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Our Staff and Council

Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Timothy W. Shirley
Begins November 7, 2021

Tim has a Bachelor of Arts in Religion/English from Mercer University, a Master of Arts in Christian Education, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from McAfee School of Theology at Southern Baptist. His extensive education speaks to his love of learning, as does his continuing pursuit of a PhD in Practical Theology from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, which he is expecting to finish up soon. Despite all of this impressive education, he is a down-to-earth man who loves the outdoors – fishing, in particular – and is an extremely skilled and engaging preacher who can touch hearts and minds, at the same time.

Nan Pophal
Office Manager

Alex Fluegel
Information & Electronic Technology Director

Alex Fluegel grew up in the suburbs of the twin cities of Minnesota. He moved to Eagle River, WI in high school and graduated from Northland Pines ‘16. His undergraduate degree features studied in Physics, Math, and Religious Studies from Knox College ‘19. He had completed his  first  year of graduate study in Engineering Management and Electrical and Systems Engineering at Washington University in Saint Louis when the Covid-19 pandemic began. He has since returned to Eagle River and has been consulting with churches regarding their utilization of technology in their ministry. When not working on one of his many projects, or learning about new technology, you might find him playing the oboe, watching movies, or out in the woods.

Sharon Breit
Christian Education Director

Lori Hunter
Music Director

Lori has been a church musician all her life. She grew up in the church singing and playing the piano and organ which eventually led to directing choirs and becoming a Director of Music. She has had the opportunity to serve as organist, pianist, choir director and worship planner in varying denominations and congregations throughout Wisconsin and New York State. Although she was raised Lutheran and educated as an Associate in Ministry of the ELCA as both a parish administrator and a worship and music director, she has found her home at First Congregational UCC in Eagle River, serving this congregation since spring of 2013. Lori is also a full-time program director for the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council serving tribal youth throughout Wisconsin on risky behavior reduction, especially as it relates to teen pregnancy. When not working or doing something musical, you will find her cooking, reading, walking, or enjoying her time at home or boating on Echo Lake in Sugar Camp. Lori has been married to Chuck, a professional licensed engineer, since 1979, and has three grown sons who are expanding the family: Chase and Laura (Caleb and Cayden) in Whitesboro, NY; Cameron and Terri in Breckenridge, CO; and Christopher in Eagle River.

Norma Yeager

Linda Brainard

Our Council

President: Bernie Hupperts

Vice President: Mark Johannsen

Members: Trisha Moore, Cathy Palmer, Luke Aschbrenner, Deb Stolze, Steven Burrill , Trista Langley-Tyler