Pastor Mike Novotny has served God’s people in full-time ministry since 2007 in Madison and, most recently, at The CORE in Appleton, Wisconsin. He also serves as the lead speaker for Time of Grace, where he shares the good news about Jesus through television, print, and online platforms. Mike loves seeing people grasp the depth of God’s amazing grace and unstoppable mercy. His wife continues to love him (despite plenty of reasons not to), and his two daughters open his eyes to the love of God for every Christian. When not talking about Jesus or dating his wife/girls, Mike loves playing soccer, running, and reading.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)
Tim Lehman, President/CEO
Tim joined Time of Grace Ministry in June 2012. His responsibilities include ensuring we stay true to our vision/mission, overseeing the business aspects of the ministry, shaping the strategic direction, and creating a culture in the organization where team members can grow personally and professionally. Prior to joining Time of Grace, Tim was an executive at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (3 years) and at Kimberly-Clark Corporation (11 years in executive-level roles and 11 in marketing). He previously served on the boards of Thrivent Financial, InFaith Community Foundation, Bethesda Lutheran Communities Foundation, and Fox Valley Lutheran High School. Tim and his wife, Polly, have two grown daughters both of whom are married to wonderful men. They have four grandchildren. Tim and Polly enjoy family time, cooking, and time at their cottage in northern Wisconsin.
“The foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength” (1 Corinthians 1:25).
Dr. Bruce Becker, Executive Vice President
Bruce joined the leadership team at Time of Grace in March 2009. His past ministry experience includes serving as the lead pastor of two Lutheran churches and as a denominational leader responsible for providing ministry resources, training, and support to churches. He is a respected church consultant, public speaker, advisor, and published author. He has a professional doctorate in leadership and ministry management from Trinity International University in Chicago.
He has also served as a member of the Board of Regents for Wisconsin Lutheran College; the Center for Church and Change; chairman of a college president search committee; and a member of numerous commissions, committees, and task forces. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Lutheran Home Association.
Bruce lives in Jackson, Wisconsin, with his wife, Linda. They have been married for more than 35 years and have four adult children. They enjoy spending time with family, bicycling, landscaping, and gardening.
“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
Matt Trotter, Chief Development Officer
For Matt, Time of Grace is a compelling intersection of sharing the gospel, leadership, leveraging technology, and relationship development. To reach people with the good news of God's grace for a dime is simply remarkable!
As a child Matt lived in five different states. After graduating from Texas A&M, Matt moved to Milwaukee, where God drew him to attend and become baptized into the faith at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Matt previously worked in industrial sales, leadership roles in the aerospace industry, and as a small business owner focused on LED lighting new product development. He was active in congregational service, serving in different leadership roles. Now he serves by coaching basketball for girls in grades 4-8.
Matt and his wife, MJ, have been blessed with five daughters of resplendent beauty and boundless energy: Hannah, Emma, Clara, Claudia, and Liza. Together the family enjoys hiking, folding astounding amounts of pink clothes, camping, and sports. In his free time, Matt enjoys swimming, biking, reading, and running.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5,6).
Pastor Mark Jeske, Speaker
Pastor Mark Jeske brought the good news of Jesus Christ to viewers of Time of Grace for 18 years. He is currently the senior pastor at St. Marcus Church, a thriving multicultural congregation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mark is the author of several books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics. He and his wife, Carol, have four adult children.
“I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another” (Romans 15:14).
Amanda Swiontek, Communication Content Manager
Amanda started at Time of Grace in April 2008. As the communication content manager, she is the keeper of the schedule—making sure deadlines are met and projects are completed on time. She also works with lots of words!—from letters to emails to devotionals to books to blogs. She is a Wisconsin Lutheran College graduate and has worked in the field of proofing, editing, and publishing for many years. She lives in the Milwaukee area with her “boys”—husband, Craig, and their three sons: Evan, Orie, and Sam. Mandy enjoys running, hanging out with her family, and reading.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. . . . He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God’” (Psalm 46:1,10).
Amy Brinkman, Office Manager
Amy joined the Time of Grace team in 2005 and is thankful to be a small part of this wonderful ministry. She currently serves as the office manager and has been keenly aware of God’s blessing as Time of Grace continues to grow in many ways throughout the years. Amy and her husband, Joe, live in South Milwaukee and are proud parents of a daughter and three sons. They are also a delighted granny and papa to seven grandsons and two granddaughters, with whom they happily spend much of their free time. Amy also enjoys walking her boxer, Max, and reading.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).
Jan Hobler, Executive Assistant
Jan joined Time of Grace in 2008 as the executive assistant. She previously served ten years at Wisconsin Lutheran College as the executive assistant to the president and the development team. The years she has spent serving the Lord have been very rewarding. Jan and her husband, Mark, are blessed with two sons and wonderful daughters-in-law. They love spending time with their growing family, time at the cabin, and cruising in their classic vette.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).
