Rev. Justin Dittrich
Hello and thank you for visiting this page and getting to know me better! My name is Justin Dittrich and I serve as Pastor of Lake Edge Lutheran Church.
In April of 2021, I came to Lake Edge Lutheran Church because I believed that we are an open and affirming community rooted in God's grace and moved by love to make a more just society. We hope you can see this here too!
I became a Pastor on February 26th, 2011 and served Nativity Lutheran Church in St. Anthony, MN from 2010-2014 and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms Michigan form 2014-2021. Before I was ordained, I served there, I was an Executive Director of a ministry non-profit called Vibe Urban Youth Ministry and have served Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church (Minneapolis MN) and Family of God Lutheran Church (Brooklyn Park MN) in various areas of Youth and Family Ministry and Christian education.
I love Jesus and the church and feel that worship just makes life better. I have been a presenter and speaker at Luther Seminary, Augsburg College and at Synod Gatherings. I am a musician and worship leader and have lead worship from parks to, to pubs, and even liquor store parking lots. For fun, I hope you can find me on a disc golf course near by or on one of our great lakes in Madison fishing. I enjoy camping, hiking, biking around the neighborhood. I have a school aged Son Isaac and wonderful wife Brenda.
Thanks again for checking out Lake Edge Lutheran Church. Feel free to contact me through email or phone if you are interested in learning more about me or this community.
I have over 20 years experience as a bookkeeper. Graduating college in 1983 with a bachelor degree in Engineering, I worked in that field for 7 years. My bookkeeper career began later when I worked for The Williamson Street Grocery Cooperative. There, I started with accounts payable and receivable while also maintaining the store inventory and POS (register) systems. I guess you could say I was all about numbers. Other for profit businesses bookkeeping included Ian’s Pizza and Sage Management (a local property management company).
Bookkeeping for The HOPE of Wisconsin (a state hospice and palliative support nonprofit) and Cycropia (a local acrobatics group) increased my knowledge and experience as they brought me into the world of non profits. And finally my experience bookkeeping for two religious organizations has brought me very nicely into this position with Lake Edge Lutheran Church. Two years with The Eastside Friends of the Dharma (a now dissolved local Buddhist community)and seven years with Congregation Shaarei Shamayim (a local Jewish congregation). I am so happy to be with your community and look forward to coming to know and work with the Lake Edge Lutheran family.
Director of Music & Choir Director
Patrick Christians has served as the choir director for Lake Edge Lutheran since 2007, conducting the Lake Edge Choir, the Living Stones and the Handbell Choir. Patrick helps lead worship with piano, organ and guitar, and also enjoys composing and arranging music for the choirs.
Originally from Interlochen, MI, he earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University in 2001, majoring in piano performance with an emphasis on choral studies. He began playing guitar and piano in campus ministry, including Spartan Christian Fellowship, East Lansing Community Church and then directing the praise band at Delta Haven Free Methodist Church.
For three years after college, Patrick worked in the Music Department as staff accompanist at California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) in San Luis Obispo. He also served as the Minister of Music at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.
Since moving to Madison in 2006, Patrick has been involved with many local arts and theater organizations. He music directed or accompanied shows with Music Theatre of Madison, St. Bernard Players, Mercury Players, Strollers and the University of Wisconsin Theatre Department. Patrick has also accompanied students in both the UW Dance and UW Music departments and serves on the piano staff of the Madison Ballet.
Patrick lives on the east side of Madison with his wife Lindsay and an irrepressible kitten named Miles. In his free time he enjoys bicycles, picnics at the lake, strategy board games and campfire sing-alongs.
Jay grew up in Sun Prairie, WI, the youngest of four children on his great-grandparent's dairy farm. He graduated from Sun Prairie High School in 1973 and then from UW-Madison in 1977 with a BS in Rural Sociology and studied organ under Prof. John Harvey.
He is employed at Meriter Hospital in the OR as an admissions assistant and has worked there for 36 years.
He lives in an older eastside neighborhood near Maple Bluff. He enjoys collecting antiques as well as working in the yard and Koi pond. His miniature schnauzer, Honey, is in charge of their household!
Jay began his church organist career at his home church on Easter of 1970, and played for several smaller churches before coming to LELC in 1981. He says, "It is a pleasure as well as a privilege to serve as organist of this congregation and to play the incredible pipe organ that graces our sanctuary."
Jesus Siles Brondo
Elvira Alvarez Munguia
Jesus and Elvira have been our custodians since 2013. Jesus and Elvira were born in Mexico and came to the U.S. in 2000. They were married August 2, 1989. Jesus and Elvira are pictured here (back row, right) with their two daughters, son-in-law, grandson and granddaughter. They enjoy traveling including trips to Mexico to visit family.