Pastor and Elder Team
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 (21), and Alyssa (19). Daniel and Melissa love hiking, biking, traveling, writing, music…as well as anything where their kids are involved!
Ray & Carolyn Klecker
Ray began attending Community Church of Fish Creek in 2014. Prior to Community Church, he lived in Middleton, Wisconsin. Originally from Wisconsin, Ray enjoys gardening, reading, and frequent walks in the beautiful outdoors of Door County. He and his wife, Carolyn, have lived in the Fish Creek area for 5 years. They have two grown children: Brianna (married to Mike) and Hallie, as well as three sweet grandchildren.
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.”