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Church Staff


Rev. Lyle Fritsch, Senior Pastor  

Pastor Fritsch has served St. John’s since July 2001.  Prior to that he served congregations in Berrien Springs, Michigan and Taunton, Massachusetts.  He is a 1982 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.   He has been married to Connie since 1984.  She graduated from Concordia College in River Forest, Illinois.  She now works at the Wee Care Learning Center.


Pastor and Connie have three sons, Kevin, Jared and David all of whom are married.  Kevin lives in Maryland and works for the federal government.  Jared lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and works for Crop Risk Services as a program developer.  David lives in Stewartville and works in the Information Technology Department at Hormel in Austin.

 You may email him at:  pastor@stjohnsandweecare.org



Dave Erickson, Director of Christian Education (DCE)

Dave works part-time at St. John’s.  He is a graduate of Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota with a teaching degree.  As DCE, Dave works primarily in the areas of youth ministry, small groups, assimilation, and technology.  Dave and his wife Monica have two sons, Daniel and Benjamin.  In addition to his work at St. John’s, Dave is also a professional illustrator.

You may email him at:  dce@stjohnsandweecare.org



Janelle Fistler, Office Secretary

Janelle joined our staff in the fall of 2015.  She and her husband, Aaron, live in Stewartville.  Their son, Bryce, graduated from Stewartville High School and attends UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI.

You may email her at:  secretary@stjohnsandweecare.org



Wee Care Staff

Dee Radtke, Wee Care Director

Joining our staff this year is Dee Radtke. A long-time resident of Stewartville, Dee has worked for the Stewartville School District for the past 10 years as a paraprofessional and testing coordinator for K-2. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education and a Master’s degree in Management. She and her husband, Dan, have two children.

email: director@stjohnsandweecare.org


  Mrs. Kathy

Kathy Dux, Butterfly Teacher

Kathy has been with Wee Care for 31 years.  She and her husband, Willie, a dairy farmer, live in rural Stewartville.  They have three grown daughters (two married) and one son in the National Guard and attending college. Kathy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood.  Her previous teaching experiences include Kindercare Learning Center and The Learning Tree.


Mrs. Lori

Lori Torgerson, Caterpillar & Butterfly Teacher

This is Lori’s 21st year with Wee Care.  She and her husband, Kevin, the Olmsted County Sheriff, live in Stewartville.  They have two married children.  Her previous preschool experiences include St. George’s LaPepeniere Montessori Center, Kindercare Learning Center, and two years with our local Early Childhood Special Education program.


Mrs. Becky

Becky Case, Caterpillar Aide

Becky has been with Wee Care for 20 years.  Previously, she was a substitute aide and served on the Wee Care Board while her children attended our program.  She lives in Stewartville with her husband, Evan, who is employed by Mayo Clinic.  They have three married children.


Mrs. Sandy

Sandy Steinhoff, Butterfly Aide

Seventeen years ago, Sandy joined our staff.  Her love for children prompted her interest in the program.  She lives in Stewartville and has a daughter attending college.


Mrs. Connie

Connie Fritsch, Office Assistant

This is Connie’s 15th year of working for Wee Care.  She previously worked in the preschool and elementary school setting.  Her office skills and dedication to our program help Wee Care function smoothly. She lives in Stewartville with her husband, Pastor Lyle Fritsch.  They have three sons, all of whom are married.