Minnistry Team, Timber Rattlers baseball committee and the Self-Study Task Force at FELC.  He enjoys volunteeringhis time as a welcome host, reader, greeter and communion assistant.  Dean and Edith particpate in Tables of Eight, serving for coffee hour and trips to the Gulf Coast on Mission Trips.  Dean is a Senior Financial Services Officer and is very active in the Lions service organization.


Gordy Jeppson
and his wife, Mary, have been members of First English since they moved to Appleton from Iowa in 1988. He recently retired from ThriventFinancial for Lutherans after 23 years. Before working at Thrivent, he had a 27-year career ineducation, primarily in athletic administration and coaching at the college level. Mary and Gordy have three grown sons. Two of their sons are married. They have seven grandchildren. For thepast 4 years, he has been a member of the First English Stewardship Committee.


Jennifer Johnson has been married to her husband, Greg, for 25 years and they have two children, Maren (19, a sophomore at UW-Madison), and Erik (17, a junior at Kaukauna High School).  They moved to the Fox Valley in 1986, and have been members of First English since then.  Over the years, she has been involved in many ways at FELC from directing the Angelus Choir, volunteering for Vacation Bible School, singing in the Parish Choir, and song leading/cantoring.  She has served on the Worship Ministry Team, one term on the Church Council and its executive committee, and also served on the Transition Team following the retirement of Pastors Quello and Bloedow.  Jennifer has been active in many ways as a community volunteer from serving as a Girl Scout Leader, serving on the Fox Valley Symphony League and Board, to currently singing with the White Heron Chorale and serving on their board.


Kathy Larson has been a member of First English for 20 years along with her husband Gary, and three children, Erik, Sarah and Anna. Kathy grew up near Eau Claire and moved to the Fox Valley with her husband 29 years ago when he became employed at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Kathy is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh with a degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance. Kathy has been employed by Thrivent Financial for the last 18 years and currently works in the Church and Community Engagement unit as a Grant Program Manager. In her current role, Kathy has the opportunity to work with representatives from the national Lutheran church bodies, many Lutheran congregations and Lutheran institutions. Kathy has served the church as a long time Sunday School teacher, small-group confirmation leader, Vacation Bible School and various other roles. Kathy also volunteers as the piano accompanist for the Fox Valley VSA choir, a choir made up of people with and without disabilities.


Terry Maves has been a member at First English for 63 years.  He and his wife, Mary, have each been life long members of the church and have five children: Tyler, J.R. (Grawe), Gus, Peter and Suzy.  Terry is the Pharmacy Director for United Healthcare-Wisconsin, a pharmacist for Shopko Pharmacies and president-elect of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin.  Volunteer activities include being a board member of the Fox Cities Community Health Center and the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange.  At First English Terry has served 3 terms on the Church Council, was a member of the constitution rewriting committee, the Human Resource team, and the committee to call Pastor Mary Bauer.  Over the years he taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, ushered, and played on the church softball team.

Dong Pham and his wife, Sheryl, live in Appleton and have been members of First English since 2000. Along with their two children, Aaron and Carmen, they regularly attend worship services at the North Site. He is a member of the Congregational Life Ministry Team and serves as a greeter, coffee hour host and new member sponsor. Dong works in Oshkosh for Bemis Company as an environmental engineer in the Corporate Environmental Affairs Department. Before joining Bemis, he was an environmental consultant for 15 years. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, running and biking.

Rick Sather
and his wife, Kris, son Andrew (18) and daughter Megan (15) have been members of First English for 12 years.  Rick has served as a member of the Learning Ministry Team, Life and Growth Ministry Team, and is currently a member of the Stewardship Committee. Rick chaired the Life and Growth Ministry team when the team recommended the creation of two separate committees that are now the Congregational Life and Congregational Growth Ministry Teams.  This was also when the welcome host role was established.  Rick has previously served one term on the Church Council and has also been actively involved in adult learning activities including adult, Lenten and small group study groups.


Lance Schmidt has been a member of five ELCA congregations in four states since 1988.  He and his wife, Barbara, are proud parents of Alec(12), Anna(9) and Emily(6).  They moved back to their beloved Wisconsin in 2003, built a house in the Town of Ellington and joined FELC in 2004.  Both were raised on dairy farms in rural Shawano County.  Lance manages the Greenville Branch of Family Insurance Center, Inc. and serves as a junior partner.  He has served on the North Site Development Team and the Worship & Music Ministry Team.  He has been a member of the Congregational Growth Ministry Team since 2005, chairing the Team in 2008.  He also served on the Call Committee for Pastor Dismer.  He enjoys serving as worship assistant, communion server and lay reader at the North Site.  He also participates in the Friday Morning Men’s Ministry and FELC’s All Pro Dad Ministry.  He and Barbara facilitated the Couple Prayer Series this past fall.  He enjoys volunteering and is Treasurer of the Greenville Lions Club and is a member of the Greenville Civic Club, Hortonville Chamber of Commerce, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, Fox Cities YMCA, Appleton Referral Network and the Fox West Business Association.  He also coaches for Hortonville Flag Football and Greenville Youth Sports.  He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting with his son and their golden retriever, Remington.  He also enjoys fishing, singing, history and politics.


Sara Van Beek  has been a member of FELC since 1997 and has been worshipping primarily at the North Site since 2006. She has been married to Mark for 18 years.  They have two sons:  Cory is in 7th grade at Magellan Middle School, and Kent is in 5th grade at Odyssey Elementary School. Sara was an electrical engineer at Kimberly-Clark until 1999 when she decided to be a stay-at-home mom. Sara has been an active volunteer at her kids’ schools.  She has also been a Cub Scout den leader, popcorn “kernel,” and unofficial assistant cubmaster while her husband was the cubmaster.  At FELC, Sara has been a Sunday School teacher, member of the North Site Task Force and the Worship & Music Ministry Team, and media builder for the North Site.  Recently, she served as the chair of the Call Committee which called Pastor Jeff Tengesdal. Sara enjoys canoeing, camping, reading, woodworking, crafts of all types, watching her sons’ baseball and basketball games, and collecting cookbooks.  She’s excited about what the future holds for FELC.


John Zweig
is a native of Illinois and moved to Appleton after he retired from the Army in 1998. John and his wife, Margaret, have been members at First English since 1999. They have three children: Jimmy is a band director and Robert and Christina are in college. In addition to being a member of the Council and chairman of the Support Ministry Team, John works in a variety of roles at First English, including serving as an usher and worship assistant. He chaired the Self-Study Task Force and served on the Call Committee during our recent transition. John is a dentist and is Clinic Director for Dental Associates, Ltd. in Green Bay. John’s volunteer activities have included Scout leader and soccer coach, along with band boosters and Odyssey of the Mind.