Christus Victor

Making Christ Known

We are an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregation growing in the likeness of Christ by:

Worshiping, praying, and studying God’s word;
Being together with other people; and
Acting in faith through words and deeds both inside and outside our church walls.


(with titles and/or Liaison Area)
Stefan Potuznik, Senior Pastor

Linda Thurston, Associate Pastor - Christian Education

Jerry Briggs, President:  Jerry has been a council president in the past and is a seasoned leader.  He has a passion to lead us forward, and he is not afraid to take risks and to trust God who always provides resources and wisdom.

Gary Pignato, Vice President / Property:  Gary, a calming force, is also a part of the property ministry and has a strong faith.  As a former F15 fighter pilot and air force flight instructor, he learned to stay calm while maneuvering through many challenging situations.  We are blessed to have him on our team.

Kathy Kelly, Secretary / Parish Growth & Life

Jim Winslow, Treasurer:  Jim has been in this very demanding role in the past.  Jim brings a lot of numbers and trends experience as a former CFO of both midsize and large companies.

Jan Dunteman, Worship & Music

Mike Gehring, Social Ministry / Youth:  A new council member, Mike had been on council before and served as our council president nine years ago.  Mike is an active member in our MIA (Men in Action) group, has served as a confirmation mentor, and is on the leadership team for our Summer Suppers.

Michelle Hinojosa, Christian Education

John Laugesen, Finance:  A new council member, John has a strong faith and is very supportive of reading The Story as a whole congregation.  John will serve as a liaison to our finance ministry.  Many thanks to John who served as our treasurer for the past two years.  John did a very fine job introducing several new procedures to our finance operations.

Ron Mrofcza, Mission Appeal

Jerry Price, Finance / Connection Crew:  A new council member here at Christus Victor, Jerry and his wife Gena came from Michigan and joined Christus Victor two years ago.  Jerry served in his previous congregation on council as well as on several other ministry teams, and Jerry and Gena are currently active on The Story leadership team. We are blessed to have such an experienced leader on council.

Judy Voypick, Youth




Senior Pastor Stefan Potuznik

Associate Pastor of Christian Education Linda Thurston

Senior Parish Deacon Patrick Briggs

Parish Deacon Hank Kwiatkowski

Parish Deacon Janet Spees





Shane McBean, Custodian

Jill Nelson, Accounts Payable

Maria Pignato, Office Administrator

Deborah Swinford, Office Manager




Diane Bele, Saturday Music Leader

Chip Blanding, Revelation Brass

Megan Radowick Modern Music Leader

George Gentes, Chancel Choir

Kathleen Gentes, Organist / Choir Accompanist

Anne Kivikko, Handbells




Pastor Linda Thurston, Youth Ministries

Megan Radowick, Modern Music Leader

George Gentes, Chancel Choir

Kathleen Gentes, Organist

Diane Hill, Nursery Coordinator

Melanie Tomaso, Children's Ministry Coordinator