I have lived in Wisconsin for 15 years and in New York for 14.5 years. (I lived in South Dakota for nine months between those two places.) I graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree in Religion from Ripon College, and received a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett- Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL (on Northwestern University’s campus.) Before coming to FUMC Waukesha, I worked for two years as a hospital chaplain for Aurora Health Care. I continue to do some chaplaincy on the side, while not at the church. My job at FUMC Waukesha is to provide a caring environment, a listening presence, an outside perspective, or someone to bounce ideas off of. There are times in our lives when our relationship with God presents us with challenging situations and events. I want to help during those times. I also advise our Senior Group XYZ (Extra Years of Zest).

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is being able to listen and offer concern to those in need.

What passage of scripture especially inspires you in ministry?

 25 “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? 27 Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. 29 But I say to you that even Solomon in all of his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. 30 If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, won’t God do much more for you, you people of weak faith? 31 Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ 32 Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34 Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34 Common English Bible (CEB) 

 What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I enjoy working on my family history! (My ethnicity is 43% England/Wales and Northwestern Europe, & 35% Germanic Europe.) I also enjoy photography and cooking, and I have a small coin collection that I curate. I am a life-long learner!

 What is your favorite place on earth?

Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine. I spent one week of every summer there while growing up in NY. I would have breakfast with my Grandpa, watch the sun rise, go sea kayaking, and eat some of the best popovers that there ever was. (The lobster is great too!)

Sam Mutschelknaus
Minister of Congregational Care

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