Special thanks to Dianne Droster, who will be serving as our Interim Sabbatical Pastor during Pastor Steve’s absence. She will assist with worship, prayer chapel and pastoral care.
Dianne Droster grew up on a small hobby farm in Burlington, Wisconsin. She graduated from Lawrence University and received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. She worked as a writer for Lawrence University and taught writing at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, before returning to her alma mater as a professor, teaching in the Freshman Studies program and in the ESL program for Japanese exchange students.
Dianne began her faith journey anew at First Congo in 2011. She completed training for Stephen Ministry, received a certificate for four years of Lay Academy, and is now a Member in Discernment on a path to ordination. She has been a Stephen Minister and a member of the Fellowship team, the Service Sunday team, the Mental Health Task Force, the Intergenerational Musical and Children’s and Youth Ministry. She has completed additional training in Congregations and Mental Health and Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
Dianne has been the Caring Ministries Coordinator for First English Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Appleton, providing pastoral care for the homebound, hospitalized and those in hospice care since 2017. In 2020 she served for seven months as the Interim Pastor for Our Shepherd UCC in Howards Grove, Wisconsin, leading them into the era of on-line worship and outdoor services.
Dianne is an avid reader, enthusiastic walker and nature lover. Her pandemic partner is Pip, a bouncy Bearded Collie dog. She has two beloved step-daughters, Tanya and Kate.