Pastor Heather began her ministry at St. Matthew’s New Life in January of 2020 and remains so excited to journey with this great community! She most recently served St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Middleton for 12 years, and, prior to that, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in La Crosse for 6 years. She really enjoys creativity in worship, interactive sermons, family-friendly events and interactions, and walking alongside of those in need of God’s Spirit. She has been so blessed by the people of this faith community and looks forward to where God will lead us together!
Heather’s family consists of her daughter, Emma, whom she adopted from Ethiopia in 2010, and then in 2014 she married her husband, David, who also adopted Emma in 2016. David has son, Daniel, who is finishing his college studies at Michigan State. Heather’s extended family also live in the area and will be at New Life on occasion. Heather’s bachelors degree was in Vocal Performance and so she loves music of all kinds. The Hayward’s home in Cottage Grove provides many hours for her to enjoy in the garden as well.
Gavin started his ministry as our Youth & Education Coordinator in July of 2020. He has years of educating through the Red Cross and, before that, a childcare director at the YMCA and years of youth ministry experience in Maryland.
Gavin was born in Ireland and also served in youth ministry for years there and in Liverpool during his college years.
He and his daughters, Caitlynn (6) and Arya (2) are very excited to join New Life’s family!
Kathy has been a member of New Life Church, along with her husband Verne and son Jesse, since 1998. Her B.A. is in Communication from the University of Michigan. Prior to her previous career service in communications with the State of Wisconsin, Kathy worked in the private sector as a radio announcer, reporter and producer. She serves in our music ministry for both the traditional worship service as well as singing in the band at the praise service. Besides music, Kathy’s hobbies include distance running, and she’ll be participating in the 2021 Boston Marathon. Her favorite Bible verses come from the last chapters of the Book of Revelation: Rev. 21:1-2 (the “New Jerusalem”) and Rev. 22:13 (“I Am the Alpha and the Omega).