A Ministry of the ELCA - Supported by World Hunger


Cindy Crane

Reverend Cindy Crane began her position as LOPPW Director on January 9, 2014. She has 10 years of experience as a parish pastor and spent several years managing secular nonprofits, where her responsibilities included working as an advocate and building relationships with community leaders and government officials.


Kelsey Johnson has joined us as LOPPW’s 2018/19 full-time Hunger Advocacy Fellow, thanks to a generous grant from ELCA World Hunger! Kelsey has an active history with the church. Most recently, she served as a Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteer in Jerusalem and the West Bank. At the Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah (West Bank), she assisted with English and art classes. She has explored topics related to refugees, interfaith dialogue, and accompaniment. Kelsey graduated with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa. She has interests in writing, using social media and working with young people.


Sarah Schultz joined us as a part-time Lutheran Campus Ministry Faith and Vocation Fellow for the 2018/19 school year!  She is a Madison College student in the Liberal Arts Transfer Program and has the intention of completing multiple degrees in acting and directing.  Sarah is very pleased to have found her vocation in the dramatic arts and especially loves how theatre can be used to help people practice empathy and expand their worldviews. Sarah has been active in the ELCA for many years but comes from a family that spans a broad spectrum of Christianity.



We have had two interns who spent at least one semester with LOPPW:  Kyle Kretschmann (10 month internship) – graduate of UW-Madison in economics and preparing for graduate school in the same field and Genevieve Baldwin (one semester internship) – Student at UW-Madison in life science communications

Kyle and Genevieve

Kyle and Genevieve (far right) visiting Pastor Mary Martha Kannass of Hephatha Lutheran (far left) and Melissa Smith, Hephatha Lutheran and grassroots leader at Advocacy Convening (next to Kyle).

Sarah Kretschmann was an intern for one month during a winter break at St. Olaf College.