Pastor Richard A. Moore was born in Cincinnati, OH. He received his B.A. in English and Music from Concordia College, Bronxville, NY in 1980, his Masters of Divinity in 1985 and has begun his doctoral studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He has served one pastorate for 21 years at Immanuel Lutheran Chapel in St. Louis County, MO, prior to his accepting the call to serve at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church and School in Winona.
Pastor Moore has served the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as a Circuit Counselor for 16 years of his ministry and as a delegate to 7 synodical conventions, including service on several floor committees. He has been a LWML Zone Counselor, a member of the St. Louis Lutheran High School Association Board of Directors, a member of the Lutheran Altenheim Board, the host of the radio program “Aging in Perspective” that deals with issues of aging and has served as a regular guest leader for our synodical radio station’s (KFUO) program entitled “The Bible Study.” Pastor Moore serves on the Board of Directors and as a religion instructor at Hope Lutheran High School Winona.
Pastor Moore is married with two children. His wife, Laurie, has chosen to be a homemaker. She is a social worker by profession with experience in the area of health care and in working with those who are mentally challenged. They have been blessed with two now grown daughters. Rachael is a ballet instructor at the Minnesota Conservatory of the Arts and at St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN. And, Johanna is living in Missouri pursuing a degree in accounting.
Robert arrived at St. Martin’s / Winona in the summer of 1983. He is one of seven children born to Rev. O.H. (1920-1988) and Elsie Cloeter of Faribault, Minnesota. He graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Robert’s first call was to St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Chaska, Minnesota were he taught various grade levels and directed athletics for five years. In 1982-83 he went back to Concordia University in St. Paul where he received his degree in Evangelism/Mission studies. In May of 1983, St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Winona, Minnesota called him to be their first full-time Director of Outreach. Robert began his ministry at St. Martin’s on August 1, 1983.
Larry Finke, Director of Music at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church and School, has over 35 years of experience as an educator, administrator, church musician, and performer. He holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and currently teaches on-line courses for the North Dakota University System. His duties at St. Martin’s Church include directing the choir, the handbell choir, instrumental ensembles, and serving as principal organist. At St. Martin’s School he teaches grades 5-8 classroom music, accompanies the Junior Choir, and gives piano and guitar lessons. He also teaches choir, band, guitar ensemble, journalism, photography, and German at Hope Lutheran High School. His choral music has been published by Concordia Publishing House and St. James Music Press. He and his wife Bonnie have six children and seven grandchildren.
I was born in Winona, Minnesota, to David and Arlene (nee Brevig) Stark. I was brought to St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winona when I was two weeks old for baptism into God’s Family.
We moved from an apartment on West Fourth Street in Winona to Bluff Siding, Wisconsin, when I was an infant, and resided in a farmhouse upper apartment across the road from by grandparents and uncle. After living in the Bluff Siding for a few years, my family returned to Winona and I began my education in kindergarten at St. Martin’s Lutheran School in Winona.
I was received into communicant membership through the Rite of Confirmation at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church on May 15, 1966, and was salutatorian of my ninth grade graduating class from St. Martin’s Lutheran School in May of 1966. After graduation from Winona Senior High School in 1969, I attended Winona State University, where I graduated with a BA degree in Individualized Studies (concentration in the areas of Sociology, Business Education and Business Administration) in 1978. My full-time work for the Lord at St. Martin’s began in June of 1974, while I was attending Winona State University.
We resided on West Mark Street in Winona until March of 2000, when I moved to a home in Goodview, Minnesota, with my mother. The oldest of five children, I have two brothers, Dennis and Bruce Stark, and two sisters, Janice Dienger and Joyce Camerer.
I am presently a member of Women In Mission (LWML) and serve as the treasurer and am one of the Congregational Advocates for Thrivent Financial. In the past I had served as Secretary/Treasurer and then Treasurer of the AAL Branch for several years, helped with the church youth groups, and served as Recording Secretary of the congregation
I enjoy doing search word puzzles and needlework and craft projects.
