Patrick Kieper – Youth & Family Minister
My family and I, Patrick Kieper, are excited to become part of the St. John’s family as I begin the role of Youth and Family Minister. I have been involved in youth ministry since I was a teen and been a leader of youth ministry programs since I graduated high school. In the summers between college years, I worked for Crossways Camping Ministries at Waypost Camp, and it was in those years that my passion for youth ministry was strengthened and my leadership skills really began to take shape. I am a firm believer that providing youth and families with opportunities to grow together through study, activities, projects, and trips open up ways for them to be their true selves and discover who they are as the church and how relationship with the triune God changes everything.
A bit more about me; I was born and raised in the Wausau area and grew up attending First English Lutheran, where I returned in 2010 after living in Mississippi for a few years (where I also worked with the youth at Christus Victor Lutheran Church). I went to school at D.C Everest and attended North central Technical College, where I studied residential building and design. Currently, I also work at D.C Everest as a custodian. I met my wife, Molly, in the years I spent working at a volunteer camp in Mississippi. We have been married since 2011 and have two daughters, Mackenzie, age 4, and Naomi, age 2, we also have a dog, Gunner. When not busy with our girls, I like to ride my motorcycle, play video games, watch movies and go on hikes. I am a big fan of the Muppets and ‘80s cartoons; when it comes to sports I like motorsports and football – come football season I root for the Badgers and the Packers unless they are playing the Cowboys, then its “Go, Cowboys!” (and yes, I am aware of the risk that has being close to Green Bay).
Julie Cavil – Office Manager
Hello, my name is Julie Cavil and I’m excited to have accepted the role of office administrator. I currently live in the Village of Hobart with my husband Dan and my 2 dogs Koby & Tippy. My son Ace will leave for college at UW Stout this Sunday. Which will make us “empty nesters”.
I have 23 years of office experience as well as own a dog bakery business. I’m so excited to be starting this new chapter in my life with St. John’s. Please feel free to stop by the office and introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting all of you!
Elissa Ribbens – Accompanist
Elissa lives in De Pere and is a junior at Saint Norbert College, studying as a piano performance major. In addition to church liturgy, she accompanies various concerts, musicals, weddings, and other events in the Green Bay area, as well as singing with the SNC chamber choir and WAMI award-winning trio Tre Principesse. She most recently served as associate music director, rehearsal accompanist, and pit keyboard in Saint Norbert Music Theater’s summer production of Mary Poppins. After undergrad, Elissa will immediately begin studying at an undecided graduate school for a master’s degree in either Piano Performance or Piano Pedagogy/Accompaniment. This will most likely lead to a freelance career in various accompaniment positions, hopefully including touring with musical productions as a pit orchestra member. She plans on starting a private piano studio soon. Elissa is looking forward to new experiences this year such as starting organ lessons, competing in a concerto competition, preparing for her junior recital, and playing for St. John’s!