our team

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm

Phone: 414-774-5005 | Email: tosapres@tosapres.com

Due to limited staffing currently, please call ahead if you plan to stop by.

Rev. Dr. Brett Swanson (Pastor), Lisa Lynne Kirkpatrick (Pastoral Resident)

Cindy Thomas (Office Manager), Julie Badciong & Jessica Quintanilla (Office Assistants), Jean Tushar & Gary Hodel (Custodians),
Cynthia Gebhardt & Amanda Miller (Crib Room Staff), Dimitri Shapovalov (Director of Music), Don Weinberg (Assistant Director of Music),
Martha Brown (Organist), Joanne Weinberg (Rainbow Choir), Liz Weiland (Livestream Tech)

  • Rev. Dr. Brett Swanson, Pastor

    The Rev. Dr. Brett Swanson joined the staff of Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church as Co-Pastor in November of 2017. Since his ordination in September of 2007 Brett has served churches in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

    Brett is originally from California and holds a Bachelors in Religion and Philosophy from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and a Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He graduated as a Doctor of Ministry from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia in spring of 2019.

    Both personally and as a pastor, Brett is wholeheartedly committed to the full inclusion of the church and a theological foundation rooted in the radical love of a grace-giving God. He believes that it is our duty as Christians to speak out against hatred and evil in this world and counter that hate with a deeper, more sustaining love. Brett believes that as people of faith, we must be willing to live out this faith in a world that will call the Gospel’s message counter-cultural and do so understanding that the church does its best work when it is a dissenting voice.

    Brett enjoys reading, baseball, movies, live music and sports, video games, and adventures of all sorts, especially international travel. He is a husband and a father, and together with his family, makes his home in Wauwatosa. 

  • Lisa Lynne Kirkpatrick, Pastoral Resident

    Lisa Lynne Kirkpatrick serves as the Pastoral Resident at WPC. She is currently a Candidate for Ordination with the Presbytery of Milwaukee and a part-time hospital chaplain intern at Aurora Burlington Hospital. 

    Raised in Washington, D.C., Lisa Lynne received her undergraduate degree from Carnegie-Mellon University's conservatory training program in the performing arts. After several years in NYC and Los Angeles, in 1995 Lisa Lynne made a shift from "industry to ministry" by putting her talent and training into worship, teaching and preaching. At Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, the Riverside Church in New York, and Ridgeway Alliance Church in White Plains New York, Lisa Lynne served actively in music ministry and teaching Bible studies. After years of singing with and ministering to the Broadway community in New York with Broadway Inspirational Voices, God called Lisa Lynne to focus on theological training. She received a Masters Degree in Biblical Literature from Alliance Theological Seminary in New York while serving as the Community Initiative Director and Faith Programs Manager at Grace Farms Foundation in New Canaan, CT. 

    In 2019, Lisa Lynne and her husband, Gil, left the East Coast and happily relocated to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. With her eldest daughter, Hannah, now married and living in Madison, WI and her youngest daughter, Audrey, living and working in San Francisco, Lisa Lynne seized the opportunity to complete a Masters of Divinity at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern, which she completed in May of 2020. 

    Lisa Lynne has dedicated her life's work to the exploration and practice of effective communication and a commitment to healthy, deep relationships. She is passionate in her belief that flourishing life, grounded in the radically inclusive love of Jesus, can and must be available to all. The dynamic congregation and ministries of Tosa Pres provide meaningful opportunities to bring that very love into the world.

  • Dr. Dimitri Shapovalov, Music Director

    As Director of Music, Dimitri works with the Pastor, the rest of the music staff and the lay leadership of the church to organize and supervise the music program of the church. 

    By day, Dimitri is a professor at Carthage College, where he is a choir director, scholar, pianist, composer and educator. He teaches music history, aural skills, and musicology-related topics.

    His professional interests include musicology, piano performance and composition. 

    As a musicologist, he is a published author and translator on topics connected with Russian culture at the turn of the 20th century.  His choral compositions have received premieres from the Carthage Chapel Choir, the Cornell University Chorus, the Northwestern Women’s Chorus, and the Sapphire Consort Group in Minneapolis, Minn.  He formerly led the Kenosha Choral Arts Society.

    Dimitri earned his Ph.D and M.A. from Cornell University, and his B.A. from the University of Minnesota.  He joined the Carthage music faculty in 2005.