The spiritual leadership of Blackhawk Church, under the headship of Christ, is provided by the Board of Elders, which consists of four to eight lay elders (elected by church members), and the senior pastor.
On Sunday, September 13, we enjoyed our first ever virtual congregational meeting to vote on the budget and elder candidates. The participation was historic and the support and unity was overwhelming. More votes were cast in this meeting than in any other congregational meeting ever held. Over 500 members voted, and both the proposed budget and Elder Board passed by an overwhelming majority.
Elder Board 2020-2021
Scott Sager (Chair) was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He received degrees in political science from Carthage College and Loyola University Chicago. He moved to Madison in 2005 while working for the Wisconsin State Legislature. Currently, Scott works at Nordic, a healthcare consulting firm, where he supports M&A efforts and leads strategic initiatives. Scott met his wife Katherine in a Blackhawk Life Group and they were married in 2007. They have two children, Ezra and Evangeline.
Mike Anderson was born in Minneapolis. He earned a degree in History from Cornell University, and a Law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Married to Gail since 1977, they have two married sons, Steven (Luisa) and Mark (Larissa), and three grandchildren, Dane, Aria, and Knox. A partner at Axley Brynelson LLP, law firm where he has practiced since 1980, Mike is General Counsel of a dairy equipment manufacturer, and he represents religious nonprofits and injured people. His wife, Gail, is a school psychologist and a leader of the Blackhawk Women’s Encounter Bible Study. Members at Blackhawk since 1994, they lead a Fitchburg Life Group and are house managers when not in quarantine. Mike and Gail like to spend as much time as possible at their house on Green Lake.
Rick Badger is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He earned his B.A. Degree in Social Work and Government from Ohio University in 1976. After completing a one year program from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Il in 1978 and a Graduate Degree in Counseling Psychology from Wheaton College in 1983, he became an Ordained Minister and served congregations as an Associate Pastor & Senior Pastor in Illinois and Wisconsin for 34 years including 19 years as pastor of a Multi-Cultural Church (1998 – 2017). In 1989, he moved his family to Madison, WI to work as a Federal Probation Officer for Western Wisconsin. He retired from Federal Service in 2009 and is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor with Samaritan Counseling Center in Monona, WI. He and his wife, Deborah, are active in service to Blackhawk Church, he as a part of BAAM Leadership, she as a greeter/usher at afternoon services. Debroah has worked in nursing for over 30 years and is currently a job coach for dis-abled adults. The Badgers have four adult children and four grandchildren.
Tom Crenshaw grew up on a small family farm in west Tennessee. Tom’s wife, Connie, is also a native of Tennessee. After completing graduate degrees in animal nutrition at the University of Nebraska, Tom and Connie moved to Wisconsin in 1980. Since 1980, Tom has worked as a faculty member in the UW Department of Animal Sciences and enjoys the opportunities to advise students. Tom and Connie’s two adult children and their spouses have blessed them with seven grandchildren. Blackhawk has been their church home since 1999. Tom has served Blackhawk as an elder and life group leader. Tom and Connie have enjoyed serving together as marriage mentors. Connie has volunteered in Blackhawk office work, Senior Ministry, and First Response Teams.
Ella Mae Matsumura was born in San Francisco and completed her under-graduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley. Her husband, Kam-Wah (Kam) Tsui was born in Hong Kong. Ella Mae and Kam met in graduate school at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and married in 1977. Their family includes one adult son and daughter-in-law. Kam and Ella Mae moved to Madison in the fall of 1980 when Kam joined the faculty in the Statistics Department at UW-Madison. In 1985, Ella Mae joined the Accounting Faculty in the UW-Madison School of Business, where she currently serves as Senior Associate Dean of Academic Programs. Ella Mae and Kam have been members of Blackhawk since 1980. Ella Mae served as a deaconess at Blackhawk and also served on the Finance Team and the Audit Team. Kam and Ella Mae share a love of music and reading. Ella Mae also enjoys gardening.
Sue Nondahl grew up in Greendale, a suburb of Milwaukee. She met her husband Dave as an undergraduate at UW-Madison, and they started attending Blackhawk in the late 1970’s. They have two adult children and three grandchildren. Before retiring in 2016, Sue worked as a pediatrician at Associated Physicians Clinic in Madison, and Dave worked as a statistician for the UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Sue has volunteered in Blackhawk’s children’s ministry for over 20 years, and she participated in two short-term mission trips to Honduras. Dave served as an elder at Blackhawk in the 1980’s and has volunteered in a variety of ministries including the Infrastructure Task Force, the Connections Team and One to One Care. Sue and Dave have previously served as marriage mentors and life group leaders, and they currently serve as life group hosts. They enjoy biking, reading and spending time with their grandchildren (when possible).
Tony Piek grew up in Jefferson, Wisconsin. He studied industrial engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Currently, Tony is a manager in the quality and safety department at UW Health. He became a Christ-follower in college. Tony moved to Madison and began attending Blackhawk in 2002. He served with High School Ministry for 10 years leading life groups and helping with the mentor program. He currently volunteers with Hope United. Tony met his wife Lindsey at Blackhawk and they are blessed to have three boys Noah (6), Archie (3), and Micah (1). He likes spending as much time as possible outside, going on walks after dinner with his family, working on house projects when able and he is also an avid Wisconsin sports fan.
John Smalley is a native of Evansville, WI, and a 1981 graduate of UW-La Crosse. He and his wife Barb met on a blind date in Mason City, Iowa, and were married in 1985. They have four adult children: Rachel (Mike) Lamps, Andrew, Emma, and Abigail, and two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Brandon Lamps. John has worked in the newspaper business his entire career, first in Mason City followed by stops in Carbondale, IL, La Crosse, then back to Mason City, back to La Crosse and eventually to Madison, where he became editor of the Wisconsin State Journal in late 2008. Barb is very involved with Blackhawk Kids, and John and Barb have enjoyed leading a Young Adult Life Group in their home in Verona on Sunday nights and an Empty Nester Life Group on Monday nights.