Pastor Sarah Stobie comes to Bay Shore after serving a congregation in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She and her husband, Pete, moved here to Milwaukee and bought a home this past May. Pastor Sarah was born and raised in Michigan—baptized in a Lutheran Church in America congregation, and confirmed at the University Chapel (Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod) while a student at Western Michigan University. She has a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing and also in Spanish. After graduation, she began working in a Reformed seminary in Holland, Michigan, where she met her first female pastor. Since she herself felt the call to ministry at 11, but was discouraged from pursuing, it was here she felt strengthened to leave the LCMS and serve God’s church with a different denomination. As a single mother of 2 daughters, she began her studies for a Master’s in Divinity, which she received in 2001 from Western Theological Seminary. During this time, she also worked for 2 churches in children’s ministries. After graduation, Pastor Sarah took some time for discernment (and to pay bills!). During this time, she met her husband, began working full time at an ELCA congregation, and began pursuing ordination in the ELCA. She was ordained in 2010, and began her call at the same church which welcomed her, Trinity Lutheran in Grand Rapids. She worked for Trinity for 9 years, and then felt called to pursue ministry in a new setting in Pennsylvania. After serving there as a solo pastor, Pastor Sarah again felt moved to pursue a call and the Spirit led her to Bay Shore for an interview during the Polar Vortex of 2019. After meeting with the Call Committee and much prayer, she accepted their call as Pastor on April 16, 2019.
Pastor Sarah is passionate about serving Christ in the context of the parish. She finds joy in sharing God’s love, preaching the Word, and helping those in need. A lot has changed while she has been working in churches, but Pastor Sarah feels these changes are simply the kingdom’s expansion and expression of God’s love. As she serves at Bay Shore, she hopes to equip members to be leaders of intentional change and grace-sharers in our many ministries.
Pastor Sarah is supported by her husband, Pete, and her two daughters, Amy and Lucy Jane. When she is not doing ministry, she enjoys spending time at home reading, watching Netflix!, and doing various projects. As winter settles in, she knits and crochets.
Come to worship on Sunday and meet Pastor Sarah! She would like to get to know you, your story and how you would like to become a part of the Bay Shore family. You are welcome here. Come as you are!
Kate has been the Parish Administrator at Bay Shore Lutheran Church since 2000. She also coordinates the Sunday School program for ages 3 years through 5th grade and a Children’s Choir music program that augments worship services a few times a year. She says that it is a joy and honor to share her gifts with the families of Bay Shore. She considers the work she does as a “calling.”
Dulcie has been a member of Bay Shore Lutheran for 30 years. She started accompanying the children’s choir when her daughter was in first grade and began accompanying the adult choir a few years later. In 2000, she became Bay Shore’s minister of keyboard music for Sunday services. Dulcie has degrees in music and journalism from the University of Nebraska, and is the senior copy editor with Taste of Home, Reminisce and other magazines in Milwaukee. Dulcie and her husband, Scott, live in Whitefish Bay. Their son, Nathaniel, is an electrical engineer in Germantown and their daughter, Tegan, is a data analyst in Brookfield.
Ben Perkins has been a choir director in community, church, children’s and school settings in Louisiana, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. An experienced church musician, Ben has led adult, children’s, and mixed age choirs and music groups in multiple denominations. In addition, he has taught private voice and guitar lessons, and served as a music teacher in the School District of Philadelphia and Cudahy School District, where he currently teaches General Music to K5 through 5th grades.
An experienced choir director, Ben has conducted children’s choir at Milwaukee Children’s Choir, and adult choir at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA. Ben’s professional singing experience includes engagements with the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, Christ Church Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Singers, Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Bellingham Festival of Music, and others.
His formative musical experience began in 4th grade after he joined the Young Singers of Callanwolde, where he sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Robert Shaw.
Ben received his Masters of Arts in Teaching from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, studied Voice and Music Education at Georgia State University, and received his Bachelors of Science, Music concentration, from Excelsior College.
Questions about our choral music here at Bay Shore may be emailed to Ben at [email protected].
Lucy Jane serves as our audio-visual technician for our live-stream services via the YouTube Channel. She operates the camera and manages the connections with our server.
Lucy Jane is Pastor Sarah’s daughter and has also served a worship assistant, Sunday School helper and more.
Bob has been a member of Bay Shore since 2002. He has been our main comptroller since 2010, working along with our treasurers to produce our monthly reports and annual reports. Bob also volunteers as an usher. He is employed as an accountant with the city of Milwaukee.
Tom serves as our Maintenance Engineer, a position he has had for more than 10 years. As a Maintenance Engineer, Tom has a check list that he attends to each week to make sure our building is run smoothly. Tom, and his wife Barb, have been a member of Bay Shore for over 40 years. Tom has served on the Building and Grounds committee for almost that long, too. He has a master’s degree in Geologic Engineering and currently works part time as an application developer.
Nicole Owens is our wedding coordinator, and has been the Youth Director and Bread of Hope Food Pantry Director at her home church since 2015.
She is very passionate about working with youth, elderly and people with disabilities. She loves photography, entertaining, gardening, spending time with family and friends, bargain shopping and making people laugh.
