our team

  • Aaron Sturgis

    Pastor

    Aaron's gifts are to cast vision for Central Lutheran, leading them into a culture of discipleship. Married to Nikole and father to Ayden, Audrey, and Anderson, Aaron loves relaxing with family, movies, mountain bike racing, xc-skiing and finding a good new beer.


    pastor@central-lutheran.org

    office | 715-723-9336 ex 22




  • Christine Hitt

    Director of Worship and Music

    Christine Hitt  and her husband Barry have made Chippewa Falls their home after serving 20 years in the Air Force Band. They are proud parents of Michael, Eric and Cory. Christine enjoys seeing people experience God's love through music. She obtained her music degrees from U.M.D. and the University of Arizona.  


    christine@central-lutheran.org

    office | 715-723-9336 ex 27



  • Whitney Falkenberg

    Minister of Family Faith Formation

    Whitney is the Minister of Family Faith Formation at Central. She oversees all education/faith forming aspects from birth - adult. Her primary focus is to instill faith with the parents, godparents, friends, and congregation members young & old to develop personal, trusted relationships with our children & youth at Central. She attended Vibrant Faith Ministries for "Youth and Family Ministry" where she continued to grow in her relationship with God. Whitney is married to Dennis and they have one son, Silas. She enjoys reading, spending time with friends over a cup of coffee, and cheering on the Packers.


    whitney@central-lutheran.org

    office | 715-723-9336 ex 25

  • Pam Moran

    Church Manager


    Pam has been a part of Central since birth. She is married to Brad and they have two daughters, Markel and McKenna. Pam oversees the daily operations of Central. Pam wants those that enter Central to experience God's grace and is excited to see the many missions happening within our walls and our community as we love God and love people.


    pam@central-lutheran.org

    office | 715-723-9336 ex 23


  • vicki jones

    ADMINISTRATIVE assistant

    Vicki joined Central Lutheran's team in 2015.  She is married to Steve Parker.  They have four children and three grandchildren living in the Twin Cities area.  Vicki and Steve have recently moved to Chippewa Falls from Minneapolis and are enjoying the shift to small town community life.  If you call or stop at Central, Vicki will be greeting you and she is looking forward to meeting the many people of our community.


    office@central-lutheran.org

    office | 715-723-9336




  • Stacy Yearous

    communication & publication director

    Stacy has been a member of Central Lutheran’s family since 2003. She lives is Chippewa Falls with her husband Mike and their two kids Emma and John. Stacy is passionate about all the missions happening within Central’s community and enjoys helping to communicate their goals to everyone. When she is not spending quality time with her family, she can be found loudly cheering on the Badgers and Packers. If you have a message that needs to be communicated to the congregation please reach out to her.


    communications@central-lutheran.org



  • Astri Gerdes

    Student ministries director

    I am so glad to be a partner at Central! My husband Caleb and I moved to Chippewa Falls in May of last year, and we love living here. I teach English Learners at South Middle School and Memorial High, and last year I just loved mentoring our senior high students. I also enjoy cross country skiing, biking, gardening and road trips. Most of all, faith in Christ and living in that Love is what brings me the greatest joy.


    studentministries@central-lutheran.org



  • Ashley Smith

    Hospitality team coordinator

    Ashley is a life-long member of Central. She and her husband Matt live in Eau Claire along with their fur kid, Odie. When she's not crunching numbers by day as financial analyst, Ashley enjoys growing fresh veggies in her garden, brewing a cold glass of iced tea, and making homemade wine. She looks forward to welcoming people to Central on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings along with her fellow Hospitality Team members.


    ashley.marie.king@gmail.com


  • Molly lee

    Life Group Ministry Coordinator

    Molly Lee is a working mom who loves her day job as a morning show announcer on WWIB Radio, but finds much joy in spending time with her family (hubby and two kids). She has a degree in psychology from Pacific Lutheran University but doesn't want to analyze you...today. Molly is the Life Group Coordinator here at Central Lutheran Church; which means she provides support, cheer-leading, and training to our Life Group Leaders, as well as organizes Life Group Launch Parties throughout the year. If you are interested in either starting or joining a Life Group Molly would love to hear from you!


    lifegroups@central-lutheran.org

  • Tom Drehmel

    minister of DISCIPLESHIP living

    Tom comes with a passion for outreach mission. He often says, "Don't just go to church, be the church!" Tom stays in close contact with various local non-profits to see how we can help with our our time, talents and resources. Tom and his wife Jan have been members of Central for more than 40 years; these two have been inspired in their faith journey because of Central Lutheran.


    tdrehmel@me.com