ECSW Lay School of Ministry is blessed with well respected and knowledgeable instructors. Each love what they do and look forward to walking with you on this journey of faith formation.

Pastor Cheryl Davis

Core Education Instructor:
Faith & Spirituality

Pastor Cheryl Davis has been the pastor for almost five years at First English Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids. She was introduced to Lutheran theology when she was 25 years old and knew her heart had come home in the message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Her passion is to bring other hearts “home” as they learn of Christ’s love for them and grow in relationship to him. She loves solitude, reflection, writing, walking, conversations and nature. Pastor Cheryl is married to Horace. Together they share four adult children and their spouses and 13 grandchildren.

Bishop Anne Edison-Albright

Core Education Instructor:
Intro to Theology

Rev. Dr. Ann Fritschel

Core Education Instructor:
Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

Continuing Education Instructor:
Engaging Biblical Texts

I’m Dr. Ann Fritschel, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Wartburg Theological Seminary, one of the seven seminaries of the ELCA. I grew up in Stevens Point, went to Wartburg Seminary and served as a parish pastor for seven years in western North Dakota. I then went to Emory University in Atlanta for my Ph.D. and am beginning my 24th year of teaching bible at Wartburg. I have been teaching nearly as long at the East Central Wisconsin Lay School. I love reading Scriptures together with people excited about their faith and wanting to grow in their discipleship. I am owned by two cats, love chocolate and the Chicago Cubs and love to do home improvement chores (NOT cleaning) in my free time.

Rev. Mark Granquist

Continuing Education Instructor:
Christianity in Contemporary America

Mark A. Granquist is the Lloyd and Annelotte Svendsbye Professor of the History of Christianity at Luther Seminary, a position he has held since 2007. Prior to this he taught in the Religion Department at St Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota (1992-2000) and at Gustavus Adolphus College, St Peter, Minnesota (2000-2007).

He serves as the editor of the Luther Seminary journal Word & World and of the Journal of the Lutheran Historical Conference, and has been active with the journal Lutheran Quarterly. His publications include A History of Luther Seminary, 1869-2019 (Fortress, 2019), Lutherans in America: A New History (Fortress, 2013), Scandinavian Pietists: Spiritual Writings from 19th-century Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland (Classics of Western Spirituality, 2015), and The Augustana Story: Shaping Lutheran Identity in North America, (Fortress, 2008). He is one of the editors of the Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions (Baker Academic, 2017), and the author of many book chapters, articles and essays, especially on the history of Lutherans in North America.

Pastor John Meachen

Continuing Education Instructor:
“Experiencing God” How and where God meets us

Pastor John has taught as part of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin Lay School of Ministry for all but one year beginning in 2005 until the present. His primary focus has been Martin Luther, Reformation history, and Lutheran confessional theology. Stemming from a deep love of congregational life, his continuing education classes have been focused on exploring and building the health of the local parish and its leaders.

Pastor John served as a parish pastor for 34 years in North Dakota and Wisconsin before accepting the position as the Executive Director of Crossways Camping Ministries in 2011.

Pastor John officially retired in 2017 and lives with his wife Jan in their home south of Rhinelander, WI.

Pastor Jenn Pockat

Core Education Instructor:
Liturgy & Life

Since 2012, Pastor Jenn has served St. Andrew in Wausau, first as associate and then, starting in 2019, as lead pastor. Pastor Jenn brings considerable gifts as a leader, organizer, communicator and connector of people and organizations. She serves as treasurer on the board of Crossways Camping Ministries and as faculty at the ECSW lay school. Pastor Jenn has been engaged in synod-wide ministry as a synod assembly and fall theological event/worship planner, as well as the lead organizer of the 2021 bishop installation and currently serving as Associate to the Bishop, Director for Communications and Community.

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