Our Staff


Pastor Alexis Twito


Pastor Alexis Twito grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from Rufus King High School. She was ordained in 2010, and has served at several churches prior to Advent, both in Moorhead MN and the Milwaukee area. Pastor Alexis loves to travel, and explore other cultures and has a deep interest in all kinds of people. Before entering seminary, she invested a year working with the homeless in Edinburgh, Scotland, through the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program. She has a deep and abiding passion for social justice and activism, going back to her teen years. Immediately prior to her call to Advent, Pastor Alexis spent five years living out her faith and passion for justice as she built and coordinated a ministry of chaplains with the Salvation Army, caring for people at some of the worst moments of their lives.



Sandy Knuth

Organist/Handbell Choir

We are deeply saddened that our longtime beloved organist and handbell choir director, Sandy, passed away June 21, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. Her beautiful organ music enriched Advent's worship for 58 years. She began as Advent’s organist in 1962 and continued until she was no longer able to play. Her music and smile will be sorely missed.



Lisa Wegner

Youth and Family Ministry Director


Prior to becoming the Youth and Family Ministry Director, Lisa was the Children’s Ministry Director for many years at Advent. She joined the staff at Advent after 18 years in youth ministry and 2 as a stay at home mom. She enjoys working with children, youth, and families, to build a faith foundation through learning, worship, and outreach. Her career in ministry has taught her many new things and helps her own faith to grow. Lisa and her husband Matt have two children, Nathan and Rachel.  


Lisa Quinn (pictured w grand-nephew)

Administrative Assistant


Lisa Quinn joined Advent in September 2020, adding Advent Lutheran to her collection of part-time church administration jobs. Lisa is very happy to work with one of her favorite Reverends, Pastor Alexis, whom she worked for previously at Capitol Drive Lutheran. Lisa and her husband have two college age children and several very happy pets.




Maxine Effenheim


Maxine and husband Don have lived in Cedarburg since they were married in 1970 and have been members of Advent since 1975. They have two children – Cheryl and Daniel. Maxine and Don are currently both retired and busy with family, grandchildren, great grandchildren, hobbies and reading. Maxine is a member of the Syzygy Group and has worked on various projects around the church.



Jackie Vandenberg

Senior Choir Director

Jackie is a retired elementary music educator who holds a bachelor’s degree in organ and voice from UW-Stevens Point, and a master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University Minnesota. “Working with Advent’s musicians is a blessing and a privilege!” 

Advent’s Senior Choir rehearses on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm and sings at 3 services each month.



Krista Kinens


Krista has been Custodian for Advent for 10+ years. She loves all animals and has a pet sitting business along with her home cleaning business.