The Grace Staff

Ray.jpgRay Russell Senior Pastor

Ray is our one import—he comes to us from our neighbor to the north, Canada. Ray was serving Jesus in the role of teaching pastor in southern Wisconsin for four years before joining us here. Before that Ray was a senior pastor in Southern Ontario. Ray is an alum of Winnipeg Bible College ( Providence College) and has his Masters of Divinity degree from Phoenix Seminary in Arizona. Ray has a major sports background  playing hockey in Canada up to the Major Junior Level.With this background he has spent much of his life coaching kids in hockey and baseball. Prior to entering the ministry, Ray owned and operated his own business. He is married to his high-school sweetheart, Diane, and has two grown sons; Derek, married to Jaga and Steve married to Ainslie, who together have added 4 grandsons to his life (Drew, Dylan, Levi & Griffin). The passions of Ray’s life are: To know and share God’s truth; His wife, Diane; his family and ; all sports-but especially hockey and finally, reading.  Contact Ray at


Matthew Morken — (Student Ministries Pastor)  Revolution Student Ministries

Matthew has been working with Grace’s students for more than 9 years now. Five Years he served as part time Youth Director and the last 4 as the Associate Pastor of the Revolution (youth ministry).  Currently he teaches Sunday school and Wednesday night student gatherings. Matthew is our one farm boy, born and raised in Climax, MN where he lives now with his wife Sharon and their three sons Finley, Piper and Oliver.  Aside from serving the body of Christ at Grace, Matthew is a pursuing a degree in Theology from Bethlehem College and Seminary and enjoys cycling, gardening, and archery hunting. Contact Matthew at