Meet Our Staff

Pastor Gretchen Enoch

Senior Pastor

Pastor Gretchen Enoch has served as one of seven associate pastors at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN. Most recently she served as an interim associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Lake, MN. She attained her Masters in Divinity from The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in Chicago, IL and was consecrated a Lutheran Deaconess at the Lutheran Deaconess Association, and a graduate of Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN.

Gretchen grew up in Indianapolis, IN. Gretchen’s ministry experiences have taken her to IL, KY, TX, DC, CO, CA, and is grateful to call Fergus Falls, MN home today. She enjoys adventuring in the outdoors and is convinced that staying active is an extension of her understanding of faithful stewardship. Gretchen trusts God wants all people to be happy and she believes there is a direct correlation of one’s willingness to extend a helping hand to that of their capacity to be fulfilled and to see the good within ones’s life and the world beyond. She strives to follow God’s will for her life. Having been called to First Lutheran, Gretchen believes is God’s will, and for that she is delighted.

Stan Satre

Visitation Pastor

Pastor Stanley Satre was born and raised in Chicago. He graduated from St. Olaf in 1954, and from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, in 1958.

Parishes: Warwick, ND; Stewartville, MN; Sioux City, IA; and Minneapolis, MN for 38 years.

Stan began intentional interim ministry preparing congregations for next pastor in 10 locations nationwide from 1996 to 2012. The most recent, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.

Stan married Beverly in 1954 and they have 5 daughters, all St. Olaf graduates, and 18 grandchildren. Currently, Pastor Stan is doing visitation and pastoral care at both First Lutheran Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church with some preaching and teaching, too.

Laurie Whitehead

Office Assistant

I am so pleased to start my position as part-time office assistant at First Lutheran!  It feels like “coming home”.  Here is a brief run down of the route to this job. I grew up in Pelican Rapids, and my parents (Ken and Elenor Hanson) moved to Fergus Falls the year after I graduated high school.  They became members of First Lutheran.  I completed 2 years at the Community College, active in music and theater.  I finished my degree at the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Education.  I moved to the Fargo-Moorhead area and couldn’t find a teaching job, so I took my civil service test.  I spent 33 years working in administration at the Fargo VA Medical Center.  It was an honor to serve Veterans, and a job I truly loved.  I retired from the VA 6 years ago, and my husband Dale semi-retired, we decided to forge ahead with building the home we had been dreaming of, and that is how we landed in our quiet little spot in the woods!  We joined First Lutheran, and I became active in circle – the same circle my Mom belonged to, which was such a joy!  I also volunteered in the church office with Katrina, which I enjoyed very much.  We have 2 grown children, our son Dane and his wife Emily live in the Twin Cities, and our daughter Katelyn is in Los Angeles.  My retirement job after moving to Fergus Falls was at Target, and I was sad to see the store close, but SO very happy to have found this position at First Lutheran.  I look forward to getting to know more people in the congregation, and doing my best to be an asset to the church.  I feel SO very blessed!

 

Katrina Johnson

Director of Operations
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Hello!! My name is Katrina. I have spent most of my life in and around the Fergus Falls area.  I graduated from Fergus Falls High School and grew up playing Hockey.  I was a bit of a band geek playing trombone in every band possible (Wind Ensemble, pep, marching, jazz etc.). I also grew up just down the road at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. I spent many youth years being an active member and was lucky enough to attend two National Youth Gatherings.  After high school, I immediately continued my education at M State in Fergus Falls and received my Practical Nursing Diploma. I married my high school sweetheart Travis Johnson a year later. Together we are raising two active boys Zachary and Griffin.

Kristy Wicklund

Interim Sunday School Superintendent

Kristy Wicklund grew up on a beef and grain farm just north of Fergus Falls.  She went to school in Fergus Falls and attended a small church where she spent every Sunday morning.  Her mom was both Superintendent of the Sunday School and one of the Sunday School teachers.  When Kristy was confirmed, she took her place as a Sunday School teacher and taught for five years where she found her love for teaching, children, and sharing God’s word. Kristy attended Moorhead State University and received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She taught at a private Montessori school with toddlers through 8th grade in Moorhead for ten years.  Kristy and her family moved back to their hometown in 2014.  They joined First Lutheran Church, her husband’s home church and the church they were married in, and she has been involved in the Sunday School ever since.  Kristy is married to Charles and together they have three active children: Adeline, Lucas, and Amelia.

Steve Hosch

Custodian

Steve Hosch has been working at First Lutheran for over 20 years. He was born in Ashland, Ohio and has lived in many different places before settling in just outside of Fergus Falls. He was married in 1984 to Cheri, and they had three children. He graduated from Coopers High School in Robbinsdale, MN. Steve and two of his daughters live together with his dog, Hans, a German Shepherd. We are very blessed to have such a hard-working Janitor here at First Lutheran. He oversees all of the cleaning and building maintenance, and has great skill in making our building last through the years. 

Keith Melberg

Organist

Keith Melberg has been the organist at First Lutheran Church for 29 years.  Prior to that he was an organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Keith also accompanies the Senior Choir and plays in Hosanna Handbells (he plays the heavy, large ones!)  Keith is a retired supervisor for the Customer Information System at Otter Tail Power Company and still does some contract work for Otter Tail Power.  Keith has 4 children and 8 grand-children and enjoys singing with Community College Chorale in his spare time.  Keith is an incredible asset to our music ministry.

Linda Mellon

Bell Choir Director

Linda Mellon has been a member of First Lutheran Church since she was in fifth grade. Linda has been involved in music ministry since 1984.  She was asked to direct one of the children’s choirs temporarily and it stuck.  She says, “thirty-one years later, here I am!” In 1987, the church was gifted with a three octave set of Malmark handbells.  Linda then began directing the handbell choir.  The bell choir has since added two more octaves of bells and five octaves of choirchimes. Linda is married to Bud (they were married at First Lutheran in 1977) and they have two daughters, Sarah and Erica, who were both baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran.  Linda and Bud have five grandchildren who love to visit grandma and watch her while she directs the Bell Choir!  Linda and Bud live on Ottertail lake.

Anne Taylor

Worship Team Director

Anne Taylor has been involved with church music since the age of 14 when she became the full-time organist at Hamar Lutheran Church in Rothsay, MN. She studied piano and organ at Luther College and was music director/organist at the Norwegian Memorial Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in DeKalb, IL.  At First Lutheran, she has directed the Worship Team for the past six years and enjoys the musical fellowship shared with the other members. She and her husband, Sean, have two children: Ethan, a student at Luther College, and Sarah, a high school senior.  Outside of church work, Anne is an English Instructor at North Dakota State College of Science.  She loves all things related to Norway, including chocolate, goat cheese, and skiing.

Janel Trosvig-Buttke

Senior Choir Director

Janel Trosvig-Buttke returns as our newest Senior Choir Director. She is married to Chris Buttke,   together they have four kids; Matt, Amelia, Olivia, and Anders. They live on the river in the Birchwood Estates area with 2 cats and one really old dog.  Janel is the choral director at the Fergus Falls High School, and earned her Vocal Music Degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s Degree in Choral Music from NDSU.