Meet the Team

God has blessed Time of Grace with a staff made up of people with varied talents and gifts. The one thing they have in common? A fierce dedication to spreading God’s Word with others.

Staff Members
Pastor Mike Novotny
Pastor Mike Novotny
Speaker
Pastor Mike Novotny
Pastor Mike Novotny
Speaker

Pastor Mike Novotny has served God’s people in full-time ministry since 2007 in Madison and, most recently, at The CORE in Appleton, Wisconsin. He also serves as the lead speaker for Time of Grace, where he shares the good news about Jesus through television, print, and online platforms. Mike loves seeing people grasp the depth of God’s amazing grace and unstoppable mercy. His wife continues to love him (despite plenty of reasons not to), and his two daughters open his eyes to the love of God for every Christian. When not talking about Jesus or dating his wife/girls, Mike loves playing soccer, running, and reading.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)

Tim Lehman
Tim Lehman
President/CEO
Tim Lehman
Tim Lehman
President/CEO

Tim joined Time of Grace Ministry in June 2012. His responsibilities include ensuring we stay true to our vision/mission, overseeing the business aspects of the ministry, shaping the strategic direction, and creating a culture in the organization where team members can grow personally and professionally. Prior to joining Time of Grace, Tim was an executive at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (3 years) and at Kimberly-Clark Corporation (11 years in executive-level roles and 11 in marketing). He previously served on the boards of Thrivent Financial, InFaith Community Foundation, Bethesda Lutheran Communities Foundation, and Fox Valley Lutheran High School. Tim and his wife, Polly, have two grown daughters both of whom are married to wonderful men. They have four grandchildren. Tim and Polly enjoy family time, cooking, and time at their cottage in northern Wisconsin.

“The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength” (1 Corinthians 1:25).

Dr. Bruce Becker
Dr. Bruce Becker
Executive Vice President
Dr. Bruce Becker
Dr. Bruce Becker
Executive Vice President

Bruce joined the leadership team at Time of Grace in March 2009. His past ministry experience includes serving as the lead pastor of two Lutheran churches and as a denominational leader responsible for providing ministry resources, training, and support to churches. He is a respected church consultant, public speaker, advisor, and published author. He has a professional doctorate in leadership and ministry management from Trinity International University in Chicago.

He has also served as a member of the Board of Regents for Wisconsin Lutheran College; the Center for Church and Change; chairman of a college president search committee; and a member of numerous commissions, committees, and task forces. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Lutheran Home Association.

Bruce lives in Jackson, Wisconsin, with his wife, Linda. They have been married for more than 35 years and have four adult children. They enjoy spending time with family, bicycling, landscaping, and gardening.

“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

Matt Trotter
Matt Trotter
Chief Development Officer
Matt Trotter
Matt Trotter
Chief Development Officer

For Matt, Time of Grace is a compelling intersection of sharing the gospel, leadership, leveraging technology, and relationship development. To reach people with the good news of God’s grace for a dime is simply remarkable!

As a child Matt lived in five different states. After graduating from Texas A&M, Matt moved to Milwaukee, where God drew him to attend and become baptized into the faith at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Matt previously worked in industrial sales, leadership roles in the aerospace industry, and as a small business owner focused on LED lighting new product development. He was active in congregational service, serving in different leadership roles. Now he serves by coaching basketball for girls in grades 4-8.

Matt and his wife, MJ, have been blessed with five daughters of resplendent beauty and boundless energy: Hannah, Emma, Clara, Claudia, and Liza. Together the family enjoys hiking, folding astounding amounts of pink clothes, camping, and sports. In his free time, Matt enjoys swimming, biking, reading, and running.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5,6).

