Rev. Lowell Michelson, Senior Pastor
Office phone 634-0586
Pastor Lowell Michelson has been talking to people about Jesus all of
his life, but has been professionally telling God’s story for twenty
plus years. As a “P.K.” (pastor’s kid), Lowell spent his childhood
hanging out in the back pews of churches in Northeastern Ohio, where he
grew up. He received an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from
University (Springfield, OH).
After serving as a youth director in St. Paul, MN and
a traveling musician across the U.S. and Germany, he packed up his
drumsticks and followed God’s call to be a pastor. Lowell continued his
Lutheran Seminary (Columbus, OH). His pastoral education included
Lutheran Campus Ministry at The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
Lutheran Church (Portland, OR).
Lowell came to Reformation after serving with the
good folks of St. Paul
Lutheran Church (Davenport, IA). While there, Lowell was blessed to
be a part of the Transition into Ministry pastoral residency program,
sponsored by the prestigious
finds time to play music. He and his wife Tera are parents to three
young kiddos. Together, they explore parks, used book and music stores,
and restaurants with hot sauce on the table.
Rev. Kristin Neitzel, Associate Pastor,
Office phone 634-0586
Many people in Pastor Kristin Neitzel’s life recognized her call to ministry long before she did. Growing up in southern Wisconsin as a self-proclaimed “church nerd,” she has always loved to be at church – whether it was for worship, Sunday School, youth group, Bible studies, or a good ol’ fashioned church potluck – but she never dreamed she’d be a pastor. She graduated from
Luther College in Decorah, IA with a degree in accounting as she continued to try to figure out what she really wanted to do with her life.
Kristin developed a strong love for outdoor ministries during her years as a camper and then as a staff member at
Lutherdale Bible Camp (Elkhorn, WI). Her love for the church drew her to positions in various ministry settings after college, including working full time at Lutherdale, youth directing at her home church (St. Paul Lutheran, Beloit, WI), serving as the office manager at an ELCA congregation, and later serving as part of the staff of the
South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. In 2003, she finally answered the call to ordained ministry and began her studies at
Wartburg Theological Seminary (Dubuque, IA), which included year of internship in Longmont, Colorado at
First Lutheran Church.
Following seminary, Kristin came to serve alongside the people of Reformation. While involved in many aspects of ministry, she has a special focus in youth and education. In addition, her passion for outdoor ministry has landed her a position on the board of directors for
Camp Tomah Shinga, and she looks forward to every opportunity to get there! In addition to all of the normal joys of ministry, Kristin especially loves playing on the Reformation volleyball team.