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.
Entering the ministry in 1998, Pastor served congregations in Yuba City, CA; Tripoli, Iowa; and San Diego, CA before settling down in Chippewa Falls in 2018. The transition to Wisconsin was easy, as he has a large family in the Twin Cities.
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."
Joelle has been involved at Christ Lutheran School since 2005. She has many years of experience in education and enjoys seeing students grow and learn.
Joelle 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 Colossians 3:23a
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, who is from Stanley, Wisconsin, have been married since 2001, and have a 22 pound cat named Midnight, and 2 very normal sized cats, named Tango and Mango.
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. Her bachelor's degree is in Technical Communications & Texts from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She has one adult son, a granddaughter, and a grandson. She 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. As a mother, Mrs. Larkowski learned new communication approaches when her son was diagnosed with a cognitive disorder. She has also been a tutor and a Sunday School teacher on and off for 25 years. In 2015, her husband, Matt, retired from Air Force active duty and they moved back to the Chippewa Valley. Prior to teaching at Christ Lutheran School, Mrs. Larkowski worked as a technical writer.
Outside of school, Mrs. Larkowski enjoys spending time with family, scrapbooking, making soup, and taking serene walks in the countryside. She has one pet rat, Splint, and 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 and 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. Her most rewarding teaching experience was teaching every grade with an excellent teacher to student ratio, 1:1. Her home-schooled son is attending college in Montana. After taking a year away from teaching and school life, she is now excited to become part of Christ Lutheran School. "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, enjoy the solitude of their rural home-which was her childhood 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.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NASB)
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 was born in Chippewa Falls, but grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. A job transfer for her husband, Ric, landed them back in the Chippewa Valley in 2003. They have three adult children, Alaina, Rebecca and Nicole.
Mrs. Johnson’s passion for teaching started when her oldest daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia. She went back to school to learn all that she could about how to assist students with dyslexia and realized her love for teaching.
Mrs. Johnson substitute taught in the Cadott and Chippewa Falls School districts before being hired in the Chippewa Falls School District. She has also worked for Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP) as a line therapist for children with autism. Additionally, she has been an adult education trainer for United Health Care. 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.” - Psalm 118:5
“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 am excited to teach this year. I plan on teaching each child to understand the concepts that we are learning to the best of their potential. I know that every child doesn’t learn the same as everyone else, 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/singing are easy ways to lighten the mood. Thank you for enrolling your child here at Christ Lutheran School, you won’t be disappointed. I have been blessed to be part of CLS for over 12 years."
Mrs. Krizan was born in Madison, WI. She went to a Christian school Kindergarten through 2nd grade, then home schooled 3rd through 6th grade. After moving to Bloomer, she finished off her school years, at the public school.
She is also the site coordinator for Ruby’s Pantry, a mobile food pantry, at Chippewa Valley Bible Church.
Some of her hobbies are rock painting, reading, hiking, and thrift sale shopping.
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 students at CLS. 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.
“Since I could talk I have enjoyed making music in some way. Following high school in Stevens Point where I prioritized orchestra and a variety of choirs, I pursued a degree in Music Therapy from UWEC. My career focused in geriatrics in Milwaukee and Eau Claire. Also, because of that program, I have become somewhat of a collector of stringed instruments and homemade percussion toys. For the past 17 years I have been blessed with opportunities to direct community and church choirs for children and adults as well as music for weddings and funerals. Being able to create music with the precious students of CLS will be a treasured time. I am thankful God brought me to Christ Lutheran School."
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 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!"