Outreach Pastor Call Committee
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Call Committee Bios
As a 30+ year member of Bethel and recently retired, I have seen significant change at our church and in the community. I have served on numerous call committees and also the church council, twice. Outreach has always been a challenge at Bethel and I am excited about the opportunity to identify a new pastor who is comfortable welcoming guests to our church. I know my faith journey was jumpstarted by someone doing outreach and meeting me where I was most comfortable.
I am married to Susan and have two adult daughters, Heidi who lives in the Twin Cities and Emily who is married to John and are the parents of my only grandchild, Annabelle. They have returned to Madison and are seeking a church home where they will feel comfortable.
My husband, Riley, and I have a 6-year-old son (Reis) and 3-year-old daughter (Reagan). We recently moved to McFarland and love it. My husband is a physical therapist and I work for Baker Tilly as a financial recruiter.
I look forward to being a part of the Call Committee to see how Bethel can continue to evolve and meet the demands of our ever-changing congregation.
My name is Ashley! After growing up on a farm and attending college in eastern Iowa, I came to Madison a year and a half ago to pursue an Environment and Resources Master’s degree. My academic interests focus on agricultural practices that benefit both people and the environment, but I enjoy reading a good book and satisfying my sweet tooth outside of school. It’s great being in a new city, yet close enough to my hometown that I can spend time with family often. Bethel was not the only church I visited in Madison, but to me it felt like home. I was so welcomed by the pastors and the congregation when I first started attending. I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to help call a pastor that can be just as welcoming for new groups of people who may be looking for a home like Bethel too.
Kiel Majewski is a public historian who was mentored by the founding generation of scholars and survivors in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies. He started as the first executive director of CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, based in Terre Haute, Indiana. Through the power of survivor testimony and social media, he helped to grow this small museum into an international education center. Kiel has curated exhibits, led tours of genocide memorials in North America, Europe, and Africa, and has mentored youth and adult peace-building advocates. He writes and speaks regularly on topics such as the Holocaust, Rwanda, polarization and radicalization, documenting history, fostering dialogue, and civic engagement. The grandson of a US Army liberator during World War II, Kiel is passionate about helping the generation of eyewitnesses transfer their legacies to next and future generations.
In 2017, Kiel founded Timberwolf Advisors in Madison, Wisconsin. It is named after Kiel’s grandfather’s US Army unit, the 104th Infantry Division – aka the Timberwolves – which helped to liberate the Dora-Mittelbau Concentration Camp in Nordhausen, Germany. The mission of Timberwolf Advisors is to support, scale, and sustain organizations that educate the public about the Holocaust, genocide, and peace-building skills and values.
I have been attending Bethel Lutheran since 2001 and I fell in love almost instantly with Bethel including the warm, friendly fellowship and welcoming atmosphere. During my time at Bethel, I have been involved in various activities from Stephen Ministry to serving on the Transition Task Force. I have met so many amazing people at Bethel, resulting in some of the most incredible friendships that have inspired me and deepened my faith even further.
I am a mother to two girls, Lauren (11) and Savannah (8) who have enjoyed the many benefits of Bethel from Sunday school to Bethel Horizons. I am blessed to have a job I love as Vice President of Claims for a medical liability insurance company. In my free time, I enjoy running, biking, reading, and spending time with friends. I am honored to serve on the Outreach Pastoral Call Committee, and look forward to contributing to the call process.
Hello Bethel members, I’m Euan Ford & excited to be part of the team working to find a new community outreach pastor that will help build strong connections between Bethel & the Madison community. Originally from Scotland I’ve lived in the Madison community for 12 years with my wife Michelle. We have a six year daughter Anja who loves participating in the Sunday School program. I currently work as Product Marketing Consultant at American Family Insurance. I am looking forward to the adventure the calling of this new pastor will take the Bethel congregation on!
I’m Stacey Simatic and I grew up at Bethel, being baptized and confirmed here. Over the years I have taught Sunday School, helped with Vacation Bible Camp, participated in mission trips, and served three years on Church Council, two of which as secretary. My husband, Kurt, and I were married at Bethel in 2008 and have two sons, Michael (6) and Ryan (4) who were both baptized here. We live in Waunakee and enjoy swimming in the summer and playing hockey in the winter.