Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Monday, February 19, 2018

Who We Are

Grace Lutheran Church is nearly five hundred souls whose mission it is to teach the inspired and inerrant Word of God, to proclaim that Jesus Christ is the crucified and risen Savior of the world, and to nurture believers for lives of Christian service.

We have been serving the Tucson area since 1911, bringing to the community the message of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)


Meet Our Staff

 Pastor Koehler

Pastor Koehler

Pastor Ron Koehler serves as administrative pastor at Grace with ministry responsibilities in outreach and adult spiritual growth. He came to serve at Grace in 1993, after two years of teaching, coaching and supervising the boy’s dormitory at Martin Luther Preparatory School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  He graduated from Northwestern College in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1991 with a Masters of Divinity.  

He and his wife, Debbie, along with their two boys Tyler and Danny, love playing and watching sports of all kinds and enjoy the time they spend together as a family. Pastor Koehler is always ready for a game of softball or spending time with friends around the BBQ!

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 Pastor Kassulke

Pastor Kassulke

Pastor Nathan Kassulke is the lead pastor at Grace-Tucson, with ministry responsibilities in fellowship and worship. He grew up in Minnesota and Wisconsin and was called to Grace after graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2005.

Pastor Kassulke and his wife, Beth, are blessed to have two daughters, Naomi and Anna, and two sons, Samuel and David. All are glad to be serving the Lord in Tucson and feel privileged to be serving alongside a wonderful "family" of Grace members.

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Pastor Patoka

Pastor Timothy Patoka is the youth and family pastor at Grace. He also has the privilege to be the campus pastor for WELS Tucson Campus Ministry (TCM) which is intended for college-aged young adults regardless if they are students or not. Pastor Patoka currently serves as the Spiritual Advisor for Mission to the Children and Grace's English as a Second Language (ESL) program. He began his ministry at Grace in 2016 after his graduation from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.

Pastor Patoka is from all over the USA. With a father in the Air Force, he has called Wyoming, South Dakota, Arizona, and Virginia home over the years. During his undergraduate studies at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, he met his future wife Katie. The two of them are happily married and enjoy the outdoors whenever possible. You can often find them biking on one of Tucson's many bicycle routes. The both of them are excited to call Tucson their home and look forward to many happy memories here.

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Pastor Heiman

Pastor Ryan Heiman serves as Grace’s mission pastor to Sahuarita. Pastor Heiman grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He served a congregation in St. Paul, Minnesota from the time he graduated Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2002 until he accepted Grace's Call and joined us in Southern Arizona in 2016. 

Pastor Heiman and his wife Laura are blessed with three boys - Alexander, Owen, and Emmit. A fourth boy is on the way, too! Pastor Heiman is an avid golfer who appreciates every opportunity he gets to be on the course, and also enjoys working on projects around the house.

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Cora Stuhr

Cora Stuhr is the Administrative Assistant at Grace, and has served in this position since November 2009. Cora is a life-long member of Grace, born and raised in Tucson. She attended the University of Arizona and spent the past eight years working at Wilmot Pharmacy. She enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and traveling. Our congratulations to Cora, who was recently married to Chris Stuhr here at Grace!

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Cinda Drescher

Cinda Drescher is A WELS certified, Bible-based counselor at Grace. This is a second career for her, and she previously had careers centered around dogs, such as Vet Assistant, Grooming, and showing and training.

She received her training in counseling from Apollo College, Tucson University, Prescott College, and the WELS counselor training program. Grace offers both family and individual counseling for all ages through Cinda. Her areas of specialty are trauma, abuse, and relationships. She is on-call 24/7. Grace does not charge for this service.

Cinda's hobbies are an addiction to books and hiking with her Border Collie service dog, "Taylor," who is also a certified Therapy dog and who works with her in her counseling office.

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