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John & Sarah Ramthun - Executive Directors 

John grew up on a farm just outside of West Bend, WI, with his parents and 5 siblings.  The family of 8 has now grown to 22 including in-laws and nephews with 3 siblings still working on the farm where we enjoy helping as often as we can!  Sarah grew up in her family of 5 on the south side of Milwaukee and went to school K-12 downtown (MPS) where she was considered a minority at her schools.  The family, now of 9, loves to spend time together, especially at the family cottage in Door County.  We are SO blessed to have such amazing families!  From an early age our families were involved in our local Churches and faith has been an important part of our lives.  We went to college at UW Madison, John majoring in Bio-Chemistry and Sarah as pre-med.  St. Paul’s was a significant part of our undergrad experience.  As God worked in our lives we switched our majors to Religious Studies, became friends, and graduated in 2004.  2004 also included beginning as the Directors of Religious Education and Youth Ministry at St. Aloysius in Sauk City, getting married, and moving to Sauk Prairie.  St. Al’s brought us many wonderful memories, including leading our first Mission Trips, and numerous friendships over 6 years. In 2010, God called us to a new apostolate to serve our community.  6:8 aims to transform communities by making service personal through service experiences enhanced by education and exhortation hoping to embody Christ in the way we live.  Our plan is to give all we have to the people we are serving with and for, so that first our community, can be transformed! We would love to have you join us!

Heather Brooks - Program Coordinator 

My name is Heather Brooks and I currently live in Saint Paul, Minnesota with my husband, William, and our daughter, Adelaide. Right now, I am working for the Animal Humane Society in the Twin Cities, but we are preparing to move back to our hometown of Sauk Prairie this summer. This internship is so exciting because I’ve volunteered with 6:8 in the past and believe so fully in its mission. I’m looking forward to embracing a simpler lifestyle and really devoting my summer to service, especially in a community I already know and love. An interesting fact about me is that I sang for Pope Benedict XVI during Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in 2008.

2013 Summer Interns  

Benjamin Hokamp

My Name is Benjamin John Hokamp. I am 23 years old and currently attend college in the pursuit of a Mechanical Engineering Major. I first applied for this internship because I was told I was going to learn a lot about leadership. Leadership has been an attribute that I have found quite an interest in the past two years. I graduated High School in 2008 from Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids where I lived my whole life. I have two brothers that are also in college and a sister that is a senior in high school. The thing I am most looking forward to this summer is being able to create and build.  I also love to read and be inspired by quotes. A couple weeks back I read a good one from Howard Thurman. It goes like this, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” I like to work with my hands a lot and I feel that when I am able to do that to create or build, that is when I am most alive. So 6:8 I guess this summer I am most looking forward to coming alive because that is what the world needs me to do.

Carly Ann Braun

I born and raised Manitowoc, WI. I lived next to the beautiful Lake Michigan my whole life until I moved to Madison to be with two other great lakes for college. I am a sophomore at UW Madison where I am studying religious studies and sociology. I am involved in a lot of stuff at St. Paul's Catholic Church on campus. I teach catechism in Mount Horeb on Wednesdays with John Bosco Society, I am in a bible study, and some other students and I recently started a group called Vita Pura which promotes simple living, Catholic Community and care for God's creation. This desire for simple living is part of what interested me in the 6:8 internship. I also hope to do a lot of mission work in the future, so this seems like a really great place for me. I am super excited to go to Mississippi, I love doing hard work outside. There's nothing better than working with your hands and with your heart.


Jake Kruse

 Hello! I’m known as Jake in the common tongue. I am from Madison, Wisconsin, though I grew up for the majority of my 19 years in Mount Horeb. I’m attending the UW Madison and I live with 25 men on Hoyt St. While that may sound ridiculous, I can honestly say it’s much less chaotic then living with my 10 rambunctious siblings. I am very excited to learn how to live simply and to live in community this summer. Hopefully we’ll be playing a lot of music, too!