Meet the 4G Core Team
The Nebraska Synod, ELCA has a committed core team who creates and curates cross+gen and stewardship faith formation content and experiences for the 4G Network.
If you would like to connect with one of our team members, please contact Lisa Kramme email@example.com or Timothy Siburg firstname.lastname@example.org and they will find the perfect conversation partner for you.
Katherine has a MA in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry from Luther Seminary. She is passionate about equipping faith communities - especially leaders and parents - to feel confident in their gifts and their role in faith formation. She believes that when ministry is liberated from human-made silos (e.g. age segregated, ministry at church vs home vs camp, etc), the Spirit can move in incredible ways. She enjoys being strategic during administrative tasks so it sets things up to succeed. In her spare time, she loves reading, baking bread, playing board games with her husband and friends, and getting snuggles from her (8-year-old) puppy.
Church has always been a part of my life. From a young age, leaders and pastors asked me to serve. This planted seeds for future work in the church. I’ve served for 20 years in faith formation roles in 3 congregations in Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska. I take great delight in helping students, and all ages, grow in faith and lead from their giftedness. I’m passionate about bringing all ages together to learn from each other and grow closer to Christ. In 2020, I took the leap to start seminary at Luther Seminary and will graduate June of 2022.
Topics I’m passionate about in the area of generosity and cross+generational ministry:
*Helping all ages to live out their baptismal identity
*Incorporating all ages into service in worship
*Dreaming, wondering, and asking the question of what God might be up to
*Casting a vision for faith formation and creating a plan to live out the vision
Kristin Johnson is the Deacon of Faith Formation at First Lutheran church in Fremont, NE. With 22 years of ministry experience, she has a heart for Youth Ministry and Cross+Generational relationships being at the core of the church. She has a passion to help connect the wisdom of the elder to the wonder of the child in the same sacred space. In her call at First, she works with the Sunday School, Confirmation and Youth Ministry programs. Kristin is married to Pastor Scott Johnson, the Director of Campus Ministry at Midland University, and they have two teenage daughters: Ainsley and Alanna.
Originally from Wisconsin, Deacon Koren Lindley currently serves Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska, as the Youth and Family Ministries leader. Deacon Koren Lindley enjoys combining her passion for Cross+Gen faith formation with traditional spiritual practices in many different formats. She is interested in how people of all ages can create new connections and relationships with each other through seasonal retreats, midweek services, education hours, confirmation and more! Koren likes to describe her call as someone who builds a playground filled with faith activities, fun, and learning and invites people of all ages to explore and connect while allowing the Holy Spirit to do her work. Koren is also the wife of a pastor as well as mom to four kids ages 10-18 and two rescue dogs!
Rev. Breen Marie Sipes is usually an ELCA pastor, and currently a full-time homeschooling parent of three
elementary-aged children. She lives in North Platte, Nebraska with her husband (also an ELCA pastor),
three children, two cats, and one Nebraska farm dog. She loves music, crafting, long-distance rail-to-trail
biking, kinetic prayer practices, and bringing generations together to deepen both their faith in God and relationships with one another.
She is the curator of Taking Worship Home, the author of Deep Roots Confirmation and Family God Time, and loves helping congregations welcome and include all generations in faith formation, worship, and service. She is a Music that Makes Community Board member, as well as serving on the Nebraska Synod's 4G Core Team and Story Camp Team.
More information about Tim coming soon.
Deacon Timothy Siburg serves on the staff of the Nebraska Synod as the synod’s Director for Mission, Innovation and Stewardship. As such, he also serves as the synod’s DEM (Director for Evangelical Mission) designate. He is a trained ELCA Level 1 Coach, and has previously served on staff and in leadership roles for congregations, nonprofits, startups, and another synod, in Minnesota and Washington. Timothy’s areas of interest in ministry include: leadership and stewardship; mission and outreach; innovation and experimentation; vitality and transformation; generosity and gratitude; writing; and cultivating and sharing stories of ministry in action. Timothy is available to preach, lead worship (outside of the sacraments), workshops and discussions, and meet for conversation. Outside of ministry and work, as a native of the Pacific Northwest, he is a major Seattle sports fan (think Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders, Kraken, Pacific Lutheran University Lutes and Washington Huskies). He resides in Fontanelle with his wife, Rev. Allison Siburg (Salem Lutheran, Fontanelle) and their two young daughters who keep their parents on their toes, and help them practice what they preach about cross+generational ministry, story telling, listening and learning.
Lisa Kramme serves as the Director for Faith Formation on the Nebraska Synod staff where her role is to support and connect congregations in their work of growing disciples of all ages. She is also a certified spiritual director who accompanies people on their faith journeys, listening to the other person and listening for God in their conversations together. Besides encouraging people of various generations to grow relationships with one other and with God, Lisa's other interests include story sharing, bird watching, traveling and spending time with her family. She lives in Fremont, Nebraska with her husband Keith and their dog Owen.