Our Staff

The staff at Church of the Resurrection all are dedicated to sharing the Word of Jesus Christ and carrying out his ministries in our church, community and world.

The Rev. Debra Trakel – Bridge Pastor

I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently live in Menomonee Falls with my wife, Carlynn. Carlynn is a pediatric occupational therapist and worked for many years with her good friend, COR’s Betty Groenwold! We have two sons, Tim and Ryan, and three amazing grandchildren, Ellia, Ian and Pau (Pau’s mother is from Barcelona, Spain. Pau is Paul in Catalan, her first language.).
I was ordained in 1995 and have served as a campus minister at UW-Madison, and as pastor in three churches in Wisconsin Dells, the central city of Milwaukee, and suburban River Hills. Prior to my ordination, I worked as a clinical social worker in private practice and as an industrial social worker/organizational development specialist in four state agencies: Corrections, Natural Resources, Transportation and the Wisconsin Lottery. I am so grateful to have this time at the Church of the Resurrection!
Favorite Bible verse:  Matthew 22:37-39 “. . .You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”
This passage speaks to my heart of profound love for God and how that love then translates into love for all of you. Jesus told us these were the first and second commandments. I work to embed these in my own heart.

Susan DanielsDeacon

I grew up in Racine, Wis. and now live in Oconomowoc with my husband, Jim. We have three adult children and two grandsons. I have been at Church of the Resurrection since 1996, first as a children’s choir director, then as music director. I was commissioned as an Associate in Ministry – Music in 2002, and my title changed to deacon in 2016. I am privileged to work with all ages, from toddlers to adults. It is my joy to share my love of music and the gift that God has given me, and I strive to continue to grow church musicians for the future.

Favorite Bible verse:  “O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away … Where can I go from your Spirit? … Search me, O God, and know my heart … and lead me in the way everlasting.” – Psalm 139

Being a musician, I love all of the Psalms, and this one speaks to my heart.  It reminds me that God is in control. It is my constant prayer to go where God leads me and needs me, knowing always that He goes with me.

Matt Stein – Organist

I have lived in Hartland and attended Church of the Resurrection since I was 10 years old. Over the years, I’ve come to know this church as my family – always supporting and caring for me. I officially begin working as the parish musician here in 2001.  Looking back, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawn to music in worship. My hope is that sharing some of my gifts can also help draw others in.

Favorite Bible verse: “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my rock and my redeemer. – Psalm 19:14

I’ve always found this verse at the beginning of a sermon or message comforting.  To me it serves as a continual reminder of how we’ve been redeemed and how we can place God at the center in all we do.

Tiffany Kollmeyer – Director of Youth Ministry

I grew up at Church of the Resurrection and was installed as the Director of Youth Ministry in June 2013. I believe it is important for our high school students to have a way to continue their Christian education after confirmation and stay connected to our church.  Our goal with youth ministry is to provide an opportunity for them to explore their faith further and connect with their peers through fun and service.

Favorite Bible verse: “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” – John 13:15

Jesus demonstrated what it is to serve, value, honor, and love.  While I can’t live up to His perfect example, through His love and forgiveness I can follow His lead.

Lynn WesolowskiOffice Manager

I grew up in New Berlin, Wisconsin and now live in Delafield, Wisconsin with my husband, Greg. My husband and I became members of Church of the Resurrection in 1996. We have three daughters and one son who have grown up in the church and were baptized and confirmed here. They have grown in Christian faith through their participation in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, FYI Youth Group, children’s vocal and handbell choirs, and summer mission trips. I believe the Christian education and values my children have experienced at the church will remain with them and help prepare them to face the trials and tribulations of life.

Favorite Bible verse: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

Mary Dunn – Office Assistant