About Us

Grace In Action

Grace in Action is a Bible-based innovative ministry dedicated to assisting WELS, ELS, and CELC ministries through coaching, consulting, leadership training, and resources.

Please note that “Ministry Leadership Institute” referenced in this video is now under the umbrella of Grace in Action.

Our Beginning

Grace in Action was founded in 2011 when a group of WELS lay leaders and business professionals focused their efforts on providing needed leadership training.

Our Name

Our name emphasizes God’s undeserved love at work for us, in us, and through us. Grace in Action is a WELS-affiliated ministry and is funded through individual gifts and grants.

Our Board of Directors


Pastor Marcus Birkholz - Chairman
Rochester, MN

Nate Birkholz - Treasurer
Rochester, MN

Jay Johnson - Vice Chairman
Sarasota, FL

Mark Schulz - Secretary
Milton, WI


Lyle Fahning - Advisor
Prior Lake, MN

Ron Hillmann
Oconomowoc, WI

Dan Ludwig - Advisor
Minneapolis, MN

Dr. Todd Russ
Oakdale, MN

Arvid Schwartz
Green Isle, MN

Pastor Don Sutton
New Ulm, MN

Mark Wrightsman
Stillwater, MN

Would you like to partner with us to enhance your ministry?

We look forward to serving your team with leadership training, supporting you with personalized coaching, and strengthening your ministry with innovative resources. 

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