Staff & Leadership

Peter Kesting, Pastor

Pastor Kesting grew up not too far from here in Kewaskum, WI. He graduated from Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, WI. He attended Martin Luther College where he met his wife, Crystal, before graduating. He then went to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. Peter and Crystal were married in her hometown of Coleman in Northeastern Wisconsin. In April of 2004 he was called to be a vicar at St. John's Lutheran Church in Princeton, Wisconsin. It is there that their first child, Abraham was born. Pastor Kesting graduated from the seminary in May of 2006 and in September received a call to serve the members of Faith Ev Lutheran Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He served that congregation for 5 years before accepting the call to serve Zion Ev Lutheran Church in Readfield, WI in December of 2011. Pastor Kesting and Crystal's second child, Mina, was born in 2007 and their third, Luther was born in 2009. The Lord has blessed them in 2013 with a fourth child, Silas, since Pastor Kesting has been serving Zion.

Julie Fenske, Church Secretary

Julie is a life long member of Zion, she was confirmed here and knows the congregation very well, that is what makes her suited so well to be our secretary. Her duties include doing the bulletin and newsletter. She keeps the church records up to date.

Cindy Gorges, Custodian

Cindy is another life long member of the church. She has been keeping the church tidy now for over a decade.

Russ Danke, Sexton

Russ is a life long member as well, and has served as sexton on Sunday mornings for over 20 years.

Judie Sternhagen, Organist

Judie has been playing the organ for over 50 years and brings that experience with her to enrich the worship service here at Zion. When Judie isn't playing the organ she organizes the guest organists who do play.

Crystal Kesting, 5th and 6th Grade Catechism Instructor

Crystal graduated from Martin Luther College with a teaching degree and is happy to bring some of that love for teaching into the lower grades catechism class.

Charlie Truesdale, Choir Director

Charlie (pictured here with his wife Marsha) has been our choir director since 2018. He has never directed before but has been involved in music his whole life and is willing to give it a try and bring beauty to our worship services.