RCC Staff

Sam Prellwitz

Lead Pastor
Sam grew up on a strawberry farm just north of Ripon. After attending Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN he moved back to Ripon and married his High School sweetheart, Meg. Together they have 3 boys (Ramsey, Archer, and Silas) and a dog named Stella. Sam enjoys running (especially on trails), working in the dirt, reading, good coffee, and exploring new towns, restaurants, or trails with Meg and his family.

Kathy Rollin

Program Director
Kathy Rollin has been married to Bob for 38 years, is a mom of 3 and Nana of 5 wonderful grandbabies who she loves to spend time with. She loves to read books in her hammock, yoga on her deck in the mornings and feels the deepest connection to God doing most anything on the water. As RCC’s Program Director, she sets up all things media for Sunday mornings to enhance the environment and deepen the worship experience. She also does her best to make sure things run smoothly without distractions during the services. So, if you can catch her on a Sunday morning, be sure to say hi!

Shawn Clauson

Worship Pastor
Shawn has been married to his wife, Elizabeth, for 17 years. They have one daughter, Priscilla, who is 13. Shawn was born into a musical family and started playing guitar at age 5. Early on, he would often play guitar in church for his mother who is a professional lead vocalist. He started his first band at age 13 and moved to Los Angeles at age 22 to pursue a career in music. During that journey, He came to realize that something was missing, so Shawn returned to Wisconsin. One night Shawn prayed to the Lord,
Shawn has been married to his wife, Elizabeth, for 17 years. They have one daughter, Priscilla, who is 13. Shawn was born into a musical family and started playing guitar at age 5. Early on, he would often play guitar in church for his mother who is a professional lead vocalist. He started his first band at age 13 and moved to Los Angeles at age 22 to pursue a career in music. During that journey, He came to realize that something was missing, so Shawn returned to Wisconsin. One night Shawn prayed to the Lord, " I surrender to you Lord, please lead me as I desire to follow you. Please help me find my way and your purpose for me."  Suddenly, Shawn started to feel full of life and direction. He finished college and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Management from UW Stout. He and his wife started to attend RCC and Shawn began to use his talents as part of the Worship team. During the last 15 years, Shawn has been leading Worship while studying the Bible and Theology in more depth. He is thankful the Lord has called him to be RCC's Worship Director. "I am excited and ready for the opportunity to help develop, facilitate, and grow the Worship at RCC  through the Holy Spirit!"

Daniel Clark

Student Pastor
Danny was born and raised in Racine. He graduated from UW-Oshkosh and is currently attending Seminary @ Moody Bible Institute. He is an avid outdoorsmen and is passionate about helping people experience God through His creation. Danny and his wife Lindsey, along with their baby boy (DC3) love showing the students of Ripon that being a Christian can be FUN and EXCITING!

Natasha Padilla

Children's Ministry and Communications Director
Natasha was born and raised in South Florida. She moved to Ripon, WI in 2016 and is absolutely in love with this town. She has a deep desire for travel and having new experiences. She enjoys all things "social media", coffee, good books, Netflix, and meeting people. Natasha manages the social media platforms here at RCC. Along with being our social media guru, she leads RCC Kids as our Children's Ministry Director. She enjoys watching your kids learn and know how loved they are by God and how they can represent Jesus daily. If you see her around be sure to say hello.

Arica Leonard

Outreach and Connections Pastor
Pastor Arica Leonard splits her time between leading RCC’S Pastoral Care ministry and leading at Academy Consulting. If you have any questions or pastoral care needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to her here:

Mike Holba

Founding Pastor
Mike Holba founded Ripon Community Church in 2002. Under Mike’s 20 years of leadership, God grew Ripon Community Church to a healthy and vibrant church. In 2022 Mike transitioned out of his leadership role to begin a new ministry. To find out more about what Mike is up to, check it out here:
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