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Pastor Andrew Frey

Pastor Andrew Frey
Email: Pastor.Frey@stjohn-appleton.org

Pastor Andrew Frey grew up in Seward, Nebraska and graduated from Nebraska Lutheran High School in 2002.  Pastor Frey attended college in New Ulm, Minnesota at Martin Luther College, graduating in 2006. He then attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin, graduating in 2010.  He spent his third year at the Seminary as a Vicar at Redeemer Ev. Lutheran Church in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. 

In July of 2007, Pastor Frey married Kimberly (nee Aaberg), who grew up in Stanton, Nebraska—the two met at Nebraska Lutheran High School.  Kimberly graduated from MLC in 2007 with a degree in elementary and early childhood education.  They have three children: Noah (born in June of 2009), Micah (born in May of 2011), and Cecelia (born in October of 2013). 

In 2010 Pastor Frey was assigned to serve the Lord at St. John Lutheran Church in Standish, Michigan. He served there for 6 1/2 years before accepting the call to St. John where he was installed in March of 2017.  Pastor Frey, Kim, and their children are excited to be here in the Appleton area and to share the message of Christ’s saving work to his children at St. John and others in our area. 
 

Pastor Mark Gartner
Email: Pastor.Gartner@stjohn-appleton.org

Pastor Gartner was born September 19, 1965 to Dan and Judy Gartner.  He is the oldest of 4 siblings and grew up in Milwaukee.  For High School he attended Northwestern Prep in Watertown – now known as Luther Prep - graduating in 1983.  He attended Northwestern College in Watertown and went on to attend Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary – graduating in 1991.   His Vicar year at the Seminary was spent serving the congregation at St. Peter’s in Globe, AZ.  His first assignment was to serve Grace Lutheran Church in Charlotte, NC, where he served until May of 1998.  In 1998 he accepted the call to serve as an Associate Pastor at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Watertown, WI where he served until the present. 

He was married to Betsy (nee Brassow) on September 10, 1988 in Wauwatosa, WI.  They have been blessed with four sons.  Pastor Gartner enjoys almost all sports but especially College basketball and football.  Feel free to discuss the Packers, Badgers or your favorite teams with him.