our team

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm; Friday 9am-12noon

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

Rev. Dr. Brett Swanson (Pastor) ext. 102

Rev. Lisa Lynne Kirkpatrick (Associate Pastor) ext. 103

Cindy Thomas (Office Manager) ext. 101
Julie Badciong & Joey Thurmond (Office Assistants) ext. 100

Gary Hodel (Custodian)
Cynthia Gebhardt & Amanda Miller (Crib Room Staff)

Nicole McCarty (Director of Music)
Martha Brown (Organist)

  • 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. 

  • REV. Lisa Lynne Kirkpatrick, ASSOCIATE PASTOR

    Rev. Lisa Lynne Kirkpatrick serves as the Associate Pastor at WPC. She joined the staff as a Pastoral Resident in January 2022 while studying for and taking her ordination exams. On January 8, 2023, Lisa Lynne was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, and began her role as Associate Pastor.  

    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.