Who We Are

Lakeview Lutheran Church is dedicated to being a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest body of Lutherans in this nation.  We are a welcoming community that seeks the diversity of gender, age, race, culture and sexual orientation.  Lakeview is committed to an outreach ministry that is global in nature. Hospitality is a valuable characteristic of all we offer from this place.

The congregation at Lakeview Lutheran Church believes that the foundation of who we are is defined by weekly worship and active outreach ministry.  We believe that we are called to worship and give thanks to a God who loves all of creation.  At Lakeview, Holy Communion is offered each time we gather for worship.  The body and blood of Christ, in this holy Eucharist, is available to all who believe in His true presence. We further believe that we are called to go into the world and express Christ’s love through our actions.

Church History

Our Staff:

Pastor Dean Kirst


Pastor Dean has served the Lakeview congregation since 2001. He is a Wisconsin native but loves warm climates and sandy beaches, particularly Folly Beach South Carolina. He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UW-Stevens Point, a master’s degree in social work from UW-Milwaukee and a master’s degree in divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque Iowa. Prior to serving at Lakeview he was the associate pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie and was the Director of Off-Campus Services at Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Watertown WI. Pastor Dean enjoys bike riding, reading, cooking and channel surfing. He is not a football enthusiast, which may help explain his love for South Carolina where there is no professional football (just like Minnesota). He appreciates the outreach ministry that is important to the people of Lakeview. He believes we should not just worship Jesus but we should follow him as well. Pastor Dean is married to Kris and they have two adult children, a son-in-law and a grand-dog.

Laura Jasiczek


Laura Jasiczek has been with Lakeview Lutheran since September 2014. Before serving as Office Administrator, she ran a successful green cleaning business for 6 years. She is originally from Minnesota, but has spent most of her adult life in Madison, where she attended UW-Madison and received a bachelor’s degree in History. During that time, she also spent a semester in Poland and a year and a half living in Portland, OR. Traveling and music festivals in the summer are some of her favorite things to do! Laura is greatly enjoying her time at Lakeview and getting to know all the members of the congregation that come through her office and at the monthly senior lunch and euchre tournaments, as well as the fun fundraising events put on by the church! Outside of work, she spends most of her time running after her little girl, Ella, and enjoying time with her boyfriend and his son.

Chris Anders


Chris has served as Ministry Coordinator at Lakeview since July 2011. Chris enjoys coordinating outreach ministries including mission trips, adult retreats, and monthly senior lunches and euchre tournaments. She also brings together volunteers to staff Lakeview’s host week for the Road Home program.

Lynn Najem


Lynn is an accomplished piano/organ player who teaches music in the Madison Public Schools and has a piano studio in her home.  She is dedicated to providing keyboard music at every weekend worship service and all special services.  She leads choir rehearsals every Thursday evening form 7 to 8:30 pm in the church sanctuary during the program year.  The vocal chorus of around 25 members provides music during weekend worship services.  Lynn also works with some who provide special music and with the Sunday school music program.

Gary Cragin


Gary is a Madison native.  He spent a combined 6 years in the Army and Army National Guard, where he obtained the rank of E-6 Staff Sergeant and was awarded with several commendations.  He has an AS in Political Science and a BA in Business Administration.  Before joining us at Lakeview, he spent 37 years in the business world.  Now, he is enjoying his custodial duties at Lakeview and Lakeview appreciates how he keeps things clean, with the numerous activities that occur in the building from week to week!



Upcoming Events

January 20, 2020
  • Office Open
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: 4:30 pm

  • Food Pantry
    Starts: 4:30 pm
    Ends: 6:30 pm

January 21, 2020
  • Office Open
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: 4:30 pm

  • Porchlight Meal Prep
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: 11:30 am

  • Baking w/Punky-Cinnamon and Pecan Rolls
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: 11:00 am

  • Foot Clinic
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: 3:00 pm

  • Porchlight Meal Delivery
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: 7:00 pm

January 22, 2020
  • Office Open
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: 4:30 pm

  • Bible Study
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 1:00 pm

January 23, 2020
  • Office Open
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: 2:00 pm

  • News You Can Use-Acting Police Chief Victor Wahl on Gun Violence
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: 10:30 am

  • Choir
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:00 pm