Staff Directory

Below is a directory of all staff at Appleton Alliance Church. If you know who you're looking for, feel free to use the quick search tool on the left. If you have any general questions, feel free to contact us. Thank you!

  • Anna Anvelink

    Program Coordinator for Family Ministries • (920) 931-1137

    Anna has been on staff since 2015. During her time on staff she has served as one of the Program Coordinators for Student Ministries and is now Program Coordinator for Family Ministries. She is excited to be following graduates of Student Ministries by working with young adults. Anna is passionate about...more

  • Pastor Paul Behnke

    Pastor for Student Ministries • (920) 931-1134

    Paul grew up in Appleton, but after spending 10 years in student ministry at a church in Eau Claire, WI has returned back to the area. He and his wife Nicole met at youth group at AAC back in the late 90s, were married in 2005 and have been doing ministry together...more

  • Kirby Bernauer

    3rd-6th Grade Coordinator • (920) 931-1114

    Kirby has been attending and serving at Appleton Alliance since 2005.  She is passionate for reaching children and families in the Fox Valley with the Gospel of Jesus and helping them grow in their faith. Kirby and her husband Tim have two children, Riley and Allyson. When away from work,...more

  • Cheryl Bogdan

    Pastoral & Community Care Ministry Assistant • (920) 931-1101

    If you’ve ever stopped into the AAC office you’ve talked with Cheryl. Cheryl has worked as an Administrative Assistant since March 2007. She especially loves to see people helped through the Counseling and Benevolence Ministries. Cheryl and her husband Thomas have lived in the Fox Valley for many years,...more

  • Laura Bricco

    Discovery Land Operations Coordinator • (920) 931-1126

    Laura has been attending AAC since 1999 and on staff since 2006. Prior to joining staff, she volunteered for Discovery Land, Student Ministries, Worship Arts, and Welcome Team. Laura has an Associate Degree in Marketing and another in Hospitality Management. Laura’s favorite thing to do in her free time is enjoy...more

  • Dr. Mark Byrom

    Associate Pastor of Global Connections • (920) 931-1138

    Mark has over twenty years of ministry experience with The Alliance. This includes three years serving as a mission/college pastor in Seattle, which was good preparation for nearly fourteen years of ministry in the coffee culture of Bosnia Herzegovina as an international workers with The Alliance. Years of experience...more

  • Bonnie Costello

    Women's Special Events Coordinator • (920) 931-1189

    Bonnie has been coordinating special events for Women’s Ministries for many years and became an official staff member in July of 2012. With a background in food service and home economics, she is blessed to be able to serve the Lord in the areas He has gifted her. Bonnie and...more

  • Karna Cowles

    Welcome Team Coordinator • (920) 931-1196

    Karna is so blessed to be the AAC Welcome Team Coordinator. She has been an active AAC member for 23+ years. The number of attendees and the church size has increased multiple times in her time here and she considers herself blessed to have been a part of this God-appointed process.   ...more

  • Vicki Dernlan

    Student Ministries Assistant

    Vicki began worshipping at Appleton Alliance Church with her family in 1995. Since then, she has volunteered in many different ministries. From teaching in Discovery Land and Awana years ago, to leading Bible studies in Women’s Ministry and being a small group leader for teen girls in Student Ministries, Vicki...more

  • Rev. Dan Dinkler

    Associate Pastor of Worship Arts • (920) 931-1105

    After receiving an undergraduate degree in trumpet performance from Nyack College (NY) and a Master’s Degree of Music Education from Columbia University, Reverend Dan Dinkler found himself teaching in a private Christian school in Washington State. It was there in 1989 that he received his call into church ministry. Since...more

  • Daniel Dinkler

    Student Ministries Creative Director • (920) 931-1139

    Daniel joined AAC staff after attending Hillsong International Leadership College in 2015. He hopes his creative experiences will allow him to build a unique culture in Student Ministries. In his free time, Daniel enjoys traveling, trail running, adventure sports, and overall exploration of the outdoors.

