Pastor Kent attended Augustana College and Luther Seminary and was ordained in 1984. He has served congregations in Fallon, Mont.; Lake Preston, S.D.; Spearfish, S.D.; Alexandria, Minn.; and Watertown, S.D. Kent and his wife Holly have 3 children: Kevin and wife Mara in Sioux Falls; Paul in Spearfish and Karise and Mike Madsen in Rapid City. And best of all, are the 2 grandchildren, Maisy in Sioux Falls and Kit in Rapid City. In his spare time, Kent enjoys doing outside work when the weather is favorable and woodworking when it’s too blasted cold to be out. Kent and Holly enjoy walking and the incredible views of God’s grand creation.
I grew up on a farm near Vermillion, SD. I have 4 brothers and a sister. My family has always been deeply involved in church. Our parents taught us that faith isn’t just a Sunday morning affair, but shapes the way one lives in the world.
After high school I attended USD and received a degree in Communication Disorders. I then moved to Des Moines, IA and served adults with developmental disabilities as a group home manager. I then attended Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA. I graduated in 2011 and received a call to serve as a solo pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mobridge, SD. I served in Mobridge for 6 years.
Sarah and I have been married for 13 years. We are parents to Emma (9) and Chloe (7). I like baseball, baking bread, music, reading, and writing. My family and I are happy to be in Watertown and anticipate further exploring and getting to know our new community.
Prior to moving to Watertown in 2013, Twila spent about an equal number of years living ‘East River’ and ‘West River.’ Since graduating from SDSU, she has been a newspaper reporter, church secretary, stay-at-home mom, YMCA membership director, freelance writer & arts columnist and Chamber of Commerce employee. She believes her time in each of these walks of life has well prepared her for her current role as Welcoming & Caring Ministries Coordinator. Twila is married to Roger Whittle, who also works for LCOOR. They enjoy watching Twins games, cheering on the Huskers and the Chicago Bears. She has two grown sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law and three perfect little granddaughters. (Photos of the grandkids are always available for viewing upon request!)
Philip has had the privilege of serving in outdoor and/or congregational ministry for over 30 years. He has served camps and churches in Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota. Philip grew up in Lincoln, NE, and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Education and Park and Recreation Management. He enjoys watching baseball, football and basketball as well as playing fantasy baseball and football. Following the Husker football and basketball teams is his favorite pastime. Philip’s wife, Christy, is the Director at the Codington County Historical Society. They have three children, 2 dogs (Luther and Francis) and a cat (Arlo). Eden is a junior at the University of Nebraska. Ella is a senior at WHS, and Axel is an 8th grader at WMS. Their favorite family activity is taking an annual summer camping trip! During these trips the family loves visiting museums and historic sites and hiking in state and national parks.
As Worship & Music Coordinator Robbyn gets to combine all of her favorite things…worship, music, the arts and technology. She has been blessed to have her avocation become her vocation! Robbyn loves to spend time with her husband, Ron, and their grown children, Prescott and Darian, along with her “fourth son”, their dog, AJ. In her spare time you can hear her singing around the community or on the air on KXLG Radio or see her riding her bike around Lake Kampeska.
I moved to Watertown, from a ranch near Gettysburg, SD in the fall of 1998 and graduated from LATI in 2000 with an Applied Associates Degree in Banking and Finance. I began working as the Administrative Secretary at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in April 2005 and on November 1, 2020 I switched over to the roll of Business Manager. My family includes husband Allan, step-sons Reilley & Fisher and our daughter Shelby. We love to spend time together outdoors. I also enjoy reading and crafting of any kind.
I came to Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in early 2021 after a long career in newspaper journalism, culminating with an eight-year stint as managing editor of the Watertown Public Opinion. The PO was one of 13 newspapers I have worked for across the country, including 10 years at the Omaha World Herald.
I am a Watertown native, graduating from Watertown High School in 1978. After studying journalism at South Dakota State, my career took me to Colorado, Maryland, North Dakota, and Nebraska before returning to my home state in 2010.
I’m married to LCOOR staffer Twila Schmitt. We enjoy traveling, cheering for the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Bears and Nebraska Cornhuskers, and visiting our wonderful grandchildren.
I graduated from Northern State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood. I taught Preschool for four years in Mitchell, SD and Lakeville, MN. I then moved back to my hometown of Sisseton, SD and taught for nine years at Westside Elementary, spending the last four years in Kindergarten.
My family then moved to Watertown, where I had the opportunity to stay home with my three girls for the last five years. I’m very excited to be here at LCOOR Preschool. I can’t wait to meet you and your child. I love spending time with my family and hanging out at our lake cabin and watching Minnesota Wild hockey.
Wendy and her husband DeLyle are members of the church. They have three children; Blake, Wyatt and Abby. If you are at the church on Wednesday evenings, you probably have seen her and her family as she has been teaching Wednesday Church School for several years and attends W.O.W. Worship. We hare blessed to have Wendy be part of the LCOOR Preschool.
I was born and raised in Watertown, South Dakota with me being the only child. In 2008 I graduated from the Watertown High School. I’m currently working full time as the Maintenance Technician at a local dental office and part time at LCOOR. When I’m not working I enjoy working on my house and doing stuff outside. I like camping, traveling fishing, car shows and everything to do with the outdoors.
Marilyn Byer – Janitorial
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