Pastor Greg Stenzel
Pastor Greg Stenzel
Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church and School
Pastor Greg grew up in the San Francisco bay area, and worked in the Financial Services industry for 20 years in central California, before heeding God's call to enter Pastoral Ministry.
Pastor attended Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and is a graduate of American Lutheran Theological Seminary with a Masters Degree; emphasis in Pastoral Care and Systematic Theology.
"I am thrilled to serve God's people of Christ's Church & School in Chippewa Falls, as my passion is for all to know about God's love for them in Christ Jesus. One of my favorite sayings, which I borrowed from another is: 'I am not a better Christian now than I was ten years ago. All I have is a better awareness of how bad I am and how gracious Jesus is.'"
"I am very blessed to be able to serve the staff and students of Christ Lutheran School."
Mrs. Sedivy has been with Christ Lutheran School since 2005. She has many years of experience in education and enjoys seeing students grow and learn.
She is married to her husband, Jordan, and they have three children. All of her children have attended school at Christ Lutheran.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters
Mrs. Posda grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota, and is an avid Vikings fan. She has been working with the early childhood population since graduating with a B.A. in English Elementary Education in 1989, from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. She is definitely living her dream by teaching Kindergarten, which she has been doing at CLS since 2005.
Mrs. Posda and her husband, Dan, have been married since 2001, and love to garden and play with their cat.
She tries to live out Micah 6:8 “and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
1st grade Teacher
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
-Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
Mrs. Larkowski grew up in Chippewa Falls. She has a Bachelor's degree is in Technical Communications & Texts from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She and her husband Matt have one adult son, a granddaughter, and a grandson that they enjoy spending time with. Mrs. Larkowski lived in North Carolina for ten years, where her son attended a Christian school with the Abeka curriculum. It was there that Mrs. Larkowski first substitute taught and began her love of teaching.
Outside of school, Mrs. Larkowski enjoys scrapbooking, making soup, and taking serene walks in the countryside. She has two cats, Cora and Ginger Snap.
"I believe my life experiences have prepared me in many ways to teach. Above all, I am eager to humbly serve the Lord and His precious children."
2nd grade Teacher
Mrs. Smylie grew up in Marshfield and moved to Eau Claire to pursue an education degree after high school. She taught at DeLong Middle School for 11 years and then decided to stay at home with her kids. She is married to her husband Jon and they have three children who attend school at Christ Lutheran. Some of her hobbies include reading, gardening, running, and finding great deals on the clearance rack.
Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you. He will never let the righteous fall.
3rd grade Teacher
Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
-Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
Mrs. Strasburg completed her education degree at UW-Madison. The beginning of her teaching career was spent as a substitute teacher in many school districts in Western Wisconsin. "It is a privilege and joy to teach at a school that values Christian education while welcoming parental support and interaction."
Mrs. Strasburg and her husband, Chad, have one adult son. She enjoys the solitude of their rural home. Birdwatching, photography, and gardening are pleasures Mrs. Strasburg enjoys while at home or traveling. Spending time with friends enjoying sports, basket-weaving, playing games and doing Bible studies are some of her other interests.
4th and 5th grade Teacher
“There is nothing better than to see the “ah-ha” moments when a student learns something new. It brings me great joy to watch them grow in all areas. I consider teaching at Christ Lutheran School a privilege.”
Mrs. Johnson and her husband, Ric, have been living in the Chippewa Valley since 2003. They have three adult children, Alaina, Rebecca and Nicole.
Mrs. Johnson substitute taught in the Cadott and Chippewa Falls School districts before being hired in the Chippewa Falls School District. Mrs. Johnson started at Christ Lutheran School in March of 2016.
In her spare time, she loves to sing at her church, crochet and quilt. She enjoys building furniture and completing remodeling projects with her husband.
Her Favorite Scripture: In my distress I called to the Lord; He answered me and set me free.
“This scripture reminds me of God's faithfulness and love. It helps me to remember that our hope lies with Him, and not the things of this world.”
Middle School Teacher
"I teach to the students while helping them understand the concepts that we are learning to the best of their potential. I know that every child learns differently and I hope to be able to teach them in a way that makes sense to them. So, if you hear music, singing, or laughing, please don’t think I am taking their education lightly! I am not. Some things that they will be taught this year are hard to grasp! Laughter and music are ways to lighten the mood. I have been blessed to be part of CLS for over 13 years."
Mrs. Krizan was born in Madison, WI. She and her husband, Cory live in Chippewa Falls and have four children. Some of her hobbies include rock painting, reading, hiking, and thrift sale shopping.
Middle School Teacher
Mr. Markham was born and raised in Minnesota before his family moved to the Eau Claire area when he was in the 5th grade. Teaching has always been interwoven into his professional vocations including his work as a youth director and confirmation teacher. Mr. Markham and his wife Kellie share in raising six children and they enjoy spending time outdoors with friends and family.
Mr. Markham feels that the greatest advantage of a Christian Education is that the school is a part of Christ’s Body, His Church. In this educational ministry, teachers, pastors and administrators are acting as educational stewards to children that belong to Jesus.
Christ has revealed to us how precious children are to Him and His Kingdom. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Middle School Teacher
Mrs. Stearns grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She comes from a family of educators and teachers and has always felt the most at home in a classroom environment- either as a student or a teacher. She hopes to pass on her love of learning, and finds no greater joy than helping young people discover their strengths and passions. After completing her education degree she taught math and science at a Christian high school in Minnesota. She is married to her husband Rob and has three girls who attend Christ Lutheran School. She loves gardening, coffee, and restoring her 1915 home.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
"Since I could talk I have enjoyed making music in some way. Being able to create music with precious students of Christ Lutheran School will be a treasured time. I am thankful God brought me here."
Mrs. Davis received a Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from UWEC. For nearly 20 years she has been blessed with opportunities to participate in and direct music groups for children and adults as well as provide music for weddings and funerals. She enjoys outdoor time year around, laughing, Bible studies, and eating out.
Ephesians 5:19 (The Message) Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.
Physical Education Teacher
Mrs. Falkenberg was born and raised in Chippewa Falls and got certified in Children, Youth and Family Ministry from Vibrant Faith in Minnesota. She worked in children & youth ministry for eight years before staying home with her two children. She is AFPA Certified Personal Trainer who runs her own training business.
"Between my love for God, children & fitness, I am excited to be at Christ Lutheran School doing all three of those things!"
Isaiah 64:8 O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. "This verse is a beautiful picture of how creative our God is!'
Cultivating creativity in people is a passion for Mrs. Rambo, who received an art education degree from UW-Stout and taught public school students art for 10 years before having her daughter, Gwenyth, followed two years later by her son, Reuben.
She is also an avid photographer and a custom cake maker.
"I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach kids about the love of the Lord through the visual arts!"
Mrs. Hoff started volunteering at Christ Lutheran School in 2016. She loves behind-the-scenes work that goes into education. She has a background in bookkeeping, working with children, homeschooling, and children's ministries. She has degrees from UWEC (Barron County) and University of Northwestern-St. Paul.
She and her husband, Bard, live in the Chippewa Valley and have three adult sons, Jonathan, Benjamin, and Nathaniel. In her spare time, Mrs. Hoff loves to travel, quilt, and read.
Cause me to hear your lovingkindness in the morning, for in you do I trust, cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to you.