In 1972, a small, vacant church, on a 5-acre site in Oak Creek waited for Frank and Angeline Tamel to establish a place of worship, while their growing congregation of nearly 50 were meeting in the basement of a South Milwaukee home. Within three months of Parkway’s first service, the little “A-frame in the corn field” was purchased. Within the first 10 years of its existence, the church underwent two expansion projects and dedicated their third and current sanctuary to the Lord in August, 1983.
Continuing the Vision
In his early 30’s, Anthony Tamel felt called to be a pastor. An opportunity came for him to shepherd a church in central Wisconsin, but his father and the church board persuaded him to stay at Parkway. In 1984, Anthony Tamel, along with his wife, Diane, became Parkway’s first Assistant Pastor.
Bishop Frank Tamel retired in 2003, and Anthony Tamel became Parkway’s senior pastor. The following decade was one of continual growth and innovation, especially in the area of Small Group Ministry.
Looking to the FUTURE
In 2012, Pastor Tamel realized it would be wise to prepare someone for Parkway’s future. He invited Tim Peters, Assistant Pastor of Cornerstone Apostolic Church in Elk Mound, Wisconsin, to visit and speak to the congregation. Tim had served as treasurer of his local assembly. His wife, Melissa, was the Music Director, and together, they led the student ministry. The Peters agreed to join Parkway’s pastoral team and moved to Oak Creek, along with their three children, Dakota, Cameron, and Meghan.
continuing the lEgacy
Anthony Tamel retired in September of 2018 and became the Minister Emeritus, affectionately referred to as “Bishop,” and Timothy Peters assumed the role of Senior Pastor of Parkway Apostolic Church. Bishop Tamel, along with his wife, Diane, still serve the people of Parkway and gracefully rise to action when called upon by the church.