Our Staff

Our Staff

1 PastorTom Kock

Tom Kock || Pastor

Pastor Kock brings varied and lengthy experience to Atonement. After graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1992 (M.Div.), he was assigned to begin a new congregation in Johnson City, TN. After serving there 22 years, he took a position at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, serving as professor of education and Old Testament. In 2021 he accepted the Call to become Atonement's full-time pastor. He is married to Beth, has 4 children, all married, and 5 grandchildren. "I'm honored and blessed to be Atonement's pastor. If I can serve you with the Word of God, please reach out to me."

2 Damion Glisper

Damion Glisper || Outreach

Damion has been around Atonement since his family joined our church and school family in 1982. He graduated from Atonement Lutheran School in 1987 and then attended Northwestern Prep in Watertown for high school, where he met his wife Amy. He attended Northwestern College for a year and then graduated from UWM. Damion and Amy have been blessed with 25 years of marriage and two children. In 2020, Damion came on board as our Congregational Assistant for Outreach after working for many years as a City of Milwaukee exterminator. Damion brings real-world experience, a friendly smile and demeanor, and a deep desire to share the love of Jesus, especially with our neighbors and the children and families of Atonement.

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Phillip Valdez || Vicar

Phillip Valdez graduated from Martin Luther College in 2015 with pre-seminary studies. For several years after, he took some time to explore other career paths; then in 2021, the Lord led him back to studying to be a pastor. He has completed two years of on-campus Seminary training and is now in his "vicar" year. This means he is serving us as a pastoral intern, working in hands-on ministry, side-by-side with our pastor. Next year, he will return for his final year at Seminary and then receive an assignment as a pastor.

3 Kevin Poston

Kevin Poston || Music & Digital Media

Kevin is passionate about reaching all people with the Gospel of Jesus through God's gifts of music and technology. At Atonement, this means working with our pastor, church staff, and volunteers to coordinate many aspects of our in-person and online worship and also overseeing our online communication. He enjoys Atonement's multicultural setting, and our creative approaches to worship and outreach. Kevin earned his teaching degree from Martin Luther College and masters in church music from Concordia University. Before joining us, Kevin served 15 years as a teacher and music coordinator in Lutheran schools and churches in Watertown, Manitowoc, Oconomowoc, and Lannon. He and his wife Jenny have been married over 20 years and are blessed with six children.

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Alex Paffenroth || Digital Media Assistant

Alex has been a member of Atonement his entire life and was baptized and confirmed here. He attended Atonement's grade school from 3K through 8th grade and Wisconsin Lutheran for high school. He briefly ran social media at the restaurant he worked at part-time throughout high school and, before starting his employment at Atonement, spent a year on the road as a low voltage technician. Though he's less than a year into his position at Atonement, he has been running A/V and helping with other needs on a volunteer basis since he was 8. A few of his favorite memories at Atonement include helping his grandfather with general summer maintenance in the school when he was little and the service recording sessions with Kevin Poston during the COVID lockdowns.

Kevin Cerda || Office Administrator

From church correspondence to weekly bulletin preparation, Kevin keeps our church office running smoothly. His extensive customer service background makes him the ideal person for this role. Kevin served as an electrician in the U.S. Navy for four years and worked in the public sector for many years in both the utilities and construction industries. On board at Atonement since September of 2014, Kevin enjoys working closely with the other church staff and appreciates this special opportunity to serve God. He describes himself as a “jack of all trades” who loves carpentry, plumbing, cooking and electrical work. Kevin has one adult son from his first marriage. Kevin has been married to Josie for over five years; she has two adult sons. Kevin and Josie first dated 48 years ago!