I have been the Senior Pastor of Shepherd of the Lakes since 1997. I grew up in Northern California, living in the largest valley in the continental United States; I never drove in snow until I moved to Wisconsin.
As a child I worshiped at a traditional Lutheran church where I received solid theological teaching and much love. When I was thirteen years old I attended a Billy Graham Rally at the Oakland Coliseum where I gave my life to Christ and received Him as Lord and Savior. The spiritual life of my childhood home was overseen by my Mom (my Dad having died when I was five) who was a full-fledged Holy Spirit filled and empowered believer. I have a great appreciation for these three streams of Christianity- Lutheran, Evangelical and the Pentecostal movement.
I attended and graduated from a college in Tacoma, Washington, receiving a degree in Elementary Education. I did my seminary work in Berkley, California, attending Pacific Lutheran Theological.
I am married to (Pastor) Lisa Stafford and we have two children: Claire, and Zachariah both adults. One thing I love to do is brag on my wife who loves to serve Jesus.
Also, I enjoy reading suspense-mysteries and sci-fi. I like biking, hiking and snowshoeing (it makes winter bearable; you can take the kid out of California but not California out of the kid!) This last year I have taken up coffee roasting-yes!
I was born in Oshkosh, WI and aside from a 6 month stint in Seattle, WA I have lived in the area my entire life! I love Wisconsin! This July I will be married to my husband, Ian, for 7 years. We met at Bible college in MO where we were both Youth and Family Ministry majors. We don’t have children yet, but thoroughly enjoy the company of our wonderful cat, Chloe, and adorable and energetic puggle, Nova. I have the best nieces and nephews in the whole world! I adore being an Auntie:)
I am super passionate about horses, health-food, gardening and the grace Jesus has shown to me! If you want to get me talking…start a conversation on one of those topics! I enjoy my work here at Shepherd and am honored to serve this church family. Haven’t met me yet? My office is in the basement…come on down and say hi!
I grew up in Pine River, a small town south of Waupaca and was home schooled 3rd grade through High School. I went to college at Central Christian College of the Bible and graduated in 2006.
In 2004 I married my high school sweetheart, William Postel. We have four children; two sons, Zephaniah and Micah, and two daughters, Aravis and Lydia.
I enjoy scrapbooking, cooking and being a mom. As a family we really like hiking and camping, hanging out with family and working on projects together.
I have been involved in Shepherd leadership roles since 2007, starting my position as Children’s Ministry Coordinator in 2010. It is exciting to see children learning about Jesus and I love my team who do an awesome job!!!