Pastor Daniel & Melissa Bowman
The son of missionaries, Daniel was born and grew up in Spain, while Melissa grew up in New England, with her senior year of high school as a missionary kid in Brazil. Returning to the US for education, they were later married in 1991. God has given them three great kids - Joshua (went to be with Jesus at nearly 2 years of age), Ryan (22), and Alyssa (20). Daniel and Melissa love hiking, biking, traveling, writing, music…as well as anything where their kids are involved!
Bruce & Sara Kokko
Sara was born and raised in Wisconsin and received a Masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh. Bruce was born and raised in Colorado and went to the University of Illinois Graduate School for a Doctorate in Organic Chemistry. They were married in 2003 at the Community Church of Fish Creek. Sara currently works for the Southern Door School District as a therapist. Bruce retired after thirty-two years as a research chemist and then went to Wheaton College and received a Masters degree in History of Christianity with an Early Church emphasis. They love church work, music, reading, bicycling, or just talking over coffee at Leroy’s. Sara and Bruce currently live in Fish Creek with their daughter, Carly, when she is at home from college.
Bill & Alice Shepherd
Alice was born on a dairy farm in southern Door County. She came to Christ at about the age of ten. Responding to God's call on her life she went to Moody Bible Institute, followed by nurses' training. She used her nursing skills at a hospital in the foothills of the Himalaya mountains in Pakistan (11 miles from where Osama bin Ladan was captured). On her first home assignment, she met Bill Shepherd, a United Methodist pastor, who convinced her that "Wisconsin is a mission field, too!" They were married in 1971. They served several churches in Wisconsin until they retired to Door County in 1995. They have two sons, who are married, and 3 grandsons. The youngest son, Dave, is serving with International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) as the business manager for the USA office.
Ric & Beckie Van Sistine
Ric & Beckie Van Sistine met in Door County in 1970. Beckie was working at the White Gull Inn during that summer while Ric was camping in Peninsula State Park, after returning home from a tour of duty in Vietnam. They met at the end of the summer, married in 1972, and raised 8 children on a hobby farm near Hilbert Wisconsin. Beckie and Ric made commitments to Jesus as LORD and Savior early in their marriage.
Door County has always been a special place for the Van Sistine family. They discovered Community Church of Fish Creek through the summer service in Peninsula State Park and have taken an active role in that outreach over the years. Ric and Beckie said, “we have been greatly blessed to be a part of the Community Church family and look forward to God’s great plan for this dear group of brothers and sisters.”
Born into a farming family in Northwestern IL, I was raised in a strong Christian home where both parents served as Sunday School teachers and spiritual leaders for all 3 of their daughters. I have both taught Sunday School (at a former church in MN) and lead Bible studies at Friends Church when Bill Shepherd was pastoring there. I currently work as the business manager for a local non-profit but love to spend my free time with my family & pets as well as sew and attend Fur Trade Era reenactments. I am pleased to be serving on CCFC's Deacon Team.
Chuck & Sue Johnson
I grew up in Lake Elmo, MN (family of 8) and Sue in Orangeville, IL (family of 4). We met in 1959 during Freshman Orientation Week at the Univ. of WI (God's doing), and got married in 1962. Grad school was next, followed by career and family starts. We raised 3 boys (2 educators and a surgeon). Now we have 5 grandchildren - ages 6 to 22. What blessings.
Sue's career was as a mental health therapist / program manager, and I worked in human resources. I retired in 2003 after 38 years - 35 years with Butler Mfg. Co. ...managing compensation / benefits plans for the employees of 22 plant and corporate office locations. I was always pleased to be part of a company that was guided by principles of fair / equal treatment...providing the same benefits programs for all employees from entry level to the CEO.
We moved to DC in 2012, where we had vacationed for many years and where Sue has family. (Her mother's hometown is Sister Bay, and her grandfather built the CCFC). My/our hobbies have included home remodeling, vintage car restoration, RVing, sailing (now tug boating), biking, cross-country skiing, and watching Badgers, Packers & Jayhawks.
We attended Fort Atkinson Methodist during our children's younger days (14 yrs), and Presbyterian while in Madison & KC (30 yrs), and now CCFC since 2012. Our best Church experiences were the 14 years Methodist (superior youth program), and now CCFC with its active, God loving people, (who were especially prayerful and supportive during the recent illness & death of our daughter-in-law), and highly qualified pastor and other leaders. We feel so blessed!!
Mark & Jane Mohr
I grew up in Thiensville, Wisconsin with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. In 1973 I went to Rice University in Houston, followed by graduate school at M.D. Anderson earning a Masters and Ph.D in tumor virology. After that I went to medical school in Galveston, Texas.
I returned to Milwaukee in 1986 for a residency in internal medicine at the Medical College. It was there that I met my wife to be, Jane Ollrogge. Married in 1988, we moved to LaCrosse so Jane could complete her internal medicine residency at Gunderson Lutheran. We both started practices at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare. In an effort to get closer to aging parents our next career efforts were briefly in Manitowoc and Merrill. After 7 years with the Marshfield clinic, Jane retired and I began work with Ascension Healthcare in Neenah where I am still employed.
We first went to Community Church in 1990. In 2000 we built a log cabin we nicknamed the “Dog House” as it became our favorite place to stay with our dogs while vacationing in Door County. We'll move here permanently in 2020 when I retire. We then look forward to more opportunities to serve our Lord and our family at Community Church.
My family came to Ephraim in 1854 from Norway. I grew up in Sister Bay, left for a time, but returned to live in the Sister Bay house where my father was born. My grandma taught me about Jesus when I was young. I was persuaded that He loved me, a sinner, and I committed my life to Him. I have no greater aspiration than to know Him more fully. It’s a privilege living here surrounded by water and natural beauty. I celebrate God’s gifts of matter and life created out of nothing and held together by the Holy Spirit. Loving God and loving others is what we do here at Community Church. I am happy to be one of your Deacons.
Susan & John Schaper
My husband, John, and I were invited to attend Community Church in 1996. We went to the service that next Sunday, and from that day we have made Community Church our church home. We felt God’s love and the love of a real church family. Through the years, many changes have occurred. We have had three pastors and two interims shepherd us, the church has grown in membership, and the building has been remodeled, re-decorated, and re-landscaped. What has not changed is the love of church family and community - locally and globally. Most importantly, the commitment to bring the transforming message of Jesus to the world has not changed!