Meet Our Staff

Rev. Paul Springer, Jr.

Senior Pastor

Pastor Springer comes to NWBC from Transformed Life Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, where he served as Church Planter and Lead Pastor. Serving urban congregations through internships, one with the North American Mission Board, as well as church Elder and Worship Director, has allowed Rev. Springer to explore his passion: finding meaningful ways to connect with and minister to people from a multiplicity of backgrounds. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Wheaton College and a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Paul and Melissa Springer have been married since 2000 and have four beautiful children, Paul III (11), Jacob (9), Emily (7) and Isabella (4). Melissa grew up in Tokyo, Japan, a child of Christian missionaries, and shares a deep concern that all people experience Christ’s love and freedom.

Rev. Don Rogers

Associate Pastor
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Pastor Donald Rogers is Northwest’s Associate Pastor since December 2016.  He had previously served as Marriage and Family Director since August 2014. Rev. Rogers continues to support and expand his service as Marriage and Family Pastor through counseling, equip families seeking to strengthen marital and parenting roles and collaborate with various team leaders to create events and activities that support the families of our church. As Associate Pastor, Rev. Rogers works closely with the Leadership Team and Deacon body.  Currently, in the absence of a Senior Pastor, Rev. Rogers will meet with those requesting baptisms, and he will continue to officiate at weddings and funerals at Northwest.

Donald married the former Karen Wilhite on August 19, 1995 and is the proud stepfather of Kenneth and Karlton.

Pastor Don has served in various ministerial positions which include: Associate Minister (Christ the King Baptist Church), Ministry Advisor (Future Kings Leadership Group), Sunday School teacher, Musical Director (Greater Future Baptist Church, and More Light Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan).

Pastor Don is a graduate of Central Theological Seminary, where he received a degree in Religious Studies in 2015.

Rev. Bill Gaethke

Outreach Pastor
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Bill is a retired Milwaukee police sergeant who currently works as a part-time civilian investigator for the Milwaukee police department. He attended the Southern Baptist Seminary Extension program through Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. He has served as interim pastor at Southeast Baptist Church in South Milwaukee, and as Assistant Director of church planting and new ministries at the Lakeland Baptist Association. Bill also serves as the moderator for the Lakeland Baptist Association as well as providing pulpit supply preaching at many of our sister churches within the six southeastern counties of Wisconsin.

His past service to Northwest Baptist includes: serving as Deacon and Deacon Chairman, Director of Discipleship, and leader of the Volunteer Resource team; along with Bible teaching and preaching. As the Outreach Pastor, Bill oversees the church’s Administration team, Fellowship team and the Outreach team.

Bill and his wife Evelyn are long time members of Northwest; they have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Matt Lee

Worship Director
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Matt Lee has been Worship Director at Northwest Baptist Church since 2003. His role is to oversee the worship ministry at Northwest . His roles include helping plan and oversee worship services, leading the music ministry and special events.

A native of Georgia, he earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Baylor University and his MD from the Medical College of Georgia. He finished his residency in OB/GYN at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1999. He has been in private practice since then.

Matt has served in various other ministries including LIFE Group Leader (with his wife Bonnie), member of the finance team, and deacon. He and Bonnie have two boys, Alex and James.

Tawny Brooks

Children's Director
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Tawny Brooks has been attending Northwest Baptist Church since 2000. She started serving in the Children’s Department as a nursery volunteer and was called to serve as Nursery/Preschool Director. In 2009, Northwest started an Awana club, and Tawny was a Sparks Leader and club Secretary until 2011 when she became club Commander. Tawny has also assisted with Children’s Choir, Children’s Church and VBS. In addition to her passion for children’s ministry, Tawny serves as a LIFE Group leader and a member of the Worship Enhancement Team.

Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, Tawny attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2003, Tawny graduated from Marquette University Law School. After several years at a Wauwatosa law firm, Tawny opened her own law practice. Tawny currently serves on the Marquette Law Alumni Board and is active with the Public Interest Law Society annual auction and the Diversity Recruitment Committee.

Tawny and husband Scott have two children, Emma and Sam. Tawny regularly volunteers at her kids’ school and is a soccer mom in the spring and fall.

Stephanie Baumann

Stephanie Baumann

Administrative Assistant
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Stephanie Baumann began working as Northwest’s administrative assistant in March of 2013.

A native of Washington Island in Door County, Wisconsin, Stephanie received her associate of applied science degree in Early Childhood Education from Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She has been involved in children’s ministry, youth ministry, and worship ministry at several different churches, and has also worked as a nanny.

Stephanie and husband Ben married in 2002 and spent their early years of marriage in La Crosse. They returned to Stephanie’s hometown to work in youth ministry in 2008. After four years in Door County, Stephanie and Ben moved to the Milwaukee area, when Ben received a job as Worship Director at Meadowbrook Church in Wauwatosa.

When she’s not busy being a mom, Stephanie enjoys biking, swimming, and reading. Stephanie and Ben have two young children, Ella and Eli.