Friedens is blessed with a wonderful staff team. In addition to the five "core" staff listed below, Friedens' ministry is strengthened by numerous men and women who generously give of their time, resources, and expertise. We are also in the process of adding a full-time Pastor of Youth & Young Adults.
Until his early 20s, Brandon's passion was cars. In pursuit of this passion, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Automotive Engineering Technology from Minnesota State University-Mankato. However, during Brandon’s sophomore year of college, he learned about the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ and committed his life to following Jesus. As Brandon got more involved in ministry on campus and in his church, God changed his passion from cars to helping people grow as Christ-followers. After graduating from college, Brandon served on the staff of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) at North Dakota State University for three years. Brandon then went to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he received a Masters of Divinity. In 2009, Brandon began serving as Senior Pastor at Friedens.
Brandon and his wife, Shelly, have two children, Mikias and Tehila. Besides spending time with family and friends, Brandon enjoys reading, and he is a dedicated cyclist.
Greg started his career in the business world where he owned and operated a financial services business. Hearing God's call to enter vocational ministry, he left the financial world to become a full-time volunteer at Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago area. After serving a year at Willow Creek, he accepted a staff position at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, where he worked for 11 years. He served in several roles at Elmbrook including resident of the 20-Something Ministry, Director of Men's Ministries, curriculum developer, and advisor to the Senior Pastor. Before coming to Friedens Church, Greg also served as Director of Spiritual Growth at Cornerstone Church in Grafton, Wisconsin. Greg has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College, and a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Greg and his wife Elizabeth have two children, Zakira and Josh. He enjoys spending time with his family, camping, running, biking, reading, and learning about cutting-edge technology.
Charissa was discipled by her parents from an early age and affirmed her personal commitment to follow Jesus in Junior High. Her parents planted a church when she was four, which gave her significant ministry experience and a passion for church ministry at a young age. Charissa graduated from the University of Northwestern St. Paul, where she majored in Music and Bible. She held both part- and full-time worship ministry positions prior to beginning her current role at Friedens in 2010.
Charissa is married to David and homeschools their three children, Luke, Jackson, and Alethea. She enjoys the process of learning with her kids, travel, music, and connecting with friends.
Gentry has degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education Inclusion from UW-Platteville. She was a kindergarten teacher for five years in the Port Washington-Saukville School District before deciding to stay home after the birth of her second child. Gentry has been has been involved at Friedens since 2014 and joined Friedens' staff in 2018.
Gentry and her husband, Kyle, have three children: Finley, Elodie, and Kade. She enjoys being with her family and loves being a mom! She also enjoys substitute teaching, cooking & baking, and also decorating and planning parties.
Heidi grew up in the Port Washington area. After High School, she received a degree in Business Administration from UW-Oshkosh. She worked several years in the corporate world before joining the Friedens team in 2011.
Heidi and her husband, Adam, have three children: Eva, Lily, and Eli. Besides spending time with her family, Heidi enjoys taking classes at the Y, baking, and taking part in her children's extra-curricular activities.