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Pastor Huebner
Lead pastor

Pastor James Huebner

(414) 271-3006, ext. 103

In 1982, James Huebner (pronounced Heeb-ner) became the eighth pastor in the 175-year history of Grace Church. When he came to Grace, the congregation had 429 members, most of whom were retirees. However, the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Milwaukee brought younger adults who found Grace Church and, under God’s blessing, the congregation has more than doubled.

Pastor Huebner’s ministry responsibilities at Grace include overall administration, leadership development, and worship planning, along with regular preaching and teaching. Pastor Huebner also serves in administrative leadership positions within the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), the church body with which Grace is affiliated.

An avid sports fan, Pastor Huebner enjoys watching and participating in many sports. He is married to Anne, a licensed practicing psychologist. “Pastor H” and “Dr. Anne” have two children, a son who serves as the campus pastor at Wisconsin Lutheran High School, a daughter who works at a corporation in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and is married to a Lutheran pastor. Pastor H and Dr. Anne have four grandchildren.

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Outreach pastor

Pastor Brian Hackmann

(414) 271-3006, ext. 104

Pastor Hackmann joined the team at Grace in May 2019. Prior to moving to Milwaukee, he served as the pastor of a congregation in Eagle River, Alaska. He is married to a wonderful woman named Tricia who is the glue that holds the Hackmann family together. Pastor Hackmann and Tricia have 6 kids. Tricia is a 3rd Grade teacher at a school in our church body here in the Milwaukee area.    

Pastor Hackmann serves Grace as the outreach pastor, coordinating Bible Information Classes, following-up on visitors, and exploring ways to get Grace, and more importantly the name of Jesus, out into our Milwaukee community.  He also shares preaching and teaching responsibilities with his fellow pastors at Grace.  

Being raised in Milwaukee, cheering for the Wisconsin sports teams has been a passion for as long as he can remember, but it’s a lot easier to do from Milwaukee than Alaska. He enjoys following those teams and poking in from time to time to see them in person. He loves cheering on his kids as they play sports and grow and mature into fine, godly, young people. The family loves to explore the places they are blessed to call home and are excited to get to know and see more of southeastern Wisconsin.

If you are ever downtown, stop in at Grace. Pastor Hackmann would love to meet you!  

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Discipleship Pastor

Pastor Matt Scharf

(414) 271-3006

Pastor Matt Scharf was born in West Allis, WI. He attended Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI (2005), Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN (2009), and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon (2013). Upon graduation from the Seminary, Pastor Scharf was assigned to Martin Luther College to serve as a dormitory supervisor and classroom instructor. After three years of ministry at the college, he was reassigned to serve as the assistant to the Nebraska District President at Hope Lutheran Church in Manhattan, KS. In June 2016, Pastor Scharf married Rachel Sellnow, just a couple weeks before moving to Kansas. The Lord richly blessed their seven years of ministry in the Flint Hills of Kansas with opportunities to share the gospel, love their neighbors, and serve with fellow dedicated gospel servants. The Lord also blessed Pastor and Rachel with four children.

Pastor Scharf’s area of responsibility at Grace is to serve as the discipleship pastor: to preach and teach the good news of Christ crucified and risen for sinners; to connect people to Jesus through his Word; and connect people to each other by building relationships around the best news of all, Christ for us

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Music Minister

Kevin Becker

(414) 271-3006, ext. 111

Kevin Becker has been serving as the Music Minister since July 2019, having previously served as Church Administrator since 2012. As the Music Minister, Kevin is responsible for planning and selecting music for worship, directing the Grace Choir, coordinating and recruiting instrumentalists, and incorporating young musicians into worship.

Kevin has degrees in piano performance and music composition and has been playing for worship since high school. Kevin has also instructed college music courses, taught private piano lessons, and has experience accompanying singers and dancers. Kevin and his wife, Stacy, have been members at Grace since 2008, and they have two sons.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters… It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
– Colossians 3:23-24


Carolyn Schulz

office assistant

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Cate Jaworski

Church Administrator, Office Management

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Veronica Brewer

Events director

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Chelsie Mattek

events and marketing coordinator

Contact Chelsie to inquire about a wedding ceremony in the church, our Happy Hobby Hour events, First Fridays concert series, or other community events at Grace.

Christopher Lepp

Communications and Marketing Director

Contact Chris to inquire about questions regarding communication at Grace Downtown including the website and media inquiries.

Grace Evangelical
Lutheran Church
1209 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 271-3006

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