Cody grew up in Appleton, WI and spent most of his time outside as an avid outdoorsman and was involved in ministry right out of high school. He went to school at Trinity College in Deerfield, IL and spent most of his college summers as a guide in the Boundary Waters and the Rocky Mountain National Park. He holds a Master’s of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he met his wife Amber. They have four children, Kaylin, Autumn, Nicole, and Grace.
Prior to moving to Rice Lake he served in the area as pastor at Arrowhead Bible Camp in New Auburn, WI. For eight years the family came to Maranatha and treasured the people of the church who were characterized by love. At the end of 2011 Cody was called to Washington State where he served as the pastor of Crossway Church in Port Orchard just across the Puget Sound from Seattle. In their three years in Washington the family worked hard loving people and were committed to discipleship and to experience the meaning of the Cross in living out the gospel each day as a way of life. And yes, as Midwesterners, they spent every moment they could in the mountains and visiting the ocean.
Overall, during his 25 years of ministry, Cody has been active in preaching periodically at various conferences and ministering in many countries including: Bolivia, England, China, the Philippines and others. He is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society where he enjoys engaging in deep thought leading to knowing God and loving devotion to Him.
Even though he misses the people, mountains, and ocean waters of Washington, Pastor Cody is glad to be “back home” to serve the Lord and do His work here in Wisconsin. This will be seen in his preaching, love for people, and care for the community and outdoor recreations which is a tradition of Maranatha. Maranatha loves the people of the Rice Lake area and, as for the Kargus family, they are excited to know and serve the Lord by equipping others to do the same, bringing honor to God.
Erik Hill, Associate Pastor
Erik was raised here in the Northwoods (in Spooner) by loving Christian parents as the youngest of three children. Sensing a call to help people, he studied Social Work while at UW-Madison. As a college student Erik served as a counselor at Arrowhead Bible Camp and found joy in walking alongside some of the youth of Maranatha in their spiritual journeys. Erik continued working with adults with various developmental disabilities in Madison for five years after finishing college. He felt an increasing desire to participate in God's work of transformation in people and decided to pursue training at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2010.
God brought Kate into Erik's life halfway through his time in seminary and they were married in June of 2015. Kate grew up in the Cleveland, OH area as the oldest of seven children. She moved to Trinity in 2008 to enroll in an Intercultural Studies program and has been working as the Coordinator of International Students since 2010. Having lived as a single into his thirties, Erik still marvels at the favor God has shown him through a wife as Godly, competent, and caring as Kate. They are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their first child this August!
Erik gets excited about seeing transformation in people as they come to know God through his Word. He loves making Jesus known to people and welcoming outsiders into community with Christians. While not spending time with friends and family, you might find Erik outside enjoying the beauty of God's creation through biking, camping, canoeing, hunting, or taking pictures.
Tony Nord, Youth Pastor
I grew up on a small family dairy farm near the BIG city of Blackduck, Minnesota (pop. 686) with my parents and three brothers. Growing up in a Christian family, I was fortunate to learn about the love, grace and forgiveness of God at an early age. After trusting in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and fully submitting my life to God at the age of 12, God began to instill in me a heart for ministry.
In 2000, I moved to the Chicago area to study ministry and wrestle at Wheaton College. While at Wheaton, I was also blessed to meet Michelle, whom I married after we graduated in 2004. We have a daughter named Laraya (rhymes with "papaya"), a son named Javen (rhymes with "raven") a girl named Layla (rhymes with nothing) and our youngest daughter, Jada. Pray for us.
In August of 2011, I completed my MDiv degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In December of 2011, I accepted the call to serve on the pastoral staff here at Maranatha EFC. I am excited and blessed to be a part of the great ministry team at Maranatha and to join the body of believers here in our mission of proclaiming the joy of salvation to a world in need and encouraging Christ's followers in their devotion to Him.
Aside from playing with my children and going on dates with my lovely bride, I also love playing sports, hiking, camping, water-skiing, downhill-skiing, spelunking, harmless pranks, coaching and preaching.
Luke Morris, Children's Pastor
I grew up in Portage, IN with my parents and older brother and sister. I remember being in our cemented basement at the age of four listening to the story of Elijah competing against the prophets of Baal, and realizing that there was only one true God, and the only way to know him was through believing in Jesus Christ. By the grace of God, from that moment, I continued to grow in my knowledge and love of the great Triune God.
In 2010 I began studying at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. During my time there I participated in multiple ministries that involved both Children and adults, and was able to teach a seminar on writing Children’s curriculum and helped establish the annual NEXT Conference for Children’s Ministry Leaders. In 2014 I graduated from Moody with a degree in Bible and Children’s Ministry.
Most recently I have directed a Campus Life (M) through Youth for Christ in Valparaiso, IN and served at SpringHill Camps as the Assistant Elementary Director at the IN location.
I love children and love the truth of the gospel. It excites me that the Lord allows the gospel to be so magnificent, yet so simple that it can be richly and fully communicated to His most precious creation, even at a young age!
When I’m not working with children, I like to be one. I enjoy running, being on stage, writing curriculum, playing group games, and drinking coffee.