Nhia Yang, Creative Media Director
Nhia has been with Time of Grace since April 2017 and has declared this her dream job: using her God-given multimedia and video production skills to share the good news. Nhia is humbled and grateful for the opportunity to work full-time for the Lord after more than 11 years in media, 2 years in higher ed marketing, and 2 years in communications consulting. When not at Time of Grace, Nhia and her husband, John, live in Sheboygan and are busy chauffeuring their kids—Ella, Norah, and Ian—to practices, games, and school activities. The family enjoys sports, camping, and reading (except Ian; he doesn’t like to read).
“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31,32)
Clay Grow, Business Intelligence Manager
Civil engineering, HVAC design. technical writing, project management, software sales, and now, business intelligence. Clay’s career path is as unique as it is unlikely. But his experience communicating important details has given him an ideal skill set to help Time of Grace use business intelligence to “go and make disciples” as efficiently as possible. Clay; his wife, Stephanie; and their children, Elijah and Clara, live in Madison, WI. Their music room seldom houses fewer than six instruments, often being rehearsed simultaneously. In between work, coaching, and continued education, Clay enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and playing in the church band at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Middleton.
“I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38,39).
Trish Nitschke, Social Media Manager
When Trish joined the Time of Grace team in 2016, it became clear that her past experiences were just getting her ready for the position as social media manager. Fifteen years in the television industry, both on and off camera, and nearly five years working with social media in the public and private sectors prepared Trish to serve the Lord by leading Time of Grace’s social media efforts. Trish sees the impact of the ministry every day and is humbled beyond measure to be chosen to help spread God’s saving Word.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Beth Raymond, Donor Database Coordinator
Beth joined the Time of Grace team in 2011 and is currently the donor database coordinator. She feels blessed to be part of such a wonderful ministry that is connecting people from all over the world to God’s grace and unfailing love. Beth and her husband, Scott, live in Milwaukee. They have four children: Brett, Brandon, Grace, and Madison. Beth enjoys spending time with her family, days at the lake, cooking, and reading.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
Rosie Berger, Ministry Support Assistant
Rosie feels that God has again truly blessed her with a position at Time of Grace as a bilingual ministry support assistant. She enjoys working with everyone on the team and knows that through the ministry she can make a real difference in the lives of others. Rosie enjoys the entertainment and joy in raising her three beautiful daughters. She loves music, chocolate, and fall weather, but her true passion is family.
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2).
Ann Sebald, Development Director
Ann considers it an honor and a huge responsibility to be a part of the development team for a ministry that spreads the gospel both nationally and internationally. Being able to share the marvelous stories of changed hearts and of renewed faith through the power of God’s Word is Ann’s favorite part of her job. She is married to Aaron; they have three children—Luke, Rachel, and Constance (they call her Connie)—a cat with a great personality named Lola and a Teddy Poo named Remington who is a very good dog except when he's not! Ann enjoys cooking and eating. What cook doesn’t! Because she likes to cook and eat, she also likes to exercise so she can do more of the former! She likes reading (nonfiction is her favorite), gardening, traveling, and camping with her family.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 5:6,7).
Jack Albert, Video Editor
Jack Albert joined Time of Grace in March 2016 as the ministry's first lead video editor. He handles broadcast editing and captioning, some producing and shooting for TV and web, and overall post-production expertise.
Before Time of Grace, Jack was busy as a freelance videographer and independent filmmaker (still practicing both in his spare time). He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College in May 2015, having received awards such as the Inaugural Salty Earth Pictures Action Award, 2015 Conduct Board Leadership Award, and the 2015 Impact Award.
Jack enjoys learning, running, traveling, the arts, and especially discussing tech and film.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
Kelsi Gard, video editor
Kelsi graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts with a BFA in film in 2007. Her work ranges from documentary to video marketing and has been featured on Independent Lens for Milwaukee Public Television and Current TV. Kelsi finds deep joy as an editor, with her interest in filmmaking dating back to the age of three. She joined Time of Grace in April of 2018 and is thrilled to serve with such an incredible team.
Kelsi and her husband, Tom, love to travel, enjoy live music, and serve their community. Kelsi also likes to go swing dancing, learn foreign languages, and has a strange affinity for game shows.
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Bethany Vredeveld, Graphic Designer
Bethany started her graphic design work at Time of Grace in 2016. She has her hands on all kinds of projects within the ministry—social media graphics, mailings and newsletters, book layouts, and much more. She enjoys the variety of projects and the variety of people she gets to work with every day.
Bethany got married in March 2019 and loves spending time with her husband, Connor. Together they like to work out, cook, watch the Bucks, and get together with friends. Bethany also enjoys playing music and being part of her church's band. Originally from Arizona, she tries to get back home to see her family as much as possible to soak up some of that glorious AZ heat.
“Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken” (Psalm 62:2).