2019 Speaker Biographies


Katie Martin


Katie Martin currently lives in Jefferson, Wisconsin with her husband, Josh. Their four children ages 20, 18, 13 and 5 have required them to make Target runs for diapers and dorm room supplies on the same day. She has followed her pastor husband to Minnesota, Texas and Germany where she lived for 9 years until 2016. Katie teaches 1st and 2nd grade at St. John’s Lutheran in Jefferson and attempts freelance writing on the side. She has written for Forward in Christ, Parents’ Crosslink and published her first book, Cherished Gifts in 2013. Her passions are helping families grow in Christ, writing and traveling the world.


Pastor Tom Engelbrecht

Salt, not pepper

I have preached and presented at a number of "at peace?" retreats and am humbled by the opportunity to participate again this year.  Nothing brings peace into our lives quite like the grace of God that we will have the opportunity to study and discuss together! I have the privilege of serving as one of the pastors at Christ Lutheran Church in Pewaukee, WI.  I am married to my beautiful wife, Jackie, and we have four children: Jonas (10 years old), Silas (9 years old), Lucas (7 years old), and Cecily (5 years old). We, like so many others, have a bustling life and desperately cling to the source of our peace, Jesus Christ, as we seek to glorify God with our lives.

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Pastor Stephen Sauer

Be Salt, Not Salty

Pastor Stephen Sauer serves God's kingdom at Messiah Lutheran Church in Green Bay, WI. Married to Tina (Mohr) Sauer for 34 years, they have been blessed with 5 children. He has served the Lord as pastor for 35 years, with the last 25 in Green Bay, WI. Now that the kids are grown, he and his wife enjoy traveling and spending time with nieces and nephews. No grandkids yet. He was privileged to serve as Pastor Schauland's "resource" during his vicar year, and enjoys Pastor Schauland's family visits!


Kathie Wendland

Light of the world

Kathie Wendland, a registered nurse and BSN, has been blessed to have a wide range of professional nursing experiences ranging from Central Africa Medical Mission, the Frontier Nursing Service, Milwaukee County General Hospital, and the United States Navy, as well as serving in the US Embassy and Canadian High Commission health units in Lusaka, Zambia. Kathie grew up on a farm in Wisconsin with six siblings where her parents always saw serving Jesus as the central focus of their lives and taught their children those same values. Kathie has been privileged and blessed to be able to lead women’s bible studies and speak at Christian women’s retreats for over 25 years. Kathie was married to Ernst H. Wendland who served as pastor and Wisconsin Seminary Professor and is now with Jesus. She thanks God for the faithful pastors the Lord has blessed her with by placing her in multiple congregations throughout the world. Kathie has been on the WELS Women’s Ministry Committee since its inception in 2002 and praises God for the blessings he has showered on her and on so many others through WELS Women’s Ministry.


Doreen Erdman

A Light for Your Home

Doreen Erdman, a member of Peace, Loves Park for the past 19 years lives in Freeport, IL. She and husband Wayne live there with their 3 cats, two of them recently adopted. Doreen enjoys using her hands to share the gifts God has given her. Refinishing furniture, knitting, sewing, and soap making are just a few of the things she likes to do when she isn't busy at a local nursing home, there Doreen cares for an elderly lady and lets her light shine through everything she does.

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Pastor Karl Schauland

Closing Address

Pastor Karl Schauland has served New Life Lutheran since July 2017.

Pastor Schauland grew up in rural Minnesota, graduating from Luther High School in Onalaska, WI in 2004. His studies for the pastoral ministry led him to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in 2008, he continued his training at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon WI. His first pastoral assignment in 2012 was Immanuel Lutheran Church,Long Valley, New Jersey.

Pastor met his wife Claire (Hagen) during their college years in New Ulm. She has a double major in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Claire loves being a mother to their 3 children.