  • Matt Dorn

    Facilites Manager • (920) 931-1119

    Matt’s attended AAC for the last 20 years. He married his high school youth group sweetheart in 2000. They have five children ranging in age from ten to two. For the last fifteen years Matt was employed as a commercial carpenter, specializing in interior systems. Matt was asked to join the...more

  • Bill Douglas

    Director of Operations • (920) 931-1115

    After graduating with an engineering degree from the University of Missouri Bill spent 34 years working for consumer products companies at manufacturing sites across the U.S.  Bill retired in 2007 and began what he called his “5 year weekend.” In 2012 Bill returned to work from his “weekend” and joined the AAC...more

  • Rev. A.J. Dudek

    Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries • (920) 931-1201

    Rev. A.J. Dudek is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Theology and has served as a college Dean, preaching team member, and worship arts coordinator for a variety of churches. He was an accomplished fly-fishing guide/instructor in Colorado for over 10 years as...more

  • Rev. Brian Episcopo

    Associate Pastor for Family Ministries • (920) 931-1133

    Rev. Brian Episcopo graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministries. While there he met his wife, Hannah, and they married in 2010. After college, Brian spent three years in various IT and Digital Marketing Management roles at a “Fortune 500” company. In the summer of 2011, Brian...more

  • Judy Episcopo

    Director of Women's Ministries • (920) 931-1106

    It was as a student at the University of Cape Town that Judy developed a passion for ministry and went on to attend the Alliance Theological School in Nyack, NY to pursue a Master’s of Divinity. There she met her husband Dennis Episcopo and together they committed to a...more

  • Dr. Dennis Episcopo

    Senior Pastor • (920) 931-1123

    Dr. Dennis Episcopo is the Senior Pastor of Appleton Alliance Church and has served in pastoral ministry for over 35 years. Appleton Alliance has grown from 700 to over 4,000 attendees over the last 20 years. The church has recently completed a 35 million dollar campus and has been designated one of the fastest growing...more

  • Isac Evenson

    Assistant Technical Director

  • Courtney Geisler

    Fitness Coordinator • 920-931-1128

    Born and raised in Rib Lake, Wisconsin, Courtney has been involved in fitness and sports for her entire life. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse as an Exercise Sports Science major with an emphasis in fitness and coaching. After interning at Xcel Sports for a summer,...more

  • Beth Goerlitz

    Discovery Land Early Childhood Coordinator • (920) 931-1146

    Beth Goerlitz graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Christian Education.  She went on to receive her Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in Speech/Language Pathology.  After working for 20 years as a Speech Pathologist God opened the door to join the Appleton Alliance staff as the Birth-3...more

  • Kerrie Gonnering

    Discovery Land Administrative Assistant • (920) 931-1112

    Kerrie has been attending Appleton Alliance since 1982 and has served in Discovery Land and Awana over the years. Kerrie is looking forward to serving the families and children in Discovery Land! Kerrie and her husband Steve have four children - Mackenzie, Isaac, Sawyer, and Drew. Having four children keeps Kerrie...more

  • Carol Grandlienard

    Administrative Assistant for Worship Arts • (920) 931-1124

    Carol grew up on a dairy farm in western Ohio, the youngest of five kids. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University and was employed in the paper industry for 13 years. Her work at Appleton Alliance Church began as a part time assistant in 2002 and has been...more

  • Cristen Gregorius

    Adult Ministries Marketing & Communications Administrator • (920) 931-1188

    With a passion for marketing and connecting women with God, Cristen has been actively volunteering at Appleton Alliance for a number of years. Having once been lost herself, she has a heart for seeing women and men get connected to God through relationships and a local community of believers.  ...more

  • Carrie Guevara

    Discovery Land Cafe Ministry Assistant

    Carrie has been attending Appleton Alliance Church since 2006 along with her husband Elmer and their children. As a Discovery Land Ministry Assistant, she coordinates the Garden of Eat’n and Passport Cafe, where she is blessed to be able to combine her passion for leading children to Jesus with her...more

