Meet the Staff

Pastor Greg Van Dunk

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It has been a joy to serve Atonement as Pastor since 2005.  Together we’ve grown in faith and numbers as we relocated and built a new church, multiplied opportunities to worship God and developed skills for life and ministry.  We’ve added many terrific staff and expanded our efforts to serve a world in need.

Prior to Atonement it was a privilege to plant All Peoples Church (ELCA) in Milwaukee and serve as Assistant Pastor of Epiphany Lutheran church in Dayton, OH.  I also was fortunate to serve part time as ELCA Mission Director for the Greater Milwaukee synod from 2003-2010.

Ann and I have been gratefully married for as many years as I’ve been a Pastor (29).  We live in Milwaukee not far from Habitat for Humanity where she works.   We have three grown children along with their spouses and two grandsons (If you twist my arm I’ll show you their pictures!).


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.  – Romans 12:2a

Pastor Kevin Farrar

Associate Pastor

Kevin Kretzmann Farrar has served as the associate pastor at Atonement since June 2018. Prior to his time at Atonement, he has worked at churches in Minnesota, New York, and California. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Kevin is a graduate of St. Olaf College, Yale Divinity School, and Luther Seminary. He is married to Alissa, a pastor at Lake Park Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. Raised a nondenominational Christian, Kevin does not get Lutheran inside jokes. However, he is eager to talk about soccer, new places to travel, and life as a Christian today.

“For with you, O God, is the fountain of life…” 
-Psalm 36:9a

Judy Kolstad

Associate In Ministry for CareGiving
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I was called as an Associate in Ministry (AIM) to Atonement in 2007. I oversee the daily care of the members of Atonement and work primarily in conjunction with Pastor Greg.  I oversee grief groups, support groups, make hospital visits, take communion to shut ins, listen to those needing a ‘listening ear.’  I am available to help members when their parents or relatives who might not be members are ill or near death.  The main focus of my life is to “be the hands and feet of God” as best I can.

I am the mom of four adult children and six grandchildren, all of whom enjoy their week at the Outer Banks, NC each July.


But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Anne Farebrother

Coordinator for Children & Family Ministry
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As the Coordinator for CFM, I work closely with families and volunteers to create dynamic christian learning opportunities for our school age children. I am also the instructor of both Little Steps and Family Steps Together. These classes encourage families to grow together in faith and go deeper in their relationship with God. We enjoy learning about our Heavenly Father with bible stories, songs, games and crafts.

My husband, Tim and daughters, Emily and Katelyn are frequent helpers in class.  I am blessed to watch these young students grow!


And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
-Romans 8:28

Kara Mendez

Program Assistant for Children & Family Ministry / Program Assistant for Youth & Family Ministry
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Troy Mendez

Coordinator for Youth and Family Ministry
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Mendez, TroyFor many years Troy has been a beloved lead teacher in our “Cross+Training” (formerly Junior League) ministry and leader of our Sunday evening men’s ministry. Troy’s wife, Kara, assists Anne Farebrother in Coordinating our Children and Family ministry. They have three children, Isabella, Alivia and Austin.

Katy Klinnert Ellison

Worship Musician
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I have served as a liturgical musician for nearly 15 years, and joined the Atonement staff as Worship Musician in March of 2008. Currently, I provide the music for our blended worship and lead our music ensembles. I absolutely love the energy and vibrancy of Atonement and enjoy worshiping with my husband, John, and daughter, Maddie. I am also the Creative Media Strategist at an international media ministry that is based in Milwaukee, and a consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Steve Joyal

Coordinator for Traditional Music, Organist and Choirs Director
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Joyal, SteveSteve is married to Lis and they have 4 adult children. He earned a bachelor of Music Education-Voice and Piano from the University of WI-Eau Claire and a Masters of Music-Choral Conducting from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Steve has served congregations as Director of Music and Organist for 35 years. He  currently serves as Associate Music Director, Accompanist and Conductor of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir, conducts The Milwaukee Demenchor, is the Music Director and Conductor of Milwaukee Liederkranz. Steve has taught for 27 years in public and private schools including West Allis, Wauwatosa and Milwaukee.

Isabella Mendez

Child Care Coordinator

I am currently a Senior at Muskego High School, juggling school work, sports (track), a teaching internship, volunteer work, involvement in school clubs and family life!  I am currently in ACTS, a Sunday School teacher for Kids BLAST and have worked in the Nursery for 4 years.  I enjoy working with children and aspire to become an elementary/special education teacher.  My family has been a member of Atonement since 2003 and I am excited to have the opportunity to serve at Atonement.

Larry Alber

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I grew up on my parents’ farm in N.E. Iowa, home of Upper Iowa University, where I attended college while helping with the farm during the summer months.

I taught high school math and the sciences after graduating and then worked with Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for thirty years.

Joy and I met during adult forum at church. We have four children, all now on their own, and five grandchildren.

We moved to Mukwonago in 2000 when I tried to retire.  Joy is an instructor at Marquette Dental School and I’m driving school bus, but enjoy working with numbers and adults!


Christopher Kent

Office Manager
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Christopher has served as a member of the office/communications team at Atonement since September 2017. He earned his MBA from UW-Whitewater and completed undergrad work at the University of Iowa. Previous experience includes time as an account manager in the ad world and international non-profit work in Singapore and France. Away from Atonement, he and his wife have three kids and the sweetest of Labs. He enjoys music and the arts, cycling and the outdoors.

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus1 Thessalonians 5:18

Volunteer Staff

Tom Quade, and Alice Graham are dedicated volunteers in the church office.  They are instrumental in helping keep the church office run smoothly.  These folks have been volunteering weekly for the past several years.