Meet Our Leadership

The leadership of Apple Valley Presbyterian Church is made up of elders and deacons. The elders are made up of teaching elders who are called to full time gospel ministry (our pastor) and ruling elders who, along with the pastor, are involved in the shepherding and oversight of the congregation as well as overseeing the ministries of the church.

Rev. John Hartley

Pastor

Rev. John Hartley has been pastor of Apple Valley Presbyterian Church since 2010, having previously been a pastor in Vermont for 10 years. He is a Wisconsin native growing up in New Berlin and graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned his Master of Theology degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. In 1995 he married his wife, Jen. She holds an M.A. in New Testament Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently home-schooling the youngest two of their five children. The Hartleys live near the church in the Village of Fox Crossing along with their always chipper Hobbit pup, Pippin.

Fred Fudge

Ruling Elder

Fred was born and raised in middle Georgia. In 1989, he married Shari and they have three children, Hannah, John, and Lydia. The kids were all born in New London and are members of AVPC. Fred and Shari have been members of Apple Valley since 1992 with Fred being an elder since 1995.

Fred graduated from Georgia Tech and works selling raw materials to the foundries and steel mills in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In his spare time, Fred enjoys the outdoors, especially the shooting sports, hunting and fishing with his family.

One of Fred's favorite scripture passages is Ephesians 2:4 and 5 - "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ---by grace you have been saved."

Mark Huenink

Ruling Elder

Mark grew up in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin. Mark and his wife Lynn (also from Cedar Grove) have five children (Greg, Kristine, Kimberlyn, Kara and Kelli)and nine grandchildren. Mark and Lynn have been affiliated with Apple Valley Presbyterian Church from the beginning in 1986. Mark has been a ruling elder for over 20 years, and regularly teaches the new members class our youth when they join the church as communicant members.

Mark has enjoyed his career as a teacher, coach and administrator. He currently serves as the Director of Human Resources for the Appleton Area School District. He is a fan of the Green Bay Packers and enjoys his time with family and the challenges of golf.

Eric Johnson

Ruling Elder

Eric was born and raised in southern New Jersey in a Christian family. He accepted the forgiveness of Christ for his sins as a young boy as he prayed with his mother at bedtime. He met his wife Barbara while working in the quality control lab for a plastics product company and married in 1990. The Johnsons have two children and two grandchildren. Their youngest daughter, Becky is an accomplished musician. Eric and Barb have been members of Apple Valley Presbyterian Church since 1992 with Eric being an elder since 1995.

Eric graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts with degrees in Chemical Engineering and specialization in polymer processing. He recently retired from Kimberly-Clark where he worked in research as a patent facilitator, helping inventors identify and file patents to protect their innovations. In his spare time, Eric is an organic gardener and voracious reader. As a cancer survivor (in remission since 2008) Eric has an particular empathy for those who are battling the many types of cancer. Eric is involved with the Gideons and loves to speak at churches about this ministry as well as to place Bibles into the hands of those in need.

Eric has several favorite passages from the Bible including Ephesians 2:4 – 9, Romans 10:17 and Hebrews 13:5 ”… be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.””

Steve Schmidt

Ruling Elder

Steve grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and attended college and medical school there. While completing his residencies in Philadelphia, he met and married his wife, Katie. It was during his time in Philadelphia while attending Tenth Presbyterian Church, that he embraced reformed theology. Steve enjoys photography, biking and spending time with his wife and two children. He remains a diehard Cardinals fan. He helps to teach the senior high Sunday School class. The Schmidts have lived in Northeast Wisconsin since 2004.

Steve Veldhorst

Ruling Elder

Steve was born and raised in Cedar Grove, WI. In 1985, he married his high school sweetheart, Kay. They have 3 children (Amy, Katelyn and Bradley). Steve has a degree in Accounting from UW-Whitewater and works for MBM in Appleton, WI. Steve enjoys boating, biking, fishing, golfing, watching various sports and spending time with his wife and 3 children. He teaches the high school/jr high Sunday School class. The Veldhorsts reside in Neenah, WI.

Steve's favorite verse is Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. It is not by works, so that no one can boast”

Deacons

The Scriptures designate the office of deacon as distinct and perpetual in the church. Deacons are called to show forth the compassion of Christ in a manifold ministry of mercy toward the saints and strangers on behalf of the church. To this end they exercise, in the fellowship of the church, a recognized stewardship of care and of gifts for those in need or distress.  - from the Book of Church Order of the OPC, 2011

Paul Dyk

Deacon

Paul grew up on a dairy farm in Ontario Canada.  He met his lovely wife, Neva, while attending Dordt College.  Paul works as a dairy nutritionist with a liquid feed company (QLF) where he helps other nutritionists and dairy farmers (and their cows!) in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Paul lives near Pipe, with his wife and four daughters, Madelyn, Lydia, Elynor, and Julyana.  In his spare time, he follows the Packers, Brewers and Maple Leafs.

Greg Harness

Deacon

Greg has been a resident of the Neenah area for all of his life. He currently works at Curwood in New London, but previously drove a semi truck for 25 years. Greg and his wife, Wendy, have been married since 1993 and have four children. Greg and Wendy have been members of Apple Valley Presbyterian Church since 2004.

Josh Johnston

Deacon

Josh was born in Minnesota, raised in Minnesota and Ohio, and has since lived in several midwest cities with his wife and growing family. He came to AVPC in the summer of 2012 and has been a deacon since 2015. Presently he lives in Southwest Green Bay with his wife and six children where he works as an anesthesiologist. Josh teaches the third and fourth grade Sunday School class.

Corey Lee

Deacon

Corey grew up in New England, living in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York before moving to Arizona in 1968. Married to LuAnn in 1975, they have two grown children Matthew and Marisa plus four grandchildren (so far). Corey and LuAnn have been members of Apple Valley Presbyterian Church since 1996 and Corey has been a deacon and trustee since the same date.

Corey works for the agricultural department at Fox Valley Technical College where he teaches agricultural mechanics and dealership management.

Bill McClone

Deacon

Bill was born and raised in Appleton. He is a principal at a local elementary school in the Appleton School District. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Elissa,  and their two children, Caleb and Natalia.  He also enjoys reading, helping others, hiking and all sports. His favorite Bible verse is I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Lee Neerhof

Deacon

Lee grew up in Eastern Wisconsin (Waldo).  In 1965 while doing a church work camp in Kentucky he met his wife, Lorna.  They were married in 1969 and have four children, Lorinda, Lenore, Lyle, and Lisa, and three grandchildren.  Lee received a degree in marketing from Lakeshore Technical College. For ten years he ran hardware stores and then for twenty three years he was the general manager of a manufacturing plant in Neenah, making wood finishes.  Lee and Lorna have been at Apple Valley Presbyterian Church since 1987.  Lee has been a deacon here since 1993. He has taught Sunday School for different ages.  Lee  enjoys helping others and finding deals at stores, auctions, liqidation sales and estate sales.  Lee is also a Gideon and helps with the distribution of Bibles.

 

A favorite verse is John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."