BARRY VEGTER
 
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In March of 2000, Barry began his ministry as a lead pastor here at Grace Church. After 21 years of ministry at Grace, Barry and his family are transitioning to a new ministry out in Colorado. He will be assuming the role of EFCA District Superintendent for the Rocky Mountain District. His job will include coming alongside pastors and their families, leadership training and equipping, cooperative church planting, church consulting, conflict resolution, staff placement, plus much more...

We are so grateful for his time here at Grace and the impact he's had for the Kingdom here in our community. We pray God's blessing on the Vegter's as they transition and step into this next part of the adventure the Lord has for them.

 

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."

MARK VOLL
Interim Pastor
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Mark has been married to his wife, Sue for nearly 45 years. Together they have served churches in St. Germain, Neillsville, and Port Washington, Wisconsin along with his most recent ministry in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Mark has always been either the solo pastor or lead pastor and enjoyed wearing lots of “ministry hats”.

Mark and Sue have two adopted children, Katy and Tyler. Both are now adults and married and there are two grandchildren and the third is due January 2022!

Mark and Sue both enjoy music. Mark plays guitar and sings and Sue sings (beautifully!) They have both performed in various choirs and in musical theatre including West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Man of LA Mancha, and The Music Man. Additionally, they enjoy table games with friends, hiking, biking, kayaking, cooking, and eating! And did I mention, Mark is a huge Packer, Badger, Brewers, and Bucks fan.

Favorite Bible passage:

1 Peter 1:3-9 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls."

GRANT BAUMGART
Worship & Admin Pastor
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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
Youth & Family Pastor
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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
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Carol and her husband Jeff have been married 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, where she and her husband Sean reside. Carol loves dogs, and their energetic four-legged family member, a brittany named Jasper, keeps things hopping!.

 

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 a former member of 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."

RACHEL TITEL
Communications Coordinator
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Rachel has lived in the Fond du Lac area her whole life. She's engaged to her best friend & fiance, Reed and they are in the midst of planning their wedding. 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 and enjoys the many adventures they're able to have as a family.

 

Rachel has a wide variety of hobbies including: baking, singing, listening to music, reading, watching movies & 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 worship 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 for three summers.

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

MARK JOPLING
Custodian
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Mark has been married to his wife Ginny for a long time (it's getting close to 50!). 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 3 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.)

BETH RUTHERFORD
Office Assistant
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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

JEN KOENIGS
Custodial Assistant
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