Our Leadership

Chris Schefdore

Council President


Chris, her husband, Jim, and their daughter, Bree, have lived in Ashland for about thirteen years and have been a part of the ALC community for most of that time. She works for Lincoln Public Schools and enjoys spending time with family, in particular, attending Bree’s sporting events and other activities. Chris loves the people of ALC and appreciates our focus on families. She strongly believes we can work together as a team to do great ministry together!

Jeremy Mumm

Council Vice-President

Jeremy, his wife, Tracy, and their two kids, Clint and Sarah, have been a part of this faith community for over ten years. He has worked as a financial advisor since 2003. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys hunting, fishing, and attending his kids’ various activities.

David Nygren

Council Treasurer

David grew up in Mead, NE as a member of Alma Lutheran.  Then he moved to Ashland and became a member of ALC when he married Shari Washburn in 1984.  They have 3 kids – Kelsie (32), Brandon (28) and Katelyn (28). Currently he is work for NTTData Services as an Actuarial Consultant for the development team. David loves the people of ALC and how they care for each other and our community. He is looking forward to serving on the council again.

Melissa Kasuske

Council Secretary

Melissa has been a part of the ALC community since she was a kid. She loves the family feel she experiences at ALC, and that this love for one another extends out into the community. She hopes that the Spirit will open each of us to the amazing things God is doing at ALC. Melissa is the mother of three awesome kids: Riley (17), Abby (16), and Kate (9). She is in her 19th year teaching kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade readers & English Language Learners in Waverly, and stays busy with all of her kids’ activities.

Brittany Behrens


Brittany and her husband Chase moved to Ashland in 2017 with our son Brooks(8) and our daughter Layne (6) and we have been members at ALC since arriving in Ashland. Chase is a Project Manager at Glass Edge Inc. in Lincoln and  Brittany is a corporate attorney in-house in Omaha at First National Bank of Omaha. They both graduated high school in Beatrice, NE. Brittany loves to spend time as a family outdoors, at the lake and playing sports. Her family has enjoyed their time as members of the ALC faith community and she looks forward to serving the congregation!

Emilie Castle


Emilie has been involved at ALC for all of her 24 years. She works for Tabitha, a serving arm of the Nebraska Synod. Emilie and her husband, Zach, live in Ceresco with their dog, Snow. She appreciates that ALC is open to everyone and does not turn anyone away. Emilie is excited to see our faith community continue to grow, and is committed to supporting our outreach ministries, like the Kids’ Cupboard and the Closet.