Our Team

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Brian Petak

Pastor of Outreach & Missional Living
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About: Came to Fellowship in 1998 as the worship pastor after spending eight years on staff at Grace Church in Racine, WI. After eight years in the worship and arts ministry, the opportunity to lead our Global Outreach efforts was presented—and I couldn't pass it up. I've really enjoyed continuing to grow our relationships with our strategic partners all around the world, traveling to many of these places, and thinking strategically with our ministry partners. In 2013, the church leadership asked me to also oversee our local outreach efforts and we added the language "missional living" in thinking about how to encourage each of us live with the posture of a missionary right where we live - with the gospel at the very center of who we are and rhythms by which we live.

Petak Family 293pxFamily: Married my best friend, Heidi, in 2001 after stealing her from our sister church, Fellowship Bible Church in Northwest Arkansas. We have four active boys: Josiah (12), Jonathan (10), Joshua (8) and Justin (5). (An two birds, a rabbit, a fish, a cat, and whatever the cat brings in.)

Likes: Songwriting, classical and jazz piano, running, cycling, triathlon, coaching boys' sports teams, Green Bay Packers, camping, climbing Colorado's 14ers, and quality time with friends.

Interesting trivia: I played the National Anthem at many Milwaukee Brewers baseball games (though I'm really a Chicago Cubs fan), and performed music at events for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.

Memorable "Global" moment: A few years ago, a team of us washed the feet of the tired, hard-working ALARM staff and leaders in Lietnhom, South Sudan. I'll never forget this humbling experience—especially washing the feet of William Duop, over 80 yrs old, former animist witch doctor who had become a believer in Christ, and now an outspoken evangelist in the region.

Joel Guinness

Adult Ministries Associate
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About: I have been on staff at Fellowship since 2004. I love being part of a church that is so intentional about its mission and calling. My job involves serving in our outreach, men's and equipping departments. When I'm not at work or being a dad and husband, I am studying towards my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (Liberty University). Born and raised in Canada, Nashville has been my home now for many years. I am a fan of all music that is good, and a closet country songwriter!

Guinness Family 196pxFamily: I married my fabulous wife, Jill, in 1995. I resonate with the writer of Proverbs 31: “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” We have three amazing children: Nathan (12), Bethany (10) and Tyler (5). Can’t recall there ever being a dull moment at our house!

Likes: Playing basketball and racquetball, date nights with my wife, coaching my kids in sports, and watching the NBA Finals.

Interesting triva: When I go through security at the airport, I set off the beeper. (Due to a joint replacement in 2011, my right hip is made out of cobalt-chrome.)

Memorable "Global" moment: Karachaevsk, Russia – July, 2008. Teaching at a teen camp in a wide open valley, surrounded by the Caucasus Mountains…seeing 15 teens place their faith in Christ!

Pat Wilson

Global & Equipping Ministries Assistant
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About: I came to Fellowship in 2008. It’s great working with Brian and Joel, serving our global and local partners, and giving logistical support to trip leaders and teams. I love the concept we have at Fellowship of long-term strategic partners. I’m still amazed by all the things we do in our own backyard and the world.

Pat Wilson Family 293pxFamily: I married my husband, Chris in 1978. When people ask us, “What’s the secret for staying married?,” Chris says, “Marry the right person,” and I say, “God’s grace.” Truly, it is God’s grace that keeps a marriage strong! We have a son, Christopher, and two beautiful grandchildren, Jaylen and Brianna.

Likes: Weekend road trips and dates with my husband, taking long drives in the country, visiting small town antique shops, going to garage sales and flea markets, and watching movies on Netflix.

Interesting trivia: The summer after high school graduation, I spent six weeks touring France, Italy, England, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. One of the best experiences of my life!

Memorable "Global" moment: Hearing the global partners speak at a staff lunch in 2009. I saw a glimpse of their love for Christ, their steadfast faith, and their commitment to serve Him in hard places around the world.