Jim Gates - Pastor email@example.com
Jim, his wife Krista, and his two children, Jonathan and Zoë, arrived at CCPC in March of 2015. Jim is a native of Norfolk, VA, where he spent the last ten years serving as a Associate Pastor in his home church. Krista is a midwest native, hailing from just north of Minneapolis.
After just a couple months after arriving in Wisconsin, Jim and Krista welcomed their third child, Asher, into the family. Jonathan and Zoë were so excited to finally meet their baby brother!
Jim’s best days involve lightsaber battles with Jonathan, dancing to music from “Frozen” with Zoë, making faces at Asher, deep talks and lots of laughter with Krista, dinner with friends, and, if possible, a game of ultimate frisbee. Other loves include history, theology, classes of any kind, board games, Duke basketball, exercising with friends, mission trips, youth camps, plain hamburgers and talking about Jesus.
Children and Youth Staff
Amanda Fuls - Children and Youth Director
Amanda grew up in the small town of Butternut, Wisconsin and went to college in downtown Minneapolis. She found the best of both worlds here in central Wisconsin, where she met and married her husband, Jeff Fuls.
Amanda has worked in retail and office management, but really understood her purpose in life when she became a mom. Zachary and Micah are her "best accomplishments" and they keep her on her toes, always taking life on at full speed.
She enjoys coffee, a good book, time on "the lake" trying to out fish Jeff and sitting around a "fire camp" with friends and family.
Les Fraaza - Director of Music Ministries firstname.lastname@example.org
Les Fraaza, our music director and accomplished organist/pianist, lives in rural Birnamwood in a home he designed and built himself. Actually, Les has been building homes since the age of 20, starting out with his father and then owning the business himself 10 years later.
His dedication for, and love of, church music started at the age of 12 when he began playing for a small country church.
When not making music or building homes, Les enjoys basketball and is a hard core Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers fan. He spends most of his free time outdoors and loves to travel, but particularly loves worshipping with his family at CCPC.
Angela Lenselink - Choir Director email@example.com
Angela has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from UW-River Falls and a Master's Degree (also in Music Education) from UW-Stevens Point. She teaches elementary music for the Wausau School District and is currently placed at Riverview Elementary and Hewitt-Texas Elementary Schools.
She is married to her WONDERFUL husband, Jim. They have two children: Allison, who recently graduated from Iowa State University with a major in genetics and is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Togo, Africa. Caleb is starting his senior year of high school. He has started the enlistment process for the National Guard and hopes to serve full-time after graduation. Angela also likes to read and knit sweaters in her free time.
Linda Vogen - Bookkeeper firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda came to us after retiring from the insurance industry where she worked for nearly 30 years, in various jobs in Internal Audit, Finance, and Sales. She is a charter member of St Andrew Lutheran Church in Rib Mountain, but feels like a member at Covenant Community as well.
Linda enjoys time with her long-time friend, John, and her family. She has one daughter, Lisa (School Counselor), who lives in Libertyville, IL with her husband, Marc (Research Chemist), and their three wonderful children, Oliver, Amelia, and James. Linda enjoys bird watching, reading, crossword puzzles, and genealogy.
Paul Schroeder - Communications Coordinator
Paul Schroeder is the communications coordinator/administrative assistant. He has more than 26 years of experience in marketing and communications, writing articles, social media and marketing materials for companies nationwide. Paul is married to Mary (and yes, he does have a brother Peter), his beautiful wife of 33 years and has two daughters. Paul and his family attend Christ Lutheran Church.
Carol Anklam - Housekeeper
Carol grew up on a farm in the Mosinee area, but went to school in the Everest district. Her first job out of school was at Wausau Papers, where she met her husband, Tom. They were married in 1967 and blessed with two children, Mark and Robin, who in turn gave them seven wonderful grandchildren.
Some of Carol's favorite activities are spending time with family (especially grandchildren!) and friends, shopping, garage sales and campfires in the backyard. She also enjoys cheering for the Packers and watching Nascar.
Carol feels so blessed to be a part of Covenant church; this church family has been such an important part of her life!