Pastor David K. Groth – Senior Pastor
Born and raised in Delavan, Wisconsin, Pastor Groth is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He also did course work for a year at a university in Bonn, Germany. In 1992 he graduated with a Masters in Divinity from Concordia Seminary – St. Louis and in 1998 graduated again from Concordia Seminary with an STM (Masters in Sacred Theology). Ordained in 1992, he served for nine years as a pastor at Grace Lutheran Chapel in St. Louis, Missouri and then was called to serve at Good Shepherd in September of 2001.
Aside from the pastoral ministry, David enjoys reading, tennis, biking, golf, cooking, making maple syrup, beekeeping, gardening and Sheepshead. He and his wife, Gail, are the parents of two daughters and a son.
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Pastor Vic Tegtmeier – Visitation Pastor
Born and raised near Hanover, Kansas, Pastor Tegtmeier is a graduate of St. John’s College in Winfield, Kansas and Concordia Seminary – St. Louis in 1962. He served St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sawyer, North Dakota and Dakota Boys Ranch in Minot as their Chaplain. Pastor Tegtmeier then served a dual parish ministry in Lamoure and Adrian, ND from 1966-1972, and then as the Spiritual Life Director at Grafton State School for the Mentally Retarded from 1972-1980. From 1980 to 1987 Victor served at Messiah Lutheran Church in Moundsview, MN, and from 1987 to his retirement he served as the Religious Life Director at Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Watertown. Pastor Tegtmeier helps out with many of the shut-in and hospital calls at Good Shepherd, as well as leading services for those in assisted living.
He and his wife, Fern, have five children, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Aside from the pastoral ministry, Vic is a master gardener, and volunteers in many, many capacities at Good Shepherd.
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Dr. Dan Paavola – Guest Preacher
Once a month or so, early on a Sunday morning, a beat-up, over-heated motorcycle pulls into the parking lot of Good Shepherd and off hops an unlikely rider, Dr. Dan Paavola. Dr. Paavola works full time as a New Testament professor at Concordia University – Wisconsin, and preaches/teaches part-time at Good Shepherd. Born and raised on a Minnesota farm, Dr. Paavola graduated from Moorhead State University, Minnesota (1979), and from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN (1983). He received a Master of Theology degree from Princeton Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey (1984) and served St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Butternut, WI from 1984 – 1996. Dr. Paavola completed his Ph.D. at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2004.
Dr. Paavola and his wife Holly have three children. His interests include restoring a 1917 Ford Model T, tinkering with Honda motorcycles, running and woodworking.
Ron Wille – Director of Christian Education
Raised on a farm in rural Iowa Ron attended Lutheran elementary school and public high school. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Concordia Teachers’ College, Seward, Nebraska and his Master’s degree from Trevecca University, Nashville, Tennessee. He is married to DeeDee and has 3 daughters and six grandchildren. His 40+ years of teaching have been a source of great joy in serving Jesus Christ.
Outside activities include reading , woodworking, following the Brewers and Packers, and spending as much time as possible with his wife and grandchildren.
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Dee Kuhlman – Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Dee worked at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (Akron) for 25 years. Dee moved to Watertown in 2010, and between she and her husband Rick they have 10 grandchildren scattered around the country. At Good Shepherd since August of 2012, Dee brings a wealth of clerical, organizational and computer skills to the church office. Dee enjoys singing, crocheting, walking and church ministry.
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Dorothy Degnitz – Parish Nurse
Dorothy Degnitz was born and raised in Wisconsin. After 2 years at Valparaiso she completed her BSN from Northwestern University and the Evanston Hospital School of Nursing Evanston, IL. After one year of Graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, Dorothy returned to Evanston as an Instructor at the Nursing School for 5 years. In 1966 Dorothy was commissioned as a Medical Missionary- Nurse for the LCMS Board for Mission Services. Her Mission services were in Nigeria West Africa and Papua New Guinea. During this service she completed various courses related to the work in Papua New Guinea via an Australian College and in 1986 an MA in Social Science with Azusa Pacific University in California. In 1987 Dorothy took a Nursing position with Bethesda Lutheran Home and Services. She also became a member of Good Shepherd in 1987 and has served in various positions on boards and Women's groups as a volunteer. Dorothy retired from Bethesda in September of 2001. She completed the Parish Nursing Course in 2003 from Concordia University Wisconsin. Dorothy continues to serve Good Shepherd as a part-time Parish Nurse.
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