Meet the Staff


Pastor SarahSarah Larsen Tade, Lead Pastor,
My name is Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade.   What an amazing call to serve as Lead Pastor at American Lutheran of Windom!  I came here in September 2013 after serving a multi-point parish in Eastern North Dakota for nearly ten years.  The decade before that I had the privilege to serve in Global Mission working with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic.   There, I met my husband Noel.  We are blessed with 3 children Yanick, Isaac and Eliana.  I graduated from Beach High School (ND) in 1986, from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN, music ) in 1986 and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1992.  Alongside of ministry and family I enjoy life in community, travel, learning and people!





Pastor Gene Alms:

Hi! My name is Pastor Gene.   I am looking forward to getting to know you.

I am an intentional interim pastor.  I walk with congregations though the transitions between pastors.  Yes, I do help keep ministry alive and vibrant.  But my more important task is to help congregations envision the future.    I come with the deep conviction that God is at work in our time.  Just watch!  Today and tomorrow will be filled with opportunities to identify God. In my library Scripture is not some dusty history book, but a roadmap for seeing the ways God interconnects with people.    So, while I love to learn people’s histories, my eyes are focused on God’s future.  I keep asking “What is God up to?”.  And I challenge congregations to imagine the places where God is leading us.

My wife Denise and I are rural people. Our home is north of Lake Crystal, about halfway between New Um and Mankato  My wife, is a physical therapist and works for the Mankato Area School District.  We have 7 children – all grown and finding their way into adulthood.  Plus we have 6 grandchildren, the oldest started Kindergarten this Fall.


Wendy Pigman, Financial Secretary,
My name is Wendy Pigman. I am the Financial Secretary here at the American Lutheran Church. My position involves taking care of the finances and membership records of ALC. I have been employed here since April of 2001. My husband Darwin and I have three children, Dylan, Jesse and Paige.



lisa-staffLisa Petersen, Youth Coordinator

Hey! My name is Lisa Petersen and I am the Youth Coordinator here at ALC. I am so excited to be a part of this congregation and this ministry team. I know that Youth Ministry is my calling and I am so incredibly blessed to be serving my Lord. Blessed that I have been given this opportunity to work with the youth of this church and community. My faith and hope is placed in God’s hands and hopefully, through His almighty wisdom and grace, my leadership will guide them in ways that they will grow closer to Christ and develop lifelong habits that carry them into their futures with Christ as their rock!  This is a blessing beyond words!! Thanks be to God!! “The LORD is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalms 27:1




Hi!  I’m Abby Grove & I’m the new Interim Christian Education Coordinator!  I’m so excited to be apart of this amazing staff and bring FUN into Christian Education. My position includes confirmation, Sunday School, & Vacation Bible School.  I have 3 joyful children: Ruby, Graycee & Tyson.  They keep us busy!


Hello! My name is Lonnie Gannott.  I have lived in Windom for 40 years and have two boys.  Michael, of Temple, Tx and his wife Kimberly.  Matthew, of  Plymoth, Mn. his partner James and my 2 year old grandson Elliot.  Michael is a 20 yr. retiree from the Air Force. Kim is an Army Nurse specializing in OB.  Matt is a doctor and James is a computer specialist.

I also work in the housekeeping department at the Hospital; my husband Rick has work as a Ford mechanic for 42 years at Higley Ford.

Hi, I’m Dorothy Fundahn the new part-time custodian at ALC. I retired from MnDot after 26 years of service. My jobs there were General Maintenance, General Repair, and Building Utility Mechanic (BUM). I’m blessed to have my three children and their families living close by in the Windom, Mt. Lake area.   It’s an exciting time of year to be starting here at ALC  with the hope ,peace, joy and love of advent and Christmas! What a busy time here at the church.  My Motto: I choose to live loved with a dance in my step and a smile on my face Smile                                                                                                                                                                                           





Tom Wickie, Media Minister Volunteer
Tom is a native of Hallock, MN, teenage transplant to Colorado, and has been a Windom resident for 44 years. He completed training with a Masters degree in 1981 and worked in the field of speech/communication disorders for 31 years in SW Minnesota. Family members include Karen, his wife of 49 years, (retired from teaching), son Michael, Jill (Anderson) and Rachel of Sioux Falls, SD, daughter Susanne, Warren, Samuel and Joshua Cohen of Eagan. A US Air Force veteran, former Jaycee, member of the American Lutheran Church of Windom, Sons of Norway Stavanger Lodge #538, RSVP, and chairs the Cottonwood County Historical Society Board of Trustees. Enjoyments in life include family activities (especially the grand children), genealogy, reading, movies and theater, boating and volunteer work.

Experience at church:  Former positions – Deacon; Congregational President; Vice President; Stewardship Board; Congregational Treasurer; Sunday School and Confirmation class instructor; Men’s Chorus; currently involved in Video and Multimedia Projection Ministry; Handbell Choir.

DSC_0332Karen Wojahn, Worship & Music Coordinator
Hi!  As the Worship & Music Coordinator, I assist the pastors and work with the Worship & Music Board to plan meaningful worship services for the congregation. This involves recruiting and scheduling Scripture Readers, Greeters, Communion Assistants, musicians and other individuals as needed. I also coordinate music for the Sunday School students.

In my “former life” I was an elementary teacher for over 25 years. Having retired early from that career, I now have time with my husband Michael to enjoy our three grown children, two of whom are married, and our three grandchildren. I am involved in the annual Minnesota Welsh Hymn Festival and am on the Board of Directors for the North American Festival of Wales. My interests include entertaining, baking, and sewing.