Meet the Team

Pastor Mark Jeske, Speaker

Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus Lutheran Church on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of General Epistles, People’s Bible Series (2002); Time of Grace: Daily Devotional Companion (2010); Messiah Is Coming (2011); Straight Talk: Answers from God’s Word (2012); Grace for Today: 365 devotional inspirations (2013); Hope In a Moment: Devotions for Everyday Life (Straight Talk Books, 2014); and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.

"I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another" (Romans 15:14).

Tim Lehman, President/CEO

Tim joined Time of Grace Ministry in June 2012. His responsibilities include ensuring we stay true to our vision/mission, overseeing the business aspects of the ministry, shaping the strategic direction, and creating a culture in the organization where team members can grow personally and professionally. Prior to joining Time of Grace, Tim was an executive at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (3 years) and at Kimberly-Clark Corporation (11 years in executive-level roles and 11 in marketing). He currently serves on the InFaith Community Foundation Board and previously served on the boards of Thrivent Financial, Bethesda Lutheran Communities Foundation, and Fox Valley Lutheran High School. He also serves on the leadership team of his home congregation, Immanuel Lutheran church in Greenville, WI. Tim and his wife, Polly, have two grown daughters both of whom are married to wonderful men. Tim and Polly enjoy family time, cooking, and time at their cottage in northern Wisconsin.

"The foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength" (1 Corinthians 1:25). 

Dr. Bruce Becker, Executive Vice President

Bruce joined the leadership team at Time of Grace in March 2009. His past ministry experience includes serving as the lead pastor of two Lutheran churches and as a denominational leader responsible for providing ministry resources, training, and support to churches. He is a respected church consultant, public speaker, advisor, and published author. He has a doctorate in leadership and ministry management from Trinity International University in Chicago.
 
He has also served as a member of the Board of Regents for Wisconsin Lutheran College; a board member for the Center for Church and Change; the chairman of a college president search committee; and a member of numerous commissions, committees, and task forces.

Bruce lives in Jackson, Wisconsin, with his wife, Linda. They have been married for over 30 years and have 4 adult children. They enjoy bicycling, tennis, landscaping, and gardening.

"Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:33).

Matt Trotter, Chief Development Officer

For Matt, Time of Grace is a compelling intersection of sharing the gospel, leadership, leveraging technology, and relationship development. As a child Matt lived in Illinois, Missouri, Northern Virginia, Southern California, and Texas. After graduating from Texas A&M, Matt moved to Milwaukee, where God drew him to attend and become baptized into the faith at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Matt previously worked in industrial sales, leadership roles in the aerospace industry, and as a small business owner focused on LED lighting new product development. He has been actively involved in his home congregation, serving five years as president and recently led their appeal efforts to reduce building debt and finance ministry expansion. Matt presently serves on the Board of Regents at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Matt and his wife, Mary Jo, have been blessed with five daughters of resplendent beauty and boundless energy: Hannah, Emma, Clara, Claudia, and Liza. Together the family enjoys hiking, folding astounding amounts of pink clothes, camping, and sports. In his free time, Matt enjoys swimming, running, and reading.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5,6).

Amanda Swiontek, Communication Content Manager

Amanda started at Time of Grace in April 2008. As the communication content manager, she is the keeper of the schedule—making sure deadlines are met and projects are completed on time. She also works with lots of words!—from letters to e-mails to devotionals to books to blogs. She is a Wisconsin Lutheran College graduate and has worked in the field of proofing, editing, and publishing for many years. She lives in the Milwaukee area with her "boys"—husband, Craig, and their three sons: Evan, Orie, and Sam. Mandy enjoys running, camping with her family, and reading.
 
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. . . . He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God'" (Psalm 46:1,10).

Amy Brinkman, Office Manager

Amy joined the Time of Grace team in 2005 and is thankful to be a small part of this wonderful ministry. She currently serves as the office manager and has been keenly aware of God’s blessing as Time of Grace continues to grow in many ways throughout the years. Amy and her husband, Joe, live in South Milwaukee and are proud parents of a daughter and three sons. They are also a delighted granny and papa to six grandsons and two granddaughters, with whom they happily spend much of their free time. Amy also enjoys walking her boxer, Max, and reading.

"The LORD is my light and my salvationwhom shall I fear?  The LORD is the stronghold of my lifeof whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1).

Jan Hobler, Executive Assistant

Jan joined Time of Grace in 2008 as the executive assistant. She previously served ten years at Wisconsin Lutheran College as the executive assistant to the president and the development team. The years she has spent serving the Lord have been very rewarding. Jan and her husband, Mark, are blessed with two sons and wonderful daughters-in-law. They have recently become new grandparents and love spending time with their growing family. Jan and Mark enjoy playing coed volleyball, motorcycle rides, golfing, and time at the cabin. 

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).

Trish Nitschke, Brand Manager

When Trish joined the Time of Grace team in 2016, it became clear that her past experiences were just getting her ready for the position as Brand Manager. Fifteen years in the television industry, both on and off camera, and nearly five years working with social media in the public sector prepared Trish to serve the Lord by leading Time of Grace's branding, social media, and the Your Time of Grace videos. Trish sees the impact of the ministry every day and is humbled beyond measure to be chosen to help spread God's saving Word.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

Beth Raymond, Donor Database Coordinator

Beth joined the Time of Grace team in 2011 and is currently the donor database coordinator. She feels blessed to be part of such a wonderful ministry. Beth and her husband, Scott, live in Milwaukee with their four children: Brett, Brandon, Grace, and Madison. Beth enjoys being a part of the St. Marcus congregation in Milwaukee, attending her children's sporting events, spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.

"Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9)

Rosie Berger, Ministry Support Assistant

Rosie feels that God has again truly blessed her with a position at Time of Grace as a bilingual ministry support assistant. She enjoys working with everyone on the team and knows that through the ministry she can make a real difference in the lives of others. Rosie enjoys the ​entertainment and joy in raising ​her three beautiful daughters​. She loves music, chocolate, and fall weather, but her true passion is family.

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2).

 

Ann Sebald, Development Director

Ann considers it an honor and a huge responsibility to be a part of the development team for a ministry that spreads the gospel both nationally and internationally. Being able to share the marvelous stories of changed hearts and of renewed faith through the power of God’s Word is Ann’s favorite part of her job. She is married to Aaron; they have three children—Luke, Rachel, and Constance (they call her Connie)—and a cat with a great personality named Lola. Ann enjoys cooking and eating. What cook doesn’t! Because she likes to cook and eat, she also likes to exercise so she can do more of the former! She likes reading (nonfiction is her favorite), gardening, traveling, and camping with her family.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 5:6,7).

Jack Albert, Video Editor

Jack Albert joined Time of Grace in March 2016 as the ministry's first full-time video editor. He handles the offline/online edit of the weekly broadcast, including many of the program's graphics and ads, with some web content as well. 

Before Time of Grace, Jack was busy as a freelance videographer and independent filmmaker (still practicing both in his spare time). He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College in May 2015, having received awards such as the Inaugural Salty Earth Pictures Action Award, 2015 Conduct Board Leadership Award, and the 2015 Impact Award.

Jack enjoys learning, running, traveling, the arts, and especially discussing tech and film.

"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10).

Bethany Unkefer, Graphic Designer

After graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2016, Bethany started at Time of Grace as a full-time graphic designer. She is happy to be part of the team. Bethany enjoys anything active, playing in her church's band, spending time with family and friends, and lots of sunshine.

"Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken" (Psalm 62:2)