Rev. Krysta Deede, Lead Pastor
Pastor Krysta Deede was appointed to Onalaska UMC in July 2022.
Her passions in ministry are missional outreach, children, youth and families, and assuring ALL people of their sacred worth and place at God’s
table. She enjoys preaching, creating community partnerships, and nurturing faith.
Pastor Krysta formerly served at First UMC – Tomah and Cargill UMC – Janesville in Wisconsin. While in
seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, she was on staff as the Director of Youth
Ministries at her home church, Emmanuel Community UMC – Menomonee Falls. Before being called
into ministry, Krysta worked as the Corporate Administrator for her family’s manufacturing business and
co-owned a multi-site gift shop with her mother. Her undergraduate degrees are in Business
Administration and Communication.
Pastor Krysta’s family includes her mom, Claudia, a retired UMC pastor; son, Jevon, daughter-in-love,
Callie and world changing 1.5 year old granddaughter, Lynley. Her brother and his family plus two dogs
and one cat round out her family. In her spare time, Krysta enjoys reading, watching sports, and
traveling the world.
Zoe de Boer, Director of Youth & Music
Zoe has been an active member of Onalaska UMC since she was in elementary school, with her involvement ranging from the chancel choir, to youth programs, to mission trips, to volunteering at community dinners. In spring of 2020, Zoe stepped into the role of Praise & Worship Director to help navigate the music programs in the midst of the pandemic. As the months went by, she realized that OUMC was her home, and took on the role of Youth Director in January of 2022!
Zoe graduated from Viterbo University with her undergrad in Religious Studies & Theology, and is currently a grad student in Viterbo’s Masters of Servant Leadership. Zoe lives in Onalaska with her partner, Ben. In her free time, she is an avid reader and crafter, she loves hanging out with her cats, family, and friends.
Jessica Gobel, Director of Children’s Ministry
Jessica Gobel’s ministry at OUMC began several years ago as a volunteer for Vacation Bible School and Children’s Ministry. This evolved into the position of Director of Children’s Ministry and she officially joined the OUMC staff in June of 2012. Jessica plans and oversees programming for ages preschool through fifth grade. This includes Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and a children’s chimes choir. She enjoys getting to know the families as well as the many volunteers that make up Children’s Ministry. Jessica is also one of the Lay Members to Annual Conference. She and her husband, Matt, and their children, Katelin, Amy, and John have been part of OUMC since 2003.
Melissa Greco, Office Administrator
Melissa Greco has a passion for music and the arts. She is a photographer, graphic designer, and social media manager. She has an Associate’s in Applied Arts-Photography and received her certification in SEO, Digital Advertising and Social Media Management. Previously, Melissa was executive director for a non-profit organization that delivered meals for homebound individuals in La Crosse. She supports many non-profits in La Crosse County.
Melissa is married to David, and their children are Leonardo and Isabella. Melissa also loves animals and has adopted many pets including her most recent Chewbacca and Lola. Melissa is a part of the National Women’s Karate Association and involved in a local martial arts studio, H&H Karate. Her future goal is to someday obtain her black belt and her certification in teaching women’s self-defense.
Rev. Bruce Bartel, Pastor Emeritus
Rev. Bruce Bartel has served as Pastor Emeritus at OUMC since 2009. He served as Senior Pastor at OUMC from 1994 until his retirement in June, 2005. As pastor emeritus, Bruce preaches once a month and offers his gift of teaching. He and his wife, Kathy, have three adult children and enjoy their role as grandparents.
Cory Groves, Music Director
Cory Groves has been the Chancel Choir Director at OUMC since August, 2000. He also helps organize the Praise Worship Teams and plays with them. Cory designs and directs the annual Cantata concert, which is a highlight of the Advent/Christmas season. He retired in 2013 from his work as the Onalaska Middle School band director, but is still a substitute teacher and teaches music lessons. Cory and his wife, Lynn, have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Sandy Koster, Accompanist
Sandy Koster has been the organist and musical accompanist at OUMC since 2003 and substituted in the same position for three years prior. Sandy plays piano with the Praise worship team and sings with the Joyful Noise group. She plays for many special worship services in addition to weddings and funerals. Sandy was a chemistry professor at UW-La Crosse until her retirement. She and her husband, David, have three adult children.
Kimberly Wadewitz, Bell Choir Director
Kimberly Wadewitz conducts the NoteWorthy Bell Choir. Kimberly grew up at OUMC and shared her passion for music with the congregation by performing solos, participating in Chancel Choir and directing the children’s choir. After graduating from Onalaska High School (OHS), Kimberly went on to study Music Therapy at UW-Eau Claire. After 20 years away from home, Kimberly and her two daughters moved back to Onalaska. Daniela is a student at Iowa State and Katarina is a senior at OHS. Kimberly’s love of music and the sense of community at OUMC led her to the decision to become the Noteworthy Director in 2017.