About FALC

Because we are a part of the family of God, saved by grace through our Lord Jesus Christ, we are empowered by God, to provide the means for Christian growth, and to equip the members, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to be the heart, hands, and feet of Jesus Christ in our daily lives.

Meet our leadership and staff:


The Reverend Mary E. Zupansic


Pastor Zupansic came to First American Lutheran Church in August of 2009.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Education from Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida, and a Master of Divinity from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  Pastor has taught at both  the elementary and high school levels, worked as an interpreter for the Deaf, and served as pastoral worker with the Deaf in Northeastern Wisconsin.  Prior to First American, Pastor Mary served at Calvary Lutheran in Merrill, Wisconsin.  She has a passion for the Gospel and God’s people – young and old.  Early most mornings you can spot Pastor out for her daily run!  Pastor resides in the church parsonage along with her Greyhound – Creed and African Grey Parrot – Eliot.


Office Manager:

Bobby Jo Lipp – falc@bayland.net

Hello! I have been a member at First American Lutheran Church since 2013 after moving to the area in 2010. I have a wonderful husband, Alex, and two amazing children, Logan & Sophia. We also have 2 cats- Rocket Walter & Pixie Myrtle, 2 rabbits- Sirius Black & Professor Albus Dumbledore and 4 chickens that are also a part of our family. I am a High 5 teacher for the prekindergarten and kindergarten class.  I really enjoy all the different personalities and their excitement to learn. All of the members of FALC have been very warm and welcoming to my family and FALC truly feels like a second home where we have been making many great memories over the years.



Bonnie Schultz – falc@bayland.net

Hi!  I’m Bonnie Schultz and I have been an organist at First American Lutheran for about 10 years.  Oconto has been my home for 15 years.  I am married and have 2 children, 4 step-children, 2 granddaughters, and a grandson.  I am a life-long Lutheran and grew up in the Cecil area.  I learned to play piano from my one-room school teacher’s wife, Mrs. Fischer.  It was a Christian day school located in the basement of Immanuel Lutheran Church with 28 kids in grades first through eighth and one teacher.  I am a full time lift truck operator at Green Bay Converting, a paper mill in Green Bay, and a part-time deli/bakery worker at Thomson’s County Market.  First American is truly my family and I am proud to serve musically.


 Property Manager: John Stamsta – falc@bayland.net

Hi, I’m John, the Custodian/Property Manager. I enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting, gardening, and just being outdoors.  I’m a lifelong resident of Oconto.  I look forward to helping keep First American’s facility and grounds a clean and welcoming place for all.

Council President: Jeremy Neta – falc@bayland.net