Pastors & Staff

Dave Schlagel, Pastor

Pastor Schlagel came to Marquette Manor in January of 2010. Before coming to Marquette, he served as an associate pastor in Oregon for six years. Prior to that, he served as a Christian school administrator and as a Bible college dean in Wisconsin. 

Pastor Schlagel is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and holds graduate degrees from Stanford University and Bob Jones University. He was an officer in the Navy’s submarine force for many years before sensing God’s call to full-time Christian ministry. Pastor Schlagel and his wife, Becky, both grew up in rural Minnesota. Pastor and Becky have six children: Sarah, Mark, Hannah, Paul, Esther, and Joanna.  Contact Pastor Schlagel.

Micah PotterMicah Potter, Assistant/Youth Pastor

Pastor Potter came to Marquette in August of 2013. Previous to his ministry here, Micah served in Henry, Illinois, where his duties included that of assistant pastor, youth leader, VBS director, and song leader. His passion is reaching people with the Gospel and connecting with them for discipleship and spiritual growth. He loves people of every age, and his friendly, outgoing personality allows him to connect well with children, teens, and adults alike.

Micah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Maranatha Baptist Bible College and an M.Div. from Calvary Baptist Seminary. Pastor Potter and his wife Jerian have three children, Brooklynn, Ashlyn, and Gracelyn. Contact Pastor Potter.

Debbie Askonas, Missions Secretary

Debbie grew up on the mission field in South America and has been a long-time member of Marquette. She handles correspondence with our missionaries and manages the annual Missions Conference.

She earned a Master of Arts in teaching from Rockford College and is putting those skills to use in our academy. Debbie and her husband Charlie have two adult children. Contact Debbie.


Jeff Carrillo, Song Leader

Jeff Carrillo came to Marquette Manor in 2007. Since 2008 he has served in various teaching and music ministries including song leading, adult Bible studies, choir, String Camp, and Junior Church. 

He earned a Master's of Divinity (2001) and B.A. (1994) in Bible from Bob Jones University. Jeff's passion is teaching God's Word and serving Him. Jeff and his wife Teresa have 4 energetic children who love serving with them at Marquette.  Contact Jeff.

Melanie Forrest, Business Manager

Melanie Forrest came to Marquette in 2008 and has worked in the Business Office since that time. She graduated from Bob Jones University in 1997 with a degree in Marketing. You can find her actively crunching numbers and efficiently keeping up with loads of paperwork that cross her desk. Contact Melanie.


Emily Huizinga, Church Secretary

Emily came to Marquette in 2014 and joined our staff as the Church Secretary in 2015. She brings a variety of skills and experience to her position. She and her husband Jason are anticipating the arrival of their first child in late 2015. Contact Emily.



Don Sherwin, School Administrator

Don Sherwin came to Marquette in 2015 to serve as School Administrator. He has nearly 30 years of experience in Christian education, both as a teacher and as an administrator. Don and his wife Beth are the parents of six children, ranging in ages from 15-28Contact Don.



Tim Wampler, Facilities Manager

Tim Wampler came to Marquette in 2004 to teach music in the Academy. Through the years, his role has included Fine Arts Director and Academy Principal. In 2015, he stepped into the role of Facilities Manager and continues to work with students in the Academy. He enjoys the hands-on world of construction and maintenance and desires to oversee and improve our facilities.

Tim holds a B.S. in Music Education and M.S in Educational Leadership from Bob Jones University. Contact Tim.