Pastor Tarras is a 1995 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and a 2003 graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is comfortable using a variety of lectionaries and worship styles from traditional liturgies to contemporary praise as well as blending various styles together. Pastor Tarras is also very concerned with reaching out to the larger community through ecumenical events and less formal outreach such as attending community sporting and school events.
When reflecting on her call to ministry, Pastor Tarras noted, “I have been able to live my whole life knowing that I am saved by God’s grace through my faith in Jesus, and my purpose and calling is to share the good news of God’s love for all people.”
Pastor Tarras is the daughter of a Lutheran pastor. She has a background in music, is an avid quilter, and jam maker. Pastor Tarras has been married to her husband Jeff for the last fifteen years. Jeff works for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The couple also enjoys spending time with their four grandchildren.
Worship and Music Coordinator
Jessica grew up helping lead music at Grace. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Carthage College in Kenosha. After graduation, she became the Director of Music at Bethania Lutheran Church in Racine, WI, and the moved on to St. Edward's Catholic Church in Racine as their Director of Music while also teaching elementary and middle school music. After moving back to the area, Jess was given the opportunity to serve as the Worship and Music Coordinator at Grace. She helps plan and coordinate the worship services as well as serve as the worship leader. In addition to accompanying the adult choir, Jess also runs a successful piano and voice studio. "I have a great passion for church music and worship. It is so important that worship is a meaningful experience so that we can live out our faith every day."
A lifelong musician member of Grace English Lutheran Church, Jeremy is currently the 6-8 Choir Director at two schools in the Oshkosh Area School District. He received his undergraduate degree in Music from UW-Stevens Point and his Masters in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. "I believe that being a member of the church choir gives people the opportunity to be part of enhancing the worship service through music. It is a way to express your love of God through a different avenue."
Penny works to ensure the church office runs smoothly. She helps with accounting functions, scheduling, and printing materials.
Sandy works to ensure the church office runs smoothly. She help with accounting functions, scheduling, and printing materials.