CLERGY & STAFF
The Reverend Dr. Robert M. Lewis, our rector, describes the ministry as "learning to grow the Kingdom of God by loving one soul into it at a time". He is passionate about servant ministry, stewardship, strong preaching, edifying programs, contemporary and traditional liturgy. He is always looking for something new to try to build a healthy church and instill passion for Jesus.
Fr. Robert has received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Florida, a Master of Divinity and a Doctor
of Ministry in Congregational Development from Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Perhaps most unique to Fr. Robert's ministry is his commitment to equipping and raising trained leaders to serve the church. He is the developer of Curacy Express, a self-paced training curriculum for newly ordained priests.
The Rev'd Dr. James K. Fruehling assists St. Stephen's two times a month during his travels as part of the shared ministry program between St. Stephen's and Messiah Lutheran in Grand Island. Pastor Jim is employed by MOSAIC, which provides supportive services for persons with intellectual disabilities. He serves them as both pastor and psychologist.
He received a Master of Divinity from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California and a PhD in psychology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is a licensed psychologist in both Nebraska and Arizona. During his free time he enjoys trying to help things grow and taking long walks outside.
The Rev. Ibrahim Asmeik Anglow Kuku (Assisting Priest, pending licensure) was born in North Sudan (in Kadugli Nuba Mountains) in 1967. He is married to Manal and they have four sons and a daughter. Fr. Ibrahim was ordained in the Diocese of Kadugli, December 3, 2000, and also worked with the Diocese of Khartoum in 2008. He enjoys reading and soccer plus watching the news on TV.
Kaeleigh Post was born in Garden City, Kansas and grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska with her parents, R.J and Susan, two younger sisters, Lauren and Hannah, and family cats, Hedy Lamarr and Hermione Granger. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She also has a Masters of Theological Studies in Church History and a Masters of Sacred Theology in Systematic Theology, both from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. In her free time, she
enjoys reading, knitting, watching cheesy sci-fi movies, sewing, playing the ukulele, and customizing her computer.
Her sermons are available at https://kaeleighapost.wordpress.com/
Lynne@ststephengi.org - Please contact Lynne about any of the day-to-day functions of the office. Contact her with any additions to the weekly bulletin or the monthly Guide, changes in your contact information, and with questions about giving, special offerings, or church finances. You can reach Lynne at 308.382.4961.
Since 2006, Dan Korensky has served as the Director of our Chancel Choir. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he earned a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in performance. Dan is a gifted singer and songwriter and has had local performances of several original compositions. Dan works full-time for the Grand Island Public School system as a para-educator. In his free time, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife, Brittany, and their two children, Bennett and Eryn. An avid New York Jets fan, Dan enjoys watching football, especially when his J-E-T-S play!
Youth Director Courtney Berg joined the staff at St. Stephen's in September of 2016 as part of a shared youth ministry project with Messiah Lutheran Church. Courtney plans and leads events for junior and senior high schoolers, including Youth Sundays, service projects, and activities just for fun.
Our Parish Nurse Susan Briseno, RN, works to help facilitate the healing of members and others who find themselves facing health issues. On occasion she offers blood pressure checks during Coffee Hour and visits with members who are admitted to the hospital. She is currently serving the third floor ICU at CHI St. Francis Hospital as she continues to work to become a nurse practitioner. Susan is married to Tom and has two sons, Xavier, who is an acolyte, and Ethan. You can reach her at email@example.com.