Jef Skinner, Senior Pastor
Pastor Jef and his wife Paula began their ministry at Gospel Baptist Church in 2002. They have three grown children and 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters. Pastor Jef is a Law Enforcement Chaplain for Sparta Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff, Wisconsin State Patrol, Department of Natural Resources, and Tomah Area Ambulance Service.
Matt Vandeleest, Elder
Matt Vandeleest came to Gospel Baptist Church in October 2018, after serving as the associate pastor for discipleship at a church replant in La Crosse. Matt has also served as lead pastor for a non-denominational church in Sparta. Additionally, Matt has worked in the healthcare industry for the last twelve years, serving the military and first responders. Currently, Matt is pursuing a Masters in theology. Matt enjoys studying history, playing with his kids and working with his hands. He lives in West Salem with his wife Molly and four children, Isaiah, Asher, Micah, and Hadassah. The Vandeleest family is thrilled to be members of GBC, and look forward to years of fruitful ministry.
Eric Dunford, Elder
Eric graduated from Maranatha Baptist University with a B.A. in Social Studies Education and a Masters Degree from American Public University. He joined GBC in the spring of 2015. He has served as an elder at GBC since January 2019. Eric works full time for the Wisconsin Air National Guard at Volk Field. In his spare time, Eric enjoys watching football, reading, and running. He and his wife, Amy, live in Tomah along with their four children, where they hope the Lord will keep them for many years to come.