Pastor Profile

Pastor Nathan Strutz

I was born in Freeport, Illinois.  I was declared a child of God through Holy Baptism at six days old. I lived in Illinois for six years until my parents moved to Racine, Wisconsin. While in Racine, I attended grade school at Wisconsin Lutheran School. 

I grew up with one older brother, Rod, and two younger sisters, Shelley and Melissa.  Both of my sisters are adopted from Korea.  I attended high school at Shoreland Lutheran High School, near Kenosha, Wisconsin.  During my high school years, the Lord led me to study for His holy ministry.

I went to Northwestern College in Watertown, Wisconsin, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree.  I continued my studies for the pastoral ministry at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin.

While at the Seminary, I met my future wife Elizabeth. I am so blessed the Lord brought her into my life.
I graduated from the Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 1997. I have continued education and acquired credits toward a Master of Sacred Theology Degree.

Upon graduation from the Seminary, I was called by the Wisconsin Synod to serve Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Holmen, Wisconsin and Bethel Lutheran Church in Galesville, Wisconsin. We were blessed with the opportunity to start a new church in Arcadia, Wisconsin in 2001. In 2002, I began serving in Galesville and Arcadia, with Good Shepherd in Holmen calling a different pastor.

During this time, we were blessed with two sons, Caleb and Elijah. We have since been blessed with a daughter-in-law, Brianna. She and Caleb were married in 2020. Caleb is studying to be a pastor and Brianna is studying to be a teacher. Elijah is studying to be a nurse.

In July of 2010, I received the call to serve at Resurrection in Verona. The Lord led me to accept the call. I was installed as the second resident pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Verona, Wisconsin, on October 10, 2010. Since that time, we have had the privilege to start a new congregation, Good News Lutheran Church in Mt. Horeb. That congregation is now served by Pastor Jon Bauer. In 2017 we merged with Mt. Olive in Monroe, WI to become Resurrection Lutheran Church of Verona and Monroe. We are currently pursuing starting a third site of our congregation in Fitchburg, WI.

We are excited to be living in Verona and serving God and all his people. We stand ready to serve our church and community in any way possible. 

Jesus lived. Jesus died. Jesus rose

Vicar Jon Fleischmann

Hi, I am Vicar Jonathan Fleischmann! I was born in October, 1995 in Oconomowoc, WI. I was baptized on the same day. My dad is a second career pastor, so I went with my dad, mom, and two sisters to Minocqua, WI for my dad’s vicar year. I spent much of my early years in Minnesota. I went to Morris Area Elementary School. In Morris, I learned a love for playing low brass instruments, beginning with the euphonium. Morris was also where I began to find my stride with running.

My seventh-grade year, my dad received a divine call to serve in Austin, Minnesota. While living in the Austin area, I attended Hayfield High School, a small public school near Rochester. I was confirmed my eighth-grade year in my class of one. I was very involved in high school. I participated in FFA, speech, choir, band, jazz band, folk group, student senate, national honor society, cross country and track. In track I got the school record in the two mile and 4x800. I graduated in May 2014.
After high school, I went to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, where all of our pastors, teachers, and staff ministers are taught. This is where I began to dive more deeply into Scripture and learned Greek and Hebrew. I had the opportunity to continue running on their cross country and track teams. I played tuba in the Wind Symphony and sang with the Männerchor. I graduated in 2018.

After that, I started my journey at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. I participated in choir. The most important thing there is that the professors instilled a great love for the Word and God’s people there. I had greater opportunity there for ministry experience. I took one trip over the winter break there to Tyler, TX where I learned about church startups.

I look forward to continuing to learn and to serve here in Verona and Monroe!