Our guest pastor for the Mission Festival scheduled for August 12 is Pastor Mark Jeske. A Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus Lutheran Church on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. During those earlier years of his long tenure there, he made a personal commitment not to abandon the inner city when racial tensions caused urban flight to accelerate. He led the struggling church and its elementary school through those troubled times, not only keeping their doors from closing, but also helping both flourish and grow into the twenty-first century.
Today St. Marcus is a thriving multicultural congregation of over 1,000 members. It successfully operates numerous outreach ministries. St. Marcus School is nationally known as an innovative, Christ-centered educational institution recognized for its high standards of academic achievement with an enrollment over 975.
Pastor Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in November of 2001. An accomplished instrumentalist, Pastor Jeske enjoys playing with his church’s regionally known choir, United Voices of Praise. Pastor Jeske and his wife, Carol, an elementary school teacher, live on the east side of Milwaukee. They are blessed with four grown children