Our 2018-19 Church Council
Not pictured: Mikayla Jurasovich, Stephanie Varin
Not pictured: Mikayla Jurasovich, Stephanie Varin
Eric Gravenkamp has served on Church Council in the past as Youth Chair and was recently elected as Council President. It’s such a joy to be involved with UNITY where we can Celebrate, Share and Renew together as a Faith Community.
Being an active member of a church and in ministry has always been important to Eric. His first real job was as a Youth Minister at Good Shepherd UMC in Oconomowoc. He has served as a Chaplain and a Social Worker for several different Hospice agencies and is currently Support Services Manager for Serenity Hospice in Germantown.
Eric serves on several Boards, Elena’s House (Housing for people with HIV/AIDS in Wauwatosa), Bread of Healing (free clinic which is a servanthood partner of Unity) and HOPE of WI, (Hospice Organization and Palliative Experts of WI).
He is married to Kelley who is a 1st grade school teacher in Waukesha. They have two sons Jacob and Spencer. Jacob is a junior at Carroll University studying exercise science and exercise physiology. Spencer is a sophomore at Centre College in KY studying economics.
Paul and his wife Tammy have been members at UNITY since 1991, raising three great kids who are now living in Denver and Alabama.
Paul previously completed two tours of duty as Treasurer of Cross of Life and Tammy was on Council as well.
Paul and Tammy love to travel and are focusing on the national parks, having just recently visited the Tetons and Yellowstone Park.
Paul works for Mercer and specializes in administration of defined benefit pension plans.
Melanie and her family joined Cross of Life in 2009 after hearing great things about the church community from the Brownells. The Varins were drawn to the great children and youth programs as well as its service ministries.
Melanie has been active as a worship assistant and communion assistant for several years. She also worked on the marketing committee for the two-campus merger. She is delighted to serve on adults programs with the combined campuses.
Melanie is married to Fred and has three children: Patrick (25) working on his PhD in robotics at Harvard, Clark (22) finishing his business degree at Univ. of Minnesota and a budding entrepreneur, and Stephanie (15) who attends Pewaukee High School and is active in the youth group. Professionally she works for TopLine Results Corporation and provides business process consulting services.
Jolene is the current Christian Education Chair. She joined Christ the King in 2004. She has been active with Vacation Bible school, Sunday school and other activities since her two youngest were old enough to attend.
She enjoys working with children and their families at church and on a daily basis at Children's Hospital where she is a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Infusion nurse four days a week.
Jolene and her husband John have three children, Ryan (21), Jade (13) and Raven (10). She enjoys reading, card games and camping in her free time.
Pat and his wife Jane have attended CTK for 20+ years. Pat has served on the council in different capacities over the years from Evangelism, Worship & Music to now chair of Communications & Technology and Call Committee Liaison. Pat has been involved with the Praise Band since it's inception at CTK. Initially running sound to now playing guitar. Their two children Collin and Erin are now both in College.
Pat is the Director of IT at a small Investment Management Firm in Milwaukee and live in Menomonee Falls. His passions are cycling, paddle boarding, hiking, camping and basically anything outdoors.
Melissa and Kevin started attending CTK in 2001 when invited by a current member. They were attracted to CTK by the welcoming atmosphere, friendly people and a great pastor Steve Clingman. Pr. Steve married them in 2002 and baptized both of their children at CTK. They also both served at co-treasurers at CTK for approximately 3 years and continue to be active members at UNITY.
Kevin is a Wisconsin native and from Brookfield. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He received a BBA in Finance with an Insurance Emphasis. Kevin works at The Krizek Group as the Director of Operations and Client Services which is a full service financial service firm. Kevin is married to Melissa and has a son, Dylan, and daughter, Kayla. They reside in Pewaukee and love their community. Kevin enjoys golf, playing guitar, and spending time with family. .
Deborah Nustad joined the UNITY Church Council as the chair of the Invite Committee in 2017. She and her family (spouse Tim and 3 kids, Sarah, Alexander and Matthew) joined Cross of Life in 2012.
