Gray Wavy Background

Our Historical Timeline

1980    ​Year of incorporation for Greater Wausau Christian Services Ten area congregations extend wish institutional chaplaincy known as GWCS:  First English, St. Mark Luthern, Good Shepard, Immanuel, St. Stephen, Mt. Calvary, Pilgrim, Trinity-Wausau, Trinity-Stettin & Zion

1981    The Rev. Edwin R Schwanke is installed as Chaplain/Director and Jail and Health Care Ministries begin
 
1982    Bethlehem joins GWCS, Christian education classes for the developmentally disabled begin at
Marathon County Health Care Center and First Stephen Care Team commissioned
 
1983    Eastside ministry proposed (The Neighbor’s Place)
                       
1984    First Chaplain in Residence at St. Mark Lutheran
 
1985    Ministry at Alzheimer’s Unit Health Care Center begins
 
1987    Intensive plan to enroll new congregations begins and the Neighbor’s Place begins operating
 
1988    St. Paul’s United Church of Christ becomes a GWCS member congregation and initial Jail Rehabilitation Program begins
           
1989    Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist joins GWCS
 
1990    Jail Volunteers commissioned
 

1991   Trinity Junior High youth begin to work with the Developmentally Disabled class at the Health Care Center
 
1992    Marathon County designates new funding for the Criminal Justice Volunteer Coordinator
 
1993    GWCS works with County officials to develop the position of Justice Systems coordinator and GWCS applauded at State Chaplains conference for: Stephen Care Team, Congregational caring ministry to institutions, and Secure funding from congregations
 

1994    Christian Education classes for the Developmentally Disabled at Mount Olive Lutheran Church begins. The Rev. Edwin R. Schwanke, Chaplain/Director retires on December 30th
 
1995    The Rev. Dale Svendsen is installed as Chaplain/Director on November 5th
 
1996   Bible distribution emphasized at the Marathon County Jail
 
1997    Videotapes used for promotion of ministry
 
1998    The Rev. Dale Svendsen resigns after accepting another call on January 11th.  The Rev. Wendell Peterson is installed as Chaplain/Director on October 11th.  Marlene Schalow joins GWCS as secretary on October 26th
 
1999    Christ Lutheran becomes a GWCS member congregation,“Kids Kount” Program (distribution of gifts to children of inmates at the Marathon County Jail) first takes place
 
2000    Elderly Care Services Survey taken, Delores Kessel begins as therapist to female inmates at Marathon County Jail in April
 
2001    Joni Juergens begins as Bible study leader to female inmates in Marathon County Jail in April. An Ad Hoc Committee of the Board of Directors meets with Pastors and members of congregations to help set the future direction of GWCS
 
2003    Delores Kessel begins a new program called “Breaking Barriers” at the Marathon County Jail in January.
Joni Juergens begins a new position with GWCS as Volunteer Coordinator in April.  Dixie Lee Weber begins a new program at Marathon County juvenile center in April
 
2004    Dixie Lee Weber resigns from program at Marathon County juvenile center in May
 
2005    Sally Scinto Reinertson begins as Bible study leader to female inmates at Marathon County Jail.  Joni Juergens and the Rev. Wendell Peterson resigns as Chaplain/Director.  St. Peter’s Lutheran Church joins Greater Wausau Christian Services. St. John’s Episcopal Church leaves Greater Wausau Christian Services in October.
 
2006    Daniel Kohn begins as Dir. in January, after being the interim coordinator for Jail ministries. Delores Kessel resigns from Breaking Barriers Program in March. Charles Sanders begins the Breaking Barriers Program in November. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church leaves greater Wausau Christian Services in February.
 
2009     B.J. Guderian takes over the Breaking Barriers Program from March to November. Charles Sanders resigns from Breaking Barriers Program in January.       
 
2010    Ray Slatton becomes Director of Greater Wausau Christian Services in January. Daniel Kohn resigns to take a post as Pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Altoona WI.  Kristina Schultz takes over the Breaking Barriers Program in March
 
2011    New Hope Community Church joins Greater Wausau Christian Services. Kristina Schultz resigns the Breaking Barriers Program in October

2012    Breaking Barriers – Huber Sessions held at our offices for inmates.  We now hold 6 classes per week – 5 inside Marathon County Jail & 1 outside of the Jail

2013   Tanya Grupe started a Women's Inmate Group. 

2014    Moved from our former location.  Kathy LaPorte started leading the Huber Breaking Barriers.

2015     Mt. Olive Lutheran Church joins GWCS

2017    The Joseph Project started with the first session held on July 25th  

2018    St. Stephen Lutheran Church re-joins GWCS

2019    Pastor Yauo Yang, pastor of The Cross church took over The Joseph Project

2020    Covid-19 Pandemic hit in March.  All nursing home and jail services were suspended for months.    Limited services began in September.

Patricia (Pat) Rogala, a volunteer with GWCS for 25+ years retired. Sally Scinto-Reinertson, a volunteer with GWCS for 16+ years retired. Kathy LaPorte, a volunteer with GWCS for 10+ years retired. All three of these women were presented with a plaque in recognition of their dedication and commitment to GWCS.

2021    A plaque was presented to Nancy Kohorn-Henricks for her dedicated service doing the Huber Breaking Barriers classes.  The Jail started allowing limited programming in March.

2022    After 23 plus years, Marlene Schalow retired March 30th as Administrative Assistant. Sharon Michalski takes over as the new Administrative Assistant.