We exist to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus.

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
— Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)

Our Core Values


1. People matter at Pathways Church.

Demonstrating God’s heart for lost people is core to who we are and what we do! This embraces practices of relational evangelism and evangelism as a process.
Luke 19:10; Luke 15; Mark 1:14-20; Mark 2:13-17

2. People pursue personal devotion to Jesus.

Inspiring every believer toward personal devotion to Jesus is why we exist. This embraces practices of character development, spiritual disciplines, stewardship, and authenticity.
Matthew 22:37-40; Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 1:6; Ephesians 4:1

3. People advance God’s Kingdom.

Mobilizing teams of people who identify and use their spiritual gifts influences the Kingdom for Christ. This embraces practices of leadership, equipping, teamwork, unity, spiritual gifts, and ministry callings.
Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 12:6-8

4. People experience authentic community.

Creating groups where friendship and life change happens around studying the Bible and serving the community promotes fulfillment. This embraces practices of discipleship, empowerment, strategic focus, and service.
Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 25:31-46; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 10:23-24; James 1:22-24


We believe there is one true, holy God eternally existing in three equal persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the beginning, God demonstrated His power, wisdom and goodness by creating the world and everything in it. Through His divine power and providence, God continues to sustain His creation, operating within history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Psalm 90; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14.


Jesus Christ is the personality of God described as “Son.” He is both 100% God and 100% man. He was crucified, though He had done nothing wrong. Three days later He physically came back to life, although His body had been transformed into a spiritual one.
Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 3:16, 2:5; John 1:1, 14, 20:28; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6.

The Holy Spirit

People in a saving relationship with Jesus Christ are to live in holiness and obedience as they submit to the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit applies Christ’s saving work by enlightening the minds of sinners to their need to be saved.  He renews and indwells each believer upon salvation, becoming their source of assurance, strength, wisdom, and gifting for building up the church. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Bible. Appropriated by faith, His power and control empower believers to lead a life of Christ-like character and bear fruit for the Father’s glory.

Who is the Holy Spirit?

  • The Spirit of God – 1 Thessalonians 4:8, 1 Corinthians 3:17
  • The Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Son of God – John 14:16-18, Galatians 4:6, Romans 8:9
  • The Third Person of the Trinity – Matthew 28:19
  • The Spirit of Truth – John 14:17, John 15:26
  • The Comforter – John 14:16, John 15:26, John 16:7

The Bible

The Bible is God’s authoritative means of communicating His truth to us. Its truths do not change in relation to a person’s interpretation of them. Authors wrote 66 different books of the Bible as God inspired them, communication through different times, circumstances, cultures, personalities and literary genre with harmony and continuity. Only the Bible is 100% the Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21

Water Baptism

Every believer after making the decision of faith should be baptized into water to restore themselves into a relationship with God. This symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and is a sign to the world that they have identified Christ as their substitute and only means of salvation.

Matthew 3:16, Acts2:41 Acts 8:12-14, Acts 8:38-39

At Pathways Church, we wait until our children are old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of baptism before we baptize them. We do however practice a “baby/child dedication.” This is intended to be a covenant between the parents and God on behalf of the child. Parents promise to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of faith in Christ.

Humanity and sin

God created humankind to live forever and enjoy the creation with Him. However, humanity rebelled (we call any disobedience of God’s standards “sin”) and was, therefore, excluded from a relationship with God and destined to suffer eternal punishment in Hell after death. Because of that rebellion, absolutely no individual apart from Jesus is able to come to God; each is incapable of pleasing Him. Abraham’s faith was counted as redemption since the Redeemer had not yet come.
Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12, 3:10-18


The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call people into fellowship with Him. Originally created to be in relationship with God, humans defied Him by going their own independent way, resulting in alienation from Him and the inability to please God. This fall took place at the beginning of human history; all people since have suffered these consequences and are in need of the saving grace of God. We believe man’s only hope of salvation is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  
John 3:16

The Church

All who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are united with Him as members of His body, the one true Church. Scripture commands believers to gather for worship, prayer, fellowship and the teaching of the Word; to observe Baptism and Communion as established by Jesus Christ; to offer service to the body through development and use of talents, gifts and outreach to the world. The local expression of the church is wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command. Cared for and led by leaders, church members are to work together in love and unity for the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
Mark 16:15-16

Faith and Practice

In all matters of faith and practice, Scripture is the final authority. In matters where Scripture is silent, believers should conscientiously seek to be led by the Lord because it is to Him alone we are ultimately responsible.


Jesse Coonen Assistant Worship Leader

Jesse Coonen

Assistant Worship Leader

Georgie Henning Buildings & Grounds

Georgie Henning

Buildings & Grounds

Jo Ellen Schwandt Community Outreach Pastor

Jo Ellen Schwandt

Community Outreach Pastor

Dan Wright Spiritual Formation Pastor

Dan Wright

Spiritual Formation Pastor

Adam Demetrician Lead Pastor

Adam Demetrician

Lead Pastor

Chris Kliner Children's Ministries Pastor

Chris Kliner

Children's Ministries Pastor

Gary Smith Worship Pastor

Gary Smith

Worship Pastor

Nate Fietzer Assistant Children's Ministries Pastor

Nate Fietzer

Assistant Children's Ministries Pastor

Tammy Mostrom Receptionist & FrontLine Coordinator

Tammy Mostrom

Receptionist & FrontLine Coordinator

Michelle Vanderlinden Assistant to Lead Pastor

Michelle Vanderlinden

Assistant to Lead Pastor

Chase Godwin Youth Pastor

Chase Godwin

Youth Pastor

Aaron Reimers Buildings & Grounds

Aaron Reimers

Buildings & Grounds

Jerod Wilson Fine Arts Assistant

Jerod Wilson

Fine Arts Assistant

Board of Directors

The Pathways Church Board of Directors (from left to right): Scott Jenkins (Board Chairman), Karen Senn (Treasurer), Jeanne Dempsey, Greg Howat (Board Secretary), Adam Demetrician (Lead Pastor), Gary Smith (Worship Pastor), and Chris Tarmann

