Canton Lutheran Church is all about connecting with one another in relationships.  Here is some information about our staff but the primary thing you should know is that all of us want to make ourselves available to you in ways that assist and empower you in connecting with Christ and connecting in community.  Give us a call or stop by.  We're always glad to hear from you.

Church Phone: 605-764-2429

Office Hours: weekdays 8:00-12:00 & 1:00-5:00*

*these times are approximations.  If you need to see a specific individual, please call ahead for an appointment.



Pastor Tim Thies, Pastor

Pastor Tim Thies and his wife Susan



Parish Education Associate & Volunteer Coordinator, Janet Henke

Janet Henke, Ministry Director: Education & Equipping

Hi! I ’m Janet Henke. I am married to Bruce and mother of two teenagers, Tom and Barbara. Encouraging and matching our members with service where they use their gifts to glorify God makes my position exciting! Helping provide opportunities for all ages of learners here at CLC is a challenging but fulfilling way to live the mission of Canton Lutheran – connecting all generations to Christ & community.


Cami Van Wyhe

Youth Director

Paul Konietzko, Ministry Director: Music

Hi I’m Paul – your Minister of Music at CLC.  After graduating from USD with degrees in music, I taught music at St. Mary’s in O’Neill NE.  Then I joined the Air Force with a career in the Air Force band, being stationed at Omaha and Honolulu.  I am retired from the Air Force after 20 plus years in the Air Force Band which gave me an opportunity to see the world.  From organ on Sundays to piano on Wednesdays for WOW, I come to CLC with a love of all types of music.  My music is my prayer, and as my mother always said, “He who sings – Prays Twice!”

Come visit me on Facebook


Lori Pudenz, Ministry Director: Office Administration
Hi! I’m Lori Pudenz. I am married, my husband’s name is Jan, and we have 3 beautiful girls (Theresa, Angela and Erika). We live on an acreage north of town and I love animals and working outside when I’m not busy keeping the affairs straight at CLC.

Come visit me on Facebook

Don Pottratz, Keeper of the House of the Lord
Hi! I’m Don Pottratz and I am the Keeper of the House of the Lord. I am a retired teacher and former Director of Lincoln County Planning and Zoning. My interests include local history, music, and all the activities that go on at CLC. I have 2 grown children and 6 grandchildren.

Wedding Coordinator, Jeanne Jacobson

Jeanie Jacobson, Wedding Coordinator
Hi! I’m Jeanie Jacobsen, Wedding Coordinator. If you choose to be married at CLC I will assist you in the planning and coordinating of your wedding ceremony. I will direct the rehearsal and be there the day of the wedding to keep things moving forward. I love being a part of your special day andbless God for the opportunity to meet so many wonderful families.

Home Phone: (605) 764-1831
Mobile Phone: (605) 254-5129

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Canton Lutheran Church invites you to connect with us as you seek an authentic and meaningful life.  Come and discover the healing power of a welcoming and accepting congregation where questions are honored, differences are respected and love is shared.





"Connecting All Generations to Christ & Community"

God's Word.  Our Voice.

God's Welcome.  Our Embrace.

God's Work.  Our Hands.