Amanda Swiontek
Amanda Swiontek
Communication Content Manager
Amanda Swiontek
Amanda Swiontek
Communication Content Manager

Amanda started at Time of Grace in April 2008. As the communication content manager, she is the keeper of the schedule—making sure deadlines are met and projects are completed on time. She also works with lots of words!—from letters to emails to devotionals to books to blogs. She is a Wisconsin Lutheran College graduate and has worked in the field of proofing, editing, and publishing for many years. She lives in the Milwaukee area with her “boys”—husband, Craig, and their three sons: Evan, Orie, and Sam. Mandy enjoys running, hanging out with her family, and reading.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. . . . He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God’” (Psalm 46:1,10).

Amy Brinkman
Amy Brinkman
Office Manager
Amy Brinkman
Amy Brinkman
Office Manager

Amy joined the Time of Grace team in 2005 and is thankful to be a small part of this wonderful ministry. She currently serves as the office manager and has been keenly aware of God’s blessing as Time of Grace continues to grow in many ways throughout the years. Amy and her husband, Joe, live in South Milwaukee and are proud parents of a daughter and three sons. They are also a delighted granny and papa to eight grandsons and two granddaughters, with whom they happily spend much of their free time. Amy also enjoys walking her boxer, Beau, and reading.

“The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).

Jan Hobler
Jan Hobler
Executive Assistant
Jan Hobler
Jan Hobler
Executive Assistant

Jan joined Time of Grace in 2008 as the executive assistant. She previously served ten years at Wisconsin Lutheran College as the executive assistant to the president and the development team. The years she has spent serving the Lord have been very rewarding. Jan and her husband, Mark, are blessed with two sons and wonderful daughters-in-law. They love spending time with their growing family, time at the cabin, and cruising in their classic vette.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).

Nhia Yang
Nhia Yang
Creative Media Director
Nhia Yang
Nhia Yang
Creative Media Director

Nhia has been with Time of Grace since April 2017 and has declared this her dream job: using her God-given multimedia and video production skills to share the good news. Nhia is humbled and grateful for the opportunity to work full-time for the Lord after more than 11 years in media, 2 years in higher ed marketing, and 2 years in communications consulting. When not at Time of Grace, Nhia and her husband, John, live in Sheboygan and are busy chauffeuring their kids—Ella, Norah, and Ian—to practices, games, and school activities. The family enjoys sports, camping, and reading (except Ian; he doesn’t like to read).

“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, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31,32)

Clayton Grow
Clayton Grow
Business Intelligence Manager
Clayton Grow
Clayton Grow
Business Intelligence Manager

Civil engineering, HVAC design. technical writing, project management, software sales, and now, business intelligence. Clay’s career path is as unique as it is unlikely. But his experience communicating important details has given him an ideal skill set to help Time of Grace use business intelligence to “go and make disciples” as efficiently as possible. Clay; his wife, Stephanie; and their children, Elijah and Clara, live in Madison, WI. Their music room seldom houses fewer than six instruments, often being rehearsed simultaneously. In between work, coaching, and continued education, Clay enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and playing in the church band at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Middleton.

“I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38,39).

Trish Nitschke
Trish Nitschke
Social Media Manager
Trish Nitschke
Trish Nitschke
Social Media Manager

When Trish joined the Time of Grace team in 2016, it became clear that her past experiences were just getting her ready for the position as social media manager. Fifteen years in the television industry, both on and off camera, and nearly five years working with social media in the public and private sectors prepared Trish to serve the Lord by leading Time of Grace’s social media efforts. Trish sees the impact of the ministry every day and is humbled beyond measure to be chosen to help spread God’s saving Word.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Beth Raymond
Beth Raymond
Donor Database Coordinator
Beth Raymond
Beth Raymond
Donor Database Coordinator

Beth joined the Time of Grace team in 2011 and is currently the donor database coordinator. She feels blessed to be part of such a wonderful ministry that is connecting people from all over the world to God’s grace and unfailing love. Beth and her husband, Scott, live in Milwaukee. They have four children: Brett, Brandon, Grace, and Madison. Beth enjoys spending time with her family, days at the lake, cooking, and reading.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

Rosie Cuevas
Rosie Cuevas
Ministry Support Assistant
Rosie Cuevas
Rosie Cuevas
Ministry Support Assistant

Rosie feels that God has again truly blessed her with a position at Time of Grace as a bilingual ministry support assistant. She enjoys working with everyone on the team and knows that through the ministry she can make a real difference in the lives of others. Rosie enjoys the ​entertainment and joy in raising ​her three beautiful daughters​. She loves music, chocolate, and fall weather, but her true passion is family.

