Our Leadership Team

The staff and leadership at St Paul's Lutheran Church is comprised of people who love, care, and pray for every single person in our church and school. If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out to anyone of them.

  • Daniel Olson, Pastor

    Phone: 608-783-4822 Ext #237

    Email: dolson@stpaulsonalaska.org

    Dan Olson serves as the outreach pastor at St Paul's and oversees the long range mission and vision of the church. He is a graduate of Martin Luther College and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. After his studies, he became the pastor of a church in New York City where he served for 10 years, until being called to Onalaska. Pastor Olson spends his time hanging out with his wife and five daughters (that's right, five!) He especially loves how the LaCrosse area provides great outdoor family activities. He enjoys hiking, fishing, tennis, and golf. 

  • Brett Ehlke, Pastor

    Phone: 608-783-4822 Ext #250

    Email: behlke@stpaulsonalaska.org

    Brett Ehlke serves as our pastor who oversees adult discipleship and elders. He’s especially excited to find ways to connect people and families to God’s Word! He graduated from Martin Luther College in 2006 and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2010. Before coming to St. Paul’s, he served for 9 years at a congregation in southwest, Michigan. Pastor Ehlke is married to Lori, an artist and art teacher. They have two boys and twin girls. They enjoy hiking, playing and watching sports, and traveling.


  • Shane Krause, Pastor

    Phone: 608-783-4822 ext. 240

    Email: skrause@stpaulsonalaska.org


    Shane Krause serves as a pastor who works specifically in the areas of youth discipleship and public worship at St. Paul’s. He is especially passionate about serving the families of our school and about keeping the younger people of our congregation connected to Christ. Pastor Krause is married to his wife Nicole. They have three children: Eli, Marlie, and Carsyn. The Krause’s enjoy sports and the outdoors. Pastor Krause especially enjoys hunting, fishing, and downhill skiing. 

  • Lydia Walter, Operations Manager

    Phone: 608-783-4822 Ext #233

    Email: lwalter@stpaulsonalaska.org

    Lydia Walter serves as our Operations Manager at St. Paul’s. She is an alumnus of Bethany Lutheran College, with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Business Administration. She lives in La Crescent with her husband, Ryan, daughter, Amelia, and two Labrador Retrievers. Lydia’s favorite pastimes include singing, sewing, or doing DIY projects, spending time outdoors (camping, hiking, and touring Upper Peninsula Michigan or the North Shore!) and anything to do with animals! 

  • Lori Peters, Administrative Assistant

    Phone: 608-783-4822 Ext #234

    Email: lpeters@stpaulsonalaska.org

  • Katy Miller, Administrative Assistant

    Phone: 608-783-4822 Ext #221

    Email: kmiller@stpaulsonalaska.org

  • Wendy Schibbelhut, Worship Coordinator

    Phone: 608-783-2552

    Email: wschibbelhut@stpaulsonalaska.org


    Wendy Schibbelhut splits her time between teaching eighth graders and serving as our church's worship coordinator. She has been involved in music all her life, and starting in high school began leading services on the organ and piano. Over the years, Wendy has been blessed to serve in many different ways: teacher of grades 1-4 in Niles, Illinois, English teacher at Nebraska Lutheran High School, Kids' Praise leader, 8th grade teacher at St. Paul's, choir director, women's Bible study leader, wife, and mother of four almost-grown children. She loves playing the piano, reading books, hiking our National Parks, and watching her kids' activities.