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.
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, 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 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, 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;)
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