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2).

Jack Albert
Jack Albert
Video Editor
Jack Albert
Jack Albert
Video Editor

Jack Albert joined Time of Grace in March 2016 as the ministry’s first lead video editor. He handles broadcast editing and captioning, some producing and shooting for TV/web, and overall postproduction expertise. With dual degrees in film and English, Jack graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College in May 2015. He received awards such as the Inaugural Salty Earth Pictures Action Award, 2015 Conduct Board Leadership Award, and the 2015 Impact Award. Jack works incessantly on freelance projects and independent films, while also serving on the board for The Point of Grace Campus Ministry and as the assistant director of video and media for Awake and Alive Ministry. Jack and his beautiful wife, Stephanee, were joined together in marriage August 2018. He enjoys learning, running, traveling, the arts, and especially discussing tech and film.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).

Bethany Vredeveld
Bethany Vredeveld
Graphic Designer
Bethany Vredeveld
Bethany Vredeveld
Graphic Designer

Bethany started her graphic design work at Time of Grace in 2016. She has her hands on all kinds of projects within the ministry—social media graphics, mailings and newsletters, book layouts, and much more. She enjoys the variety of projects and the variety of people she gets to work with every day.

Bethany was married in 2019 and loves spending time with her husband, Connor. Together they like to work out, cook, watch the Bucks, and get together with friends. Bethany also enjoys playing music and being part of her church’s band. Originally from Arizona, she tries to get back home to see her family as much as possible to soak up some of that glorious AZ heat.

“Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken” (Psalm 62:2).

Kris Maize
Kris Maize
Development Director
Kris Maize
Kris Maize
Development Director

Kris was an enthusiastic viewer of Time of Grace before she joined the team and believes passionately in the work of sharing Jesus with others. She has extensive experience in global business development, international marketing, and relationship management. Kris has a BA in German and East Asian studies from Valparaiso University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

Kris and her husband, Brian, have been married for 20 years. They have two teenage children (Jack and Sophia), a German shepherd (Violet), and a cat (Lucy). Outside of work, they can be found on a baseball field or a volleyball court supporting their active teens. Kris enjoys spending time with family, traveling, walking the dog, reading, and baking. She is always seeking a healthier spin on a recipe.

Writers & Speakers
Pastor Mike Novotny
Pastor Mike Novotny
Pastor Mike Novotny
Pastor Mike Novotny

Pastor Mike Novotny has served God’s people in full-time ministry since 2007 as a pastor in Madison and now Appleton, Wisconsin. He also serves as a host and speaker for the Time of Grace television program and contributes to the written resources of Time of Grace Ministry. Pastor Mike is married to Kim and has two daughters.

Pastor Mark Jeske
Pastor Mark Jeske
Pastor Mark Jeske
Pastor Mark Jeske

Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of one volume of the People’s Bible commentary series(Northwestern Publishing House, 2002); Time of Grace: Daily Devotional Companion (Concordia Publishing House, 2010); Messiah Is Coming (Xulon Press, 2011); Straight Talk: Answers from God’s Word (Concordia Publishing House, 2012); Grace for Today: 365 Devotional Inspirations (Straight Talk Books, 2013); Hope In a Moment: Devotions for Everyday Life(Straight Talk Books, 2014); and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.

