I was raised in a very religious Lutheran home. We had to go to church every Sunday, even if the weather was bad, and could not stay home unless we were deathly sick. I learned many of the stories in the Bible and even developed a respect for the Bible. I guess I could say that I even loved the Bible and God, but I didn't know God. When we were small, my dad even made us listen to Billy Graham when he was on TV. In fact, my dad used a Lutheran devotional book and many times would make the family sit down around the table and have devotions. As a child, I hated that. I would rather have been playing. But God used those times to plant seed in my heart.
In my teenage years I strayed far from the Bible and God until one night, when I was 19, and in a drunken stupor, I had a very close call with death. At that time this question really hit me, "What would have happened to me if I would have died?" For the next eight months, I was scared of dying and sought for peace of mind and soul. I tried reading the Bible and lived in anguish of soul for those months. Then on March 19, 1972, I was at the bottom of the barrel, loaded down with guilt and sin. I took my Bible, sat down with it, and just let the book open by itself. It opened to Romans the 12th chapter. As I began to read, many of the sinful things I had said and done in the past came to mind. With a broken heart I began to weep and told God something like this, "God, I've messed up the first 19 years of my life, I'm sorry, please forgive me! I want to give the rest of my life to you." At that point something happened! The guilt was gone! The heavy heart was gone! I became a child of God!
Around that same time I had a visit from the youth pastor of the local Baptist church. I had visited that church a few times, then was Scripturally baptized in June of 1972, and have been active in that church ever since.
To God be the glory!
Raised on a dairy farm in a strong Lutheran family, I was saved in my middle teens through personal Bible study and hearing Billy Graham’s preaching on television. I left the Lutheran church at age 20 because of Biblical convictions, and was led of the Lord to a fundamental Baptist church (now Wyldewood Baptist) in Oshkosh, WI. In 1973 I married Tricia Schulz, then attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO from 1975-1978 earning a Graduate of Theology in the Missions program. I returned to the Oshkosh area and worked a full time secular job, serving during this time as a college/adult age Sunday School teacher, and one year as Sunday School superintendent.
During this time we were diligently seeking the Lord’s direction for our future, and in 1984 we went on a mission trip to the Communist countries of Eastern Europe. While on that trip to Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and Poland, the Lord spoke to my heart and convicted me about my part in helping the oppressed and needy people of Eastern Europe. Through that opportunity I was burdened to work with the Iron Curtain ministry, Couriers For Christ, which was already a ministry of Wyldewood Baptist. On October 20, 1984 I was ordained by my church. I served as a part time representative from September 1984 to June of 1986 when I quit my full time job and went out full time in the ministry of Couriers For Christ.
I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in farming community in south central Wisconsin. I faithfully attended the Lutheran church with my family until just prior to going into the Army.
I met my wife, Cheryl, on a helicopter pad in Vietnam. We worked together in a Mash Unit in the Operating Room for about 3 months. I was then reassigned and stationed in Germany where we met again and decided to get married in the Spring of 1971. After returning to the States, I pursued several areas of interest and we finally settled in Dallas, TX., where I went to School for Bell and Howell Electronics. While in Dallas, Cheryl got saved and I made a profession of salvation. We moved shortly thereafter back to Wisconsin and I attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College, in Watertown, WI. from 1976 -1979. During that time, I dropped out of school for one year and began to question my salvation as I had no joy, no peace, no consistency or fruit in my life. In August of 1980 at the age of 31 I trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior after a Sunday morning service. My life began to change immediately as I became a new person/creature, as the Bible says in II Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are becomenew.”
After going back to College for a year, and making a Missions trip to Mexico with the Wyldewood Baptist Church, we moved to Oshkosh to attend their Bible Institute and get involved with the Printing Ministry. I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Theology in June of 1984. I was ordained at Wyldewood on October 20. 1984. I then went to work in our Bearing Precious Seed print shop and started deputation. In the Summer of 1987 I was asked to join Couriers for Christ, and after much prayer and seeking counsel from Pastor Nelson and several men of God at church I became a Representative for the Baptist Couriers for Christ Ministry.
I grew up as a missionary child. My parents (Larry and Cheryl Ingalls) are with the Couriers for Christ Ministry out of Wyldewood Baptist Church in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
I accepted Christ as my Savior during a mission's conference in Canada when I was 12 years of age. I was involved in the ministries of Wyldewood Baptist Church at the of 16 and was able to go on a couple of mission's trips before going off to Bible college. I attended one year of Fairhaven Baptist College. After completing one year, I went back to my home church and took some Bible Institute classes. At the age of 20 I had the opportunity to go on a mission's trip to Zambia, Africa for six months. After returning home from Africa, I went back to Fairhaven to finish up my schooling. It was there that I met my wife, Heather. We got married the year before we both graduated from college.
After graduating, we moved out to Auburn, New York to work at Freedom Baptist Church as an Associate Pastor under Pastor David Dunbar. During our nine years there we started a Jr. Church program, headed up a visitation program, was a Sunday School Superintendent, worked with the teens, and did whatever Pastor needed done.
It was during our mission's conference, in October, 2012 under the preaching of Bro. Nick Bickish, that God called us into missions and directed us to join the Couriers Ministry.
Please pray for us as we work with the Couriers for Christ ministry. We have a great burden to reach all of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union with the Gospel and putting Godʼs Word into the hands of the people.
Don Stertz - Founder/Director
Church Phone: (920) 235-5400
Office Phone: (920) 685-6285
Mobile Phone: (920) 379-8306
Ken Stertz - Representative
Church Phone: (920) 235-5400
Office Phone: (920) 685-2631
Mobile Phone: (920) 379-3691
Larry Ingalls - Representative
Church Phone: (920) 235-5400
Office Phone: (920) 420-8481
Mobile Phone: (920) 420-8481