Meet Our Pastors

Pastor GormongRon Gormong, Senior Pastor

rgormong@spoonerwesleyan.org

When I joined the SWC staff:  May 1988

What areas of ministry I work in:  Preaching & Teaching, Leading the staff and church board, pastoral counseling & care

My family: My wife Karen, with whom I share love, life, and ministry (since 1988).  Karen is also a nurse in assisted living. Three children:  Brittany -  an elementary school teacher who connects well with kids and serves the church with her keyboard and vocal gifts; Ethan - a Chemistry major, with hopes of one day becoming a professor; drumming and beat-boxing are interests of his; Gracia - soon headed off to college, enjoys drama and music, and is involved in worship at Spooner Wesleyan.

When I came to Christ: Age 15

Education: A.B. In Mathematics, with a Minor in Computer Science from Indiana State University; Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary

Previous lines of work: Computer Programer

Favorite food: Caramel Pecan Ice Cream

Snack food: Popcorn

Favorite place in the world: Weekend away in the Twin Cities doing something fun with Karen

Favorite sports team: Green Bay Packers

Bible story: Moses

Life verse:  Philippians 1:6“  And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

Most people don’t know this about me:  I was on a weekly radio program, starting at age 15

A favorite book (besides the Bible):  Anything by John Ortberg

My favorite movie:  “What about Bob?”

 

 

Pastor Knox

Mike Knox, Associate Pastor

mknox@spoonerwesleyan.org

When I joined the SWC staff: First time, 1997-2005; Second time, 2016

What areas of ministry I work in: Adult Discipleship & Connections

My family: Amy, "the other half of my orange." Twin daughters, Trisha & Rikki, and a son, Jacob. Two grandkids.

Education: B.S., Biology, Virginia Tech; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary

Previous lines of work: Lab Technician, Machinist, Missionary

Favorite food: Porkchops (or any meat from a pig!)

Someday I want to: Sail the world

Favorite place to pray: In the woods or on a mountain.

Hobbies: Woodworking, house projects

Favorite sports team: Sorry, I'm not into sports.

Most memorable advice someone gave me: "Don't volunteer for nuthin'!" (on joining the Army)

Most people don't know this about me: I used to raise cockroaches for genetic research

 

Pastor Cooper

Patrick Cooper, Pastor of Student Ministries

pcooper@spoonerwesleyan.org

When I joined the SWC staff:  October 2013

What areas of ministry I work in: Student Ministries including children and youth

My family: I am married, no children, my wife's name is Ashley

When I came to Christ: I came to Christ at a very young age

Education: Studied Youth Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University.  Received a Bachelor's of Art in Youth Ministry

Previous lines of work: I was a manager and a salesman for a large agriculture fertilizer company

Favorite food: I love pizza and potatoes

Snack food: Chips Ahoy cookies

Favorite place in the world: Rocky Mountain National Park

Favorite hobbies: Following, playing, and watching all sports

Favorite sports team: Pro-- Chicago, College-- Indiana

Bible story: Matthew Chapter 9, Jesus calls Matthew to be his disciple and then proceeds to tell the pharisees he has come for those who know they are sick, not for those who pretend to be righteous.  It creates a sense of hope for me, that I too can share in the gift of salvation as broken as I may be.  It also creates a sense of purpose and meaning to my life to share this truth with as many people as possible.

Life verse: Phil 4:13  "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me Strength"

God came through in a huge way when:  I fell asleep at the wheel and should have crashed and most likely died, but for whatever reason, God protected me and used that experience to create a very deep sense of purpose to my life.  

Most people don't know this about me:  I once interviewed for the Secret Service

A favorite book (besides the Bible): (or… A book I recommend:) The Ragamuffin Gospel (Brennan Manning)

My favorite movie: Hoosiers!

 

Pastor Kara Vincent

Kara Vincent, Worship Arts

kvincent@spoonerwesleyan.org

 

When I joined the SWC staff:  November 2014

What areas of ministry I work in:  Worship & Creative Art

My family: My husband Zach, who ministers to college kids in Duluth, Superior, and Cloquet through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. I love exploring, drinking coffee, and playing board games with him! My oldest daughter, Brynn, who is the most princess-y princess you will ever meet. She loves to share, sing, and jump. So much jumping. My middle daughter, Simone, who is as feisty as they come. She has a wild imagination and wants to do everything Brynn does. And our youngest son, Kallum. He's just a tiny one, but he's all smiles, all the time.

When I came to Christ: Sometime my junior year of High School

Education: A.B. In Christian Ministry with a focus on Counseling, and lots of Art classes, too.

Other jobs: Photographer, Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Crafter Extraordinaire, Reclaimed Wood Artist

Favorite food: Mexican Anything

Snack food: Trail Mix

Favorite place in the world: Kennebunkport, Maine

Favorite sports team: Green Bay Packers!!!!!!!!

Favorite bible story: Amos

Life verse: Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Most people don’t know this about me:  My two front teeth are fake.

A favorite book (besides the Bible):  I don't really read anything non ministry related... HGTV Magazine? :)

My favorite movie:  The Emperors New Groove

Pastor Drake

LeRoy Drake, Pastoral Care

ldrake@spoonerwesleyan.org

When I joined the SWC staff: May 2011

What areas of ministry I work in: Congregational Care

My family: Wife, my high school sweetheart, Dorene. Three children: Jackie, an RN at UW-Madison; Jeffrey, Minister in Minnesota; Jerry, school teacher and coach in Michigan. We have six grandchildren.

When I came to Christ: About age 10

Education: A.A. in Math, Miltonvale Wesleyan College; A.B. in Religion, Marion College (now IWU)

Previous lines of work: Farm Worker, Factory Worker, Lab Tech, Painter, Construction

Favorite food: Meat and Potatoes

Snack food: Trail Mix

Favorite place: Home

Hobbies: Wood Working, Hunting, Fishing

Favorite sports team: Packers

Favorite verse: Isaiah 40:31 "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint."

Favorite book: Jan Karon's Mitford Series