Amber Albee Swenson
Amber Albee Swenson
Amber Albee Swenson
Amber Albee Swenson

Amber Albee Swenson has authored four books: Bible Moms; The Whisper Theory and its sequel, The Bread of Angels; and Ladies of Legacy. She writes an occasional devotional blog and is a regular contributor to several Christian organizations. In 2011 she started speaking to women with the intent of bringing the Bible to life in tangible, applicable ways. Speaking has taken her and her eager-to- travel family to places they likely would not have found on their own. Amber’s husband and four children keep life exciting and give her lots to write and pray about. Mostly she’s amazed at God’s goodness, awed by his wisdom and desire to grow her, and continually stretched by his calling in her life.

Pastor Jon Bauer
Pastor Jon Bauer
Pastor Jon Bauer
Pastor Jon Bauer

Jon Bauer is a pastor in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Previously he was an associate pastor at a congregation in Tempe, Arizona. Jon is married to Lindsay and has three children, one boy and two girls.

Linda Buxa
Linda Buxa
Linda Buxa
Linda Buxa

Linda is a writer, Bible study leader, and women’s retreat speaker. She is married to Greg, whose career in the Coast Guard took them from Alaska to Washington D.C. to California. They have three children whose antics are often fodder for her writing. After retiring from the military, they moved to Wisconsin, where they settled on 11.7 acres and now keep track of 15 chickens, 3 cats, and one black lab puppy. The sign in her kitchen sums it up: You call it chaos, we call it family.

Linda’s first book, Dig In! Family Devotions to Feed Your Faith (Straight Talk Books) released in Summer 2014.

Pastor Jon Enter
Pastor Jon Enter
Pastor Jon Enter
Pastor Jon Enter

Pastor Jon is the campus pastor at Saint Croix Lutheran Academy in West Saint Paul, MN. He previously served 11 years in West Palm Beach, Florida. Pastor Jon lives with his wife, Debbi, and their four daughters.

Pastor Matt Ewart
Pastor Matt Ewart
Pastor Matt Ewart
Pastor Matt Ewart

Pastor Matt Ewart and his wife, Amy, have been blessed with three young children who keep life interesting. Matt is currently a pastor in Lakeville, Minnesota, and has previously served as a pastor in Colorado and Arizona.

Sarah Habben
Sarah Habben
Sarah Habben
Sarah Habben

Sarah Habben resides in Antigua, where her husband, Dan, became a missionary in August 2017. Since their arrival, Sarah has spent a lot of time sweating, slapping mosquitoes, dodging hurricanes, and adjusting to life in the Caribbean after 18 years in Alberta, Canada. She and her husband have four daughters. Sarah is the coauthor of The Bloodstained Path to God (2012, Northwestern Publishing House) and the author of The Mom God Chose: Mothering Like Mary (2015, Northwestern Publishing House).

Pastor Phil Huebner
Pastor Phil Huebner
Pastor Phil Huebner
Pastor Phil Huebner

Pastor Phil serves as the campus pastor of a high school in Milwaukee, WI. It happens to be the same high school he attended with his high school classmate and sweetheart, his wife Becky. Before coming back to Milwaukee Pastor Phil served as a mission pastor in Florida, starting a new church and school there with his wife. They have two children, a boy and a girl.

Diana Kerr
Diana Kerr
Diana Kerr
Diana Kerr

Diana Kerr is a Certified Professional Life Coach on a mission to help go-getter Christian women break free from overwhelm and design their time and life for what matters most. Diana lives in Milwaukee, WI, with her husband, Kyle, and their son, Harrington. Visit dianakerr.com to learn more about Diana and explore her free tips and resources​ on intentional living​.

Pastor Daron Lindemann
Pastor Daron Lindemann
Pastor Daron Lindemann
Pastor Daron Lindemann

Pastor Daron Lindemann is pastor at a new mission start in Pflugerville, Texas. Previously he served in downtown Milwaukee and in Irmo, South Carolina. Daron has authored articles or series for Forward in Christmagazine, Preach the Word, and his own weekly Grace MEMO devotions. He lives in Texas with his wife, Cara, and has two adult sons.

