Our Team

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Brian Petak

Pastor of Outreach
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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. The last five years have been exciting as we've continued to grow our relationships with our strategic partners all around the world. It’s such a privilege to travel to many of these places, and I love thinking strategically with our ministry partners on how to build the Church, train and launch leaders, and disciple believers.

Petak Family 293pxFamily: Married my best friend, Heidi, in 2001 after stealing her from our sister church, Fellowship Bible Church in NW Arkansas. We have four active boys: Josiah (9), Jonathan (7), Joshua (5) and Justin (3).

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

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 a part of a church that is so intentional about its mission and calling. My job involves serving in our equipping and global ministries. I get to help equip our body to be wise stewards of their time, talents and treasure, as well as catch a glimpse of what God is doing all around the globe! I have worked at two previous churches—as a youth pastor. Born and raised in Canada, Nashville has been my home now for many years. I am a big country music fan and closet country songwriter!

Guinness Family 293pxFamily: 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 (9), Bethany (7) and Tyler (2). Can’t recall there ever being a dull moment at our house!

Likes: Songwriting, racquetball, date nights with my wife, coaching my kids in b-ball and soccer, and watching the Lakers dominate.

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 fun and challenging working with Brian and Joel and serving all of our country champions, trip leaders and mission teams. I'm still amazed at all we do globally and by our global ministry partners and their wives. They serve Christ in hard places around the world! It’s a privilege to be part of a community that “comes along side” and supports them.

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

Likes: Netflix, treadmill, dates with my husband, spending time with our son, enjoying the grandkids, and camping on the Duck River (in good weather).

Interesting trivia: Growing up, I lived in Tennessee, Massachusetts, Florida, Kentucky, and Georgia.

Memorable "Global" moment: Hearing the global partners speak at a staff lunch in 2009. It was a small gathering and we had a chance to hear the partners talk from their hearts. It was an emotional connection for me and humbling. I saw a glimpse of their love for Christ, their steadfast faith, and their commitment to serve Him in spite of very difficult circumstances.