First Lutheran Church
1212 Minneapolis Ave.
Pastor Elisabeth Daniels
Pastor Elisabeth has been an ordained pastor in the ELCA for 10 years and has served in two other ministry settings. For seven years she was a Staff Chaplain at St. John’s United in Billings, MT and her First Call was at Eden Lutheran Church in Munising, MI. Pastor Elisabeth and Wesley have been married for seven years and have two children. Their oldest boy is a 1st grader at Cameron Elementary School and their youngest daughter is a preschooler at This Little Light of Mine Preschool.
Pastor Elisabeth has a pastoral care/clinical background and has completed 4 units of CPE. She also loves parish work and serving people in the parish community. Wesley is a proud born and raised Yooper. He works for the government and is a veteran of the Navy.
Pastor Elisabeth graduated from Luther College in Decorah, IA in 2006 and The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 2011. She was ordained by Bishop Skrenes in January of 2011.
Pastor Elisabeth loves having family time, reading, and exploring in the woods. She and her family hope to get back into cross country skiing now that they are back in Michigan. Baking is another one of her passions. You will also see her out walking with Hufflepuff the goldendoodle.
I am so happy to join the First Lutheran Church family and I’m excited for the opportunities we will have to invite, involve, equip, and empower one another as we serve Jesus Christ in this place.
Musician, Paul Rajala; Director of Music, Ray Miller
Custodian, Hope (Kleiman) Thompson
Hello! My name is Hope (Kleiman) Thompson. I was born and raised in Gladstone as was my husband, Joe. We’ve been married for nearly 34 years.
After Joe’s tour of duty in the Air Force, and other civilian job assignments, we moved back to the area in 2000. After being away for 12 years, we thought, what a better place to raise our children than back here in the UP, where our Parents were still living.
We now reside in Gladstone with our dog Maggie, who we adopted 2 years ago.
Our kids are, Kyle (Paige) and JJ, Appleton WI, Natalie (Erik) Gammon, Marquette, and Jillian (Bailey) and Barry (our Grand dog) Lamb, Escanaba. We are thrilled and blessed to be new Grandparents!
I am very happy to be a part of the team at First Lutheran.
Vicar Melissa Salminen
Greetings! I am Vicar Melissa Salminen, and it is a pleasure to be serving my internship time at First. I am a third-year student at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Iowa. I will be working at First part-time and taking classes part-time. I expect to graduate in May 2023. I am blessed to be able to complete my studies as a distance learner and be present with my spouse, little one, and two labradoodles in the Marquette area. Our family is blessed to be a part of the First community. Beyond our congregational involvement, we enjoy camping, traveling, after-school activities, and spending time with loved ones. We look forward to this journey together.
Office Administrator, Rhonda Husbye
Rhonda was born and raised in Escanaba. She and her husband, Eric, have four children. Rhonda studied psychology and early childhood education & development. She worked at Flinn’s Flowers & Garden Center, managing the main Escanaba location for 28 years working in all aspects of the company, ending as their Floral Manager and Lead Designer. After retiring, and she took a six month health break and later found work at Lakestate Industries as a Job Coach until First Lutheran called.
Volunteer Coordinator for Sunday School
Sound System Tech, Aaron Kippola