Pastoral Staff

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Jim Gates - Pastor

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.


Amanda Fuls - Director of Children's Ministries

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.  

Music Staff


Les Fraaza - Director of Music Ministries

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.

Linda Vogen - Bookkeeper

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.

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Drew Bouche – Communications Coordinator

Drew, a Wausau native, has spent the past nine years as a Graphic Designer working in print media, advertising and custom apparel. Though once a high school history teacher, Drew’s passion and training in the visual arts have led to stints working at The Green Bay Press-Gazette, The Wausau Daily Herald, Eastbay and Go Getter Graphics (where he created over 300 original designs for retail apparel sales).

As a former college football player, Drew loves following the sport as an adult; specifically the Packers and Badgers (a team on which his cousin plays). 

Drew has a beautiful 11-year-old son named Abram, of whom he is so proud. He is extremely grateful for the opportunity to work in a faith community like CCPC and looks forward to all the blessings that come with it.

Support Staff


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!