Meet the Writers

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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 to learn more about Diana and explore her free tips and resources​ on intentional living​.


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.

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 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.