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Bishop Mary FroilandRev. Mary Froiland, Bishop
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Rev. Mary Froiland was elected Bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin on September 28, 2013. She most recently served as pastor of Luther Valley Lutheran Church, Beloit, Wisconsin, where she served since 2000. Bishop Froiland earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN in 1979, and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1985. She is married to the Rev. John Froiland, Chaplain at St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital. They have 3 grown children, one son-in-law, and a grandson.

Rev. JelinekRev. Jelinek,
Assistant to the Bishop
Director for Evangelical Mission
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Rev. Erik Jelinek grew up in Billings, MT. He received a BA in Political Science and Religion from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and a M. Div. From Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He has served congregations in Savage, MT and Conrad, MT. For the past 10 years he has served with his wife, Pr. Jennifer Jelinek, at Our Savior's Lutheran in Beloit. They have two girls, Sierra and Scarlett.

Erik serves as the Director for Evangelical Mission. He is excited to serve in this position and work with new mission starts and redeveloping congregations. He has a passion for outreach and is continually looking for engaging ways to reach out with the gospel message. He also has an interest in technology and how it can be used to further the mission of the church.

Vicki HanrahanVicki Hanrahan,
Synod Communicator &
Event Manager

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Vicki Hanrahan Serves as your Synod Communicator and Event Manager.  She received a BA in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin and is a 2009 graduate of the synod’s Lay School of Ministry.  Vicki spent the first 20 years of her career in the teleconferencing industry where her life’s work was about keeping people virtually connected.  Similarly, she finds keeping people in our synod connected to each other and to the greater church the most exciting aspect of her work. “Together, we can accomplish so much more than what we can do alone and I’ve seen us do some amazing things that really do matter as we strive to serve our brothers and sisters.”

As Synod Communicator, Vicki is passionate about communicating where God is at work in the world in, among, and through Lutherans of our congregations, campus ministries and worshipping communities in south-central Wisconsin. She produces the weekly e-newsletter, What Matters and the quarterly e-magazine, Walking Together. Vicki also serves as event manager for the annual Synod Assembly, LEAD, and Bishop's Convocation and supports synod ministry teams with events throughout the year. She loves the day of the event when we all gather for capacity-building and conversation and then leave equipped and excited for God's work!

Steve KottkeRev. Kottke
Assistant to the Bishop
Mobility, Care of Congregations and Youth & Young Adult Ministries
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Rev. Steve Kottke joined the Synod Staff as Assistant to the Bishop on June 1, 2014, with primary responsibilities in the areas of mobility, care of congregations, and youth and young adult ministries.

Pastor Steve is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He has served Grace Lutheran Church in Dodgeville for the past twelve years. Along with his call to Grace, he has also volunteered with several teams benefiting Dodgeville and Iowa County.

Believing the call to ministry is also a call to the greater Church, Steve has been active in various capacities for our Synod, including Synod Council, Synod Executive Committee and Cluster Convener. He completed Mediation Skills Training through the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, and has served on the Synod conflict management team.

Steve and his wife, Jennifer, live in Dodgeville, and are the parents of 3 adult children. We welcome him to this new call and look forward to our partnership in ministry.

Karen KretschmannKaren Kretschmann,
Executive Assistant

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Karen is delighted to be the new Executive Assistant to the Bishop.
She focuses her time on managing schedules, providing administrative support to our rostered leaders, assisting with the mobility and candidacy process as well as assisting with special synod projects and events. Her experience in relationship building and her organizational and project management skills serve her in this new role on the synod staff. She is pleased to be able to further grow her faith and relationships in this position.

Linda FreitagLinda Freitag
Part-Time Receptionist & Administrative Assistant

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After serving as a volunteer for the past year, we are delighted that Linda Freitag has joined the synod staff as our new part-time receptionist and administrative assistant. Linda will be the new voice of the synod, answering the phone, receiving visitors and assisting with events and the myriad of administrative duties that come with working for the Lord in a synod office. Linda grew up in Faribault, Minnesota. She attended Winona State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Learning Disabilities. While there she was active in campus ministry. She spent the first 29 years of her career teaching special education students as well as second graders in the Verona Area School District where she lives with her husband, and three children. They are members of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church where Linda is active on the Congregational Life ministry team, Women of the ELCA, bible study, special music and altar guild. Linda enjoys meeting and getting to know people in a variety of situations. She and her husband, Dan, are busy attending various school, sporting and musical events with their three children. Linda enjoys volunteering at the local library, in her children’s schools, at her church and has been a dedicated synod office volunteer for over a year.

Please welcome her and introduce yourself the next time you are in the synod office or see her at one of our events. It takes a while to get to know everyone in a synod! She can be reached at lindaf@scsw-elca.org

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