We are fortunate to have a talented, experienced team of professionals for administration, teaching, counseling and home care, as well as gifted volunteers, for each department of the ministry.

Administration

Pam Patterson, Founder & CEO
Pam has a BS Degree in Family Services and 25 years of experience working with hurting teens. Pam and Ben have been foster parents to almost 100 children in their home. In 1997 God called them to start Agape House, and in 2007 they opened the school. They have 10 children and 14 grandchildren. Pam has a true heart for children. With Ben at her side, they have encouraged the growth of this ministry over the years, to include a counseling center and home/school for boys.

Kym Bachtell, Executive Director
Working with Agape House since 2015, Kym has had a lifelong passion to empower youth. Coming alongside the teens uniquely to see who God has created them to be. Kym’s heart’s desire is to see each one walk towards their destiny in victory. Kym comes to us with a degree in Human Services. Married since 1999, Tony and Kym have 3 children. Together, they enjoy motorcycling, kayaking, family time and low-key evenings by a fire.

Jan Baker, Director of Administration/Office Manager
Jan began working at Agape House as the School Receptionist in 2007 when the school opened. Having been very involved in the development of the overall operation of the ministry, she is now the “go-to” person, and enjoys every moment! Jan graduated from GTC as Administrative Assistant in 1993, and has worked in this position in a variety of fields prior to coming to Agape.

Christen Gibson, Administrative Assistant
Christen has always had a heart for helping others. She was a massage therapist before having children when the Lord led her to be a stay at home mom with her 4 children, for 12 years. The Lord pressed upon her heart the Agape House and it is amazing to see Him working in and through this! She is very active serving in her home church and in her community. She is so excited to see what God has in store for her here!

Jackie Muscia, Office Assistant
Jackie has been a CNA for 24 years. She has worked in several different types of medical settings over the last years. She uses her empathy and compassion to help others find comfort. Growing up, Jackie enjoyed helping her family with multiple children that they fostered throughout the years. She has been married to Paul for 22 yrs. and has 2 beautiful children who are 18 and 21, as well as 3 dogs, 1 cat and a bird.

Jodi Moore, Bookkeeper
Jodi came to Agape House at a time when she had an opportunity for change and the bookkeeping position just opened up (God’s timing!). Her experience as an office manager and director at a faith-based child care center gave Jodi the qualifications to fill this position. We are blessed to have her doing this detailed job! In her spare time, Jodi loves spending time with her grandchildren (and children sometimes), as well as reading and baking.

Day Program/Teachers

Hannah Filipiak, Teacher
Hannah has been teaching orchestra, piano, and music theory at Beloit Memorial High School. She considers herself an “all-around nerd”, enjoying learning and teaching many subjects. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in counseling, and actually connected with Agape House as a counseling intern. Extracurricular activities include any form of physical exercise, baking/cooking, and investing in relationships while walking alongside people as they pursue God.

Colleen Bauer, Teacher Assistant
Colleen recently joined our team after confirmation from the Lord towards a new career path. She holds a cosmetology license for the past 22 years, has worked with special needs organizations, and has worked in a multitude of youth ministries. Colleen currently attends Southern Lakes Evangelical Free Church with her family of 6 where she is very involved there. She can’t wait to use the experiences God has guided her through in life for her new journey with Agape House.

Erin Stroud, Teacher Aide
Erin Stroud is a mom to four kids, one from Ethiopia. She helped her husband lead teen ministry for 20 years. She’s had training on connection in trauma and has a heart to see people healed in trauma, depression, anxiety and grief. Erin is a photographer and likes to bring art into giving people confidence to express themselves. She loves the outdoors and how it’s quieter to spend time with God there.

Counselors

Bonilee Maclay, Administrative Director of Counseling/Biblical Counselor
Bonilee has been involved in ministry for many years; however, it was her rebellious years that led her to a deeper understanding of God’s grace and saving power. As a mother of 4 grown children, she has earned her degree in Psychology from Columbia University of Missouri. Certified as a Biblical Counselor with F.I.T., she is presently seeking her Pastoral Counseling Degree.  Bonilee has a passion for restoring families.

Terry Pritchett,  Counselor
Terry brings a wide array of experience to Agape House as counselor for the teen boys, fathers and couples. In addition to his private practice at Bridgelight Counseling, Terry and his wife, Debra, are marriage mentors at their local church, leading grief and divorce groups. His background includes 20 plus years of pastoring local churches, hospice chaplain and a military chaplain. As a blended family with 6 biological children, 1 adopted child, 9 grandchildren and 2 small Morkie dogs, they keep active. Terry’s passion is to help people find their path back to healthy and spiritual life through addressing their foundational beliefs in God.

Caitlin Savino,  Counselor
As a young teenager, God put a desire on Caitlin’s heart to help girls find freedom. In 2016 she joined the staff at Agape House and loves helping our teens see a bigger vision for their lives! She also has her EMT training, has studied photography, worked in prison ministry and has a Signature Leadership Certificate from Bellhaven University. Caitlin enjoys sunshine, warm weather, baking and making healthy food taste good.

Teen House

Angela and Michael McIntosh, House Parents for Boys’ Home
Angela and Michael came on board at Agape House in 2020. After graduating from TBC with a Biblical Studies Major, they worked in a variety of ministry positions over the course of 20 years. Angela has a heart for young people and is looking forward to ministering at Agape House. She has raised and homeschooled three children and is currently the Children’s Pastor at Lighthouse Church in Walworth. Michael has a heart to see the lost saved and young people reach their destiny in Christ. He is looking forward to working with the young men at Agape House.

Sherry Valdez Cruz, House Parent for Girls’ Home
God has guided and prepared Sherry for the next step in her journey and fulfilling her life’s purpose as the House Parent at Agape House. She as been blessed with 4 children and 11 grandchildren.  Having served the Lord at her church in the children’s ministries, Sherry has realized her calling in working with and guiding children through life to Christ.

2021 – 2022 Resident Assistants: Meggan Graessle, Elaine Koker, Alyssa Nelson, Daniel Rankin and Jack Grajek
Resident Assistants are invaluable as they connect with the residents on a personal level, during their unstructured times of the day/week, helping to guide them in their healing and growth. We are also blessed to have dedicated Interns who also share their time and talents to support the teens in each home.