Church: Staff


Pastor Carlton Andersen - Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Carlton Andersen - Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Carlton Andersen enjoys being part of an energetic and
welcoming church. Before coming to St. Luke’s in Wisconsin
Rapids, he served Lutheran congregations in Barnesville, New York
Mills, and Morris, MN. As a Pastor, he puts his focus on preaching
and teaching in ways that connect scripture to life, and leading
congregations in their own particular mission for Christ. He also has
a passion for family ministry and developing great worship

Growing up in the Minneapolis metro area, Pastor Carlton received an M.A. degree in Theology
from the University of St. Thomas, and his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Luther Seminary
in St. Paul. Before his ordination in 2006 he taught religion and theology at two Twin Cities area

Pastor Carlton met his wife Anna at St. Olaf College. Anna has had a variety of careers and
enjoys keeping the family on track. The couple has been blessed with two children, Ingrid and
Graham, both recently graduated from college and living in the Minneapolis area.
Pastor Carlton enjoys playing the guitar, weight training, following the Minnesota Vikings
(oops! That should read: ’Green Bay Packers’), and hiking in State Parks with his family.


Rev. Timothy Wenger - Visitation Pastor Rev. Timothy Wenger - Visitation Pastor

My ministry at St. Luke’s has been challenging and rewarding.
The Lord has blessed the ministry and provided a faithful group of committed Christians who have a deep love for the Lord and a desire to be engaged in ministry.  I have been privileged to minister with them in a variety of ways.  After forty years I retired from full time ministry on August 31, 2011.  In July of 2012, I returned to work as a Visitation Pastor in a part time capacity.

Early in life I felt called to share the good news of Jesus Christ as a Pastor.  In the pursuit of this calling I attended St. Paul’s High School and Junior College in Concordia, Missouri.
My last two years of college were completed at Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  After college I entered Concordia Seminary St. Louis and graduated in 1970.
After completing the Master of Sacred Theology degree in Pastoral Counseling in 1971,
I accepted the call from St. Luke’s as Associate Pastor.  In 1974, I was called to the Senior Pastor position and served in this capacity at St. Luke’s until retirement.  I was thankful I could be involved in continuing education in a variety of ways throughout my ministry.
In 1997, I received the Doctor of Ministry degree.  I was also thankful to be able to serve as a military chaplain in the Wisconsin National Guard for 27 years.

My wife, Kathleen [Kuecker], and I were married in 1969 in St. Louis.  The Lord has blessed us in many ways including four children:  Eric, Christopher, Elisa, and Angela.
We are additionally blessed with seven grandchildren.

We, at St. Luke’s invite you and look forward to meeting you and hopefully to worship and serve with you.


Martha Strong - Director Of Christian Education Martha Strong - Director of Christian Education & Family Ministry

My name is Martha Strong and I am the Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry, here at St. Luke’s.
I graduated with a D.C.E. Specialist degree (’88) and Masters in Parish Education (’93) from Concordia University Nebraska in Seward, NE. I also have a BFA from Drake University in Des Moines, IA in Theatre Design and Public Relations.

I began serving as a Director of Christian Education in 1987 with my internship year and first call to Our Redeemer, Freeport, IL. In 1996 I accepted a call to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Springfield, MO where I served until coming to St. Luke’s in February 1999. I met my husband Brian when he began attending St. Luke’s and we were married in November of 2003.

I serve the Lord at St. Luke's by overseeing Christian Education offerings for all ages such as Vacation Bible School, Sunday school, Confirmation classes, and adult Bible studies. I work with St. Luke's youth leaders to provide ministry for 4th through 8th grades through our groups CYC (4th-6th), BIC (7th & 8th). I also work with the staff and volunteers in the development and implementation of programming for high school youth and young adults. Lastly, I am responsible for developing family ministry programs for all ages and stages, providing Christian growth opportunities for families, developing resources for parenting and family issues and organizing social events and opportunities that build relationships.

I hope I will see you at one of our education or fellowship opportunities as you grow closer to your Christian family and to your Lord, Jesus Christ.


Jim Johnston - Deacon Deacon Jim Johnston - Pastoral Assistant

I have the honor of serving Jesus Christ through the Caring Ministries at St. Luke's.
The Caring Ministries program seeks to work with the power of God to bring comfort and healing to people.  The death of a loved one or the painful experience of a divorce often is overwhelming for people.  
The GriefShare support group seeks to help people as they walk with God and each other.

Care Ministry support groups are for people who are hurting because they have a problem or are taking care of a person who is hurting.

I have had a number of problems in my life.  I know the importance of growing closer to God and being open with others.  All of our programs have people who love God and people.
You do not need to be a believer in Jesus Christ to attend, but we do ask that you allow us to talk about our faith.