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Pastor Dave Nerdig
Interim Associate Pastor

I was born in Forest City, Iowa,  and graduated from Mason City High School after our family moved there. I attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls where I met my future wife, Linda Heidenreich, who is from Watertown. Upon graduation, I worked at Peace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls as Youth Director and Church Staff Associate for one year. During that year, Linda and I were married. I attended Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and did a 15-month internship in Britton, S.D. I graduated and was ordained in 1981. From 1981 to 2020 I served five parishes in Iowa, including West Union, Readlyn, Ames, Clive and Jewell. In 1996 I received an advanced degree in preaching from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Linda and I have two grown sons. I retired July 1, 2020, and Linda and I moved to Watertown so that we could be closer to our grandchildren in Aberdeen and Linda’s parents. Last summer, I transferred to the South Dakota Synod roster and Linda and I joined Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer. In December 2021, the LCOOR council and I signed a covenant to serve as full-time interim associate pastor at LCOOR beginning January 3.  Linda and I are honored to do whatever we can to help during this time of transition. I look forward to serving with the LCOOR staff and leadership as this congregation moves forward to serve Christ.

Rachel Clendenin
Christian Education Director

Hi! I grew up in Watertown, and graduated with the class of 2000. I later went to college at the University of Jamestown (N.D,), graduating in 2004 with a degree in history.  After spending a few years in Watertown working and volunteering at the Mellette House, I was called to De Smet as the curator of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society.  In 2009, a position with Beadle County became available for the Directorship of the Dakotaland Museum, The Pyle House, and later, the Centennial Stone Church, which sent me to the Huron area.  God has led me back home to Watertown, where I am excited to work with the teachers, volunteers, staff and children of LCOOR! My family consists of my daughter Allie, parents Jim & Vina Clendenin, two younger brothers JJ and Paul and their families, and two dogs (Beedo & Ro) and a cat (Clio).  In my free time, I enjoy playing with my daughter, history, reading, and being creative.

Twila Schmitt
Welcoming & Caring Ministries

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 and 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 Lickei Youth & Family Director

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.

Robbyn Givens Worship & Music Coordinator

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.

Jodi Spilde
Business Manager

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.

Nikki Landmark
Preschool Director/Teacher

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 Kruger Teacher Aide

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.

Adam Lauseng Custodian

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.

I grew up in Aberdeen and moved to Watertown in 2012 to attend LATI. After graduating in 2014 with an Associates Degree of Applied Science, my husband and I spent five years living and working in the Webster area. We moved back to Watertown in 2021 and welcomed a daughter in August 2022.  My family includes my husband Ryan, daughter Rylee, and spoiled dog Moose.  In our free time we enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, skiing, gardening and spending time with our family and friends.