Meet the team

The staff, with the Senior Pastor in the lead, provides vision for The Lakes and handles the day-to-day operational activities of the church.

Logan Schwandt

Senior Pastor

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.

Aimee Postel

Associate Pastor

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 a Bachelors degree in Ministry from Central Christian College of the Bible in 2006 and 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, started as Children’s Ministry Coordinator in 2010 and January 2021, I was ordained and officially became the Associate Pastor. I love The Lakes and consider it a privilege to serve God here!

Jean Allen

Worship leader

I have loved music my whole life – as a 5 year-old, I would sit at the piano and bang out notes for hours, and fervently wished I could take piano lessons. My parents saw this budding passion in me, and found. neighborhood lady who taught piano, and I haven’t stopped playing since! Singing came into my life a little later – I was the accompanist for my high school choir, too shy to ever sing in front of anyone, until one day my choir teacher heard me singing in one of the practice rooms, and she came in and said, “You’re not hiding behind the piano anymore!” She made me sing in front of the entire school assembly to “cure” me of my shyness, but I found that I loved singing just as much as I loved playing, so I guess it worked.

I graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton in 1990 with a double degree in vocal performance and music education. While I did try teaching for a while, God directed me into leading worship early on, and I discovered that was my true calling and passion. So, I have been singing and playing and leading worship for 30 years, mainly at the church Philip and I planted in Beloit called Daystar Christian Fellowship. When that church merged with Faith Community Church in Janesville in February of 2020, we met Pastor Logan and Haley, and God knit our lives together in a very special way. As God began to direct our lives onto a different path, it was clear that Waupaca was going to be the place for us to begin a second chapter in our lives, and we are thrilled that God has led us to The Lakes!

Each week, I have the privilege to work side by side with a dedicated and talented group of team members who love Jesus and have a true willingness to try new things and to grow in their own personal relationship with HIm. I know that God has great things in store for the worship culture here, and I can’t wait to see how He uses each one of use to advance His kingdom!

Jess Gibson

Kids’ Director

I fell in love with Jesus when I was seven years old and made a commitment to live for Him in the basement of a tiny rural Wisconsin church. My Sunday School teacher led me in prayer and my life has been forever impacted!

I’ve been passionate about children’s ministry ever since! I went to college at Central Christian College of the Bible and specialized my degree in Youth & Family Ministry. During college, traveling to 3rd world countries to do street puppet ministry for kids and serving/speaking in elementary schools further cemented my love for children. After college I helped with a new church plant and ran their children’s ministry for about 7 years before coming to The Lakes!

Here at The Lakes I oversee several teams of AMAZING people who are passionate about helping children encounter the love of Jesus. From the “Tinies” all the way up to the “Bigs”, I’m honored and overjoyed to watch these smallest of God’s kingdom learn, grow, worship, and truly feel the love of our living Lord!

When I’m not at the church I enjoy time with my husband Ian and our son James. I also run my own small business online and spend as much time as I can outside gardening or in my kitchen baking & cooking! I also have the privilege of loving-on and doing life with our ELEVEN nieces and nephews! My life is full of little people;)