Meet our staff at ELCB! 

Pastor RicBiedermann                                                                                                             Email:                                                                                                                     Cell Phone: 515.229.6193

I was born in Orange, Texas but moved to Grundy Center, IA when I was two and lived there until 4th grade when we moved to Ankeny, IA which is where I graduated from high school.  I went to Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and graduated with a major in Social Work. I then went to Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA where I received my Masters of Divinity. My father is a retired Lutheran pastor. I come from a long line of Lutheran pastors: fourth generation on my mom’s side and fifth on my dad’s. I have a younger sister and brother who live in Minnesota and Spain.  

I met my wife, Nancy while working two summers at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp in Iowa. I was a counselor and she was one of the camp nurses. Nancy graduated from St. Olaf with a nursing degree. She worked a few years as a nurse but then became a paraprofessional in the school system working mostly with kids with special needs. 

We have two adult children and two grand-daughters plus a grand-dog. Our oldest, Steven is married to Lindsay and they have two daughters, Alice Pearl and Violet Noelle. Steven is an ELCA pastor in Cottage Grove, MN. Our daughter, Rachel has her Master of Arts degree in Youth and Family Ministry. Her husband, Lucas Holsten is serving his first call as an Associate Pastor of a Lutheran church in Jamestown, ND. 

My faith journey began when I was baptized Jan. 18th, 1959. My faith was nurtured by parents, grandparents, Sunday School and Confirmation teachers and Bible Camp both as a camper and counselor. I felt called to be a pastor while in college. My favorite verse is Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” 

I have served as a solo pastor, youth and family pastor and education pastor at churches in WI (near Viroqua and in Marshfield) and in Iowa (Cedar Falls, Ankeny and Burlington.) Hobbies include: riding bike, going on walks, reading (fiction and fantasy/science fiction), watching and cheering the Packers and watching movies. We enjoy spending time with our family.

Laurel Boyer                                                                                                                           Administrative Assistant                                                                                                          Email:                                                                                                                         Cell Phone: 715.828.5596

I have lived in Chippewa Falls most of my life.  My family moved to here when I was in 2nd grade from Duluth, MN.  

I have an Administrative Assistant-Associate Degree from Chippewa Valley Technical College as well as 20+ years of experience.  I grew up in a Presbyterian Church with my father being the Pastor. I feel this has been very useful coming into a church office as I already knows the ins and outs.  

I have a 24-year-old daughter, Makaya, who is an Art Teacher in Thorp.  I also have a 4-year-old son named Greyson, who is a charmer and is as sweet as can be.  I feel very blessed to be their Mom!  

I enjoy doing working out in the yard, painting, beading jewelry, crocheting, up-cycling furniture and doing art projects with Greyson.  My favorite bible verse is Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Greg Harrell                                                                                                                          Director of Children's Ministries                                                                                                   Email:                                                                                                             Cell Phone: 715.520.7766

As a second career pastor, I have always cherished the memory that my spiritual roots were linked directly to the lives of the laity and especially tied to the faith development of children.  In the fall of 1995, during my second year of teaching a 7th grade Sunday School class, I sensed a Call to pastoral ministry.

Since that Call, I have been blessed to serve 11 different parishes of various sizes, shapes, and souls in both Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.   My specific ministry gifts included the Revitalization of existing congregations and for developing New Faith Starts.

The congregations that I served have helped me to spiritually grow as a pastor and inspired the many new Children’s Ministries programs that have grown in their churches and communities over my 20 year pastoral career.

As a retired clergy, one of my favorite Jesus quotes is “Let the children come to me…” Matthew 19:14 NIV.   My prayer is to ask God to help us to find new interactive, innovative, and engaging faith-based Children’s Ministries for ELCB families and our surrounding neighborhood.  

Kay Scharn                                                                                                                                 Choir Director                                                                                                                                Email:

Kay grew up in Iowa, where she sang in various choirs and learned to play the piano and other instruments. She became a registered nurse in 1980 and worked in various critical care, cardiac care and trauma units in Iowa, Wisconsin and Hawaii.  She earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing in 1987 and Education Specialist in 1999.  She worked for 26 years at CVTC, teaching critical care, pharmacology and behavioral health. She was the college Diversity Educator for many years, served on the college Foundation Board, and wrote for and edited several national texts. Kay is also a Legal Nurse Consultant and has taught in that area as well.   

Kay has always been involved with music. She has served as a church organist and pianist since age 16. She was the Director of Piano Ministry at University Lutheran Church in Eau Claire for several decades. She is the pianist for the Valley Gospel Choir and various other vocal and instrumental groups. She frequently plays in pit orchestras for both the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild and the Eau Claire Children’s Theater. When not playing shows, she accompanies high school students for solo ensemble contest. Kay was the Vocal Director for the Eau Claire Women’s Chorus and currently serves as the choir director for both St. James Trinity Lutheran Church and English Lutheran Church of Bateman. Kay says that she is inspired by music. She credits her parents for supporting her musical education and showing her that if you work hard enough, you can accomplish anything!

Nancy Nerdrum                                                                                           Organist/Accompanist                                                                                                               Email:

Nancy Nerdrum is the organist/accompanist for English Lutheran Church of Bateman. She is retired from her long time position as  Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools in the Chippewa Falls School District.  She grew up on a farm north of Withee, Wisconsin and took piano lessons since she was a third grader at the insistence of her mother.  She has been playing the piano ever since.  She started taking organ lessons 1990 and played the organ at various churches in the area. She has been an organist at ELCB since 2006.   She believes music is one of the most important parts of church service and she enjoys leading hymns with her energetic style. When she is not practicing, she is spending time in her garden, sewing or working on her Norwegian genealogy research.   She resides near Lake Wissota State Park with her husband, Tom Meyer and cat, Minnie.