BARRY VEGTER
Lead Pastor

Barry married his beautiful wife Lisa on January 7, 1989. They have seven wonderful children: Victoria, Olivia, Bryce, Dane, Cole, Amelia, and Trygg. Family is very important to them and that it extends to how they see Grace Church...as a family. They are an active family that enjoys many things together including being involved in many ministries here at Grace  and activities in the Fond du Lac community.

 

Barry enjoys meeting with people and hearing their stories, working out at the YMCA, almost every sport, praying with people, but most of all helping people become followers of Jesus. He became a Christian when he was 19 years old while he was a student athlete at UW-La Crosse. After he graduated from college he was a public school teacher and coach until he went to Reformed Theological Seminary in 1990. After he graduated from seminary he ministered as a youth and family pastor for seven years. In March of 2000 he began his ministry as a lead pastor here at Grace Church. He loves being part of the Grace family and the Fond du Lac community.

 

Give him a call he would love to meet you and hear your story. You can contact him at vegter@gracechurchfdl.org

 

Favorite Bible Verses:

Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

Acts 20:24 "But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."

GRANT BAUMGART
Associate Pastor

Grant has been married to Rebekah for over 23 years, and they have eight children. Grant originally hails from South Africa where he graduated high school in 1986, and served two years in the military, but has made his permanent home in the United States since 1997.

He and Rebekah met at Christ for the Nations Bible College when they were both students. After graduating in 1994, they moved to South Africa where Grant served as Associate Pastor at Grace Church International for almost two years. Seth was born while they were in South Africa. In 1996 they returned to the United States where Grant served as the Children's Ministry Director at Redeemed Community in Dallas, Texas. Micah and Titus were added to the family while in Dallas. In 1998 the family relocated to Tampa, Florida, where Grant served as the Youth & Worship Pastor at Lowry Park Church. Eliana, Josiah and Hosannah were added to the family while in Tampa. In 2007 the family moved to Fond du Lac to serve at Grace Church as the Youth & Family Pastor where he supervised the Youth, Family and Worship ministries. Aria and Malachi have been added to the family since they have resided in Fond du Lac.

Grant recently moved to the Associate Pastor position at Grace where he now oversees all aspects of the Sunday morning gatherings, including praise teams, technologies, Christian education and fellowship ministries (to name a few). He is also an avid musician who uses his gifts to lead the congregation to lift their hearts to the Lord. Grant is the techno-geek of the staff who uses his computer wizardry to keep the various websites, podcasts and videos functional, and enjoys conducting video interviews of Grace members as they share their gospel stories. 

 

Favorite Bible Verses:

Colossians 4:2-6 "Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person."

BRAD RUTHERFORD
Family Pastor

Brad and Beth have been married a really long time (over 25 years to be exact). They have four sons and one daughter. Their family relocated to Fond du Lac from South Africa a number of years ago.

 

Brad loves good coffee and does not like big fancy titles. He enjoys using foreign languages and/or spy codes in emails that he sends out to the youth (just to keep people on their toes.) If you stop by to visit Brad his office is located in the depths of the church building, kitty-corner from the room fondly known as the dungeon.

 

Brad does daily battle with his nemesis “The Dell Laptop” but he has become an expert with the intercom system.

Favorite Bible Verses:

Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

CAROL BLAIN
Administrative Assistant

Carol has been married to her husband, Jeff, for over 35 years! Jeff is the Pastor of a neighboring Lutheran church. They have two grown children, Jacob and Erika. Jacob is married to Emily and they are the proud parents of Carol & Jeff's first grandchild, Rebekah. Erika is a Marriage & Family therapist in the Madison area. Carol loves dogs, and they have recently added a new four-legged member, a Brittany named Jasper, to their family.

 

Making music is high on Carol's list of interests – she is involved with leading a church praise band, is a member of an Irish band and the FDL Symphonic Band; enjoys singing, playing guitar, French horn, recorder and Irish whistles. Carol also enjoys knitting, crafting and cheering for the Packers!

Favorite Bible Verses:

Philippians (the whole book, but especially...) 4:4-9 "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."

MARK JOPLING
Custodian

Mark has been married to his wife Ginny for a long time (it will be 46 years in September). They have 3 kids Heidi, Joshua, and Jennifer, all who are grown but won't stay out of the house. They keep finding us no matter where we hide or move. Mark & Ginny have 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren who are always welcome wherever they hide or move to.

 

They have been attending Grace Church since Moses parted the sea (just kidding... it's only been since 1977).  

 

Mark is a sports fanatic and really enjoys golf and organizing golf outings. He also loves following the Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers (both football and basketball), Marquette basketball and the Brewers. Mostly he enjoys spending time with family and friends.

 

Favorite Bible passage:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”   John 3:16-21 (but he really enjoys the entire book of John.)

RACHEL TITEL
Communications Coordinator

Rachel has lived in the Fond du Lac area her whole life. She has been attending Grace Church with her family since she was three years old. She's the oldest of four kids in her family. They also have an adorable four-legged member of their family, a mixed breed dog named Sam.

 

Rachel has a wide variety of hobbies including: dance, blogging, baking, listening to music, reading & spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys photography and runs her own photography business.

 

She's is involved in various church ministries including the dance ministry and the children's ministry at Grace. She has a passion for missions and has served as summer staff in Ontario, Canada at Camp of the Woods Ministries.

Favorite Bible verses:

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 ESV

 

Other favorite verses: Jeremiah 29:11-13 ESV

BETH RUTHERFORD
Office Assistant

Beth and her husband, Brad, have celebrated over 25-years of marriage. Their family relocated to Fond du Lac from South Africa a number of years ago. They have four sons, Michael, Caleb, Joshua and David, and one daughter, Abby.

In addition to homeschooling her children, she is actively involved in various ministries at Grace, and is involved in our community at large.

Favorite Bible passage:

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.     Romans 8:28-39 ESV

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