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

Roy Brandell

Ruling Elder


Roy is the newest addition to our shepherding team at BPC.  A physician in the Wausau area, Roy enjoys the glories of the gospel found in Reformed Theology.  He and his wife, Angie, help lead our Wausau small group.  Roy is a native of Chicago and enjoys creating stained-glass windows.

Bruce Iattoni

Ruling Elder/Clerk of Session


 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. 

Bruce Heldt

Ruling Elder


 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.

Paul Thompson

Ruling Elder/Clerk of Session


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.   


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.  

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.

Don Friske



Don has a passion for serving others and is actively involved in our BPC men's ministry. Don is a wonderful asset to the deacon board as they care for the physical needs of congregants and our church facility. Don and his wife, Liz, have three grown sons  and enjoy outdoor adventures.

Jeff Jaeger



Jeff is a Merrill native who brings a rich background in law enforcement and coming alongside those in crisis to our deacon board. He and his wife, Tracey, enjoy the beautiful outdoors of the Northwoods and connecting with friends and family. Jeff exhibits a beautiful balance of Christian confidence and gospel humility.