Our staff is dedicated to serving the Lord and His congregation at Long Lake Lutheran Church.
Pastor - Ron Gerl



    Hello from your new Interim Pastor!
     My name is Ron Gerl (pronounced "gairl"). I’ve been a pastor for 45 years and have been married to my wife Luann for 44 of them. We have three grown and married sons who have given us nine grandchildren. Kris and his family live in Elk Mound, Kent and his family in Eau Claire, and Brent and his family in Sparta. My wife and I live in Chetek. I began my college studies in Civil Engineering at UW-Milwaukee and finished with a BA in Business Management from Concordia University, Mequon. I attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, where I received my Master of Divinity. Subsequently I served congregations in Stanley and New Auburn, and then held interim positions in Rice Lake and Woodville. For the last twenty years, I served as a clinically trained chaplain at a 64-acre retirement campus in Chisago City, Minn., as a board-certified Associate Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. During 2020, I will provide ministry while you as a congregation plan, study, and prepare for a full-time pastor. My goal is to be a supportive, guiding presence as you move into the future. I most firmly believe that God puts us in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. As we are open to the presence of the living God in our life, he works both personally and collectively to accomplish his will. May the Lord bless our journey together!                                                                                                                                                                                           See that you fulfill the ministry which you have received from the Lord. Colossians 4:17
 
 



Administrative Assistant - Bonnie Hurley

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   I was born in central Illinois and spent a wonderful childhood on Lake Decatur, swimming, water skiing and generally getting way too much sun. A rebellious '60s flower child (since somewhat reformed), I graduated from Illinois State with a degree in Comprehensive Business Education. That led to lots of different jobs, from corn de-tasseling to grain elevator manager to elementary and middle school teacher, with a stint as a farm wife along the way. In 2007 I became the administrative assistant at Long Lake Lutheran upon the retirement of Sharon Butterfield. I’ve also bred, raised and shown dogs for many years, working with many breeds, although Westies are my love. I’ve lived in a number of states and countries, but don’t want to leave the Wisconsin that I have fallen in love with. God guided me with life experiences for my place here at Long Lake Lutheran, and I will be forever thankful for His hand in my life.


Director of Music Ministry - Kris Knutson



  After graduating from UW-La Crosse with a degree in Music Education-Choral and General Music (and only a French horn recital away from Instrumental), I taught three years in Arcadia, Wis., as a middle and high school choral music director. I've served churches in Arcadia and Ft. Wayne, Ind., in music and youth ministry. My work for ELCA includes leading congregations in global music worship in the La Crosse Synod and introducing the new ELW hymnal. I've been blessed to perform with many great musicians and singers, including Dakota Road, Marty Haugen, Mary Prius, Tom Witt and Anthony Machado. Currently, I teach Kindergarten through Grade 4 vocal and general music at Spooner Elementary School. In the summer of 2017 I performed with a choir at Carnegie Hall in New York. I live in Rice Lake with my goldendoodle Koda, whose full name is D.S. Koda al Fine.