At POG, we know the Church is more than just four walls. It's God's people living out their lives in surrender to His will. If you're looking for details about our staff and key points of contact, you're in the right place!
PASTOR - Mickey Best
Alright, here's the formal stuff first...I graduated Wheaton College with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary with a M .Div. in Pastoral Ministry. Before we felt led to Madison to start Point of Grace, I was the youth pastor of First Assembly of God in Waupaca, Wisconsin for five years and we enjoyed a very warm and fruitful ministry there. The Wisconsin and Northern Michigan District of the Assemblies of God has provided great training, support, and accountability for POG.
If you are considering being a part of Point of Grace, the most important thing you should know about me concerns my relationship with Christ. Although I was privileged to grow up in a Christian home, I strayed from God during my high school days. He graciously disciplined me and brought me back to himself. In the process, I developed a pretty legalistic and rigid view of God. It was the fall of 1987 when I first came to understand his amazing goodness and grace. I'll spare you the details here but I'd love to talk about it if you ask! Let me just say that I came to realize what a huge difference there is between being religious and having a genuine, intimate, faith-filled relationship with God. Such a friendship with him is possible and absolutely life changing.
Besides a growing love for Jesus and a passion for his Church, I love my wife, Diane, and our three adult children: Brandon, Colton & Kailey. I also enjoy sports, history and eating. So if you ever want to talk about the Packers, kids, or the Civil War over lunch, I'm game.
Thanks for reading.
Treasurer, Bookkeeper, Tech
My name is Ross Brown and I've been with Point of Grace for 11 years. I am responsible for a variety of areas in our church. My main duties include being our church's treasurer, Elder, bookkeeper and tech leader. I have a master degree from Walden University in Non-Profit Organization and Management, a bachelor degree in Logistics, and an associates degree in Business Administration.
I have three brothers, one sister in law and two wonderful and adorable nieces. In my spare time, I like to read Scifi, play RTS games on my laptop, watch movies, and discuss history and biblical theology.
I was baptized in the Lutheran Church as an infant & was raised Lutheran. I've been in the church my entire life, but first made the Acceptance prayer at a Bill Glass crusade when I was about 11. I did the full-immersion baptism about 32 years ago.
Gina & I have been part of POG since 2004. I've been on the Elder Council for just over 3 years, prior to that I was on an Advisory Council. In addition I have been teaching pre-schooler Sunday School for over 10 years, and I help lead the POG Men's Group.
Gina & I have been married 24 years, and we live in Fitchburg. I work as a business tax auditor at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
My name is Diane Best and I have had the privilege of leading the Kids Ministry at Point of Grace Community Church for almost 15 years. I am a licensed teacher in the state of Wisconsin certified to teach 1st-8th grades. I have been happily married to Mickey for 31 years and we have three adult kids - Brandon, Colton & Kailey. I enjoy time with our family - walks, traveling, tennis and our dog - Tebow.
Ok a little about me. My name is Anthony O’Connell. I am married to Krissi, and we have a daughter Emeila. I have been with Point of Grace oh for 20 years or so, first vested Point Grace when they had services at Marcus Theaters. After my first or second visit they moved to where we hold services now. In 1991-92 I attended Word of Life Bible Institute (where you can go for a one year or 2 year course; the first year is only studying the Bible). This was one of the best years of my life, studying under great professors and even a few great Christian authors.
After a few years at Point of Grace I took over the prayer team to help myself, and to help Point of Grace become a praying church. It has been great to see how Point of Grace, by God’s grace, has grown as a church in the area of prayer. The 12 disciples knew how important it was to pray to our Heavenly Father, to the point that they asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. I think they wanted to learn how to pray because they saw Jesus setting the example by taking the time to pray. As a church we want to become more like Jesus. If you are new to Point of Grace or just visiting I encourage you to come to one of our prayer nights. If you ever want or need to pray with someone please contact me. I would love to pray with you, or come to where ever you are.
I came to know Christ at an early age, but walked away from God during my adolescence and early adulthood. God graciously worked in my life in various ways to draw me back to Him. Point of Grace was one of those ways, and I'm so grateful to be a part of this local community of believers.
I married my wife Hillary in 2015, and we welcomed our daughter Merceda in 2020. Hillary and Merceda also have a couple dogs.
I currently work as a software developer. As such, being involved in the website seemed like a natural fit. If you have ideas on how to improve the website or want to get involved, please feel free to contact me!