The spiritual leadership of Blackhawk Church, under the headship of Christ, is provided by the Board of Elders consisting of four to eight lay elders elected by church members, and the senior pastor.
Elder Board 2021-22
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 FarWell Management Consulting overseeing change management and growth strategy projects for various clients. 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 Life Group and volunteer as ushers at Blackhawk Fitchburg. 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 multicultural 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 and as a part of BAAM Leadership. Deborah has worked in nursing for over 30 years and is currently a job coach for disabled adults. The Badgers have four adult children and four grandchildren.
Kyle Buchmann was born in Spooner, Wisconsin and received his BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Kyle met his wife, Leah, in college and they married after graduation. The couple spent three years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and three years in Eau Claire, Wisconsin prior to moving to Madison in 2012. Kyle is an Associate Vice President and Managing Director of Development at the University of Wisconsin Foundation where he focuses on assisting alumni and donors in making an impact with their philanthropic gifts alongside training colleagues. He is active in the 56 Ministry, Men’s Community, and leads a Blackhawk Fitchburg Life Group with Leah. The couple has three children: Owen, Addison, and Ezra.
Nancy Lindroth grew up in a small town in Iowa. She received her bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University, where she also met Rick. They spent six years in Illinois, during which time Nancy managed a Christian bookstore while Rick attended graduate school. They moved to Madison in 1985 for Rick to take a job at UW-Madison and started attending Blackhawk that year. Nancy volunteered at Blackhawk in many capacities over the years. In 1997 she was hired as Blackhawk’s first Children’s Ministry Director. She continued to work at Blackhawk in different capacities for the next 22 years. She retired in July 2020. Nancy and Rick are marriage mentors and lead a young couples Life Group. They have two grown, married daughters, and three wonderful grandchildren. For fun the Lindroths bike, hike, fly-fish, and visit their girl’s families.
Ella Mae Matsumura was born in San Francisco and completed her undergraduate 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, Canada 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, where he worked until his retirement. In 1985, Ella Mae joined the Accounting Faculty in the UW-Madison School of Business, and served as the School of Business Senior Associate Dean of Academic Programs before retiring from the university in 2021. 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.