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Staff

Senior pastor Brian Hiortdahl hails from Southern California, where most of his family still lives. Brian attended Lutheran schools all his life, which nourished his passion for Gods Word and human ...

Alan Saatkamp

Executive Director
Alan joined the staff in October of 2014 as the Executive Director. A Wisconsin native, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin and served honorably in the United States Army before beginning ...

Cherri Jestmore

Director of Caring Ministries
Cherri joined Atonement's ministry team in February, 2000. In her role, she works closely with the ministry teams of Bread of Life, Stephen Ministry, Parish Nurses, Prayers during Communion, just to ...

Rick Deasley

Director of Worship Life / Organist
Rick has been leading church music/arts ministries since 1986. He has been on staff at Atonement since 2005. He holds a degree in music composition from the University of Missouri - Kansas City ...

Tony Ward

Director of Adult Choirs
Tony grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. Throughout high school and college, he concentrated on performance and composing skills, but felt called towards directing and education. While in Omaha, he took a ...

Julie Assel

Director of Handbell Choirs
Julie has been playing handbells since she was in the third grade and solo ringing since she was in high school. She joined the Adult Bell Choir at Atonement in 1999 and became its director in ...

Boo McCready

Director of Children's Spiritual Life
Boo joined the Atonement staff in 2007 as Communications Administrator. In February of 2010, she became the Children's Spiritual Life Director. Boo is passionate about working with kids, parents, ...

Maryann Grace

Director of Missional Life
Maryann has been a member of Atonement since 2003. She engaged into the congregation through her passion for the Alpha course. She began working part-time for Missional Life in the fall of 2008 after...

Ann Hiemstra

Director of Communications
Ann brings to us a varied professional background, including graphics, communications and journalism experience supporting large corporations with major customers, as well as being self-employed, ...

Bonnie Shields

Finance Manager
Bonnie has served at Atonement since December of 1992. Her primary responsibilities include all financial administration including business transactions and financial reporting for Atonement. As such,...

Ros Thorpe

Ministry Assistant
Ros joined Atonement in 2005 with her husband Jim. In her new role at Atonement, Ros will be working with the visitors/new members ministry, and in helping to set up and maintain the new ...

Kelly Allen

Administrative Assistant
Kelly is a lifelong member of Atonement and has many fond memories of growing up in this congregation. Currently, she is active in Children's Spiritual Life, serving on the team, volunteering for ...

Shawn Weir

Property Manager
Shawn was introduced to Atonement by his sister, Kelly Wiens, and this summer became Atonement’s Property Manager. Shawn has two daughters, Amber and Stella, and he loves spending time with them. He ...