  • Annette Hablewitz

    Operations Assistant/Bookkeeper • (920) 931-1127

    Annette began attending Appleton Alliance in 2013 after being called to find a church home. She finds serving on the welcome team, children’s ministries and the benevolence ministries heartwarming and rewarding. In 2015, God opened a door and provided an opportunity to join the staff at Appleton Alliance in the church...more

  • Angela Hall

    Discovery Land Sunday Preschool Coordinator • (920) 931-1108

    Angela has grown up at AAC. She gave her life to Jesus Christ at age 31/2, so she understands the great importance of sharing the Gospel with preschoolers. Prior to joining staff, she had been volunteering in Discovery Land on Sunday mornings and in Awana on Tuesdays for three years. Angela...more

  • Emily Herminath

    Video Producer • (920) 931-1198

    Emily Herminath is a graduate of Liberty University, with an undergrad in Cinematic Arts and a Masters in Management and Leadership. During college Emily worked alongside Christian producers such as Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, and the Erwin and Kendrick brothers. Shortly after graduating, she was hired as the Video Producer...more

  • GingerLee Hooley

    Facility Coordinator • (920) 931-1117

    After attending Appleton Alliance Church for many years, GingerLee joined the AAC staff in a newly developed role as Facility Coordinator. In her new role, GingerLee provides coordination of daily facility use as well as for special events. In addition, she brings staff oversight to the EMRT - Emergency Medical...more

  • Lindsay Johnson

    Administrative Assistant for Discovery Land • (920) 931-1132

    Lindsay is a Neenah native. She attended college at UW – Eau Claire where she majored in Organizational Communications. After graduation she returned to the area and started attending AAC. She and her husband, Reed, live in Appleton with their two amazing daughters, Rachel and Hailey and black lab, Raz. She...more

  • Nancy Kremer

    Receptionist • (920) 931-1100

    Nancy is thrilled to be working as the receptionist at the Hub Welcome Desk. She loves keeping track of people, talking with staff and visitors, and processing all the phone calls. She is an organized person and enjoys making sure all details of any given responsibility are taken care of....more

  • Leanne Lemons

    Connections Cafe Manager • (920) 931-1200

    Leanne has done many things in her career, including occupational therapy at St Vincent’s hospital in Green Bay for 17 years, working as a Pampered Chef kitchen sales rep, and placing/supervising foreign exchange students. She would say, however, that it is in her current position as the manager of...more

  • Tera Lind

    Adult Ministries Assistant • (920) 931-1120

    Tera currently supports ministry needs for Adult Ministries, including support for Women’s, Men’s, Senior’s, and Young Adult Ministry. Her goal is to support the Pastors and Ministry leaders in teaching and reaching the adults of our church and community for Christ. She has six years of marketing...more

  • Andrea Malnar

    Adult Administrative Assistant to Adult Ministries • (920) 931-1122

    Andrea and her husband, Chris, have attended Appleton Alliance since 2008. Andrea is from the Appleton area originally and is thrilled to be working at Appleton Alliance Church within Adult Ministries. Andrea has worked at Xcel Sports since 2013 and teaches Cardio Fusion on Monday nights. Chris and Andrea have two children,...more

  • Heidi McGeough

    Student Ministries Program Coordinator • (920) 931-1104

    Prior to joining AAC staff, Heidi served as a worship leader in Discovery Land. Over time, she’s grown a passion for Student Ministries and has remained faithful to God’s calling. As the Student Ministries Program Coordinator, she hopes her organizational and communication skills will help build the ministry...more

  • Gary McGeough

    Facilities Team Lead • (920) 931-1118

    Gary, his wife, and their two sons have been members of AAC for the past 7 years. During that time, Gary served in Discovery Land and Awana and is currently involved in Men’s Frat and volunteers in Student Ministries. His desire to serve is never ending. Gary enjoys coaching soccer,...more

