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Ministry Staff

  • Rev. Dr. Mark Hannemann
    Rev. Dr. Mark Hannemann

    After 30 years in ministry, Pastor Mark’s love for preaching and teaching God’s Word is still going strong. “The Word of God is the most powerful thing in the universe,” he said. “God spoke and everything came into being. The divine Word, Jesus, became flesh and lived among us. Jesus spoke from the cross, ‘It is finished,’ and our salvation was accomplished. I love sharing the Word and seeing what it does in the lives of God’s people.” Before coming to Divine Shepherd in 2008, Pastor Mark most recently served as executive director of Windgate Christian Counseling in Ellisville, Mo., (2005-08) and as senior pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Lincoln (1994-2005). He grew up in York, NE, and married his high school sweetheart, Sandy. They have four children and ten grandchildren. Pastor Mark is president of GracePoint Institute for Relational Health (relationalhealth.org), a Christian counseling ministry with offices in Omaha and Lincoln. He likes spending time with his grandchildren, working outdoors, watching movies, having Teddy take him for a walk and traveling with Sandy.

  • Rev. Jim Rasmussen
    Rev. Jim Rasmussen

    Pastor Jim accepted a divine call to Divine Shepherd in April 2013. He previously served as chief executive officer of Concordia Lutheran Schools of Omaha (’07-’13), and pastor of St. John Lutheran Church (’04-’07) in Omaha. “I enjoy serving God and his people in whatever capacity – administration, preaching, teaching, or just providing a listening ear and encouragement from God’s Word,” he said. “Whatever I can do to connect people to Jesus Christ – that’s why I’m here.” Prior to enrolling in seminary he worked for 14 years as a journalist for newspapers, including nine years at the Omaha World-Herald as a reporter and editor. A native of Chadron, Neb., he is married to Nanette. They have three daughters. Pastor Jim enjoys golfing and following Nebraska Cornhusker athletics.

  • Rev. Sean Chapman
    Rev. Sean Chapman

    After working for 13 years as a software engineer and manager, Pastor Sean was called to serve Divine Shepherd in 2009. He was certified as a Director of Christian Education after studying at Concordia University-St. Paul (Minn.) While working at Divine Shepherd he began studying in the Specific Ministry Pastor program of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, which led to his becoming a pastor here at DSLC in December 2015. “I most enjoy encouraging others to grow in their trust in the Lord and to respond to the world around them by loving and serving their neighbor,” Sean said. He is married and has three children. His interests include canoeing, rock climbing, and horticulture, as well as eating and napping.

  • Rev. Doug Morton
    Rev. Doug Morton

    Pastor Doug retired from full-time parish ministry in 2012 and presently serves as Dean of Theological Education for Trinity Lutheran Seminary of The Lutheran Church of South Sudan.  During his active ministry years, Pastor Doug served congregations in Missouri and Iowa.  He and his wife Nancy have made their home here in Omaha.  

    Call the church office at 402-895-1500 if you or a loved one are in need of a visit in the hospital, care facility or at home.  If you call after hours, please press option 3 and leave a message on our pastoral emergency line and a pastor will return your call as soon as possible.

  • Tonya Isaac
    Tonya Isaac

    Tonya joined Divine Shepherd in 2005 as director of Little Lamb Preschool after serving as a teacher in three Lutheran elementary schools previously. The awe and wonder of preschool-age children as they learn about God’s love for them “melts my heart and helps me to know my Savior and Shepherd even better every day,” she said. Tonya loves singing, playing and learning with the little ones entrusted to her care. “Teaching the children and seeing their eyes light up as we do favorite activities together or as they hear a story for the first time are highlights of my day.” Tonya earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Concordia University Nebraska, She and her husband, Doug, have three sons. She enjoys attending sporting events, concerts and her children’s activities, as well as spending time with her immediate and extended family.

