Meet Our Staff
Meet Our Staff
Originally from the plains of northeastern Colorado, Pastor Leslie has enjoyed meeting the people of God all over the country. A 2004 grad of Concordia University River Forest and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (2011) in South Carolina, she served her first call in Sacramento, CA after serving as a chaplain for a large Lutheran school in Florida. In 2017 she moved back to Colorado where she served as Assistant to the Bishop for Faith Formation and Candidacy in the Rocky Mountain Synod. She is delighted to join the pastoral staff at Saint Andrew and looks forward to getting to know the congregation and what excited them about following Jesus in these bizarre days. Pr Leslie enjoys coffee, her piano and banjo, reading, learning new hobbies without really mastering them, and anything JRR Tolkien related.
Pastor Leslie and her spouse Asher live in Marathon with their pup Francis and three cats, Agnes, Tillie, and Jack. They love the outdoors and are excited to explore this area of Wisconsin, especially when water is involved.
Pastor Justin Smoot is a 2003 (B.A.) graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, and a 2006 (M.A.) and 2009 (M.Div.), graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Studying religion and German provided him the opportunity to study the Reformation in Germany, live in Lutherstadt-Wittenberg for a while, and the Religion and Society in India. Before beginning his ministry at Saint Andrew in January of 2020, the Pastors Smoot lived and served in Northeastern Indiana. Pr. Justin participated in Kairos Prison Ministry Retreats at Westville Correctional Facility. Having built many ecumenical relationships, he served as the treasurer for the LaGrange Area Ministerial Association, participated in shared ministry conversations with our Full-Communion partners, planned and led an joint Lutheran-Catholic prayer service to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, and was a semi-regular contributor to the religion section for KPC Media.
He lives in Rib Mountain with his wife, Pr. Phyllis Smoot who serves at St. John’s Mosinee, two daughters, and two dogs. When he is not listening to podcasts, he is reading, playing board games, or watching movies. Recently biking has replaced Tae Kwon Do as the preferred physical activity.
Around the Wausau-area, he is accompanied by Lil’ Luther (@lil_mluther on Instagram) as he travels and serves. Lil’ Luther loves selfies and will take them with you anyplace.
I am grateful to be part of the ministry team at Saint Andrew. It is a great blessing to share your faith and life stories as I have been privileged to do as a pastor for over 30 years. I see that as an amazing grace. I am also an occasional on-call hospital chaplain in which it is humbling to share in God’s care and compassion.
Joy serves as the receptionist and congregational secretary. Her work is centered around developing and managing parish publications, coordination of worship participants, and maintenance of church records.
Patrick lives to serve. From event set-up to building maintenance he uses vast experience and knowledge to keep the Saint Andrew facility clean and running smoothly to help support the mission of the congregation.
Leadership is provided by the Ministry Teams of Saint Andrew. Each ministry focuses on one aspect of our life together. One person from each of these ministry teams is appointed as a liaison to the Church Council. The Church council gives general oversight to the life and activities of the congregation, designates benevolent gifts to be shared locally and globally, and supports the work of the pastors and staff.
Herb Heyne – Council President
Diane Goetsch – Council Vice President, Worship Ministry Liaison
Denise Skare – Secretary
Terri Fronek – Treasurer
Beth Hansen – Financial Secretary
Phil Bickley – Social Ministry Liaison
Randy Trollop – Personnel Ministry Liaison
Vickie Mrotek and Tammy Schilling – Fellowship/Outreach Ministry Liaison
Bob Wiederhoeft – Finance/Stewardship Ministry Liaison
Mark Clark – Communication Ministry Liaison
Jeanne Willems – Property Ministry Liaison
Pam Clark and Nick Josiger – Faith Formation Liaison