INTRODUCING THE FCC STAFF
Senior Pastor - Rusty Lyon
Pastor Rusty Lyon began ministry at Faith Community Church in the fall of 2015. Although born and raised in the Milwaukee area, he had been a Senior Pastor of two churches in California (Kingsburg: 14 years; and Turlock: 15 years). With 30 years of Senior Pastor experience, Rusty’s ministry is marked by a practical, hands-on preaching of the Word of God, a genuine love for people, and living out a lifestyle that warmly invites people to follow Christ. He married the love of his life, Karin (Anderson) in 1977. He has two adult children, and four grandchildren. Apart from the ministry, Rusty enjoys sports of all kinds. After playing two years of small college football, he has coached high school football for 27 years; he loves NASCAR, works out of the local fitness club, and even enjoys the sport he doesn’t play very well- golf!
Pastor Rusty graduated from Northwestern College (Roseville, MN) in 1980, and completed a Master’s Degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL (1984). A passion for Jesus Christ and a commitment to the Word of God inspires his personal and preaching ministry. Email Pastor Rusty
Youth Pastor - John Ackatz
John is a 1981 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School. He then went on to UW-Whitewater and graduated in 1985 with a BBA degree in Management of Computer Systems. In 1984, John accepted Christ as his Savior and in 1989 he started working with the junior high youth program at FCC. In 2000, God called John out of his secular employment into full-time youth ministry here at FCC as the Minister of Youth and Young Adults. John and his wife Debbie have one married daughter, Erica, and a son in college, David. Email Pastor John.
Worship Pastor- Chad Sanders
Pastor Chad Sanders was born in Michigan, and he came to know Jesus at Camp Barakel when he was very young. Just before he entered high school, Chad's family moved to Wales, Wisconsin, where he attended Kettle Moraine High School and fell in love with all sorts of music. During this time, he began to learn guitar and to participate in leading worship. Chad went on to earn a degree in Music Education from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He and his wife, Erica, met at a church outside Madison, Wisconsin, and they were married in September 2011. They moved to Fort Atkinson when Chad was called to become worship pastor in the fall of 2012, and are enjoying their son, Caleb, born in December 2013, and their son, Joel, born in November 2015. Email Pastor Chad.
Director of Children's Ministry - Jackie Lyon
Jackie was born and raised in Wisconsin. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL with a BA in Christian Education in 1994. During her time at Moody, God called her into ministry to children. She has served overseas with Child Evangelism Fellowship and has also served as the Children’s Ministries Assistant at Wheaton Bible Church in Wheaton, IL. Jackie and her family live in Fort Atkinson and have attended Faith Community Church since 1996. She is married to Dale Lyon and they have one daughter, Elizabeth Grace. Email Jackie
Director of Compassionate Care - Jerry Brown
Jerry is married to Shirley. He became the Director of Adult Ministries at FCC in January 2005 and just recently transitioned to the Director of Compassionate Care. Email Jerry.
Facilities Manager - Steve Spata
Steve and his wife, Elaine, have attended Faith Community Church since 1998. They have four daughters and serve faithfully at FCC. Email Steve Spata.