Our Staff

Scott Carson – Senior Pastor
 

Scott has been serving the Lord at Grace Church since 1988 as the Senior Pastor. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and first came to Wisconsin in 1975 as a junior to attend high school. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin and a Masters Degree from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to coming to Grace, Scott served as an assistant pastor in Danville, Illinois and helped plant a church in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. He has a business background, having previously been involved in commercial sales and marketing.

 

Scott and his wife, Jane, have been blessed with three children: Charity, Ben and Aaron and a daughter in-law, Jiayu. Scott will quickly tell you that the six greatest days of his life have been “the day I accepted Christ, the day I married Jane, the birth of each of our three children, and the wedding of our son.”

Scott is a dedicated student, an avid reader and a book collector. He is committed to providing clear, practical teaching of the Bible as God’s perfect Word.

Scott is very active in our community and believes that a pastor should be involved in his community to encourage his church to be involved in their community. He is a member of the Burlington Rotary Club, President of the Friends of the Burlington Library, an Ambassador for the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also the chaplain for the Burlington Police Department and a local hospital chaplain.
 
 
Gary Thompson – Senior Ministry Pastor
 
Gary Thompson was born in Kenosha, WI in 1945 into a single parent home  and raised in extreme poverty until 12 years old. He and his mother never missed a church service and Gary accepted Jesus as his savior at a young age.  The love of his mother and joy of the Lord enriched his character and gave him a determination to serve and become active into ministry.  At 12 his mother met and married Ward Wilton.  Ward was a successful electrical contractor. It wasn’t long before Gary realized the benefits of hard work.  That same year, 1963, he joined the Air Force and married Nancy Scott. At 21 he became the first K-9 police officer in Kenosha and, with 3 other officers, started the Pleasant Prairie police department.  All together Gary has 12 years in law enforcement, 35 years as an electrician and contractor, 16 years as a Real Estate Broker and a developer of subdivisions.
 
 

In 1980 Gary received the call to ministry. He went home and told Nancy and the first thing she said was, “What took you so long?”  They sold their new home and all the stuff they accumulated and went to North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota majoring in Pastoral studies with a minor in missions.  During this same time period he served as the Business manager and associate pastor at Brookdale Christian Center. Since then Gary has pastored in Minnesota for 10 years, Wisconsin 12 years, Oklahoma 8 1/2 years, Missouri 2 years and back to Wisconsin for another 3 years.  He interned in Jamaica and he and Nancy made several missions trips to Kenya and Uganda in Africa.   He also had the privilege of spending extended time in Israel with a pastoral study group.

After 4 major heart attacks and many operations, they found themselves coming back to the Burlington area to be by their family.  Shortly thereafter Gary became Seniors Ministry Pastor of Grace Church.  Gary considers it an honor and privilege to share the love of Christ to a growing and wonderful congregation.
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Travis Brinks and his wife Amy have been married since 2013 and have lived in the Burlington area for 4 years. Both actively serve in the church with singing, the nursery and Bible studies. They have a beautiful little daughter named Eva and a crazy little Pomeranian named Chico. Travis loves spending time with family, being outdoors, playing basketball and woodworking. Travis gave his life to Christ while in high school.
 
Ron Strelow is an active member of Grace Church serving on our Audio-Visual team on Sunday mornings. He and his wife Jackie live in Rochester and have four children and 2 grandchildren. Self employed as an alarm technician, Ron enjoys using his technology skills in the audio visual portion of the service. His goal is to make sure the service is able to communicate the Gospel in the smoothest way possible.
Ray Ziebell and his wife Carol have served at Grace Church for many years.  Ray is a retired teacher, pilot and bus driver.  Ray serves on the Prayer Committee, teaches adult classes and sometimes leads Bible studies.  Ray gave his life to Christ as a young adult and loves to share his story and serve the Lord.

Bruce Ranke and his wife Debbie, who recently retired from nursing, have attended Grace Church for the past 18 years.  Bruce taught high school math at Badger High School for 34 years and still enjoys working with students at Waterford High School in various capacities.  “Our prayer is that God uses us to serve Him through the ministries of Grace.”

Worship Services every Sunday at 9:00 am
Nursery and Children’s Church available.

Grace Groups every Sunday at 10:30am Sept – May