Meet Our Staff


Pastor Norene Smith 

Pastor Norene Smith is a native of Seattle, Washington.  She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington in 1976 with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance.  She attended both Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota where she received her Master of Divinity in 1982.  She was ordained in 1983 and served as a co-pastor with her colleague/husband Pastor Paul Overvold in Slayton, Minnesota from 1983-1990.  From 1991 to 1997, she served as a campus pastor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  In 1997, Pastor Norene re-joined Pastor Paul in a co-pastorate at Bay Shore Lutheran.

Before attending seminary, Pastor Norene’s vocational dream was to write skits for Saturday Night Live, which may help to explain  her preaching style.  She loves the wide variety of work pastors get to do with people of all ages and backgrounds.  Mental Health advocacy is one of her passions. Pastor

Norene has served on numerous Synod worship committees, the Greater Milwaukee Synod Reference and Council Committee, and is currently a member of the ELCA Church Council. She is thankful for the tremendous staff with whom she works each day and the lively, open congregation whom she serves. Norene and Paul Overvold were married in 1977 and have two daughters, Elena and Erica.



Pastor Paul Overvold 

Pastor Paul enjoys a sense of community that is joyful and welcoming to all.  In his ministry he seeks to express the widest embrace of God’s love in Christ.”  His ongoing passion is to relate the Christian faith to the life and culture of the 21st Century.  He finds inspiration in the life of Jesus, stories of human compassion and generosity, movies, music, contemporary art, shared tears and a good laugh. In 2010 he transitioned to a part-time position of preaching, visitation and outreach. In his free time he enjoys reading, biking, swimming, and travel to see family and friends.  

Hometown:  Portland, Oregon.   College:  Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, 1973.  Seminary:  Luther Seminary,  St Paul, MN, 1977.  He and Norene Smith were married in 1977 in Seattle, WA, and have two adult daughters living on the West Coast.


Kate Yelvington - Office Manager

Kate Yelvington has been the office manager at Bay Shore Lutheran since 2000 and also coordinates the Sunday School program for primary age kids.  She also coordinates a Children's Choir music program that augments worship services a few times a year.  She  considers it a privilege -- and it is her joy and honor -- to share the gifts she has with the families of Bay Shore. She considers the work she does as a "calling."



Dulcie Shoener - Minister of Keyboard Music

Dulcie Shoener has been a member of Bay Shore Lutheran since 1989. She started accompanying for the children's choir when her daughter, Tegan, was in first grade, and began accompanying for the adult choir in 1996. In 2000, she became the minister of keyboard music for Sunday services. Dulcie has degrees in music and journalism from the University of Nebraska, and she is also a copy editor with Taste of Home, Reminisce and Birds & Blooms magazines in Milwaukee. Dulcie and her husband, Scott, live in Whitefish Bay. Their son, Nathaniel, is an electrical engineer in Menomonee Falls and their daughter, Tegan, is a data analyst in Brookfield.

Dan Noble - Custodian

Dan Noble is approaching his 17th year as custodian at Bay Shore – 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 six-year-old 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 in 2006 and understands the challenges first-hand.