Ruth Badciong is Director of Campus Ministry for St. Martin’s. She coordinates the program of Bible study, fellowship, and service projects for the Lutheran Student Fellowship (LSF) Chapter at Winona State University.
Ruth is a Wisconsin native who graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a degree in Lutheran Elementary Education. She later earned the M.Ed. degree from Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee) and an Ed.D from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Ruth’s first call as a certified Lutheran teacher was to Good Shepherd Lutheran School in East Troy, Wisconsin, where she taught Grades 5/6 and directed athletics. In 1990 she married Steven and accepted a call to teach Kindergarten, Grades 7/8, and Technology at St. Martin’s. She served St. Martin’s until 1997 when she was called to teach in the College of Education at Concordia University, Portland.
Ruth returned to Winona and St. Martin’s to be a stay-at-home mom to two wonderful sons and to do some freelance curriculum work for Concordia Publishing House and Lutherans for Life. Since Spring 2002 she has been blessed with the opportunity to work again with college students in the area of campus ministry.
Ruth also enjoys singing, playing clarinet, Bible Study, family time, and watching her favorite team, the Green Bay Packers. She is a member of Phoebe Circle and Women in Mission and serves on the Winona Zone LWML Board and the East Winona County Thrivent Chapter Board.
I was born, raised and still live in the east end of Winona. Graduated from WSHS and completed one year at Winona Vocational School. Was drafted into the United States Army and given an all-expenses paid trip to Southeast Asia. Retired from the Winona Fire Dept. after 30 yrs. I am married to my lovely wife Rita and we have three children and two grandchildren.
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Sharon grew up the youngest of seven children in Chaska, Minnesota, where her father was pastor of St. John Lutheran Church and School. She attended Lutheran High School in Mayer, Minnesota, but graduated from Centura Public High School in Cairo, Nebraska. She received a B.A. and B.S. degree in secondary mathematics education from Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska. and attended the University of Nebraska to pursue an advanced degree in Actuarial Science. God led her on a different life path, however, and she accepted her first teaching call to Lutheran High North in Houston, Texas. The following fall, she became a mathematics teacher and department head at Barr Public Middle School in Grand Island, Nebraska. While in Grand Island, she received her Masters degree in Middle Level Mathematics Education from the University of Nebraska.
In 1991, she married her husband, Randy Forst, and they have been blessed with two wonderful children – Caleb and Joshua. In 2000, she became a teaching professor of math education at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin. During this time, she pursued coursework in school administration. In 2004, she accepted her first school administrative call to St. John Lutheran School, in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Since 2008, She has served at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church and School, as school principal, and teacher of middle school math and science.
Sharon writes, “I believe that we have a great privilege in Lutheran Schools. We get to share the love of Christ with our students, and the love of Christ has the power to change lives. The Christ-centered nature of Lutheran Schools makes for a very special learning environment where the power of the Holy Spirit helps to shape God’s children. What a privilege to witness this on a daily basis!”
Jennifer was born in Atkinson, Nebraska. Her father is an LCMS Pastor and her mom worked at a nursing home. She is the third of four siblings. Her parents are currently living in Iowa. She has a sister living in Nebraska, a brother in California, and another sister in Iowa. She graduated from Concordia University of Nebraska in Seward with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood. She is serving in her first call here at St. Martin’s as the kindergarten teacher. She loves working with young ones and helping them to see all that God created them to be in Jesus. She enjoys creating things, reading, and having adventures. 🙂
Bonnie was born in New Germany, Minnesota. She was blessed to have a Lutheran education from kindergarten through college at St. Mark’s Lutheran Elementary in New Germany, Minnesota; Lutheran High School in Mayer, Minnesota; and Concordia University Nebraska. She is married to Larry Finke, also a Lutheran educator. Bonnie and Larry have six children and six grandchildren.