Missy Martens
Missy Martens
Missy Martens
Missy Martens

Missy lives in Green Bay, WI, with her husband, Jon, where they own and run Copper State Brewing Company. She homeschools their four active children, oftentimes at the brewery, and they somehow keep learning in spite of her. Missy loves witty banter, adventures of all sorts, and coffee . . . lots of coffee. And Jesus . . . lots of Jesus.

Pastor Jeremy Mattek
Pastor Jeremy Mattek
Pastor Jeremy Mattek
Pastor Jeremy Mattek

Pastor Jeremy is currently serving as pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI. Pastor Jeremy has been married to Karen since 2000. God has blessed them with 5 children (3 girls and 2 boys). Together, they find great joy in encouraging souls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jason Nelson
Jason Nelson
Jason Nelson
Jason Nelson

Jason had a career as a teacher, counselor, and leader. He has a bachelor’s degree in education, did graduate work in theology, and has a master’s degree in counseling psychology. After his career ended in disabling back pain, he wrote the book Miserable Joy: Chronic Pain in the Christian Life (2007, Northwestern Publishing House). He has written and spoken extensively on a variety of topics related to the Christian life. Jason lives with his wife, Nancy, in Wisconsin.

Pastor Jared Oldenburg
Pastor Jared Oldenburg
Pastor Jared Oldenburg
Pastor Jared Oldenburg

Jared Oldenburg has served in churches in urban and suburban Milwaukee; Seattle; Denver; and Santa Maria, California. He currently serves in Castle Rock, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Aimee, and their three children.

Pastor Ben Sadler
Pastor Ben Sadler
Pastor Ben Sadler
Pastor Ben Sadler

Pastor Ben Sadler has served as a full-time pastor since 2010. He began his ministry at a Spanish-speaking congregation in Florida. From 2014 to 2019, he served at Goodview Trinity Church in Minnesota. Currently, he is at Victory of the Lamb in Wisconsin. He is married to Emily, and they have three children. Ben loves to spend time with his family, ride his road bike, read, write, and preach.

Pastor Dave Scharf
Pastor Dave Scharf
Pastor Dave Scharf
Pastor Dave Scharf

Dave Scharf grew up in West Allis, Wisconsin, and served as pastor in Greenville, Wisconsin, from 2005 until 2015. He is currently a professor of theology at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife, Beth, and their six children.

Pastor Kurt Wetzel
Pastor Kurt Wetzel
Pastor Kurt Wetzel
Pastor Kurt Wetzel

Kurt Wetzel has been a pastor in Idaho since 2016. He’s privileged to serve Cross of Christ Church in Boise and Nampa. He enjoys music of all kinds, hiking, and coffee roasting. Kurt and his wife, Stephanie, have four children.

Board of Directors
Mary Baker
Mary Baker
Mary Baker
Mary Baker

Mary Baker brings almost 40 years of federal government and private sector experience to Time of Grace. A self-described “tax nerd,” Mary worked in a variety of technical and senior management roles at the Internal Revenue Service and served on the Senate Finance Committee for Chairman Max Baucus (now the U.S. ambassador to China). She currently leads the tax policy practice at K&L Gates, a global law firm with offices in 46 cities around the world, where she interacts regularly with members of Congress and officials in the executive branch on tax policy and regulatory issues.

Mary balances this out with a creative streak and enjoys flower gardening and various arts and crafts.

Mary and her husband, Steve, are the parents of three children and are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Woodbridge, VA.

“Don’t be afraid; just believe” (Mark 5:36).

Justin Beck
Justin Beck
Justin Beck
Justin Beck

Justin Beck joined the Time of Grace Board in 2014. His passion lies in digital and mobile media, and he looks forward to helping provide people of all ages with practical tools and resources for enhancing their spiritual growth.

Justin graduated from UW-Madison with degrees in computer engineering and computer science. He is the CEO and cofounder of PerBlue, a mobile and social gaming company located in Madison, WI, and has grown the company from a few friends in 2008 to 20 full-time employees today. In 2013 with the release of a new game for Android, the company brought in more than $3.5 million in revenue.

