Meet the Writers and Speakers

Pastor Mike Novotny

Pastor Mike Novotny has served God’s people in full-time ministry since 2007 as a pastor in Madison and now Appleton, Wisconsin. He also serves as a host and speaker for the Time of Grace television program and contributes to the written resources of Time of Grace Ministry. Pastor Mike is married to Kim and has two daughters.

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.

Amber Albee Swenson

Amber Albee Swenson has authored four books: Bible Moms; The Whisper Theory and its sequel, The Bread of Angels; and Ladies of Legacy. She writes an occasional devotional blog and is a regular contributor to several Christian organizations. In 2011 she started speaking to women with the intent of bringing the Bible to life in tangible, applicable ways. Speaking has taken her and her eager-to- travel family to places they likely would not have found on their own. Amber’s husband and four children keep life exciting and give her lots to write and pray about. Mostly she’s amazed at God’s goodness, awed by his wisdom and desire to grow her, and continually stretched by his calling in her life.

Pastor Jon Bauer

Jon Bauer is a pastor in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Previously he was an associate pastor at a congregation in Tempe, Arizona. Jon is married to Lindsay and has three children, one boy and two girls.

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.

Pastor Jon Enter

Pastor Jon is the campus pastor at Saint Croix Lutheran Academy in West Saint Paul, MN. He previously served 11 years in West Palm Beach, Florida. Pastor Jon lives with his wife, Debbi, and their four daughters.

Pastor Matt Ewart

Pastor Matt Ewart and his wife, Amy, have been blessed with three young children who keep life interesting. Matt is currently a pastor in Lakeville, Minnesota, and has previously served as a pastor in Colorado and Arizona.

Sarah Habben

Sarah Habben resides in Antigua, where her husband, Dan, became a missionary in August 2017. Since their arrival, Sarah has spent a lot of time sweating, slapping mosquitoes, dodging hurricanes, and adjusting to life in the Caribbean after 18 years in Alberta, Canada. She and her husband have four daughters. Sarah is the coauthor of The Bloodstained Path to God (2012, Northwestern Publishing House) and the author of The Mom God Chose: Mothering Like Mary (2015, Northwestern Publishing House).

Pastor Phil Huebner

Pastor Phil serves as the campus pastor of a high school in Milwaukee, WI. It happens to be the same high school he attended with his high school classmate and sweetheart, his wife Becky. Before coming back to Milwaukee Pastor Phil served as a mission pastor in Florida, starting a new church and school there with his wife. They have two children, a boy and a girl.

Diana Kerr

Diana Kerr is a Certified Professional Life Coach on a mission to help go-getter Christian women break free from overwhelm and design their time and life for what matters most. Diana lives in Milwaukee, WI, with her husband, Kyle, and their son, Harrington. Visit dianakerr.com to learn more about Diana and explore her free tips and resources​ on intentional living​.

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Pastor Daron Lindemann

Pastor Daron Lindemann is pastor at a new mission start in Pflugerville, Texas. Previously he served in downtown Milwaukee and in Irmo, South Carolina. Daron has authored articles or series for Forward in Christmagazine, Preach the Word, and his own weekly Grace MEMO devotions. He lives in Texas with his wife, Cara, and has two adult sons.

Missy Martens

Missy lives in Green Bay, WI, with her husband, Jon, where they own and run Copper State Brewing Company. She homeschools their four active children, oftentimes at the brewery, and they somehow keep learning in spite of her. Missy loves witty banter, adventures of all sorts, and coffee . . . lots of coffee. And Jesus . . . lots of Jesus. 

Pastor Jeremy Mattek

Pastor Jeremy is currently serving as pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greenville, WI. Pastor Jeremy has been married to Karen since 2000. God has blessed them with 5 children (3 girls and 2 boys). Together, they find great joy in encouraging souls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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 Jared Oldenburg

Jared Oldenburg has served in churches in urban and suburban Milwaukee; Seattle; Denver; and Santa Maria, California. He currently serves in Castle Rock, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Aimee, and their three children.

Pastor Ben Sadler

Pastor Ben Sadler has served as a full-time pastor since 2010. He began his ministry serving a Spanish-speaking congregation in Florida. Since March 2014, he has served at Goodview Trinity Church in Minnesota. He is married to Emily, and they have three children. Ben loves to spend time with his family, ride his road bike, read, write, and preach. 

Pastor Dave Scharf

Dave Scharf grew up in West Allis, Wisconsin, and served as pastor in Greenville, Wisconsin, from 2005 until 2015. He is currently a professor of theology at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife, Beth, and their six children.

Pastor Kurt Wetzel

Kurt Wetzel has been a full-time pastor for the past two years. He's privileged to serve at Cross of Christ in beautiful Boise, Idaho. He enjoys music of all kinds, hiking, and coffee roasting. Kurt and his wife, Stephanie, have three children.