Bio & Info


Welcome to Praise and Proclamation, the blog of Pastor Johnold J. Strey. Pastor Strey serves as the pastor at Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Hubertus, Wisconsin. Pastor Strey and Crown of Life are affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).


JohnoldStreySept2015Pastor Johnold Strey is originally from Cedarburg, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (1993), Martin Luther College (BA, 1997), Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (MDiv, 2001), and Santa Clara University (MA, Pastoral Liturgy & Liturgical Music, 2009). As a part of his seminary training, he served as vicar at St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church in North Hollywood, California from August 1999 to August 2000. He served as pastor at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Belmont, California from his ordination on July 15, 2001 to June 12, 2011. He was installed as associate pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Citrus Heights, California on July 3, 2011, where he served for five years, concluding August 28, 2016. Pastor Strey was installed as associate pastor at his current congregation, Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Hubertus, Wisconsin, on September 25, 2016. He became senior pastor of the congregation in July of 2018.

In addition to his parish responsibilities, he has served the WELS at large in the following capacities:

Pastor Strey and Emily Gresens were married in the summer of 2000. Emily is a graduate of Fox Valley Lutheran High School (1995) and Wisconsin Lutheran College (BA, Elementary Education & Music Education, 2000). She taught Kindergarten at St. Matthew Lutheran School in Milwaukee (2000-01), and music and choir at Bayside Middle School in Foster City, California (2001-03). During her two years as a middle school teacher, Emily also sang as a soprano in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. She has taught Music Together classes since 2004, and operates her own Music Together center called Musical Beginnings. Emily has also had several articles published in Forward in Christ magazine. Pastor and Emily have been blessed with four children.

Blog Information

On the Praise and Proclamation blog, you can expect to find:

  • Sermons preached by Pastor Strey
  • Thoughts on liturgy, church music, and trends in Christian worship
  • Apologetics discussion
  • Interesting Christian and Lutheran quotations
  • Commentary on current events in light of Scripture
  • And occasionally some less serious, more light-hearted comments!

Posts, pages, and links on this site often cite sources outside confessional Lutheranism in general or the WELS in particular. Any information provided is given because of its usefulness relating to one of the subject matters reflected in this blog, but its inclusion does not constitute a complete endorsement of the original source.

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