A lively speaker, Justin addresses audiences of technology enthusiasts at conferences across the country and in Europe, sharing his insights on topics such as game design, mobile marketing, product design, consumer products, and virtual community building. His regular visits to classes at his alma mater give him the opportunity to foster entrepreneurship in Madison.

Justin has been a lifelong member at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Middleton, WI, and has been active in its planning counsel, youth group, and the vision task force team. More recently he led a team in re-branding the church’s website and digital presence and continues to regularly play drums for the music team. In his spare time he enjoys camping, boating, flying, and traveling.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).

Steve Boettcher
Steve Boettcher
Steve Boettcher
Steve Boettcher

Steve Boettcher currently serves as chairman of the board of directors and has served on the board of directors since its beginning. He is a five-time Emmy-winning television producer who produces and directs programs for NBC, ESPN, Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic. Steve also produces a wide variety of marketing and communication materials for clients including Wells Fargo, Harley-Davidson, Miller/Coors, GE, Ford, and the Green Bay Packers. Steve’s energy is also focused on serving his church body with its communication needs. He produces WELS ConnectionKids Connection, and recently finished a film project: Road to Emmaus.

Steve also serves on the board of regents at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee.

He resides in the Milwaukee area with his wife, Jane, and their three children.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Ed Carow
Ed Carow
Ed Carow
Ed Carow

Ed Carow brings more than 30 years of diverse real estate industry, business ownership, and financial services experience to the Time of Grace Board. As past president of a national property management company, he also served as executive committee member and president of the Milwaukee Institute of Real Estate Management and as a certified property manager.

In his role as owner of a real estate development and investments company, Carow has been integrally involved in acquisitions, management, development, ownership, consulting, finance, customer service, and operations. His experience has included management of in excess of 8,500 apartment units, 20 intrastate and national real estate syndications, subdivision and office building development, and development of over $600,000,000 of hotel and hospitality projects nationwide.

Ed has been active in numerous boards and committees, including a real estate advisory board to Waukesha County Technical College, and numerous Christian leadership and committee positions.

Ed and his wife, Tammy, live in the Milwaukee area and take great joy in having raised three daughters, all of whom are now married. While home is in WI, they split time as well in Naples, FL.

“It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

Bruce Eberle
Bruce Eberle
Bruce Eberle
Bruce Eberle

Bruce Eberle is considered the father of Time of Grace because it was his idea that started the ministry. He has served on the board since its very beginning. Bruce is the president and founder of the Eberle Communications Group, Inc. (ECG). Today ECG is one of the largest and most widely respected direct mail fund-raising organizations in the U.S., serving the fund-raising needs of more than 40 national organizations.

Bruce has spoken on direct mail fund-raising to numerous national and international audiences. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Direct Marketing Association of Washington and currently serves as a member of the executive committee of the Free Speech Coalition. In 2010 he was a recipient of the Global Leadership Award given by the Bow Group, the World Congress of Families, and the Leadership Institute.

He is a former president and currently a trustee of the Joe Gibbs Youth For Tomorrow New Life Foundation (YFT). In 2000 YFT designated Bruce as its recipient of the Nehemiah Leadership Award. He served on the board of regents at Wisconsin Lutheran College and gave the 1994 commencement address where he received the 1994 Pro Gloria Dei citation.

Bruce lives in McLean, VA, with his wife, Kathie.

“God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne” (Psalm 47:8).

Wendy Greenfield
Wendy Greenfield
Wendy Greenfield
Wendy Greenfield

Wendy is an independent consultant. Previously, she served as  the director of advancement for St. Lucas, Bay View, WI, and vice president of development and communications for HOPE Christian Schools. In that role, Wendy built both departments from scratch and led the network’s fundraising and external communications activities. HOPE gave birth to Educational Enterprises, EAGLE College Preparatory Schools, and Compass Educational Programs, and Wendy ran communications for those organizations as well.

