Meet our pastors!
Meet our staff!
Jeff has been on staff since 2009. He started attending Bethel in 1978, he and his wife Maureen were married here in 1980 and they have two children who were baptized here (Ben & Marta). Jeff is active in the Bethel Choir as well as the Resettlement Ministry.
Jeff’s previous work experience has been in theatre management, prepping apartments, service stations and retail grocery primarily in Pricing & Customer Service.
Jeff grew up living on campuses of Lutheran churches with k-8 schools through the ages 3 to 19. Most of these years were spent in Shawano city of 6,000, and a church of 4,000 with the school of 370 students. As long as Jeff can remember he was actively involved in setup and teardowns and making sure things were ready for events. Jeff’s father was a teacher/organist/choir director. Jeff’s mom worked for a Lutheran bookstore/mail-order supply business. His big sister Shelly is a church organist/musician on the West Bank in the New Orleans area. He also had a grandfather and great-grandfather who were Lutheran pastors in Wisconsin. These things have helped prepare Jeff for the varied activities and working relationships in a large church like Bethel.
Jeff feels very blessed to work at a church that has its doors open 7 days a week with broad missions.
Katie (Czechowicz) Gerlach has been a lifelong member of the Bethel family; baptized, confirmed, and most recently married to her husband, Nathan Gerlach (saxophonist at Contemporary service). She has had the privilege of working with Creative Worship Singers, as well as the Contemporary Worship Team. Katie is also the choir director at Cambridge High School and is often involved in a variety of other musical endeavors in and around the Madison area.
Dona has been employed with Bethel Lutheran Church since April 19, 2004. She has been a member of Bethel since May 1998. Dona has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University, an Associate Degree in Finance from Madison Area Technical College (now called Madison College) and graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison Business School in Administrative Assistance. Dona was born in Madison, WI and grew up in Monona.
Dona married Craig Meyer in 1999 at Bethel, and they live happily in Madison. Dona enjoys making jewelry, painting, reading, working with energy healing, spending time with family and friends and has helped her husband Craig put TV shows on air at WYOU (Community Television.) She is an advocate of natural healing, loves yoga and meditation. Dona is also a Reiki Master. She believes that body, mind and spirit have to be in harmony for a person to be truly happy and healthy.