In the summer of 2021, I was pastoring at a church in Janesville, WI and my wife Haley was teaching at a Janesville High School. We felt the Lord begin to shift things in our hearts and prepare us for the next step in our journey with Him. A few months later He led us to The Lakes and paved a path for us to move to Waupaca. On January 1, 2022 I officially became the Senior Pastor of The Lakes!
Haley and I grew up in rival Wisconsin hometowns. She is from Milton and I am from Fort Atkinson. During my senior year of high school I was asked by a mutual friend if I wanted to go to prom with her friend. I asked, “Is she pretty?” She said, “Of course!” and the rest is history! We got married on a beach December 22, 2015 and on May 10, 2021 God gave us the greatest gift we could ever ask for. Our daughter, Kiah Marie, came into our lives and completely swept us off of our feet. She is our everything and we love her so much.
I got into ministry in college serving on the leadership team of CRU at UW-Whitewater. I started interning at CrossPointe in Whitewater (now known as The Chapel) and in 2016 was given the opportunity to serve as an associate pastor in Austin, Texas at One Chapel. After 3 years of battling the heat, the Lord led us to the church I grew up in at Faith Community Church in Janesville, WI. Pastor Jeff graciously loved me and believed in me, and the Lord blessed our ministry during a tough season of Covid for the church. We saw our online presence grow, we planted a new campus, and invested in a worship culture that was built on the presence of God!
We are so thankful the Lord has led us here to The Lakes! We love the passion for Jesus of the church, the love for one another, and the joy everyone has as we gather in worship. We are excited for what is to come and are believing God is going to continue to do miracles in our midst.
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 had an experience of God and felt Him call me into full-time ministry at a Bible Camp as a child. I have never shifted my focus since! I received by Bachelors degree in Ministry from Central Christian College of the Bible in 2006. In 2021, I finished 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!
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.
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 work full time at a local pallet company, part time 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 work in the The Lakes office Friday afternoons. Can’t wait to meet you!