St. Stephen is blessed with a faculty that is progressive and innovative. They are creative in their teaching methods, and attentive to reaching each student’s individual needs.
Administrative Pastor: Daniel J. Seehafer Email
Daniel J Seehafer was born in Merrill, Wisconsin. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University Wisconsin in 1993, and his Master of Divinity Degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1997. As part of Concordia’s global education program, he had the opportunity to travel and visit the Holy Land. He also studied in Tallinn, Estonia. His two years of field work were at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Decatur, Indiana. He served his vicarage year at St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Daniel started as Assistant Pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Horicon, Wisconsin, in August 1997. On October 22, 2000, Pastor Seehafer was installed as the Administrative Pastor.
Associate Pastor: Jonathan Szczesny Email
Jonathan D. Szczesny was born in Buffalo, New York. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia in 1992, and his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1997. His two years of field work were at Our Hope Lutheran Church in Huntertown, Indiana. He served his vicarage year at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Terre Haute, Indiana. Upon his graduation from seminary he served as associate pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Adel, Iowa from 1997-2000. Rev. Szczesny accepted the call to serve St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Horicon, Wisconsin as associate pastor in the spring of 2006. On January 7, 2007, Rev. Szczesny was installed as associate pastor. Rev. Szczesny and his wife have 4 children.
Joel Bahr Our Principal Email
Joel grew up in Western New York (Buffalo & Niagara Falls) and attended Concordia College in Bronxville, New York, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Education/Social Studies. After graduation, Mr. Bahr served 10 years as teacher and athletic director at Immanuel Lutheran Church & School in Mount Vernon, New York, with the final six years serving also as principal. Joel served as principal of St. John Lutheran Church & School in South Euclid, Ohio for 15 years and at St. <ark Lutheran Church & School in Kentwood, Michigan for 13 years before joining the ministry team here at St. Stephen. Graduate work has been completed at both Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio and Concordia University, Wisconsin. Over the years, Mr. Bahr has also served on a number of boards and committees in church and school ministry. Mr. Bahr and his wife, Donna, have been blessed with four children, and three grandchildren. In his leisure time, Mr. Bahr enjoys being with family, sports, reading, and biking.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. ~ Joshua 1:9
Lisa Janus Preschool Email
Lisa was born and raised in Milwaukee. She graduated from Concordia University – Wisconsin in 1986 with a Bachelor Arts degree in Elementary Education, minoring in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining the faculty at St. Stephen, Lisa was responsible for the start-up, directing, and teaching of several early childhood program in the South Wisconsin and English Districts of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Lisa and her husband, Peter, live in Slinger and have been married for 32 years. They have been blessed with 2 children, Sarah and Andrew, a son-in-law, Wade, and 2 grandchildren, Arianna and Brayden. Lisa cherishes time spent with her family, especially at their cottage on Beaver Dam Lake. She also enjoys sewing, arts and crafts, and watching h er children ski with the Beaverland Must-skis Waterski Show Team.
Stacey Meinders Kindergarten Email
Stacey has taught for a number of years at St. Stephen Lutheran School. Prior to teaching kindergarten, she has taught preschool and 7th grade. “I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to teach with such wonderful colleagues and students.” Stacey graduated from UW Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She also has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in early childhood. Stacey has 2 children, Madelynn and Lukkas, who attend St. Stephen. In her free time she loves attending Brewer games, reading, running, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Janelle Wenzel First Grade Email
Janelle grew up outside of West Bend, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Concordia University, Wisconsin in 1992. She taught and was director of Trinity’s Little Lambs Preschool and in the afternoon she taught first and second grade at Zion Lutheran School both in Herscher, Illinois. Her teaching experience spans preschool through Grade 4. In June 2008 she and her children moved back to Wisconsin to join her husband, Mark, who moved back to Wisconsin at the end of January 2008 to serve as Pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam. She and her husband have 3 children, Kaitlyn, Aaron and Makayla. Janelle began teaching at St. Stephen in August of 2008 and teaches 1st Grade. Janelle and her husband, Mark and children Kaitlyn, Aaron and Makayla live in Beaver Dam.
Amy Rupnow Second Grade Email
Amy was born and raised in Crown, Minnesota. She attended Concordia College, Minnesota where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education in 1997. She taught Kindergarten for one year in Duluth, Minnesota before moving to Horicon to teach 2nd Grade at St. Stephen. In 2005 Amy earned her Master’s of Education from Concordia University, Wisconsin. When she is not busy at school Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, crocheting, working logic puzzles, and learning how to do all sorts of farm chores. Amy began teaching at St. Stephen in 1997 and teaches 2nd Grade and 1st and 2nd Grade Social Studies. In addition to teaching Amy is the NJHS Advisor and the school librarian. Amy and her husband, Keith, live in Oak Grove on his family farm.
Beth Miskimen Third Grade Email
Beth attended Immanuel Lutheran School in Brookfield, Milwaukee Lutheran High School, and Concordia University-Mequon. After graduating, she taught in California for 3 years and Illinois for 4 years. She has been teaching 3rd grade at St. Stephen since 2004. Her husband, Dave, is the principal at Living Word Lutheran High School in Jackson. They have two children, Riley and Cade. They live with their yellow lab and 2 cats in Iron Ridge.
Kristin Geik Fourth Grade
Kristin grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana and attended Immanuel Lutheran School through 8th grade and Valparaiso High School. She graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in May of 2019. She has many family members who are in the ministry. Her grandfather, Rev. Wallace, was the pastor of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church in New Berlin for many years. Her aunt, Karen Brueggemann, is the Preschool Director at St. Paul Lutheran in Grafton and her cousin, Alison Pipkorn, is the 3rd grade teacher at First Immanuel in Cedarburg. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her friends, family, and spend time doing outdoor activities. I live in Horicon. She goes back to her hometown to visit her mom, Cheryl, stepdad, Andy, and brother, Tyler.
Rick Holz Seventh and Eight Grade Email
Rick grew up on a dairy farm south of Hustisford, Wisconsn. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education, American History and European History from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 1995. Rick has experience teaching mainly fifth through eighth grades in three different Lutheran schools. When not teaching, Rick helps with various athletic events and in his free time he stays active by golfing, biking and participating in softball and bowling leagues. Rick has been teaching at St. Stephen since August 2006 and teaches 7th and 8th grades. He also teaches 5th through 8th grade math, social studies and English. Rick lives in Horicon.