This is where you will find information about the Called Staff that serve in teaching, equipping, and training the laiety to works of service in the various ministries of Centennial Evangelical Lutheran Church.


Biography of Pastor Greg Pufahl

Pastor and Jenny Pufahl with Samuel, Malachi & JosiahGreg was born on January 4, 1979 in Lake Mills, WI. He has four brothers and a sister. He attended Lakeside Lutheran School. He graduated from Martin Luther College in 2002. He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2006. He vicared in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. His first call was to a small mission church Star of Bethlehem Ev. Lutheran Church in Savoy, Illinois. He served as their Pastor until December 2011.  He served there for 6 years.  Greg enjoys golfing.  He loves watching the Packers, Brewers, and Wisconsin games.  

Greg married Jenny Brooks on June 11, 2006.  Jenny was born on May 2, 1979 in Milwaukee, WI.  
She has a sister and a step-brother. She attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School. She graduated from Martin Luther College in 2002. She taught preschool for two years at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Port Washington, WI. She also taught 3rd and 4th grades for two years at Fairview Lutheran School in Milwaukee, WI. Now, she is a stay-at-home mom to their sons Samuel, Malachi and Josiah.

Contact Pastor Pufahl for any needs, prayers, concerns or comments. 


Biography of Staff Minister Robert W. Garbe

Staff Minister Bob GarbeI was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin on February 12, 1942, the youngest of four children, two sisters and a brother. I grew up on a sixty-acre farm in New Berlin, Wisconsin, where my parents, Hubert & Lucille Garbe, were poultry farmers. They had an egg route in West Allis and South Milwaukee for many years where they would go house-to-house and deliver and sell eggs, vegetables, fruit, and butchered chickens. As a young man I would help out very often on this route and my Dad would occasionally let me drive the old Omar bread truck, that we used for deliveries, long before I had my license.

I graduated from a one-room grade school in New Berlin with a class of four, three girls and myself. I remember the outdoor bathrooms and how we also had to go outside to pump water for drinking and washing. We had one teacher that taught all eight grades. I attended Waukesha High School Central campus in Waukesha for my freshman year. In my sophomore year I attended a new school that was built, Waukesha South. In this year and at this school, I met my life-long marriage partner, Sharon Palmer.

We dated for over six years. After serving in the active military for one and one-half years, we were then married on October 12, 1963. God blessed our marriage with four beautiful daughters, Bonnie, Wendy, Linda and Julie, and twelve Grandchildren, six boys and six girls.

I worked for the Kohl’s Food Corporation as a forklift operator in the grocery warehouse. After thirty years of service, I retired in December of 1991. In January 1992, I was called by my home congregation, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Muskego, Wisconsin, to serve as a Staff Minister.

In February of that year, I accepted the call to be Staff Minister of Discipleship. I served in that ministry for 16 years and retired in December of 2007. I received (and accepted) a part-time call as Staff Minister of Evangelism to Centennial Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. I was installed on January 6, 2008.

My interests for relaxation time include: Bible study, being a grandpa, bowling, horseshoes, tennis, golf and traveling. God has truly directed my life that I might serve Him in the ministry as a second career.  He has blessed me and my family beyond measure! To God be the glory great things He has done!



Biography of Principal Phil Krueger

Principal Phil Krueger

Phil Krueger has been principal of Word of Life School since its incorporation in 1991. Born at St. Luke's Hospital, Principal Krueger was baptized at Resurrection Lutheran Church (Howell and Howard) and attended St. Lucas Lutheran School in Bay View. Mr. Krueger graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran High School and graduated with a BS in Education from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota.

Mr. Krueger has experience teaching all grade levels while serving as teacher and principal in Duncanville, Texas and Friendswood, TX before returning to Milwaukee as principal of Centennial Lutheran School. Mr. Krueger currently teaches 6th-8th grade. Mr. Krueger has continued his education at the University of Texas, Arlington, the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, the University of Houston, Clear Lake and the Wisconsin Lutheran College. Mr. Krueger is married to his wife Danica and has four children: Drew, Carley, Bailey and Addison.