Pastor Jen Hoffman (formerly Dahle) has been a called and ordained pastor of St. Stephen since 2015. A graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary, she comes to us as a second career pastor following ten years teaching English and Public Speaking at the high school level. Along with her MDiv, she also carries a Master in Curriculum and Instruction and is serving as the Pastoral Coordinator for the East Central Synod of Wisconsin Lay School, which educates church members in topics like Bible, Faith and Spirituality, Theology, Worship, and History, as well as supporting the health of our local law enforcement through police chaplaincy. Her passions for ministry include pastoral care, preaching, teaching, and serving “the least of these”. She believes that well-tended relationships are critical within the body of Christ both for what is done within the church and within the community. Her Christ-centered theology brings us back constantly to the love of God that transforms us and informs all that we do.Pastor Jen has a daughter in college, and her recent marriage to Jeremy Hoffman increased her family size to six! The oldest girls are in high school, the youngest girl in middle school, and the boy in elementary. In her free time, Pastor Jen loves to read, hike on Rib Mountain, play games of all types, do puzzles, watch Doctor Who, and spend time with friends having coffee or an impromptu lunch. She also spends time cuddling with her cat, Huckleberry. Family and faith are very important to Pastor Jen. She grew up in the church. Her father is a retired Lutheran pastor, and her mother grew up the daughter of Lutheran missionaries in Ecuador. Between them they instilled in Pastor Jen a love of liturgy and singing and showed her by example the many ways we see faith in plain sight on a daily basis. By the grace of God, she feels blessed to walk with the members of St. Stephen as she assists them in seeing the ways God is active in their own lives.