The Pathways Church Board of Directors (from left to right): Scott Jenkins (Board Chairman), Karen Senn (Treasurer), Jeanne Dempsey, Greg Howat (Board Secretary), Adam Demetrician (Lead Pastor), Gary Smith (Worship Pastor), and Chris Tarmann

Scott Jenkins: Board Chairman

Scott and his wife Jami moved to Appleton five years ago due to a career change and have been involved at Pathways since the Spring of 2010. They both have served at Pathways and previous churches in various capacities such as teaching, leading small groups, and ministering to married couples. Leadership development, teaching, and strategic planning are all areas of ministry passion that Scott brings to the leadership team at Pathways. While an engineer by training, Scott’s career has led him into various sales & marketing leadership roles. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for a division of a Fortune 500 company.

Christ told Pontius Pilate as recorded in John 18:37 that he came to this world to “testify to the Truth”.   For Scott that passage has been a catalyst for on-going study as he strives to understand God’s Truth for his life, his family, and those around him.

Chris Tarmann: vice CHAIRMAN

Chris and his wife Kelly have lived in the Fox Valley for the past 10 years and have been involved at Pathways since the Summer of 2008. Chris grew up serving in numerous capacities at his “home” church in Peshtigo, WI.

After getting married he and his wife started attending Pathways Church and they both have served at Pathways in various capacities such as children’s ministry, community outreach programs, and by providing photography services for programs. Chris has a passion for leadership,community outreach, missions, and relationships. Chris and Kelly have been involved in small groups and enjoy spending a large amount of time with their three children (Caleb, Connor, and Taylor). Chris works as a Police Lieutenant in the Fox Valley and has been serving communities in a law enforcement capacity for nearly a decade.

Chris leans on the following scripture regularly to help him make decisions and focus on what God has in store for his family, himself, and the people around him;

“Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Greg Howat: Board Secretary

Greg and Vicki have resided in Neenah for the past 23 years and attended Christ the Rock for 9 years before coming to Pathways in 2010.  They are proud parents of 2 adult children and in addition have opened their home to a few young men that needed help over the past 10 years. Since coming to Pathways, Greg has been involved in teaching, mentoring, leading small groups and Men’s Ministry. Greg is an accomplished sales and marketing professional passionate about challenging the status quo –  bringing sound business strategy to his clients.  In addition, Greg is a professional coach helping people navigate career and life choices. Greg is dedicated to helping men actualize their gifts and true calling in life, particularly helping young men grow from adolescence into manhood.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” This passage has become the cornerstone for Greg as he continues to grow in his spiritual life – with a heart for serving his family, church and community.

Jeanne Dempsey

Born and raised in the Fox Valley, Jeanne and Jim, married for 42 years, joined Pathways in 2012. Jim enjoys using his construction gifts and looks forward to upcoming construction projects at Pathways. Jeanne delights in God’s Word and has served in many areas including teaching Precepts Bible studies, leading many small groups, serving and leading in Women’s Ministry for 25+ years, miscellaneous roles in Children’s Ministry, and praying and interceding whenever God presents the opportunity. Jeanne has worked in the medical and administrative fields for 20+ years after being a stay-at-home mom for many years.

Jeanne’s life is framed by John 15, Romans 12, Philippians 4 and 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. Her center and life verse is Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Karen Senn: Treasurer

Karen was born and raised in LaGrange, IL and moved to the Fox Cities in 1982. She has been a member of Pathways Church since 2000. Karen and her husband, Bruce, have served at pathways in various capacities, such as ushers, moving ministry, small group leaders, community outreach, and mission trips. Karen has a passion for missions, teaching, and reaching. Karen graduated from Purdue University and has worked for a large consumer products company for over 30 years. Her experience has been in product supply, procurement, and supply chain. Karen and Bruce have a blended family of three adult children and one delightful granddaughter named Samantha June.

One of Karen’s favorite verses is Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” This is our call to action to win, grow, and send.

Adam Demetrician: Lead Pastor

Adam is passionate about building the Kingdom of God through the local church. He spent his first 13 years on staff at three different churches developing ministries ranging from students to adults. For the past 3 years, he has served as the Campus Pastor at Discovery Church in Orlando, Florida.

He has a wife, Laura, and two daughters. Laura has a ministry for pastor’s wives called Tree By Water. Adam received a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern University and Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Gary Smith: Worship Pastor

Gary has been on staff at Pathways since April, 2000 and has always served in the area of music and arts. He oversees many aspects of the technical ministry, Worship, and Creative Arts in our weekend services.

Gary and Katie have 6 kids, and yes all the Brady bunch jokes you can think of probably apply to their family. Their children, listed from oldest to youngest, are Tyler, Sorin, Aiden, Destiny, Makenna, and Lily. If you add the dog, Jasper, to the mix, there are never any dull moments in the Smith household!

Governing Style

Pathways Church is Lead Pastor led and Board governed. The Board will govern with an emphasis on servant leadership, overall vision, openness to express divergent viewpoints, clear distinction between Board and Lead Pastor’s roles, collective decision, and being future focused and proactive.