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We believe that every person that comes to Our Savior's has been sent by God. We want you to feel welcomed, loved, and needed. We are eager to get to know you, and we are excited to share with you the many gifts with which God has blessed us.

It will not take long for you to discover that this is a place where you can find friends, hope, and a meaningful relationship with God. Growing together, we worship, serve, laugh, cry, and learn. If you have been searching for a place to belong, we say, Welcome to Our Savior's.


Our congregation confesses the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel (Good News) as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.


Pastor Erik Jelinke

Pastor Erik Jelinek

Length of service: I was ordained in 1997 and have been serving at Our Savior's since December 2003 with my wife and co-pastor Jennifer.

Favorite Bible passage: This is a tough one, since there so many and different passages speak to me at different parts of my life. The one the has been speaking to me the most lately is John 3:8 - The wind (spirit) blows where it chooses. The Spirit leads us to places and people we never expect and does such wonderful things in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

About me: I was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and lived in a number of places before our family settled down in Billings, MT, where I spend most of my life. My mom stills lives in Billings, my sister and her two children live in Florida and my father passed away last in 2007. I am married to a wonderful woman who blesses me each and every day and we have 2 wonderful daughters, Sierra and Scarlett, who keep us young. This is the third parish I have served. My first was a two-point parish in Savage, MT. Then Pastor Jennifer and I served another two-point parish in Conrad, MT. I enjoy reading, biking, fishing, hiking, camping, and spending time with my family.

Pastor Jennifer Jelinek

Pastor Jennifer Jelinek

Length of service: I was ordained in 2000 and have served at Our Savior's with my husband, Pastor Erik, since December 2003.

Favorite Bible passage: An unfair question! Too many to choose from. Lately, I've been especially fond of Romans 8:38-39. Even when we feel furthest away from God, it reminds us that nothing we do, and nothing else in all the world, can separate us from God's love.

About me: I grew up in Cedarburg, WI and later graduated from Valparaiso University and Luther Seminary. Pastor Erik and I met in seminary and have served together for 12 years, both in Montana, and here at Our Savior's. We have two daughters - Sierra, who's 7, and Scarlett, who's 3. I've always enjoyed being creative, especially in my writing, and in the last few years, I've have fun writing a variety of dramas that have been performed in worship here at OSLC. I think it's a fun way to hear the Bible in new and more tangible ways. I also love to sing and to spend time with my family. And I have a slight affinity for cute (and reasonably-priced) shoes.

DeAnne Gile, Administrative Assistant

Length of service: Since January 2014

Favorite Bible passage: Psalm 118:24 - “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad” - I appreciate each and every day as a true gift.

About me: I am a life-long Beloiter, and graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1981 and Blackhawk Technical College in 1983. I have been employed by the School District of Beloit (Beloit Memorial High School and Gaston Elementary School) as a School Secretary, and most recently as the Internal Operations Manager at Siepert & Co., LLP. I have one daughter, Amber, who is married to Curtis, and they have a beautiful little girl, Avalon. Being a grandma is the best! I adopted two cats, Cooper and Shades, and they keep me very entertained. I like to share my time by volunteering for Hands of Faith. I have been involved in a retreat program entitled TEC (Together Encountering Christ) for over 20 years, and am active in my parish at St. Thomas the Apostle in Beloit. My hobbies include scrapbooking, rubber stamping, and organizing events. Thank you for making me feel so welcomed here at Our Savior’s!


Paulette Christensen Paulette Christensen, Bookkeeper
Cheryl Licary

Cheryl Licary, Organist and Choir Director

Length of service: Since 1995

Favorite Bible Passage: Ps. 28:7 -" The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song I will praise him."

About me: I was born in Beloit and am a graduate of Luther College and UW-Whitewater. I have two grown children, Chiara and Nunzio, 28. I recently retired after 33 years as choral director at Beloit Memorial High School.

Dick Larson

Dick Larson, Handbell Director

Length of service: Since 2001

Favorite Bible Passage: John 1:1 - “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

About Me: I have been involved with handbells for 10 to 11 years, and have been to several handbell clinics. I am presently singing with the Cathedral choir at church, Choral Union at Janesville, Masterworks chorus at Beloit College, and Masterpiece Chorale of Elkhorn. I also have a business of home repairs and am a landlord. I have been married to Jackie for 19 years and live “on” the Rock River.

Amy Lang

Amy Smith, Director of Youth and Family Life

Length of Service: Since September 2009

Favorite Bible passage: Hebrews 11:1 - "Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see."

About me: I grew up on a pig farm (love it), but could not wait to spread my wings. I attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and discovered there is truly no place like home. I graduated in May 2009 with an Education Major and came back home. I traveled to Germany for the summer of 2009 to work with kids on U.S. military bases. I loved it and loved the sight seeing, but learned even more how much I missed my family and wanted to be back at home. So here I am working and living in the Beloit area. I have been blessed to grow up with my parents and brother in this church all my life, from being baptized to first communion to being confirmed and in October I will be married here as well. This is my home away from home. Being the Youth and Family Director here has been a blast because kids have always been my passion. I run a Wednesday evening program called Kid's Club and this year we are twisting the curriculum to match up with Kid's Kingdom which is our Sunday School Program. Our theme is SHINE and I hope the kids will be as excited as I am. In addition to working here, I am a full-time elementary teacher. I taught first grade for the last three years at Pecatonica Elementary School in Pecatonica, IL. This upcoming 2012-2013 school year, I will be teaching third grade and as my brother would say, 'Oh you are finally smart enough to move up a few grade levels.' I look forward to all the new exciting challenges ahead for this upcoming school year and church school year. Best Blessings!

Kelly Erdmann, Ministry Coordinator


Length of Service: Since January 2014

Favorite Bible passage: John 8:7 “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her.” It is my very first memory about the bible as a little girl. Maybe, because it was a little scary to me but to this day I try really hard to live by it.

About me: I am married to Arlyn, and we have two daughters, Stephanie and Sarah. For the last 15 years I have worked from home as a data key operator and raised my girls. At times it was very challenging to complete my work and be interrupted constantly by 2 little ones, but I was blessed to be able to be at home with my girls and bring in a wage. My girls are now moving on to High School and they don’t need me as much so I felt it was time to work with people again. I am loving my new job and learning all kinds of things I never thought I would.
Away from work I love being around my family, watching college sports (especially Nebraska Football) and I am hoping to find more time now to walk my crazy 2 year old Portuguese water dog, named Bo.



John Smith, Custodian

Length of Service: Since September 2011

Favorite Bible passage: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

About me: I am a retired school teacher. I have been married to Kendyle for 33 years and we have a son, Henry. I like to garden, read, and fish. 



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