MEET OUR STAFF
Pastor Carol Chmielewski is a lay pastor who come to First Presbyterian in Howard Lake after serving for 6 years at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake. Carol is married to her husband, Joe, and they reside on their century farm, north of Silver Lake. They have two children, Mary Beth who lives in Silver Bay, MN and Joey, who died in November of 2009. Joe and Carol plan on moving to the North Shore in the near future, where they enjoy the outdoors, and the beauty of Lake Superior. Carol loves to knit, read, travel, and write.
Our Office Administrator:
Our office administrator is Karen Neisen, and she has been with First Presbyterian Church since May 2014. Karen has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Crown College. She enjoys reading, sewing, photography, cooking, and gardening. She also likes to go camping and hiking.
Gretchen Karg is a graduate of Bethel University. Her two children, Lily and Caleb, are students at HLWW High School. She teaches piano lessons in her home and second grade at Humphrey Elementary School in Waverly. Being with her family, reading, doing all things music, traveling and being in the great outdoors are her favorite ways to spend time.