Pastor: Ken Mandley
Ken was born and raised in southern Wisconsin by godly parents who introduced him to Jesus Christ at an early age. Ken attended Bible College in the St Louis Missouri area, graduating in 1973. He then worked in a local church in Knoxville, TN as Director of Youth and Music and with a UT campus ministry. He returned to Wisconsin to pursue further secular education, graduating from Milton College with a BA in Psychology. After marrying Connie in 1976, they moved to Columbia, MO for graduate school at the University of Missouri where he earned an M.Ed in Counseling. He entered active duty as an Air Force officer where he served for twenty years in a variety of positions and locations including over seven years in Europe, retiring in 1997. Throughout this time Ken and Connie were very active in local churches wherever they lived, serving as a Board member, Sunday School teacher, Church Treasurer, worship leader, home group leader or wherever else they were needed. After leaving the Air Force he operated a management consulting practice, worked part-time as a state licensed mental health counselor at a Christian Counseling Center, and pursued M. Div studies with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling. Ken transitioned to full-time Christian work in 2000 as Associate Pastor of First Family Church in Albuquerque and then moved to Turtle Lake in September 2004 to plant Grace Community Church. He says that his years in the military and business world help him understand that God calls every Christian to "ministry". He and Connie have two sons, Nathan, married to Sharon, their 6 year old daughter Norah and two year daughter Naomi, in Corpus Christi, TX, and Andy, an active duty US Coast Guard officer, married to Tracie, their 5 year old daughter, Adaline, and three year old son, Elias, currently stationed in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Pastor Jason Buck
Jason was born in North Dakota but quickly found himself living in the north woods of Wisconsin in Shell Lake. At the age of 5 he would meet his future wife, Emily Erwin, at Shell Lake Full Gospel Church. High School sweethearts, they got married in August of 2000. At that time Jason was studying at New Life Bible Institute to become a Pastor.
After Jason and Emily were married they moved to Forest Lake, Minnesota where Emily studied to become a hair stylist and Jason worked at Crossroads Church. Jason and Emily welcomed Kaylee and Isaiah, their two oldest children, while they lived in Minnesota.
In 2007, Jason and Emily were called to Waupaca, Wisconsin. Jason held the position of Executive Pastor, Youth Pastor and Worship Pastor. Early in 2008 they welcomed Andrew, the youngest, who was born two and a half months premature.
In 2018, Jason and Emily moved their family to accept the call as Lead Pastor of Grace Community church. They look forward to what God has in store for this church and community.
Pastor Jason & Emily
Kaylee, Isaiah and Andrew