Pastor Martin Spaude was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota but spent most of his childhood growing up in Watertown, Wisconsin. After graduating from Northwestern Prep School and Northwestern College in Watertown he attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin, graduating in 1986. Having married Debbie Sprain that summer he moved to Plymouth, MN where he taught for two years at West Lutheran High School (Religion, German, Latin). Following those two years he served as pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Appleton, Wisconsin for six years and then took the call to serve as pastor at Calvary Lutheran, a position he is currently serving. The Lord has blessed Pastor and Debbie with four children: Paul, Nicki, Jenny and Michelle.
Pastor Roger Sprain was born, baptized, attended grade school and was confirmed at Friedens Ev. Lutheran Church in Kenosha,Wisconsin. Graduating from Norwestern Lutheran Preparatory School and Northwestern College in Watertown, Wisconsin, he attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary graduating in 1961. The same year he married Ruth Kuhn. The Lord has blessed them with three now grown children and eleven grandchildren.
After beginning his ministry in Douglas, Bisbee, Arizona, Pastor Sprain served much of his ministry using the Spanish Language. Almost 10 years were in Puerto Rico followed by almost seven years in Colombia, South America. Later, in the concluding years of his fulltime minsitry, he taught congregational Cuban leaders for almost 5 years. Stateside he served in Denver, Colorado and Madison, Wisconsin. Then, he was a Professor at Northwestern and Martin Luther Colleges for nine years.
After retirement from fulltime ministry in 2001 he has been privileged to serve in various capacities in various places in and outside the USA. Presently, he serves part-time here at Calvary as a retired Pastor.
Mr. Kuether, our staff minister was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in 1968, with a bachelor’s degree in education and music. He and Hilda were united in marriage the first year of his ministry in 1968. They were blessed with four children two who are enjoying the fruits of heaven, and two others, David and Kimberly who are married and live in the Phoenix area.
Mr. Kuether has served as a principal and upper grade teacher for forty-three years, first at St. Matthew’s Lutheran School, in Niles, Illinois, and later at Pilgrim Lutheran School, in Mesa, Arizona. At Calvary Mr. Kuether serves in evangelism and family ministry. A major area of responsibility in evangelism is making contact with Calvary’s visitors, by utilizing a Prospect team. He also works with making all assimilation visits and then connecting Calvary’s new members with shepherd families, helping all of Calvary’s new members become comfortable in our midst. In Family Ministry Mr. Kuether sets up various camps, retreats, etc. providing families opportunity to grow in their faith from where they are in their life journey. Mr. Kuether very much appreciates this opportunity to help individuals know their Lord’s everlasting love for them.