Leadership

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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 Daniel Bondow

dbondow@gracedowntown.org
(414) 271-3006, ext. 104

Daniel Bondow came to serve as an associate pastor at Grace in 2013. Though a native of Wisconsin, he previously served for five years near Atlanta, Georgia, gaining valuable ministry experience. Pastor Bondow has a heart for people and their spiritual condition, understanding the need for all people to learn of Jesus and grow in his love.

Pastor Bondow's ministry areas include evangelism, assimilation, youth confirmation, and adult education. He also helps coordinate small group ministry and participates in regular preaching and teaching.

Pastor Bondow is married to Anna; they are blessed with three children. Together they enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities and sports, share a love for music, and keep busy soaking up all that Milwaukee has to offer with family and friends.

 

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 is responsible for the outreach and evangelism ministry at Grace along with college campus ministry. He is also a part of the regular 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.

 

Minister of Discipleship Fritz Horn

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

What exactly is a Minister of Discipleship? At Grace, it's the staff member responsible for Sunday School planning, family ministry, men's choir, teen Bible classes, common interest groups, special activities, special ministries, member involvement, senior ministry, hospital and shut-in visitation, and teaching. With previous experience as a grade school teacher and principal, Fritz Horn has filled this important role since 1991. His personable nature has led him to create care ministries at Grace such as the prayer circle, happy hearts, food drives, and helping those with disabilities. His special skills in planning and organizing have helped Grace become a very active congregation enjoying a variety of group outings.

Fritz and his wife Kathie, a dyslexia and educational consultant for "Guiding Education" and "WELS New Teacher Induction Program" lead, and organist for Grace, have three adult children and nine grandchildren. Family camping, kayaking, hiking, traveling, geocaching, handyman projects around the home, and an occasional game of tennis also keep Fritz active.

 

Minister of Music James Tiefel

tiefelj@wls.wels.net
(262) 242-8149

Prof. Tiefel and his family became members of Grace in 1986, soon after he began teaching at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon. Eight years later he agreed to direct the adult choir until a permanent director could be found; that temporary position turned into what has become a long tenure. As the congregation grew, the music ministry expanded, and today, Grace has three choirs, four vocal ensembles, and a score of instrumentalists who join gifted organists and pianists to enhance our worship. Prof. Tiefel plans worship and music and directs the 30 voice Grace Choir. He also assists occasionally in the pulpit.

Prof. Tiefel lives and serves at the seminary where he teaches courses in preaching and worship and directs the Seminary Chorus. He and his wife Brenda have three adult sons.