Cross Lutheran Staff
Pastor John Brink
Pastor John was called to serve as Senior Pastor here at Cross in 2017 and brings a wide range of life experiences. A native of Wisconsin, John traveled with his parents as missionaries to Africa, where he spent most of his formative school years. Following graduation from high school, John joined the Air Force and spent the next 20 years serving on active duty. His career took him to Loring AFB, Maine, Offutt AFB, Nebraska, and Naples, Italy. Following retirement from the Air Force in 1998, he returned to Wisconsin. In 2002, John discerned God’s call to rostered ministry and began his studies at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, graduating in 2006. Following ordination, John’s first call took him to Nebraska, where he would spend the next 11 years serving three different churches.
Pastor John is married and has 7 children, 1 step-daughter, and 7 grandchildren. His wife, Melody, is also an ELCA pastor, serving at Messiah Lutheran Church in Twin Lakes. Living at home with John and Melody are Melody’s daughter Anya and their sons, Eli and Joshua. Two of Pastor John’s grown children live in Wisconsin, one lives in the St. Louis area, and two are in the Air Force, stationed in California and Texas.
Pastor John loves to run and has ran in many races ranging from a 5k to full marathons, including two Chicago Ragnar’s and the Disney World Dopey Challenge. For quiet time, John enjoys reading books by his favorite authors - Ken Follett, Tom Clancy, and Clive Cussler.
Pastor elizabeth Lee
Pastor Elizabeth is the second pastor at Cross Lutheran Church specializing in Youth and Family Ministries. She previously serviced at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Walworth, WI from 2015-2018, and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waupun, WI from 2010-2015.
Pastor Elizabeth received a BA in Religion: Global Service and a minor in Social Welfare from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA in 2005. During her time at Wartburg, she lived and worked with Lutheran Community Care in South Australia, which helped her to connect her call to pastoral ministry and our work as disciples doing God’s work in the world. While at Wartburg, she received her Youth and Family Ministries Certification from Wartburg Seminary. In 2009, she graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) with her Master of Divinity.
Pastor Elizabeth is married to Josh and they have three children. Josh is a Civil Engineer specialized in Geotechnical and Transportation who works for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Their son, Xander, is five years old and enjoys running and spending time with his church friends. He also enjoys being in kindergarten this year. They have three-year-old twins, Nico and Kenzie, who enjoy worship music and keeping their parents busy.
Pastor Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family and being involved in community activities. In her limited spare time she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors. Pastor Elizabeth is passionate that God’s love is turning our world upside down and we have the joy and responsibility of sharing this love with others.
Brian Plehn - Contemporary Worship Leader, Music Team Director, Joyful Voices Director
Brian joined the music staff in 2015.
Ginny Richards - Organist
Ginny has served Cross as organist for 50+ years.
Sarah Flygare - Bell Director
Sarah joined the music staff in 2018.