Meet the Writers

Pastor Mark Jeske

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, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of one volume of the People's Bible commentary series (Northwestern Publishing House, 2002); Time of Grace: Daily Devotional Companion (Concordia Publishing House, 2010); Messiah Is Coming (Xulon Press, 2011); Straight Talk: Answers from God’s Word (Concordia Publishing House, 2012); Grace for Today: 365 Devotional Inspirations (Straight Talk Books, 2013); Hope In a Moment: Devotions for Everyday Life (Straight Talk Books, 2014); and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.

Linda Buxa

Linda is a writer, Bible study leader, and women’s retreat speaker. She is married to Greg, whose career in the Coast Guard took them from Alaska to Washington D.C. to California. They have three children whose antics are often fodder for her writing. After retiring from the military, they moved to Wisconsin, where they settled on 11.7 acres and now keep track of 15 chickens, 3 cats, and one black lab puppy. The sign in her kitchen sums it up: You call it chaos, we call it family.

Linda's first book, Dig In! Family Devotions to Feed Your Faith (Straight Talk Books) released in Summer 2014.

Diana Kerr

Diana is a professional Christian life coach, writer, and blogger on a never-ending chase for a life focused on what matters most. Her business and life's passion is all about equipping goal-oriented Christian women with the tools and truths they need to get unstuck and make the most of their time and life. Diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis in her teens, Diana credits her health battles for her intimate relationship with God and her inescapable reliance on him and his plans. Diana is married to Kyle and can’t wait to see what God has in store for “Team Kerr” throughout their future together. She prays with all her heart that they may continually surrender their life to God’s calling. You can find out more about Diana or read her motivational and transparent content on her blog at 

Jason Nelson

Jason had a career as a teacher, counselor, and leader. He has a bachelor’s degree in education, did graduate work in theology, and has a master’s degree in counseling psychology. After his career ended in disabling back pain, he wrote the book Miserable Joy: Chronic Pain in the Christian Life (2007, Northwestern Publishing House). He has written and spoken extensively on a variety of topics related to the Christian life. Jason lives with his wife, Nancy, in Wisconsin.

Pastor Zach Gebert

Zach Gebert serves the multisite ministry of Bethany in Appleton, Wisconsin, as pastor of marketing, student ministry, and vision. From his roots in Georgetown, Texas, to his life now as husband, dad, and pastor in the Midwest, Zach strives to strip away all assumptions of tradition and culture from God’s Word and lead people to a confrontation with God’s raw truth. Only in that authentic confrontation can change happen. You can follow Zach on Twitter @zachgeb.