Pastor Groth was born and raised in Hastings, MN. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in Chemistry in 2006. After working in R&D for 2 years, he went back to school to become a pastor and completed his Seminary Certification from Martin Luther College in 2010. He married his wife, Heather, in 2011, and graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2015. He served as a friendly counselor to India for 2 years before serving at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Citrus Heights, CA, for 4 years. He accepted a call to serve as pastor at St. Paul’s in Bangor in April, 2021, and he began serving in June, 2021.
Favorite Bible Passage: “Indeed, it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
Church and School Secretary
Shelly Lafky was born and raised in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She is one of ten children. Attended grade school, high school and Western Technical College in La Crosse. She has lived all throughout the area, as well as Tomahawk, Wisconsin. Her and her husband, Gary live in Bangor, WI. They were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in 2006. She has held many positions, including 23 years with the American Cancer Society.
Favorite Bible Passage: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do not let it be afraid” (John 14:27).