Meet the American Lutheran Church Staff

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Pastor

Carla Johnsen 

Pastor Carla Johnsen love a cup of coffee especially when it is shared in conversation with someone else.  She hails from a Minnesota farm where the coffee pot is still always on, and where all the ups and downs of life are handled with coffee, conversation, and prayer.  She has been a pastor in the ELCA since 2001 and is passionate about sharing the love of Christ with others.  She, her husband Todd, and their children moved to Lincoln in 2018 when she was called to serve as pastor of American Lutheran Church.

Email: pastor@alclincoln.com

phone: 402-466-6488

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Secretary

Marilyn Bottrell

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Email: amlutheran@alclincoln.com

Phone: 402-466-6488

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Music Director

Lauren Cook

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Email: music@alclincoln.com

Phone: 402-466-6488

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President Church Council

Bernice Westerholt

I was raised in a Lutheran household in Eaton, Colorado and upon moving to Lincoln, Nebraska after marriage, my husband, Steve, and I became members of American Lutheran Church.  I have four children:  Tiffany, Tarissa, Tanner, and Trevor.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln while working full-time and raising my children.   I have worked in the Management Office at Gateway Mall for 34 years and have had to adapt to the ever-changing retail world.  My hobbies are spending time with family, baking chocolate desserts, reading, and watching the Denver Broncos and all Husker Athletic events.   My family and faith are extremely important. 

 

Since joining American Lutheran Church, I have been very active and have been a member of the Church Council for over 22 years.  I have served as Stewardship Chair, Finance Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and President (currently, this is my third stint as President of the Council).

 

There have been a lot of changes, but I am proud to be part of a ministry where members seek ways to serve God, we encourage each other to use our gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit, and we worship Him through traditional and praise/contemporary worship services.  We also have a lot of fun together. 

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Vice President Church Council

Sam Sharpe

A Lincoln native, he is a coffee drinking, golf loving, hanging out with family kind of a guy. A member of American Lutheran Church for 35 years, Sam has been serving, cooking and delivering meals on wheels. 

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Secretary Church Council

Mavis Seelmeyer

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Treasurer Church Council

Diane Brestel

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Committee Chairs

Finance

Doug Dexter

Outreach

Terri Wheeler

Parish Education

Jeanne Stelmach

Social Concerns

Emily Kirkvold

Technology

Tiffany Westerholt

Property

Jana Spilker

Stewardship

Colin Wiggins

Worship

Kris Meyer

Youth

Paul Welsh

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Office Hours:

Mon - Thu: 9am - 2pm

Services

​Sunday: 8am - 1pm

Questions, comments or Prayer Requests
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