|Rev. Karl Schultz
Pastor Karl M Schultz was born in Wausau, WI, the fifth child and only son of Pastor Ray and Naomi (Nitz) Schultz. After graduating from Our Savior Lutheran School in Wausau, he attended Northwestern Preparatory School (now Luther Preparatory School) in Watertown, WI from which he graduated in 1986. He remained on the same campus in Watertown for the next four years, graduating from Northwestern College in 1990. He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Thiensville, WI in 1994.
Pastor and Jill (Schmidt) met during the summer of 1989. At the time Jill was attending Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. After graduating in 1990, Jill was assigned to teach grades 1-4 at Grace Lutheran School in Portland, OR. Pastor and Jill married on August 3, 1991. During Pastor’s vicar year at Salem Lutheran Church in Stillwater, MN (1992-93), the first Schultz child, Katherine (Katie) was born. Pastor’s assignment upon graduating from the Seminary was to serve the Christians of St Peter Lutheran Church in rural Darwin, MN (the home of the world’s largest ball of twine made by one man). He served in Darwin from June 1994 to October 1998. During these years the next three Schultz children were born: Emma, Grace, and Aaron. In October 1998 the Schultz family moved to Hadar, NE where Pastor served Immanuel Lutheran Church and School. The next two Schultz children were born in Nebraska: Luke and Sadie. From May 2004 through December 2013 Pastor served as associate pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Kaukauna, WI. The last two of the children were born during these years: Joseph (Joe) and Meredith.
Rev. Peter Metzger
While he spent time living in Montana, Michigan, and a short stint in Bulgaria, Pastor Peter Metzger has strong Wisconsin roots. He was born in Fond Du Lac and still has much family in the area.
Peter graduated from Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI, from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, and finally from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI, in 2013.
Pastor Metzger is newly married to Lydia Metzger (nee Balge), a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a member of the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra. They love calling Lake Geneva their home! It has the perfect combination of city culture and outdoor adventure opportunities.
While still enrolled in school Peter had many extracurricular opportunities to grow both spiritually and professionally. He participated in the Jesus Cares program, which provides spiritual care for special needs adults, and was blessed to take advantage of mission trips to Denver, CO, and Covington, GA.
As part of his seminary training, Peter was privileged to coordinate the Seminary student preachers at local congregations and lead devotions at nursing homes in the northern Milwaukee area. During one summer he served as a student assistant to Pastor Jeremiah Gumm at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Syracuse, NY. He also spent his vicar year at Peace Lutheran Church in Kokomo, IN, under the direction of Pastor Adam Mueller.
In May of 2013, Peter received his first assignment into the public ministry to serve First Lutheran Church in Lake Geneva, WI, as Associate Pastor for Spiritual Growth. On a daily basis he enjoys the grace of God while he works to bring God's Word to His people.
Mrs. Helen Hacht (Church and School Secretary)
I have been blessed to serve as church and school secretary since 1984. What started as a part-time job when our youngest child started school here, soon became full-time. I also helped as a teacher's aide while our children were here. My husband and I have been members of this wonderful church family since 1976. We have two grown sons and are looking forward to being grandparents someday. I enjoy reading, walking and working with plants. I find great joy in helping our church and school families, and watching our school children grow in their faith. I am privileged to continue to serve a great congregation with an awesome staff. Technology has changed a lot since 1984 but helping God's people and sharing God's Word has not. To God be the glory!