Katya Ouchakof began at Lake Edge in February, 2015. Pastor Katya is a Madison native and is blessed to have most of her family living in the area. She enjoys canoeing and kayaking, knitting, board games and Star Wars.
Pastor Katya graduated from Luther College with a BA in psychology (2002) and from Yale Divinity School with a MDiv (2006) and Luther Seminary with a MTh in New Testament (2010).
She has worked at three congregations in the South Central Synod of Wisconsin prior to coming to Lake Edge.
Pastor Katya has authored book reviews, devotional materials, and many sermons. She is a contributor to the book "There's A Woman In The Pulpit," and a regular writer for RevGalBlogPals.org. Please visit her at:
Rev. Mae Jean Zelle
Interim Lead Pastor
Mae Jean Zelle began at Lake Edge in November, 2018. She is an interim ministry specialist with more than a dozen years experience leading congregations through the uncertainty and anxiety that often accompany the interim process. In addition to the interim ministry training she has had training in emotional systems/healthy congregations and conflict mediation. She has worked with congregations in South Central Synod of Wisconsin and Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod. Pr. Mae Jean has also served two settled calls: one in a third-tier suburb of Dallas and one in inner-city Dallas.
Pr Mae Jean received a B.S. in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Iowa State University. She completed most of her seminary coursework at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas and then finished coursework and received her M. Div. from Lutheran School of Theology-Chicago. She is the author of Healthy and Whole: A Resource for Congregational Vitality available on-line at ntnl.org
Pr Mae Jean grew up in Iowa but spent most her adult life in or near Dallas, TX. She and her husband, Nathan, are delighted now to live on the outskirts of Mt Horeb where they are able to regularly see their children and grandchildren who live in Middleton and Mt Horeb.
You may contact Pr Mae Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Communications & Office Manager
Chris joined the Lake Edge staff as Communications Manager in June, 2015. Originally from Davenport, IA, she lived in Ames, IA, Ankeny, IA and Helena, MT before moving to Madison in 1996. Chris holds a BS in English and Secondary Education from Iowa State University and attended Grandview Lutheran College for additional course work in Biblical Studies, Church History and Theology.
Chris was commissioned and rostered as an Associate in Ministry in the ELCA in 1994. She served congregations in the Madison area and in Ankeny, IA; and worked in Church Relations at Grand View Lutheran College, Des Moines, IA. Her work experience includes Communications, Christian Education, Ministry for Children and Youth, Worship Planning, and Worship Leadership.
Chris is a musician, and enjoys hiking, cooking, sewing and live performances by local musicians.
Linda Brown joined the Lake Edge staff as Financial Manager on April 2, 2018. She is a retiree from a full-time career as Chief Financial Officer for a local automotive group. Her background includes over 45 years of experience in the Accounting and Human Resource fields. Linda holds a BBA in Accounting and Economics and an MBA in Management. In addition to her new position, she teaches Accounting and business classes at several local colleges.
Linda is the past President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association, Past President of the South Central Library System Foundation (SCLS), an SCLS Trustee and was honored as Distinguished MBA Alumni of Edgewood College (2007).
In her spare time, she enjoys writing (currently working on a 19th century work of fiction), travel and spending time with her four grandchildren.
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 and his partner, Jack Galloway (a LELC member) have been together for 33 years and own a home in an older eastside neighborhood near Maple Bluff. They enjoy collecting antiques as well as working in their yard and Koi pond. Their 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.