Board of Directors
JUSTIN STAMBUK: board chairman
Justin moved from Alabama to Appleton, WI in the summer of 2000. He and his wife Mandy (from Door County) have been married for three years and have been attending Pathways since 2012. They have two children - Tanner & Tori. Justin and Mandy enjoy being outdoors whether that's riding their Harley's, bike riding, snowmobiling, boating, or camping. They enjoy trying new foods and spending time with friends and family.
Justin and Mandy are passionate about serving... they co-host a life group, Justin serves on the Pathways Tech Team and Mandy serves in Fine Arts and Pathways Kids. Justin has worked in the automotive industry for over 21 years - starting as Lead Technician and worked his way to General Manager. In 2016, Justin switched industries and became the General Manager of Feldco Factory Direct, Northeast Wisconsin Division. He is passionate about sales and leadership and enjoys working with his hands building and fixing just about anything.
Justin leans on Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” For Justin this verse is such a great reminder that we always have God right there next to us no matter where we are, that's BIG! Think about the fact that we have the God of the universe right here by our side at all times! That gives him strength and courage and challenges him to do what pleases God.
Jeff Garrett: Board Treasurer
Jeff and Carol moved to and made Appleton their home in 2008. They married in 1991 and have been Christ-followers since 1996. God has blessed them with three children and challenged them in 1999 to home school their children. Two have graduated high school and one is in middle school.
For the past 20 years, Jeff has been assisting individuals and families plan for their financial future as a financial planner and investment advisor. He is the program manager for an Appleton based credit union investment services program and serves on the senior leadership team.
Jeff and Carol have always been active members of any congregation they have been a part of. From joining a small group circle at the very beginning of their walk, to serving on staff and leading various ministries throughout the years. Jeff and Carol are passionate for discipleship and seeing what God’s word can do in the lives of all who believe in Him.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 is the verse Jeff uses as a daily reminder of what we are all a part of and as long as we stay connected to God, He will use each of us for His good.
Richard and Florence Makope were married in August 1999. They moved from Zimbabwe to the USA with their three children; Audrey, Nicole and Richard Jr in January 2007. The Lord led the Makopes to Pathways in 2014. Richard works as an Advisor in Financial services and Florence is a Treasurer for a local corporation in the Valley. It has been a long, sometimes difficult and beautiful journey of love grace and faith.
"By His hand, God has brought us thus far. Truly the Lord has been good to us- makanaka Jesu!" Romans 8:28- 39
Bruce and his wife Karen are long time residents of the Fox Valley. Bruce has been attending Pathways for the past nine years. He and Karen have both served at Pathways over the years in a variety of capacities including missions, community outreach, growth and development of staff, teaching, leading small groups, and marriage mentoring. Administration, leadership development, mentoring, and strategic planning are all areas of ministry passion that Bruce brings to the leadership team at Pathways Church. Bruce's professional career had him serving our country for 20 years in the United Stated Air Force in a variety of leadership roles, then transitioning into a career with Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, where God transferred his leadership from his head to his heart. Although he and his wife are currently retired from the corporate world, their heart for outreach, desire to do God's work and advance His Kingdom keep them plenty busy.
Worldy things make us worry, God's love assures us...2 Corinthians 4:18 says, So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. For Bruce, this passage speaks life into his desire to help guide Pathways into the next generation.
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 5 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.
chris kliner: associate Pastor
Chris and Teresa Kliner and their four children have been actively serving Pathways Church since August of 2008. Prior to Pathways, Chris has served on staff at several other churches and has worked as a children’s ministries pastor in a full time capacity for the past 19 years. Chris is passionate to partner with parents in leading their children in a growing relationship with Jesus. He continues to develop strong leaders and becomes energized when empowering adults and students to lead. In addition, Chris is excited to witness next generation expansion to God’s Kingdom and supply children with the necessary steps to have a growing relationship with Christ.
Chris enjoys family nights, sports, music and summer time! Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” For Chris, this passage has been a stronghold, as he navigates God’s divine plans for him and seeks God’s wisdom in everything he does.
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.