After graduating from college, Bonnie taught in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Watertown, Minnesota. The following years were spent being a stay-at-home mom and foster mom. In 2004, Bonnie taught special education at Wilkinson Public School in Williston, North Dakota for a year and then two-plus years teaching sixth grade at Trinity Christian School, also in Williston. After moving to Winona in 2008, she spent a year substitute teaching in the Winona Public Schools and came to St. Martin’s in the fall of 2009 as the fifth and sixth grade teacher. At present, she is the first and second grade teacher.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in education, Bonnie believes her best training for teaching comes from her own children’s experiences in school. She loves the time spent with children and values each one of them as a precious child of God.
My name is Chris Jacobson, and I am a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Physical Education, Health, and Coaching. I was born and raised in Winona, MN, and went to St. Martin's school from Pre-school to 8th grade. I then attended the Winona Senior High School, graduating in 2006. From there, I went to one year of community at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, IA. After that year, I transferred to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. where I graduated in 2012.
As a Physical Education and Health teacher, I believe in being active while also learning skills, and basic health for one's future. Younger children need to learn the fundamental skills of throwing, catching, moving in space, etc. in order to progress in their lives of physical education. As children grow, they will learn more games and different types of sports. By doing this, each student finds their niche and what they are successful at by being shown a wide variety of activities and sports. My hope is that every student finds a few different activities they enjoy so they can stay active for years to come. I, myself, am still active as well throughout the year. I still play a wide variety of sports such as, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, and golf.
Annamary is one of four children born in Boone, Iowa, to Pastor Martin and Helen Seltz. Her family moved to Elmhurst, Illinois, and then to South St. Paul, Minnesota, as her dad was called to different churches. She graduated from Concordia, St. Paul with a degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in School Music. Her first call was to St. John's Lutheran School in Merrill, Wisconsin, where she taught second grade. She has taught at St. Martin's Lutheran School since 1980, teaching first and second grade for 31 years and fifth and sixth grade for 5 years.
After moving to Winona, Annamary got her Master's degree in Elementary Education from Winona State University. She taught piano lessons for many years and continues to be the Primary Choir director as well as third and fourth grade Music teacher. She has been part of the Senior and Handbell Choirs over the years, as well as part time pianist. She is involved in various women's groups, including Women's Guild, Women in Mission and Phoebe Circle. She is a delegate for LWML and serves on the Winona Zone LWML Board.
Annamary is a member of the Winona Oratorio Chorus and has been part of the community Cemetery Walks and HCO productions. She enjoys all Winona has to offer; including the Beethoven and Shakespeare Festivals as well as various concerts and plays offered through the universities. Other hobbies include reading, biking and traveling.
Hello there!! My name is Mr. Joshua T.T Stenklyft and I am the 3rd and 4th Grade teacher at St. Martins Lutheran School in Winona. I graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a Major in Elementary Education and a Minor in History. As a teacher, I believe that learning should involve a variety of visuals and pictures to enhance the learning of all students everywhere; as well as developing social practices to encourage students to further show what they learned (besides writing). My hobbies include card playing, constructing Lego creations, and watching funny comedians on YouTube.com.
Karen was born and raised in Winona, Minnesota and is a 4th generation member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church and School. She has been married to her husband Dan for 28 years and has two daughters, Kelly and Katie. She and Dan welcomed their first grandchild, Cooper, in March 2012. Karen’s daughter Kelly works at Sprint in West Salem, Wisconsin; her daughter Katie is studying to become an elementary school teacher at Concordia University, St. Paul; and her husband Dan is a truck driver for YRC in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She enjoys reading and riding her scooter with her husband. Spending time with her grandson has also become a priority and joy! Karen has worked at St. Martin’s Lutheran School for 14 years in the preschool room and she loves working with the children and getting to know their families. What a blessing!
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My name is Amy Thorn. I was Baptized, Confirmed and married at St. Martin's Church. I have been married to my husband Eric for 15 years. Eric and I have 3 wonderful boys together, Lance (14), Nathan (4) and Cameron (2).