  • Jeff Miller

    Custodian • (920) 931-1100

  • Dan Mlodzik

    Technical Director • (920) 931-1135

    While gaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital and Broadcast Communication at UW-La Crosse, Dan had the opportunity to intern at Appleton Alliance Church in the tech department.  After graduating in 2010, Dan joined the staff full time as Media Director. He serves the church through the production of videos as...more

  • Barb Mlodzik

    Manager of Volunteer Services and Administrative Assistant for International Ministries • (920) 931-1140

    Barb Mlodzik is our Volunteer Services Coordinator at Appleton Alliance Church and is anxious to connect congregation members and attenders to positions of service in the church. Her background in communication and counseling equips her with a listening ear and motivation to help people grow in their relationship with the...more

  • Lynn Mullenix

    Receptionist • (920) 931-1100

    In July of 1978 Lynn and her family moved to Appleton from Whitewater. By the end of that first year, they had found their church home in Appleton Alliance. Lynn has volunteered in various ministries while attending AAC and currently works at the Welcome Desk during the week. You have probably...more

  • Suzan Myhre

    Clinical Family Therapist • (920) 931-1199

    Suzan Myhre, MSSW, LCSW, LPC, was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. Her parents instilled in her a warm sense of family and the desire to help others strengthen their relationships. She attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she received both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree...more

  • Matt and Alba Nordlander

    Missionaries in Residence • (920) 931-1141

    Matt and his wife, Alba, joined AAC in October of 2015 as the missionaries in residence. Matt has experience in finance, IT and data analysis work as well as cross cultural experience in Asia. He is thrilled to work with Global Connections in striving to connect the local with the global...more

  • Dani Ott

    Student Ministries Administrative Assistant • (920) 931-1129

  • Bethany Pankratz

    Executive Administrative Assistant • (920) 931-1123

    Bethany grew up in the Fox Valley and in the church, experiencing the quintessential American childhood. Her passions grew along with every limb in her body, and she became the typical teenager with a schedule packed full of a variety of musical and athletic extracurriculars. It wasn’t until after...more

  • Julie Payne-Statezny

    (920_ 931-1131

    Julie joined Appleton Alliance Church in the Fall of 2016. She has been attending AAC since 2013. Julie is married to William and has 5 children and 2 dogs. Her youngest daughter, Ellie attends AAC with her and her husband on a regular basis. Julie says she really enjoy working in Discovery Land. In...more

  • Pastor Dennis Pierce

    Assistant Pastor of Worship Arts • (920) 931-1136

    Dennis grew up just north of New York City where music became a passion in his life at a young age. Coming to faith in Christ in his 20’s, he realized he wanted to dedicate his life to ministry in service to the local church. Before joining the worship ministry...more

  • Faith Poole

    Discovery Land 3rd-6th Grade Ministry Assistant • (920) 931-1111

    Faith Poole graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Church Music in 2015. She grew up as a pastor’s daughter so she has always been involved in ministry. Throughout her College experience, she was blessed to have been able to travel on the school’s summer ministry team....more

  • Jason Probst

    Pastor of Sports Outreach • (920) 931-1257

    Jason arrives at Xcel Sports as a native and long-time resident of Illinois. While pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at Illinois State, he met his wife, Kristi, and they were married in 1998. They have an active household with three amazing and energetic boys, Simeon, Elias, and Isaiah. The family unit...more

  • Tammy Ross

    Special Needs Coordinator • (920) 931-1147

    Tammy has been attending Appleton Alliance with her husband Scott and son Zach since 2013. She received a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the College of St. Catherine. Over the course of her career, Tammy has grown to especially love working with children with special needs and their families....more

  • Deb Salibi

    Kindergarten-2nd Grade Coordinator • (920) 931-1131

    Deb Salibi grew up in a Christian home and made a commitment to follow Jesus Christ in 1983. Since then, she has been passionate about people beginning and deepening their relationship with Jesus Christ.  She has been involved in ministry since 1984, but directly in Children’s Ministry since 2002. Prior to...more

