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.
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Rev. Steve Andrews Jr., Associate Pastor
Pastor Steve was ordained and installed as Associate Pastor of St. John’s on June 23, 2013. He is a 2013 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He also graduated with a degree in history from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska in May 2009. He is originally from St. Louis.
Pastor Steve is married to Hannah. She also graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. Her degree is in elementary education, with a Lutheran Teaching Diploma. They have been married since 2010. They have two young daughters, Talia and Eliana.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.