Wendy was a vice president at Fleishman-Hillard, an international public relations agency. Some of her clients included Harley-Davidson, McDonald’s, BMO Harris Bank, and Briggs & Stratton. Her work has earned awards from several professional organizations, including a Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America—the industry’s highest honor.

Wendy graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduate school, Wendy volunteered for one year as a teacher in Plzen, Czech Republic. More recently, she helped open Crossroads Church in Chicago, IL.

Wendy serves on the board of directors for Lighthouse Youth Center. She also has served on the board of directors for Wheat Ridge Ministries and the Christian Women’s Leadership Circle. Wendy enjoys traveling and has visited more than 20 countries.

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Robin Lehninger
Robin Lehninger
Robin Lehninger
Robin Lehninger

Robin Lehninger is an attorney with Husch Blackwell LLP in Milwaukee, where she is a member of the firm’s nationally ranked health care practice. She enjoys counseling clients on a variety of matters, ranging from health care regulatory compliance to complex corporate transactions. Outside of work, Robin is a member of various choral and instrumental ensembles at church and is also an avid traveler.

In addition to the Time of Grace Board, Robin currently serves on the Young Alumni Leaders Council of Wisconsin Lutheran High School. She also chairs the Chapter Advisory Board of Kappa Delta Sorority at Marquette University.

Robin is a member at Grace Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and is actively involved in its second site ministry, Grace in the Ward.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8).

Nathan Paul
Nathan Paul
Nathan Paul
Nathan Paul

Nathan Paul has a diverse manufacturing background in operations, human resources, and marketing. He spent the majority of his early career in operations leadership building high-tech military vehicles at Oshkosh Corporation. He currently leads the fresh and frozen foods segment at Bemis, a flexible packaging company located in Oshkosh, WI.

Outside of work, Nathan serves on the executive committee at his church, The CORE, where Mike Novotny is the pastor. He has been active in his community over the years coaching high school baseball, engaging with the local chamber of commerce, and serving on a number of higher education advisory committees.

Nathan resides outside Appleton, WI, with his wife, Briana, and their two young children, Jace and Miira. When not changing diapers or pitching to his son (who thinks he plays for the Milwaukee Brewers), he can likely be found in the woods or rooting for a Wisconsin sports team.

“I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38,39).

Daryl Raabe
Daryl Raabe
Daryl Raabe
Daryl Raabe

Daryl Raabe is one of the original founders and board members of the ministry.

Daryl began his career teaching and coaching at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee. Those years formed the basis of his leadership philosophy for the rest of his life. He left teaching to join the family coatings business and spent the next 28 years at Raabe Paint Company and later Raabe Corporation. He progressed from retail management, to national sales management, to marketing, and finally to president and co-owner. He has served on and chaired numerous local and national industry association boards and was recognized for lifetime industry service by the national coatings association.

Daryl has served on multiple boards in two congregations, many of which he has chaired. He has been a board member at Wisconsin Lutheran High School and Wisconsin Lutheran College and has been privileged to chair both. He has served on numerous special committees for local groups and the WELS synod.

Daryl and his wife, Nancy, have been married for more than 45 years and have four adult children and seven grandchildren. In 2004 the family business was sold; Daryl and Nancy now split their time between their vacation home in Gulf Shores, AL, and their home in Franklin, WI.

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).

John Schlueter
John Schlueter
John Schlueter
John Schlueter

John Schlueter is the owner of Frontline Commercial Real Estate, LLC, where he develops, acquires, finances, and leases retail and industrial commercial real estate. Concurrently, his manufacturing business, Keder Solutions, LLC, designs, manufactures, and distributes textile reinforcement products internationally. Prior to this, John led his family business to become the largest manufacturer and installer of temporary structures. A few notable clients included: Walt Disney World, NFL/Super Bowl, IMG/New York Fashion Week, and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.