  • Rev. Dick Schaefer

    Associate Pastor • (920) 931-1100

    Reverend Dick Schaefer began his ministry in 1965 when he was the youth pastor at the Church of the Open Door in Milwaukee. After that he was called to serve in Ft. Wayne, IN. It was there God led him and his family to serve as Alliance missionaries in West Germany....more

  • Kris Smoll

    Executive Director of Discovery Land • (920) 931-1110

    Kris Smoll has been working with Discovery Land children’s ministries at AAC for over 20 years. In addition she does consulting, speaks internationally, writes curriculum and ​oversees strategic planning. She was blessed to grow up at AAC in a family who put God first and served as a family in...more

  • Ruth Stang

    Discovery Land Awana Preschool Coordinator • (920) 931-1190

    Ruth is a long time AAC member. She has served in various ministries at AAC, and has been with the Awana Cubbie program since it started at the church.

Ruth became a follower of Jesus Christ at age 8. She attended UW in Wausau and completed Evangelical Teacher Training Association courses....more

  • Carol Steiner

    Graphic Arts and Communications • (920) 931-1113

    Carol brings 24 years of graphic design experience to Appleton Alliance Church. She has worked with a wide variety of clients to conceptualize, design, and manage promotions for businesses. Before coming on board at AAC in May of 2009, she owned a retail business in Green Bay. She enjoys the exchange of...more

  • Phillip Swan

    Choir Director • (920) 931-1191

    Phillip has been involved in church music ministry for over 30 years. He traveled around the world with a contemporary Christian band for two years (Wings of Light), served full-time as a music and youth pastor in Texas, and has served as a worship leader and choir director in a number...more

  • Rev. Mark Tegtmeier

    Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care • (920) 931-1116

    Before joining the staff at AAC in 2012, Rev. Mark Tegtmeier worked as a professional counselor in various clinical settings. His extensive therapeutic experience along with his deep love for the Lord and compassion for people are evident in his ministry. Rev. Tegtmeier and his wife, Mary Beth, have been married...more

  • Dave Van Stippen

    Custodian • (920) 931-1125

    Dave has been working in Facility Services at AAC for 15 years. Before working at church, he spent 20 years in food service. Dave has been married to Mari for 26 years. Dave and Mari have raised two daughters, Katrina and Leah and now have a son-in-law and a grandson, Traice. Dave enjoys...more

  • Dana Vanevenhoven

    Sportsplex Operations Manager • (920) 931-1255

    Born and raised here in the Fox Cities, Dana has been actively involved in sports and sport-related activities forever. After graduating with a physical education, coaching, and health degree from UW-Oshkosh, she became a full-time mom and her family’s CEO for 14 years. Given the opportunity to work at the...more

  • Dwight Wickesberg

    Custodian • (920) 931-1100

  • Denise Willis

    Student Ministries Assistant

  • Anne Zeamer

    Graphics and Communications • (920) 931-1121

    Anne graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She also studied International Business and Spanish while studying abroad in Seville, Spain. After graduation, Anne spent several years in corporate communications and marketing before settling into a career with Heid Music in downtown Appleton...more


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Appleton Alliance Church
2693 W Grand Chute Blvd
Appleton, WI 54913
(920) 968-0700

Exit Highway 41 at Richmond Street (Hwy 47). Go south on Richmond one block and turn right onto Capitol Drive. Head west on Capitol Drive until you get to Lynndale Avenue and turn right (north) on Lynndale. Go over the overpass, then turn left onto Grand Chute Boulevard.

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Senior Pastor

Dr. Dennis Episcopo is the Senior Pastor of Appleton Alliance Church and has served in Pastoral ministry for 30 years. Appleton Alliance has grown from 700 to over 4,000 attendees since moving to our current facility in 2003. Currently, the church is completing a 35 million dollar campus and has been designated one of the fastest growing churches in America by Outreach Magazine.

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