Our Staff


Pastor Karl Ziegler was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was baptized in at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church. In 1963, his family moved to Omaha. He was confirmed at King of Kings Lutheran Church in May of 1973. He is a 1977 graduate of Omaha's Westside High School. Pastor Ziegler attended Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska. He graduated from Concordia College in 1981 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. He also holds a Master's degree in Counseling from Creighton University, and a colloquy certificate from Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Pastor Ziegler has served in the following parishes: DCE Internship and DCE/Teacher from 1980 -1983 at Redeemer - Denver; DCE at Divine Shepherd Omaha from 1983 - 1992; Vicarage and Associate Pastor from 1993 - 1997 at Emmanuel - York; and Pastor from 1997 - 2002 at Zion - Worms.

Pastor Ziegler is married to the former Mary Beth Heider of Grand Island, Nebraska. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Contact Pastor Ziegler at: PKZ@1st-Lutheran.org


David Ricke was born in Des Moines, Iowa, to Augie and Bonnie Ricke.  He was baptized at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Des Moines.  He attended elementary school in Mankato, Minnesota, and was confirmed in 1968, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Mankato.  His family moved to Omaha, NE, where he attended high school and graduated from Millard High School in May 1972.   Dave went to Concordia College in Seward, NE, and graduated in May 1977, with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and also with a Director of Christian Education (DCE) certification. 

Dave has served in the following parishes:  First Lutheran Church, Papillion, NE (DCE Internship and DCE 1976-79), Grace Lutheran Church, Arlington, TX (DCE 1979-85), Trinity Lutheran Church, Lexington, NE (DCE 1985-90),  Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church, Omaha, NE (DCE 1994-2007), and came full-circle back to First Lutheran in September, 2007.

Dave married Debra Luetjens of Denison, IA, on August 16, 1975.  They are blessed with two daughters.  Megan and her husband Don live in Phoenix, AZ, and Elissa and her husband Dan live in Seward, NE.

Contact Dave at: dcedave@1st-Lutheran.org


Brady Laib hails from Colorado Springs, Colorado, where his parents and  siblings still reside. He was baptized and confirmed his faith at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs. He attended Concordia University Nebraska majoring in Theology and Christian Educational Leadership with a DCE certification. He arrived at First Lutheran in June 2016 and served as a DCE Intern for a year before being called as a DCE officially in July 2017. Brady works mainly in the areas of Youth, Children's, and Family Ministry. 

Brady is married to Anne Buchholz of Gillett, Wisconsin. They welcomed their first son, Oscar, in June 2020.

Contact Brady at: dce.brady@1st-lutheran.org



Diana Weston has been assisting First Lutheran Church since May of 1984. She is in the office Monday through Friday, and can answer any questions you may have regarding services and church activities.

Contact Diana at: DianaWeston@1st-Lutheran.org