Ministry Staff

Andy Perry

Teaching Elder/Pastor


      Andy has been in pastoral ministry since 1997, serving churches in North Dakota and Iowa before coming to BPC in 2014. His greatest ministry passions are mentoring men, leading discipleship small groups, helping God’s people put their spiritual gifts to use, and unfolding the goodness of the gospel by preaching book by book through the Bible. Andy studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Reformed Theological Seminary.

      Some of Andy’s favorite ways to wind down include reading history, cycling, playing tennis, visiting architecturally rich neighborhoods, and listening to music from the 70’s. Andy is married to Terri and dad to Carson and Evan. He is also a die-hard fan of the Wisconsin Badgers.

Kesh Pillai

Youth director


      Kesh, who hails from Chicagoland, came to BPC through Tentmakers as a part-time youth director in 1994.  Since that time he's married Sue, become dad to five great kids, and discipled hundreds of youth - many of whom are actively serving Christ around the world.  His passion for  life is infectious. 

      Along with directing our C.H.A.O.S. youth ministry, Kesh also teaches at an alternative high school in Wausau.  He has a Master's Degree in Education and a Certificate in Biblical Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary.

      To unwind Kesh enjoys competing in obstacle courses and doing other crazy things that most people his age have long abandoned.  If you bring him a limitless supply of burritos from Taco Bell he will be your friend forever.  

Ruling elders

Paul Strand

Ruling Elder/Session Clerk


      Paul has been an elder at BPC for more than twenty years.  A retired math teacher, Paul enjoys helping others discover the goodness of God in Jesus.  He and his wife, Becky, both hail from the great state of Minnesota.  Interesting fact: Paul grew up in a jail.  Ask him about it.

Bruce Iattoni

Ruling Elder

      Bruce and his family have been members of BPC for many years.  His gifts as a compassionate and caring shepherd of God's people are a blessing to many, and he is deeply loved by the adult Sunday School class he teaches.  Bruce enjoys running and downhill skiing. 

Jeff Moore

Ruling Elder


     Jeff recently retired as a family practice physician in Merrill.  He and his wife, Carla, met through a campus ministry in college.  Before moving to Merrill, the Moores served as medical missionaries in Pakistan.  Jeff is an avid bird-watcher and delights in the glory of God's creation.

Paul Thompson

Ruling Elder

      Paul grew up in California and serves locally as a family practice physician.  He and his wife, Janet, have a heart for crisis pregnancy ministry and outreach to children and teens.  Paul enjoys playing guitar, running, reading, cycling, and traveling to visit his grown children.   


Bruce Heldt

Deacon chairman


      Bruce grew up in Merrill and is married to Karen, BPC's music director.  His quiet faithfulness and understated service over the years has been a blessing.  If Bruce doesn't know the answer to a church question, he knows where to find it.  He enjoys hunting and boating.

Scott Severt

Deacon secretary


      Scott and his wife, Paulette, are Merrill natives and are great blessings to the ministry of BPC.  Scott has a heart for missions and youth ministry.  He also uses his financial acumen to help oversee our church budget.  In his free time Scott is an avid hunter and loves to be outdoors.

Gerald Gomben

Deacon fund treasurer

      Gerald, who has an engineering background, has a keen ability to trouble-shoot just about any problem he encounters with our facility.  He and his wife, Lynda, have a heart for global missions and for blessing others though their quiet service in the church and beyond.

Jerry Lynn



      Jerry, our congregation's only Alaska native, has lived in Merrill for many years, first coming here to use his gifts in a local youth ministry.  Jerry has a servant's heart.  You can often find him helping out behind the scenes.  He continues to have a special love for ministry to teens.

Mike Kutil



      Mike and his wife, Laurie, grew up in Wausau and ran an automotive repair business there for many years.  Mike is continually amazed at the greatness of the grace of God and enjoys telling others about Jesus.  Both his compassionate heart and practical skills are a blessing.  

Jim Schoneman



      Jim and his wife, Jenni, are a personification of kindness.  Jim has a special love for older folks and caring for their needs in practical ways.  When he has spare time, Jim enjoys outdoor photography, canoeing, hiking, and woodworking.  Jim's grandkids are also a great delight to him.