Don Sutton, CEO
Strengths: Strategic, Maximizer, Arranger, Focus, Learner
Pastor Sutton presently serves as part-time CEO of Grace in Action. He also serves as Ministry Coordinator at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm, MN. He has been a parish pastor since 1979 serving both missions and large, established congregations. In addition to his role as a parish pastor, he has been a leader at the circuit, district, and synodical levels. Pastor Sutton not only has a passion for ministry, but also for planning and helping leaders to be the best that they can be to God’s glory as they lead fellow Christians in carrying out the Great Commission. His specialties are Transformational Leadership, strategic planning, team building, and CliftonStrengths.
Gary Jeffers, Development Director
Strengths: Positivity, Belief, Adaptability, Ideation, Maximizer
Gary Jeffers serves as Development Director with Grace in Action. He is a California native and has lived in Arizona since 1983. He was in banking for over 20 years and was a Thrivent Financial representative for over 12 years. Although never a called worker, Gary has served at various WELS churches in elected positions and on numerous boards and committees. Additionally, Gary was involved in the creation and start up of two mission congregations in the Phoenix area. He is passionate about being a Growth Group leader. He and his wife Brenda have two daughters and two grandchildren. His specialties include leadership, financial training and advice, and fundraising.
Greg Schmill, Ministry Leadership Director
Strengths: Learner, Achiever, Input, Connectedness, Responsibility
Greg Schmill has been a WELS teacher/administrator for over thirty-five years, having served a total of thirteen years as principal and upper grade teacher in Delano, Minnesota, and in Maitland, Florida. He has also served as a teacher, guidance director, and assistant principal at Manitowoc Lutheran High School for fourteen years. He next served as the synod’s Forward with Lutheran Schools (FWLS) educational consultant, where he worked with congregations to begin and strengthen full-time children’s ministries. He continued synodical service for five more years as the Director of the Commission on Lutheran Schools (CLS). His passion for supporting and encouraging WELS school and church leaders led him to accept the call to begin serving with Grace in Action. He develops and delivers leadership training and coaching support for WELS pastors, principals, and ministry leadership. His specialties include team building, spiritual-emotional-physical health and resiliency, CliftonStrengths, leadership/life coaching, communications, and service to multi-generations.
Peter Wolfgramm, Director of Operations
Strengths: Harmony, Consistency, Responsibility, Discipline, Relator
Peter Wolfgramm serves as Administrator and Presenter with Grace in Action. He has a variety of ministry experience having served as a teacher or staff minister in several congregations throughout the midwest since 1996. His passions for ministry include outreach, youth, Bible study, and organizing events. He and his wife Missy live in Appleton, Wisconsin, and have a high school age son.
Scott Gostchock, Consultant
Strengths: Relator, Achiever, Responsibility, Learner, Discipline
Dr. Scott Gostchock, in addition to serving as a training consultant for GIA, serves as president of a consulting division in a new company called Partner2Learn. He has served cross-cultural, inner city, urban education as a teacher and administrator for over 20-years. He also is teaching online and on campus for a number of different colleges and universities in training teachers and leaders for urban education, executive leadership, and other various areas of service. His specialties are executive leadership training and coaching, strategic planning, CliftonStrengths, team building, classroom management, communications, and various other areas of training and development.
Steve Granberg, Consultant
Strengths: Connectedness, Harmony, Belief, Relator, Developer
Steve Granberg, before joining the GIA team, spent over 30 years serving as principal for two Lutheran Elementary Schools and for two Area Lutheran High Schools. Steve's ministry background includes urban and outlying district experiences as well as service in the "heartland." He enjoys serving the church at large, assisting with district and synod work - including twelve years of service on the WELS Commission on Lutheran Schools. He appreciates all he has learned from servant-leaders throughout his ministry years, and he is blessed to be able to support leaders and leadership teams in their work to reach and teach the lost and to grow and encourage the found. Steve's wife Leslie teaches at a Lutheran Elementary School, and they have three grown children.