Ken Frese


Raised in Whittier, California, Pastor Ken has served congregations in Northern and Southern California for more than 50 years. He has represented the Lutheran Church as Campus Pastor at UCLA, worked as the Lutheran Chaplain at UCLA Medical Center, and as a Chaplain for the US Veterans Administration. For two years he also served as co-chair of I-LERT the Inter-Lutheran Emergency Response Team of the Pacific Southwest District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. He has been trained in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) by the Los Angeles Fire Department and currently, serves as co-chair of the Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee of Mar Vista, a district of Los Angeles.

Jo Tschopp

Church Chairperson

A native Californian, Jo has traveled to many places but loves coming home to Sierra Madre. She has a Masters’ Degree in Multi-Cultural Bilingual Education. She is passionate about teaching and has experience working with preschool through high school students and adults. Currently, Jo teaches Sunday School, Adult Bible Class, and a weekly preschool Bible class. She is a licensed Parish Ministry Assistant and a trained Stephen Ministry Leader. Jo enjoys family activities, sewing, reading, and gardening. The Bible verse that drives her is: Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Jill Vidal

Preschool Director

Jill, a Southern California native, grew up in Monterey Park and attended Pasadena City College where she earned her certification in Early Childhood Education and Administration. Since the early 1990s, Jill taught ages 3 to 6 years starting as an assistant and promoting to co-teacher, and lead teacher. Relocating to Plano, Texas, in 2006 she received her Montessori certification and continued to teach until 2011, when she became a school administrator in Richardson, Texas. In 2015, Jill returned to the San Gabriel Valley and joined the staff at First Lutheran Church and SONshine House Preschool. Jill is “blessed to be back home” with her husband, Alan, and two children, Shane and Maya.

Kathy Janetzke

Church Administrator

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