Pastors

Joshua Reese

Senior Pastor and Elder

Pastor Josh became the senior pastor of St. Germain EFC in 2010. He is a graduate of Colorado State University and earned a Master’s of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Josh is married to Wendy and has four girls, Claire, Anna, Ellyn, & Lauren. After living in Colorado, Alaska, and Illinois, the Reese family finds great joy in making the Northwoods of Wisconsin their home.

Above all else Josh desires to lead a community growing in Christ. He loves knowing God’s story, learning others’ stories and crafting new stories as a family. With God’s grace, Pastor Josh looks forward to many years of reaching out to the Northwoods with Jesus’ love.

Daniel Shields

Associate Pastor of Students and Children

Dan Shields is the Associate Pastor of Students and Children at St. Germain EFC and has been with St. Germain EFC since August of 2010. He grew up in Eagle River, Wisconsin and went to Crown College in Minnesota. He has a Bachelor’s degree in youth ministry.

Dan is married to his wife Laura and they have two beautiful daughters, Taya and Anya. Dan loves to play soccer, ultimate Frisbee and disc golf. He enjoys spending time with people and being outdoors. His biggest passion is becoming more like our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Tom Kammel

Associate Pastor of Adults & Equipping

Tom became the Associate Pastor of Adults and Equipping at St. Germain in 2019. He and his wife Kay are native “Cheeseheads”, having grown up on Wisconsin farms near Coon Valley and Tomah, respectively.  They both graduated from the University of Wisconsin / La Crosse and have six children; Kaitlyn Ferry (husband Josh and three grandchildren; Olivia, Jack and Lincoln), Wade (wife Kim), Will (wife Holly and a baby on the way in March), Caleb (wife Vivian), Christian and Raeshana.  After serving together in the ministry of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) in California, Washington State and Indiana, Tom filled the position Associate Pastor at Emmanel Baptist Church in Bloomington, Indiana.  They are now thrilled to make Arbor Vitae and the Northwoods their home.

Tom and Kay are avid outdoor enthusiasts and consider nature “sacramental”, as it leads them to a deeper knowledge of the Creator.  Above all else they desire to do their utmost for His Highest, building up each member of the body of Christ for the glory of God.

Staff

Wendy Reese

Children's Ministry Director

Wendy has been an active member and volunteer at St. Germain Evangelical Free since 2010.  She accepted the Children’s Ministry Director position in the fall 2017.  Wendy obtained her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Early Childhood Education and went on to receive her Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Elementary Education.  Her passion is sharing God’s truth and love with children.

Wendy has been married to her husband for over 2o years and is blessed with four incredible daughters.  In her spare time she loves cross country skiing, biking, sitting by the lake and camping with her family in the lovely Northwoods.

Luke Taylor

Worship Director

Luke Taylor is the Worship Director at St. Germain Evangelical Free, a post he took up in early September 2017.  Originally from America’s High Five, also known as Michigan, he relocated to Lynchburg, Virginia in 2014 to pursue grad school… and Sarah, the girl who would eventually become his beautiful bride 2 years later.

Luke has a Bachelor’s Degree in the Humanities with an emphasis in Creative Writing, so prayers for his family’s future are always welcomed and encouraged.  He also currently works at HoneyRock in Three Lakes, WI with a couple different programs designed for young adults.  When he’s not enjoying his time with the St. Germain congregation, you can probably find him reading a book, writing some songs or actively living up to the self-declared title of “casual foodie” with his wife.

Andrea Jacobi

Office Administrative Assistant

Andrea Jacobi is our Office Administrative Assistant since January of 2010.  Andrea has wide-ranging office experience having worked in that capacity at a nursing home, tennis club and medical clinic in the Milwaukee area.  She attended MBTI Business Training Institute and then became the Systems Specialist at Milwaukee Medical Clinic before moving to St. Germain in 1993.

Andrea has been a member of St. Germain Evangelical Free since 2003.  She has been married to her husband, Gary, for 25+ years and they have two grown children, Jason and Erin.  Andrea loves crocheting, paper crafting, cooking, movies, Wisconsin sports, kayaking, snowshoeing and walks with her dog, Miss Millie.  She and her family now reside in Woodruff.

Linda Doud

Administrative Assistant for Worship, Students and Children

Linda Doud played piano for worship at St. Germain Evangelical Free for many years before becoming the Administrative Assistant for Worship, Students and Children.  She grew up in California and went to Northwestern College in Iowa.

Linda has lived in Eagle River for 40 years.  She is married to Dennis and has two children, Abby and Isaac, as well as 2 granddaughters.  She has enjoyed a lifetime of serving in youth ministries, children’s ministries and planning and playing piano for worship services.  She is surprised by One who would save her by grace and love her so faithfully.  Her passion is to come alongside the leaders she works with and serve them well.

Cortnee Pinski

Little Explorers Preschool Teacher

Cortnee Pinski became the Little Explorers Preschool Teacher at St. Germain Evangelical Free in the fall of 2017.  Cortnee is from Wyoming and attended Western Wyoming Community College and the University of Wyoming.  She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood.

Cortnee and her husband, Mark, moved to Eagle River 4 years ago from Wyoming.  They have three children, Dax, Ruby and Beck.  Her family really enjoys the beauty and recreation that the Northwoods provides.  She loves being a preschool teacher and finds it a privilege to teach little ones about God’s love.

Laura Shields

Little Explorers Preschool Teachers Aide

Laura became the Little Explorers Preschool Teachers Aide in the fall of 2017.  She grew up in Northwest Iowa, but has lived in the Northwoods for the past six years.  Laura attended Crown College in Minnesota where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

Laura lives in Eagle River with her husband, Dan, and their daughter, Taya.  She loves spending time with her family and friends, especially with a good cup of coffee in hand.  Laura also enjoys spending time with kids crafting projects and helping them understand how special they are to God.

Karen Hess

Church Custodian

Karen works part-time cleaning the church.  She moved to Wisconsin in November of 2012 and is originally from Kansas.  She came to Wisconsin to do an internship at HoneyRock in Three Lakes.  While at HoneyRock, she attended St. Germain Evangelical Free and it has become her family and church home.  Karen is also involved with the children and senior ministries at St. Germain EFC.

Karen resides in Eagle River.  In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, cross country skiing and any other way she can find herself enjoying God’s creation.

Geoff Arnold

Church Custodian

Geoff and his wife Brenda have been attending StG EFC since 2016.  Geoff is originally from Ripon, WI and has attended UW Eau Claire as a music major and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.  He has been a Banquet Coordinator for the Heidel House in Green Lake, The Playboy Club in Lake Geneva and Marriott Resorts in Colorado Springs, San Diego, Marco Island, Vail and Point Clear, Alabama.  In 2001 Geoff moved back to Wisconsin to the Green Lake Conference Center where he was inspired to pursue the pastorate which he did until 2012 when he and Brenda moved to Star Lake to retire.  Since his “retirement” Geoff has worked for Conserve School in Land O Lakes and the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.  He has been a part-time custodian since January 2019 and helps out occasionally with the praise team.  Geoff and Brenda have two grown sons, Brad and Ben, who live in the Fox Valley.

Elders

Rob Ribbe

Elder, Church Chairman
715-891-0950

Scott Girard

Elder
608-220-4250

Jeff Maines

Elder
715-479-7873

Dan Sass

Elder
608-770-0466

Bill Schrieber

Elder
847-533-2485

Paul Belcher

Elder
715-891-6000

Greg Maines

Elder
715-891-1097