Our Team

Josh Petersen

Lead Pastor

Family:  Josh has 4 sons:  Jake, Logan, Cole, and Sawyer
Fun Fact:  Josh plays trombone and for one night in the 90s was part of a ska band.
Guilty Pleasure: Taco Bell
Big Dream: Visit all of the Disney Worlds outside the U.S.

Liesel Gruener

Finance & Operations Director

Family: Liesel and her husband, Doug, have three adult children, Jacob, Hannah, and Bekah, and a new daughter-in-law, Bella!
Fun fact: She's a huge K-Pop concert fan.
Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate creamer with a splash of coffee
Big Dream: Traveling around the world

Christalle Hamilton

Connections Director

Family: Married for 20 years to Rex. Proud mom to Cade, Mason, Taylor, and Brooklyn.
Fun Fact: First job was at an amusement/water park.
Guilty Pleasure: Reruns of "Friends" episodes and a good chocolate milkshake
Big Dream: More, more, and more travel

McKenna ruchti

Kids Director

Family:  McKenna is engaged to her fiancé, John, and they are excited to start a life together! She has lived in Kenosha her whole life with the best mom, dad, and sister.
Fun Fact:  She taught herself how to moon walk.
Guilty Pleasure:  Anything chocolate and peanut butter- more specifically and recently, the Aldi brand Reese’s peanut butter cups.
Big Dream:  To be the best mom someday

Cristina Goetzinger

Kids Coordinator

Family: Married to my amazing husband! Blended family with 4 kids. Xavier, Mireya, Isaiah, and Joey.
Fun Fact: Love dancing anytime anyplace & has a huge sense of humor. Summer is my favorite season and Christmas is my favorite holiday!
Guilty Pleasure: A super soft fresh glazed donut from O&H Bakery®!
Big Dream: To help my community by improving their health mentally and physically. Maybe one day, open a mental health facility that focuses on the mind body and soul.


Operations & Students Coordinator

Family:  Leah has four children- three boys, one girl, two dogs, two cats and a partridge in a pear tree!
Fun Fact:  She can wiggle her ears
Guilty Pleasure:  Terrible reality tv shows
Big Dream:  To own a bulldog named Winston

James Nelson

Facilities Operator

Family: James and his wife, Kimi, have a blended family with seven children.
Fun Fact: James loves camping with his family and eating spicy foods. And, he speaks Spanish!
Guilty Pleasure: Ghost pepper beef jerky
Big Dream: Doing mission work in foreign countries

Mike Rizzo

Tech Director

Family: Mike is married to Mallory (his better half). Proud dad to Ricky.
Fun Fact: Mike has biked from Kenosha to Miller Park TWICE!
Guilty Pleasure: Mod Pizza
Big dream: To explore every MLB Park.

Frank Rizzo

Music Director

Family: Frank is married to Taylor and keeps his hands full while chasing around his daughters, Selah & Sutton
Fun Fact: Frank is in a local band with a bunch of good friends called Relatively Close!
Guilty Pleasure: Kenosha's Hob Nob Supper Club
Big dream: To never make contact with a piece of cheese again

Michele Batz

Groups Director

Family: Michele is married to Dale, and together they remember the legacy of their late son, Cory
Fun Fact: Loves hiking -- hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim in one day!
Guilty Pleasure: Banana Splits--all sorts of creations
Big dream: Traveling, hiking, moving well into her 80's

CARson Brauer

Chief Storyteller

Family: Carson is married to a nurse named Emily (she's way out of his league) and they co-parent a 4-legged furry son named Franky.
Fun Fact: Carson backpacked through 12 countries in three months!
Guilty Pleasure: Pizza, unless it has vegetables on it
Big dream: Seeing at least 12 MORE countries, but with his wife this time.

Board of Directors

Jeneyl Anglin

Lani Renneau

Justin Matthews

James Grogan

Scott Obenchain