WNALC Council Members
We are a seven woman crew spread across the United States. WNALC Annual Gathering attendees vote every year on nominees for open Council positions. At our first meeting that same evening we decide on positions & responsibilities to ensure that members (that’s you!) are supported & served in the best ways possible. We are here to serve you & here is a little glimpse into who we are!
Jacqui El Torro
A NEW THING CHRISTIAN CHURCH
I am Jacqui El Torro, the new chair of the Women of the NALC. Over the last year I have served on the council as the Mission Team Leader. I also serve on the Long-range planning team for the NALC.
I am a member of A New Thing Christian Church in Lithonia, Georgia, where we call ourselves ANTS. The Rev. Trina M. Petersen is the pastor. I held various positions in my former church on congregational, synodical & churchwide levels.
I am married with two adult children, one adult grandchild, four grand-dogs & one grand-cat.
‘The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng.’ Psalms 68:11
We value you & the gifts that God blessed you with to share will the church & all of creation. Take the time to respond to me directly or through your Mission District Representative how we as a Council could serve you better & equally important how you can serve the NALC. We are a new Council & wanting to hear from you!
May Grace and Favor be your constant companions.
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
DEVILS LAKE, NORTH DAKOTA
My name is Jill Nesheim from Devils Lake, North Dakota. I have been a Christian & a Lutheran all my life. I have also lived in ND all my life. My husband & I have three children & six grandchildren. During my working career I have worked as a teacher, school counselor & bookkeeper.
My Church service started in 5th grade as I played the piano for Sunday School & later the organ for church. I have taught Bible school & Sunday School & been involved in Bible studies & women’s groups. I am just one of the many regular church ladies across the US who has tried to do what is needed in our church. Being on the National Council is an honor & privilege & just another way for me to be of service.
The main things I love to do are quilting & more quilting (both for personal & for missions), reading, crocheting, scrapbooking, travel, restoring or fixing things, XC & downhill skiing, & movies.
ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH
FORT WAYNE, INDIANA
I’m Jody Ford & was born in Sturgis, Michigan. I was raised in the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Thankfully, that background provided guaranteed Faith.
My husband Roger is a retired Registered Nurse. He has three children from his first marriage & I helped raise them & claim them as my own. We have 7 grandchildren & 1 great-grandchild, 2 dogs & 2 cats. We raised our children in the LCMS church & found our way to the NALC five years ago to become members of St. John Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Roger & I moved from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Kendallville, Indiana, to be closer to our family. We enjoy taking RV camping trips, watching our grandson play football & baseball (our new puppy’s name is Wrigley!) I also enjoy knitting, crocheting & reading.
I have a background as an Administrative Assistant working for several companies over the years. My last job was my most rewarding as I worked for Lutheran Military Veterans & Families Ministries (LMVFM). I’m now fully retired since May of this year.
I am so proud to be serving on the WNALC Council this year. Thank you to the women who elected me to fulfill my position as Fellowship Team Leader. I know God put me in this position to help move our WNALC forward & to do outstanding work in the coming years. I am here to help promote the Women of the NALC any way I can.
CHRIST THE KING
I have been married to Dave Isiminger for 38 years. We have two adult children & five grandchildren. We share our home with Brutus & Titus, two very lazy, furry, four-legged friends.
I graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, after which I worked in a variety of administrative positions where I found that I had a knack for the newest technology – personal computers. Because of my knowledge of & experience with computers & software, I was encouraged to pursue my Masters Degree in Library & Information Science & become certified as a school library media specialist. I worked in that field at the middle & high school levels until my retirement in 2018. Looking back, I am amazed at the path along which God has led me, the people by whom He has blessed me, & how He has drawn me so much closer to Him.
Since my retirement, I have enjoyed chaperoning school field trips, knitting lots of hats, scarves, sweaters, & shawls, & helping to launch the Women of Christ the King at my church in Evans, Georgia. I am excited to join with the group of amazing women currently serving on the WNALC council & look forward to serving all of the women who are part of the North American Lutheran Church.
CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Marcella Nelson lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin, having moved there from Minot, North Dakota in 2017. Marcella’s husband Ken serves as the pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church where she volunteers with the Mission, Outreach & Evangelism Committees & also leads Bible Studies. She appreciates being a part of the community in Brookfield & the opportunities this provides to serve & to bear witness to Christ. Marcella also serves on the board of trustees for Mount Carmel Ministries in Alexandria, Minnesota, a Christian Family Retreat Center, where her family has often spent time in the summer.
Marcella has witnessed God’s faithfulness in the many communities she has had the privilege to live in; a small town, a mid-sized city, a suburb, a metropolitan area & a farm. She also spent five years as a missionary in Tanzania. Through these experiences she has also had the joy of meeting so many fellow Christians who have strengthened her in her faith by their witness to Jesus Christ.
She & her husband Ken have three daughters; Johanna, Else-Marie & Ingrid, along with a new son-in-law, Alex, who married Else-Marie in October. Outdoor activities, family history projects, Scandinavian history & exploring her new surroundings in Wisconsin are what she likes to do for fun. She enjoys finding time for a good cup of coffee with friends to round out her weekly activities.
‘Yet this I call to mind & therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.’ Lamentations 3:21-23
Rachel Busch Jones
NEW BEGINNINGS LUTHERAN CHURCH
Hi, I’m Rachel, coming to you from my seventh-generation family farm in Champaign, Illinois. In 2002 I headed off to get my bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Leadership at Oklahoma State University & then put down shallow roots for a few years after graduation. The corn, soybeans & good black dirt called me home in 2010. I now live back on the farm with my husband Steve, our three-year-old daughter Jaci & a passel of farm creatures. My folks are right across the drive.
I am a founding member of New Beginnings Lutheran Church in Mahomet, Illinois, & presently serve as Vice President of the congregation. I manage an office for an environmental consulting firm & do side work as a freelance Professional Organizer. I do my best to volunteer with various entities, both local & virtual, when I can.
In my spare time – haha, little joke – after my full-time job, side business, church, family & the farm, I ride my horses & I run barrels/rodeo. I’m an avid reader when I get a few minutes to open a book. I’m a bit of a travel junkie; a sunny, sandy beach is my favorite place to be!
I’m excited to be a part of the WNALC. When I asked my Pastor to sign me up for what I thought was just a women’s conference I had no idea that it was an Annual Gathering for an actual organization! One of my goals for my term is to work with my fellow Council members to get the word out to our congregations about the WNALC; our purpose, our service, our support system & our faith.
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH
ST MARYS, OHIO
My name is Sheila Westrick. I have been married for 45 years with two grown children & nine grandchildren ages 0 to 17 years.
I am a retired nurse after 35 years mostly spent at The Ohio State University Medical Center.
I have been a member of Zion Lutheran, St Marys, Ohio, for 5 years. I have served as an Elder & Elder chair as well as on council. I chaired the St Marys Canal Walk for Water for 2 years.
My goal in life now is to figure out how to be the best disciple I can be. I also enjoy camping & boating on Grand Lake in Ohio.