Lake Street Staff

If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at adminsec@lakestreetumc.org or by calling

715-832-6603

Staff

  • Jerry Morris began as Lead Pastor of Lake Street in July of 2017.  Jerry Grew up in Singapore, where his parents were missionaries, and went to collage in Oklahoma and seminary in Kentucky.  He and his wife Rebecca have been in Wisconsin since 1998.  Before becoming a pastor, Jerry was a professor of Hebrew Bible at both the college and seminary levels.  He is also the author of a series of young adult books set within the world of Arthurian Legend (The Squire's Tales).  From both perspectives-Hebrew Bible Scholar and Novelist-Jerry believes deeply that we need less theological debate and more storytelling in church.  


    Jerry and Rebecca have three adult children: William, Ethan, and Grace.

  • Ellen has been working at Lake Street Since 1972.  After graduating from UW-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Business Administration, she received a call a few months following graduation that Lake Street was looking for someone special to manage the office.  A Friday interview turned into the first day of work on Monday and Ellen has been here ever since.  A lover of the beauty of the Chippewa Valley, she enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, yard work, and taking short walks.  She is avidly involved in bowling activities on the local, state, and national levels.  Ellen and her sister, Marcia, own a small home on the east hill along with their two kitties, Peaches and Misty.

  • Chris has been a member of Lake Street UMC for 30 years as a part of her "awesome journey" towards God's Love.  As the ministry coordinator, she helps to build relationships with the church by helping them discover where and how to use their gifts to serve and share God's love with others within the church and in the community at large. Whether it's blood drives, community meals, working with youth, talking to UWEC students; there is a place to use your gifts and Chris will help you find that place.  Chris has a background in teaching and spends most of her time volunteering in public schools, her church, and the community.  

  • Aaron joined the Lake Street team in April of 2016.  In his role, he manages and coordinates the ways in which Lake Street communicates with its members and with the outside world.  He manages and oversees the websites, social media, radio broadcasts, and worship technologies.  Outside of Lake Street, he is a media specialist for the Eau Claire Area School District.  A native of Fort Atkinson, Wi, Aaron moved to the Chippewa Valley in 2012.  

  • I'm Kenna!  I graduated from CVTC with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  I've been working with children and families for about 8 years now and I'm so excited to expand this further in my role at Lake Street.  I also own a childcare center of out of home.  I'm married to my wonderful husband, Brian.  We have an extraordinary son, Franklin, and a great dane puppy, Arthur.

  • I bring to you many years of experience as an organist, choir director, and accompanist, and a worship and music coordinator of both traditional and contemporary music.  Over the years of serving different churches, I've learned how important it is to listen and accept suggestions not long from other staff, but also from the members of the congregation.  

  • I have played the since nine years old and spent my middle, high school, and college years studying solo piano repertoire alongside accompanying choirs, musicals, and instrumentalists.  I finished a degree in history at Marshall University, worked as a paralegal for a decade in Ohio and West Virginia, then was a stay-at-home parent for another decade with my five children in Madison. 


    I have had the chance to work with many instrumentalists and vocalists on more than forty different collaborative projects.  I accompanied the Universirt Women's Choir for a Year.  I have taken on many piano students of differing skill levels and ages, including preschool student and a retired nurse.  I am thrilled at the opportunities I have to pursue music in Eau Claire and am very much looking forward to fulfilling to role of one of Lake Street UMC's church musicians!