Since leaving her full-time job at GE in 2013, Deborah has enjoyed being involved in many ways: Sunday School teaching, Advent Fest, Confirmation Class, Food Packs, Adult Programs, the Marketing Committee, Fun and Fellowship Group, a book group, etc. Deborah loves the many new friends she and her family have made as part of the UNITY faith family.
Deborah grew up in California and Florida (her parents and brother are still there), went to engineering school at Vanderbilt in Nashville, and graduate school at Northwestern in Chicago, and loves the friendly, warm people of the Midwest. When not volunteering at church or the kids' schools, Deborah enjoys global travel, the National Parks, reading, board games, ethnic food, lake house weekends, museums and live theatre.
T. J. and his wife, Kate, have been members of COL since 2011. T. J. has been involved with Praise Band, the Lasagna Ministry at Serenity Inn, Small Groups, Property care, blood drives and has now begun a term as Property Chair. He works for HP in sales and enjoys music, cycling, skiing and camping.
T. J. and Kate have been married for 23 years. Kate works for Aurora Healthcare. Together they have a daughter, Lily, and twin sons, Sam and Ben, all graduates of Brookfield Central. Lily is a veterinarian technician and both Sam and Ben are attending MSOE.
Chris and her husband Matt moved from Joliet, Illinois to Menomonee Falls in 2001 when Matt accepted a job with Harley-Davidson. Shortly after their move to the Falls, the Keim Family visited Christ the King and they were hooked. They became members of CTK in 2002.
In 2004 Chris began working on the Social Concerns committee at CTK when Hephatha Lutheran Church became a ministry partner. Chris went for a visit and felt an immediate connection. Chris currently works part-time at a school on the south side of Milwaukee and part time with Hephatha's Parish Nurse Program, and she continues to support Hephatha's partner school as a volunteer/advocate.
Chris became Chair of UNITY’s Servanthood Ministries Committee in June 2018, and is honored to lead this well-established committee alongside Pastor Muriel, where she sees so many good things happening with so many great community partnerships. Chris sees UNITY truly living out the Gospel through their great community efforts.
Chris and Matt were have two children: Mitchell (26) and Jennifer (24). In their free time, Chris and Matt enjoy activities like hiking and kayaking out in nature, as well as spending time with their family.
Steve has been a member of UNITY Lutheran Church (CTK campus) since about 1974. He was confirmed at UNITY and in 1985 married his wife Lisa here as well. Steve is active in worship as a lay reader, communion assistant and a member of the Praise Band. This past year he spent a week in El Salvador on UNITY’s medical mission trip.
Steve has a degree in Business Economics from Carroll University where he played football. He also has an MBA from Keller Graduate School. Steve has two adult children Lyndsey and Alex, and is currently the Director of OEM Sales at the JW Speaker Corporation in Germantown, WI. Steve enjoys the great outdoors, loves the fall and really enjoys spending time with his family at their cabin on Pine Lake in Crandon WI.
Eric started attending Cross of Life in 2009. His family decided to try the Saturday night service and soon they were involved in Sunday school, confirmation, Fusion, ECRT and sampling Smarties from Jo Ann’s candy dish.
Eric grew up in New Berlin and graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran High School and the University of Wisconsin. With his Journalism degree in hand, Eric moved to Minneapolis, MN and demanded a corner office and salary to match from the best agencies in town. That didn’t happen, but he did get a very low-paying internship. After 10 years in the Twin Cities, the call of Milwaukee and family brought his crew to Pewaukee.
Eric and his wife, Cindy, have three children. Klaus, Hans and Elsa have grown-up at the COL campus. In his free time, Eric likes reading church bios, cheering on the Badgers, and attempts to stay active.
Mikayla has been a member since 2009 and is currently on the youth board here at UNITY. She enjoys going on the summer trips and attending youth group events every Sunday.
Mikayla is a senior at Brookfield Central High School. In her free time, she volunteers at the Elmbrook Humane Society and through Key Club, plays tennis, and spends time with her dog, Shadow.