Pastor Don Sutton
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Pastor Sutton has been a parish pastor since 1979 serving congregations in Lansing, MI, Portland, MI. Watertown, WI, and New Ulm, MN. In addition to his role as a parish pastor, he has served as a circuit pastor, chairman of the WELS Family Ministry Committee, chairman of the WELS Board for Ministerial Education, a member of the WELS Synodical Council, and until recently, 1st Vice-president of the Minnesota District of WELS. He has written items for Northwestern Publishing House and developed various leadership tools for the congregations he has served.
He and his wife, Joanne, are blessed with five adult children. In his spare time he enjoys reading and outdoor activities.
Pastor Sutton not only has a passion for ministry, but also for planning and developing leadership for ministry. He feels blessed to have had the opportunity to grow in leadership knowledge and skills, and to have worked with great leaders, both lay and called. As a veteran pastor working with Grace in Action, he looks forward to helping other leaders to be the best that they can be to God’s glory as they lead fellow Christians in carrying out the Great Commission.
Dr. Scott Gostchock
Dr. Scott Gostchock, in addition to serving as the Executive Director for GIA, serves as a site director for Pilgrim Church and School in South Minneapolis, a nonprofit specializing in urban education and multicultural programming. He has served cross-cultural, inner city, urban education as a teacher and administrator for 15 years. He also is teaching online and on campus for a number of different colleges and universities in training teachers and leaders for urban education and leadership.
Greg has been a WELS teacher and administrator for thirty years, having served eight years as principal and upper grade teacher at Mt. Olive in Delano, Minnesota, and five years as principal and upper grade teacher at King of Kings in Maitland, Florida. He has also served as a teacher, guidance director, and assistant principal at Manitowoc Lutheran High School for fourteen years. After serving several years as a part-time consultant with Forward with Lutheran Schools(FWLS), he served as the synod’s full-time FWLS educational consultant. In this call he worked with congregations of the WELS to begin and strengthen preschools, childcares, elementary schools, and area Lutheran high schools. He then served as the Director of the Commission on Lutheran Schools (CLS). In this position he continued to oversee FWLS in addition carrying out his leadership roles and responsibilities within CLS. He began his service as president of the Ministry Leadership Institute on July 1, 2014.