Pastor Rick Biedermann
I was born in Orange, Texas where my father who is a Lutheran pastor was serving a nearby mission congregation. We moved to Grundy Center, IA when I was two and lived there until 4th grade when we moved to Ankeny, IA which is where I graduated from high school.
I went to Wartburg College and graduated with a major in Social Work. I then went to Wartburg Seminary where I received my Masters of Divinity. I come from a long line of Lutheran pastors: fourth generation on my mom’s side and fifth on my dad’s. I have a younger sister and brother who live in New Jersey and Spain.
I met my wife, Nancy while working two summers at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp in Iowa. I was a counselor and she was one of the camp nurses. So I like to joke that I had to go see the nurse often for various “ailments.” We will have been married 34 years the end of May. Nancy has worked as a nurse but has worked mostly in the schools as a paraprofessional working with special needs kids. She is currently working at the local school with special needs kids.
We have two adult children and a grandchild. Our oldest, Steven is married to Lindsay and they have a 20-month-old girl, Alice Pearl. Steven is an ELCA pastor in Apple Valley, MN. Our daughter, Rachel, is a Youth and Family Director at Diamond Lake Lutheran in Minneapolis. She was recently married to Lucas Holsten who will graduate from Luther Seminary this year. We are looking forward to being closer to family.
My faith journey began when I was baptized Jan. 18th, 1959. My faith was nurtured by parents, grandparents, Sunday and Confirmation teachers. My favorite verse is Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” I have served as a pastor and youth and family pastor at churches in WI (near Viroqua and in Marshfield) and Iowa.
Hobbies include: Riding bike, going on walks, reading (fiction and fantasy/science fiction), watching and cheering the Packers, watching movies and playing volleyball.
We are looking forward to getting to know you and being part of this exciting new joint venture of the ministry of St. James Trinity and English Lutheran.
Our interim Administrative Assistant is Laurel Boyer. She is also serving as Administrative Assistant for English Lutheran Church of Bateman. She lived in Chippewa Falls most of her life with her family moving to Chippewa Falls when she was in 2nd grade from Duluth, MN. She has an Administrative Assistant-Associate Degree from Chippewa Valley Technical College as well as 15+ years of experience. She grew up in a Presbyterian Church, with her father being the Pastor. She feels this has been very useful coming into a church office because she is already familiar with the “ins and outs”. She has a 21-year-old daughter, Makaya, who is a junior at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. She is currently student teaching in Menomonie and plans to be an Art Teacher. She also has an 18-month-old son named Greyson, who is a charmer and is as sweet as can be. She feels very blessed to be his Mom and he has been a wonderful addition to her life! She is very proud of both of her children! Laurel’s favorite bible verse is Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Noli Hadt began as our organist/accompanist November 2017. She has 15 years of recent experience from Zion Lutheran Church in Seymour. She is happy to be closer to home since she lives outside of Fall Creek. She took organ lessons as a teenager and was also the organist at Milltown Lutheran Church in Milltown, WI. She is looking forward to getting to know everyone here at St. James Trinity.
Deb Burfield was born in Duluth Minnesota, the daughter of a truck driver. She attended school in Tomah, and then Altoona, where she completed her freshman year of high school. After her father’s death in 1975, she and her mom moved to Fall Creek, where she finished high school and now calls home.
Deb enjoys camping, working in the yard, taking walks in the woods, and listening to the sounds of nature. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has an older sister and brother-in-law in Black River Falls, and several nieces and nephews in Marshfield and the surrounding areas.
Deb has been a very dependable and respected school bus driver for the past 24 years. She has been employed by the Fall Creek School district for the last 17 of these years. She loves the children and they love her right back!
For several years Deb has worked as the custodian at St. James Trinity. Her duties include cleaning, setting up and taking down for weddings, funerals and other groups that use the church facilities. She also provides light maintenance inside the church, along with lawn care and light snow removal.
In Deb’s words, “One of the things I like most about working at SJT is giving back to my church family that have helped me in my faith journey. It gives me great pleasure to offer a clean and welcoming place to worship. I love helping people, both the ones I know and strangers. There is no greater joy than sharing kindness, love, and joy to someone that may not be as fortunate. I also have much pleasure in singing in the church choir. I am thankful that I can share God’s work through the sounds of music.”
Kay Scharn grew up in Iowa, where she sang in various choirs and learned to play the piano and other instruments. She became a registered nurse in 1980 and worked in various critical care, cardiac care and trauma units in Iowa, Wisconsin and Hawaii. She earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing in 1987 and Education Specialist in 1999. She worked for 26 years at CVTC, teaching critical care, pharmacology and behavioral health. She was the college Diversity Educator for many years, served on the college Foundation Board, and wrote for and edited several national texts. Kay is also a Legal Nurse Consultant and has taught in that area as well. Kay has always been involved with music. She has served as a church organist and pianist since age 16. She was the Director of Piano Ministry at University Lutheran Church in Eau Claire for several decades. She is the pianist for the Valley Gospel Choir and various other vocal and instrumental groups. She frequently plays in pit orchestras for both the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild and the Eau Claire Children’s Theater. When not playing shows, she accompanies high school students for solo ensemble contest. Kay was the Vocal Director for the Eau Claire Women’s Chorus and currently serves as the choir director for both St. James Trinity Lutheran Church and English Lutheran Church of Bateman. Kay says that she is inspired by music. She credits her parents for supporting her musical education and showing her that if you work hard enough, you can accomplish anything!