Cohort 1 (2015-2016) | Cohort Participants


Rev. Ann Gibbs

Rev. Ann Gibbs

Faith Springs Presbyterian Church, Pewaukee

Ann is the pastor of Faith Springs Presbyterian Church in Pewaukee, WI. She holds an M.Div. and M.A. in Christian Education from Union PCSE in Richmond, VA (now UPSEM), and began work toward a D. Min in January 2015 at McCormick Theological Seminary. In 2011 she accepted a call as the Associate for Youth and Families at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nashville TN, a call which involved a great deal of organizing, recruiting volunteers, researching and writing curriculum, and training leaders as well as working directly with the youth and their families.

Ann is a member of St. Vincent de Paul and the Coming Together to Get Ahead Program in addition to serving on two other boards, and through her ministry she has worked to bring community leaders and agencies into conversation with the session on the needs and challenges facing our community and how congregations can help.



Rev. Ben Groth

Rev. Ben Groth

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Menomonee Falls

Ben Groth is a pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Menomonee Falls, WI. He is married to Chloe Groth, a violinist and Suzuki violin teacher. He holds an Master's of Sacred Theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, an M. Div. from Yale Divinity School with a certificate from the Institute of Sacred Music, and degrees in Piano Performance, English, and Religion from Oberlin College and Conservatory.

Previous ministry experience includes All Peoples Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Meriden, CT, and the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven, CT. His academic research and interests include creative and eclectic worship, multicultural ministry, and the intersection of baptism, slavery, and race in Colonial America.



Rev. Chuck Wrobel

Rev. Chuck Wrobel

St. Paul, Genesee Depot and St. Bruno, Douseman

Chuck Wrobel was ordained in May of 2010 and began his priestly ministry as the Associate Pastor of Holy Apostles in New Berlin, WI. There he learned much of what it meant to be a priest: celebrating sacraments, visiting the sick, teaching through homilies and in the classroom, and just being with the people. His next assignment was to two parishes in the northern part of the diocese, surrounded with wonderful people, cows, and cornfields, where he developed a greater appreciation for the administrative role of a priest and the need to help the people know that they have a real role in the life of what happens in their community.

Chuck is currently the Associate Pastor for the communities of St. Bruno and St Paul in Dousman and Genesee Depot, looking forward to continuing his priestly ministries and learning (always learning) what it means to be a priest and servant to the people of God.



Rev. Hugo Londono

Rev. Hugo Londoño

Prince of Peace, St. Hyacinth and St. Vincent de Paul, Milwaukee

Fr. Hugo Londoño-Gallego is a Roman Catholic Priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He is originally from Colombia, the sixth of eight siblings. He has been ordained for four years and currently serves as the Pastor of three bilingual Parishes (Prince of Peace Parish and School, St. Hyacinth, and St. Vincent de Paul) in the south side of Milwaukee – a cluster of parishes with a combined membership of over 12,000 families. Hugo studied English in Milwaukee and was then sent to study in Washington DC at The Catholic University of America. He has been in this country for 10 years and likes it very much.



Rev. Javier Guativa

Rev. Javier Guativa

St. Adalbert, Milwaukee

Javier Guativa was born in Villavicencio, Colombia. Javier is a member of the Community of Saint Paul, a missionary group present in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Before coming to Milwaukee, Javier served as a Missionary in Kenya and Dominican Republic. Javier studied philosophy at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and has an MDIV from Sacred Heart School of Theology. Javier was ordained in May 2011 and from June 2011 to June 2015 was the Associate Pastor at Saint John Paul II parish. In June 2015 Javier was appointed as an Associate Pastor At Saint Adalbert Parish in the South Side of Milwaukee, where is currently serving.



Rev. Kim Krogstad

Rev. Kim Krogstad

All Saints Lutheran Church, Oshkosh

Before beginning her vocational journey, Kim spent time on a farm in North Dakota where she was raised, some formative young adult years in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and about ten years in the corporate world in accounting and sales. When a near-death experience in a bicycle accident brought her to a place of stillness, she was able to hear God’s call to pastoral ministry, and a new chapter began. After completing an M. Div. from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, Kim’s first call was to a congregation in Freehold, New Jersey, and now serves in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Earlier this year she completed her certificate in Spiritual Transformation, a two-year journey of engaging more deeply in spiritual disciplines to be more open to how God is working through her and to more fully live into her true self.



Rev. Michelle Henrichs

Rev. Michelle Henrichs

Withness Community, Mequon

Michelle pastors Withness Community, a new worshipping community in the Milwaukee Presbytery. Withness Community meets in homes and public places, seeking authentic, mutual relationships in faith and in service to the world. Ordained in 2014, Michelle graduated with honors from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2013. Prior to being called into ministry, Michelle worked at Deloitte and Touche as a CPA for fourteen years and taught at Concordia University – Wisconsin for several years. She has also served twice on the staff at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon, Wisconsin. God called Michelle to ministry in the midst of her family: she has been married to Dave for over 20 years, and they have two teenage sons.



Rev. Paul Steinberg

Rev. Paul Stienberg

St. Marcus Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, Milwaukee

Paul Steinberg grew up in the tiny township of Mukwa, Wisconsin and never left the state for his education till he got his D.Min. in Urban Ministry from Liberty University. He serves as the Pastor of School Ministry at St. Marcus Lutheran Church and reaches out to the 855 students and their families. His wife, Rebecca, teaches music and art at St. Marcus' new North Campus. Together they are raising 5 sons and 1 daughter. His mission is to give others a mission.



Rev. Jose Gonzalez

Rev. Jose Gonzalez

St. Adalbert, Milwaukee

Jose is originally from Chile. He has an M.Div. from St. Michael’s University in Toronto, and a S.T.M. from Chicago Theological Seminary. He was an assistant pastor at St. Anthony’s church, and an assistant pastor at St. Katherine Drexel church in Beaver Dam, WI. Presently he serves as the pastor for St. Adalbert church and school, the largest church serving Hispanics in Milwaukee. Jose also teaches in the lay leadership program at Cardinal Stritch University (the St. Clare Center for Catholic Life), which especially serves lay Hispanics in the Milwaukee Archdiocese, and serves on several Archdiocesan committees.



Rev. Will Houts

Rev. Will Houts

New Life Community Church, Milwaukee

Will Houts is an ordained teaching elder (pastor) in the Presbyterian Church (USA). After a short stint as a landscape architect in the Chicago area, Will attended Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he and his wife, Traci, met and were married. Since ordination in 2004, Will has served a number of different congregations, all of them part time, and is currently serving as the interim pastor at New Life Community Church, a congregation of the Reformed Church in America, on the northwest side of Milwaukee.

In addition to his pastoral duties, Will is a first year Ph. D. student at UW- Madison in the Civil Society and Community Research program focusing on the theory and practice of non-profit leadership for community transformation. Will, Traci, and their three children, Grace (8), Lauren (6), and Evan (3), live in Sussex.



Rev. Dan Verdegan

Rev. Dan Verdegan

Cuba City United Methodist Church, Cuba City

Dan has been ordained in the United Methodist Church for five years. He served his first church for one year and has been serving his second church (in Cuba City) for the past four years. He grew up in Sloughton, WI, where he lived for 23 years. He brings a sense of energy, positive thinking, inquisitiveness and curiosity to his life and ministry, and a conviction that it is critical for pastors to engage with the community to whom they minister, to the world in which they live, and with the culture that influences every decision they make.