Whether paid or volunteer, our staff is passionate about inspiring others to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ!

  • melanie pierce

    connections pastor/xplode high school director

    I am happily married to an amazing man Chad Pierce and I have 2 boys, Brendan and Kyle.  I love to spend time with my family, shop and enjoy the beach at Lake Michigan whenever possible.  And I LOVE Mickey Mouse!

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  • Todd svanda

    xplode Middle school director

    Hi, I'm Todd! Together with my wife Betsy we have 4 awesome kids.  I love serving with kids of any age.  I also love to travel with my family.  I'm a die-hard Wisconsin Badgers fan!

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  • jessica schrauben

    Gifts/volunteer coordinator

    Blessed to be the wife of an amazing God fearing man and the mom of four beautiful girls. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, canning, gardening, and reading. 

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    community life pastor

    I have a beautiful wife and 2 amazing girls!  I am an extrovert and love being around people and meeting new people.  I'm a Star Wars nerd and eat too much candy!  

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  • sadie bower

    Children's ministry director

    I am Sadie Bower. I am wife to Duane and mom to 6 kids! I love teaching, coffee, music, reading, coffee, and going to plays!  I love my church family!

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  • Duane bower

    Lead Pastor

    My name is Duane.  I'm married to my wife Sadie and I have 6 kids!  I enjoy movies, video games, woodworking, playing ukulele, knitting, and pretty much anything else I can learn on YouTube.

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  • jon baum

    worship Leader

    I am a lucky man who is married to an amazing woman Angie and we treasure our son Jackson! I enjoy playing and listening to music, camping, and spending time with family. I have been a part of the Epic community since 2010.

    Email me here