Scott Cook is a nationally regarded cellist who, as artist-in-residence at Bay Shore Lutheran Church, enhances our worship services at least once a month with a wide variety of styles and selections from the cello repertoire. Scott is the founder of the Cello Institute of Milwaukee, and is a former faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Carthage College and Carroll University, and was also the artistic director of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Workshop in Asheville, NC.
Inquiries about his studio should be made to [email protected].
Julie Bamberger Roubik holds a B.M. summa cum laude, from the University of MN, and an M.M. from the HARTT School of Music; both in viola performance and Suzuki pedagogy. Viola teachers include Roland Vamos, Korey Konkol, Victoria Chiang, and Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet.
A member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she has studied Suzuki pedagogy, in violin and viola, with Teri and David Einfeldt, Nancy Lokken, Mark Bjork, Carrie Reuning, Susan Kempter, Betsy Stuen-Walker and Dr. Julia Hardie.
Ms. Bamberger Roubik is a member of the Racine, Kenosha and Festival City Symphonies, and actively free lances in the Milwaukee area. In addition, she has had the honor to perform with recording artists such as Brad Little, Lorna Luft,
Rita Coolidge, Keiko Matsui and Philip Dizack.
Ms. Bamberger Roubik was the recipient of the 2013 American Suzuki Institute Teacher Training Scholarship, for which she had the privilege of studying Viola 7 with Dr. Julia Hardie and the 2014 SAA Teacher Training Scholarship to continue her studies with Dr. Hardie for Viola 8 & 9.
Additionally, Ms. Bamberger Roubik is a regular blogger for Violinist.com and has contributed articles to The Strad magazine as well. She is the owner of Cream City Suzuki Strings – a violin/viola studio in Milwaukee, WI, for ages 3 to adult.
Ms. Bamberger Roubik is currently pursuing her certification in Dalcroze/Eurythmics with Jeremy Dittus, diplomé superior, at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies. She also runs the Suzuki program at the Prairie School in Windlake, Racine.
Students of Julie’s have won awards from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Scholarships, the Racine Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Janet Ruggieri Viola Scholarship, the Wisconsin State Music Association and have been accepted into the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Wisconsin State Honors Orchestra. Cream City Suzuki Strings as a group has performed at many venues around Milwaukee, most notably the Milwaukee Art Museum and the National Anthem for the Brewers at AmFam Field.
Ms. Bamberger Roubik is currently accepting new students of all ages at Cream City Suzuki. Visit her Facebook page for more info.
Teresa Freding is the Director and Lead Teacher for Once Upon A Preschool, a non profit, play based, preschool that is located on the second floor of our church. Teresa is grateful that Bay Shore welcomed her many years ago to lease space for OUP. She is thrilled that several Bay Shore families have enrolled in the preschool program over the years. It was a Bay Shore family that first introduced Teresa Freding to the church council over ten years ago. After experiencing her at a Shorewood preschool when she taught their first two children, they were eager to help her open her own preschool and loved the idea of having their third child enroll in a new preschool located in the building of their church home.
After raising five children of her own, being an at home mom for 19 years, Teresa started teaching preschool part time and did so for 12 years. When her youngest was in high school, the whole family rallied to support the calling of opening up her own preschool. Her husband, Mark, an architect, designed and built the preschool playground with the help of family, friends and former preschool families.
OUP Vision Statement: A child’s work is play! Learning can be both fun and educational.
OUP Purpose: To inspire serious play through interactive “wonderlands” that serve to ignite a child’s imagination. OUP Core Values: To foster meaningful interactions that will engage the mind, capture the heart, stimulate the five senses and build a positive self-image. ~Children are open minded so we are a community that values observation. ~Children are curious so we are a community that invites exploration. ~Children are capable so we are a community that promotes discovery. ~Children are hands-on so we are a community that embraces experience. ~Children are a work in progress so we are a community that celebrates personal growth. ~Children are teachable so we are a community that nurtures caring for ourselves, for each other and our world.
While the preschool is not affiliated with Bay Shore as it is its own privately-run institution, the preschool program welcomes all, just like the church family. You may email Teresa at [email protected] or visit their website.
Dan Noble has been a custodian at Bay Shore for over 20 years and he describes it as a “labor of love.” Born in rural Alabama, Dan has lived in the Milwaukee area since 1969. He has two children: an adult son, Dan Jr., and a younger daughter named Danielle. Dan also works as a volunteer with area homeless organizations, particularly Guest House. “It’s my passion,” said Dan, who was homeless at one time and understands the challenges
Daniel Ellis has a B.M. in vocal performance from Iowa State University, and a M.M. in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to directing the choir at Bay Shore Lutheran Church since 2018, Danny is an adjunct professor of voice at Beloit College. He also maintains private studios for voice and piano lessons in Whitefish Bay and Menomonee Falls. Danny also performs opera professionally, including productions with the Florentine Opera Company and Milwaukee Opera Theatre. He has been a featured oratorio and concert soloist in works such as Handel’s Messiah and John Stainer’s Crucifixion. One of the highlights of his time at the church has been a production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. During his tenure as choir director, the choir has more than doubled in size. When not involved in musical activities, Danny enjoys playing tennis and watching superhero movies with his son, Benton.