John previously served as Pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in New Holstein, WI. Prior to that he served as Youth Director at Hopewell Reformed Church in Hopewell Junction, NY, and on the staff of the National Council of Churches/Interfaith Conciliation Center in New York, NY. He has served as one of the pastors at Cross of Life and UNITY since 1996.
Besides John, the only other known "Horner-Iblers" in the world include his wife Barbara, their sons David and Michael, and their dog Taz. Barbara is a physician in private practice in Brookfield as well as the Medical Director of the Bread of Healing Free Clinic in Milwaukee.
David is currently serving in the Peace Corps as a public health worker in Alibi, Togo (West Africa). Michael is a sophomore at UW-Madison. Now empty-nesters, John and Barb fight over the sports section in the morning and then make up by gardening together or trying to teach Taz (a very old dog) some new tricks.
Sherrie has been serving as Pastor at Cross of Life and UNITY since August 2006. It was when she was in 7th grade that she began to feel a call to ordained ministry. She is the 7th person (and the 4th woman) ordained from her home congregation of Grace Lutheran in Tomahawk, Wis.
Sherrie majored in Religion at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and received her Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Through seminary, she served at Capitol Drive Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and at Bethany Lutheran in Escanaba, Mich.
Her husband Matthew is a Master Electrician and owns his own electrical business. Matt and Sherrie have two sons, George and James, and a daughter Emily.
Muriel began her position with UNITY on October 15, 2013. She leads our Adult Education, Small Group, and Servanthood ministries.
Muriel received her Master of Divinity degree from Vancouver School of Theology in May 2013, was married in July (to Andrew) and moved to the Milwaukee area in late August as Andrew began his studies at the Marquette University Law School.
Muriel and Andrew have a Welsch Corgi, Manny, whose heart can easily be won through treats. Muriel's faith, personable ways, and theological training are of great benefit to our work together here at UNITY.
Josh grew up in Shelby Township, Michigan (north suburb of Detroit) and graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He attended seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), then completed a year of internship at Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha, Neb. He became a candidate for ordained ministry through the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. In between obtaining his undergraduate degree and attending seminary, he spent three years working in retail, a historic house museum, and a golf course call center.
Late into his senior year at Concordia, Josh also began to come out as gay. It was then that he knew he could no longer, in good conscience, pursue ministry in the conservative, fundamentalist church he grew up in that didn’t acknowledge and affirm the fullness of his identity. With his career on hold, he found himself spending two years in a new, progressive, United Methodist church plant (Urban Village Church) in Chicago. It was there that he rediscovered what Christianity and church could be. That was also the place that reawakened his call to ministry and led him to check out LSTC and ultimately return “home” to the Lutheran church in the ELCA.
Josh enjoys walking, which he looks forward to doing along Lake Michigan now that he lives in Bay View. He also loves reading, visiting museums, attending live theater, drinking a great deal of coffee, watching inordinate amounts of Netflix, and spoiling his two cats (Oliver and Sophia) and their canine sibling (a black Lab named Roscoe). He also dabbles in amateur photography.