Leadership

It was Christ who gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13

Pastor James Huebner

jhuebner@gracedowntown.org
(414) 271-3006, ext. 103

In 1982, James Huebner (pronounced Heeb-ner) became the eighth pastor in the 160-year history of Grace Church. When he came to Grace, the congregation had 429 members, most of whom were retirees. However, the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Milwaukee brought younger adults who found Grace Church and, under God's blessing, the congregation has almost tripled.

Pastor Huebner's ministry responsibilities at Grace include overall administration, leadership development, worship planning, adult education, and counseling, along with regular preaching and teaching. The congregation has been doubly blessed because of his expertise as a church consultant. Pastor Huebner also serves in administrative leadership positions within the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, the church body with which Grace is affiliated.

An avid sports fan, Pastor Huebner enjoys watching and participating in many sports. He is married to Anne, a licensed practicing psychologist. "Pastor H" and "Dr. Anne" have two children, a son who serves as the campus pastor at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, a daughter who works at a corporation in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and is married to a Lutheran pastor, and four grandchildren.

 

Pastor Aaron Strong

astrong@gracedowntown.org
(414) 271-3006, ext. 116

Aaron Strong came in 2015 as a third pastor to assist with the ever-growing ministry at Grace. He previously served for seven years as a pastor in Las Vegas, Nevada, planting a new mission church. Pastor Strong brings his experience of working with a church and people from the ground up to serve Grace and downtown Milwaukee.

Pastor Strong leads Grace's second-site ministry, Grace in the Ward, along with serving college campus ministry. He is also a part of the preaching and teaching ministry.

Pastor Strong enjoys sports and the outdoors. He is married to Abbie and together they raise two precious children. As a family they enjoy staying busy with outdoor activities, spending time with family and friends, and getting to know the Milwaukee area.

 

Pastor Brian Hackmann

bhackmann@gracedowntown.org
(414) 271-3006, ext. 106

Pastor Hackmann and his family arrived at Grace in May 2019.

Learn more about Pastor Hackmann soon!

 

 

 

 

Minister of Discipleship Drew Carter

dcarter@gracedowntown.org
(414) 271-3006, ext. 105

As the Minister of Discipleship at Grace, Drew Carter is responsible for organizing the Sunday school, member involvement, family ministry, teen Bible class, special activities, senior ministry, and visitation. He graduated from the staff ministry program at Martin Luther College in 2018 and hopes to use the skills that he learned and developed at MLC to be a blessing to Grace and it’s many ministries.

Drew and his wife Diana, a graduate of Bethany Lutheran College, love to walk and exercise, travel, and play board/card games. Drew is an avid sports fan who loves to talk about the major happenings in most professional sports. Drew and Diana have a daughter, Jaina Ruth, who was born in January 2019.

 

 

 

Minister of Music Kevin Becker

kbecker@gracedowntown.org
(414) 271-3006, ext. 111

Kevin Becker was called to be the Minister of Music in summer 2019.

Learn more about Mr. Becker soon!