  • Trish Reinbold
    Trish Reinbold

    Trish came to serve Divine Shepherd as the Director of Children’s Ministry in April of 2018. She is excited to share the love of Jesus with the children of Divine Shepherd and their families. Before coming to Divine Shepherd, she worked as the Administrative Assistant and taught preschool at St. Mark in Omaha. She has also worked for Concordia Academy upon moving to Omaha in 2013. Prior to living in Omaha, she and her family lived in Michigan where she taught in Lutheran schools for 18 years. Trish and her husband Kevin and their two boys, Christian and Caleb, enjoy hunting and fishing together. Their love of country music also unites them. In her free time, Trish enjoys flower gardens and reading.

  • Tia Kosiski
    Tia Kosiski

    Tia Kosiski has recently joined the staff as Community Life Assistant and Interim Youth Director. She is a graduate of Midland University with a double Major in Youth and Family Ministry and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
    A long-time member of Divine Shepherd, Tia is excited to have the opportunity to now serve as a member of the staff. She grew up in Ralston, and continues to live and work there as Head Cheer Coach at Ralston High School. Tia has been on 3 mission trips to Guatemala in recent years, and enjoys traveling, going to the races, and spending time with her family.

  • Aaron Engelman
    Aaron Engelman

    Aaron loves anything that plugs into a wall and/or makes lights and sounds, tends to fix IT problems with his mind, and does a mean impression of Johnny Cash. Aaron puts a unique spin on his confirmation verse of John 8:12, using the "light" reference literally to create video and photos using the "light of the world." A degree in Electronic Media Production from the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kansas State University has set him up for a career in education and technology, specializing in video production. Aaron volunteered for the 2013 and 2016 LCMS Youth Gatherings as a video producer on the Media Team, and is super excited to now be working in the church full-time. A Nebraska transplant, he and his wife Hannah grew up as high school sweethearts in rural Southeast Kansas. They have one beautiful baby boy Avriel.

Support Staff

  • Kathy Kistler
    Kathy Kistler

    Now in her 21st year on staff at Divine Shepherd, Kathy serves as the friendly face to visitors at the front desk. She also helps keep the church’s financial records in order, finding joy when the numbers balance as they should, and keeping the office supplied and running efficiently. She also provides administrative support for the preschool. She looks forward to the warmer months of the year, when “riding my bike around Lake Zorinsky is an inexpressible delight.” Kathy has a son and daughter-in-law in Omaha and a daughter and granddaughter in Cortland, N.Y.

  • Susan Porter
    Susan Porter

    Susan delights in the camaraderie and friendliness of those around her at Divine Shepherd. In addition to her many administrative duties and helping out wherever she can, she has also learned the fine art of making excellent coffee in the Coffee Shop! Susan and her husband, Jeff, have worked together the past 25 years managing golf courses—most recently ArborLinks in Nebraska City. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, traveling, home decorating, reading, cooking and following Husker sports. They have three children and four grandchildren in Lincoln, Gretna and San Francisco.

  • Deb Wendt
    Deb Wendt

    Deb provides vital communication, planning and logistics support for a wide range of ministries at DSLC, including worship, outreach, children, women and youth. “In helping with these things I feel like I am able to share the love of Christ with those who might not think they are loved because they are struggling,” she said. She joined Divine Shepherd in 2013 after serving 17 years in administrative support roles at West Corp. Deb’s husband, Cody, joined the staff here as facilities manager in 2014. They have three children. Deb enjoys the beauty of God’s creation in outdoor activiites such as running, camping, fishing and gardening. She is a Stephen Minister and a trained prison and jail ministry volunteer.

  • Cody Wendt
    Cody Wendt

    Cody joined our staff in June 2014. He had served as maintenance service coordinator for West Corp. in Omaha for eight years, followed by 10 years as a project manager for a construction firm. “I enjoy utilizing the talents God has given me to ensure that His building remains a warm and inviting place for people to come to worship and grow in Him,” Cody said. He and his wife, Deb, Divine Shepherd’s ministry facilitator, were high school sweethearts in Kenesaw, Neb. They have three children. After a hard day’s work, Cody looks to relax in “the simple pleasure of peaceful fishing.” He and Deb have three children.

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