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 and daughters-in-law, and two grandsons. Kevin, Amanda and their son, Daniel live in Odenton, Maryland where Kevin works for the federal government. Jared, Kasha and their son, Cason, live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where Jared works for Central Square Technologies as a program developer. David and Emily live in Stewartville and David works in the Information Technology Department at Hormel in Austin.

You may email him at:  pastor@stjohnsandweecare.org

Rev. Justin Kumfer, Associate Pastor

Pastor Justin came to St. John’s in July 2019, after serving for three years at Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church in Ashford, Virginia.  He is a 2016 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri and a 2008 graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin.  From 2008 to 2011 he served as missionary in Japan where he first met his wife, Katrina.  They were married in 2009.  Katrina is a graduate of Concordia University Nebraska.

Pastor Justin and Katrina have four boys: Isaac (7), Kai (6), Ezekiel (5), and Oscar (3).  Katrina homeschools the boys.

You may email him at: pastorjustin@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 with the high school youth ministry and leads the men’s group Bible study.  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 attends UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI.

You may email her at: secretary@stjohnsandweecare.org

Wee Care Staff

Dee Radtke, Wee Care Director

Dee joined the staff in 2017 after working for ten years in the Stewartville School District. In addition to her experience in education, she has a degree in management. She loves seeing the families each day and looks forward to bringing even more fun social and educational opportunities to Wee Care. Dee lives in Stewartville with her husband, Dan. They have two sons.

email: director@stjohnsandweecare.org

Kathy Dux, Butterfly Teacher

Wee Care has been blessed to have Kathy on staff since 1985. Living in rural Stewartville, she and her husband, Willie, also have a dairy farm. They have three grown daughters, one son and are enjoying being grandparents as well. Kathy has a Minnesota teaching license and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She previously taught at Kindercare Learning Center and The Learning Tree.

Lori Torgerson, Caterpillar Teacher

Lori has been on the Wee Care staff since 1997, sharing her enthusiasm for education. She and her husband, Kevin, live in Stewartville and have two married children. They also enjoy their roles as grandparents. Lori has previously worked with St. George’s LaPepeniere Montessori Center, Kindercare Learning Center and Stewartville Early Childhood Special Education.

Sandy Steinhoff, Classroom Aide

Since 2001, Sandy has worked with the families and children of Wee Care.  It is her love of educating children that led her to us. She lives in Stewartville and has one daughter.

Connie Fritsch, Office Assistant

Connie has been a wonderful asset to our program since 2003. She lives in Stewartville with her husband, Pastor Lyle Fritsch, and has three married sons and two grandchildren. She previously worked in both the preschool and elementary school settings. Her hard work and dedication help our program run smoothly.