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Dean Wheeler

Senior Pastor

I have been the Senior Pastor of The Lakes since 1997. Growing up stuck in Lodi California I had never even driven in snow until I received my first call as Pastor in Sturgeon Bay in 1986. 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 Crusade 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. Pastoring a non-denominational church which desires to expand the Kingdom of God is where my heart is. 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 adult children: Claire, and Zachariah. 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. Lisa and I enjoy hiking, especially distance trekking. Six years ago we accomplished a 500 mile thru-hike across Northern Spain and have a 1,000 mile plus thru-hike planned back in Europe in 2022. In the winter I enjoy snowshoeing as it makes Wisconsin winter bearable since you can take the kid out of California but not California out of the kid!

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Aimee Postel

Associate Pastor & Children's Ministry Coordinator

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. I am currently working on my Masters of Transformational Leadership from Bethel Seminary. 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 coffee, reading, hiking and team leadership. As a family we love camping in National Parks, hiking biking and boating! I have been involved in leadership roles here at The Lakes since 2007, starting my position as Children’s Ministry Coordinator in 2010. In January 2021 I was ordained and officially became the Associate Pastor as well. I love The Lakes and consider it a privilege to serve God here!

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Jacci Peterson

Church Administrator

The Holy Spirit brought me to The Lakes in March of 2020 and I have been blessed with being the Church Administrator ever since. I get great pleasure out of helping The Lakes Bring the Kingdom to the Lost and the Hurting. I am here to keep all of our members informed of the various activities we have going on and to welcome newcomers. People frequently ask me if I’m related to any of the Peterson’s in the Waupaca area. Unfortunately, we are not related to any of the local Peterson’s. Greg and I both grew up in Ripon and his family roots are from the Abbotsford area. My family roots are from Waupaca. I spent most of my childhood summers on my grandparents’ farm outside of Waupaca. My husband Greg and I renovated the farmhouse in 2011 and moved to Waupaca. We have a wonderful blended family that provides us with great joy! We have four children and two grandchildren. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, kayaking, sewing, reading, and checking out caves.

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Jeri Abrahamson

Office Assistant

I was born in Waupaca and have been here my whole life except for a year when I went to college. I attended UWEC until my father got sick and I decided to stay home and help with the family business. I am the youngest of 3 girls and am very close with my family. My father passed away in 2006 so it's just me, my 2 sisters and my wonderful mother. I am an avid runner and have completed many half marathons, 5K's, and 10K's. I hope to run a half marathon in every state some day, I have about 12 states under my belt so far. I am excited to work here at The Lakes in a part time capacity. My fitness studio keeps me busy in the evenings, I teach cardio kickboxing and strength classes. I also work at the WLC as an educational aid, I do billing for a local lawyer and run an online clothing boutique. I definitely know how to keep myself busy...I usually have to check my calendar to figure out where I'm supposed to be! I am usually working in the office in the afternoons from 1-4pm. Can't wait to meet you!