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Gregg grew up in the western Wisconsin town of Eau Claire with his parents and older brother. He was saved by Jesus Christ, taught the scriptures, and enjoyed his days at Bethesda Lutheran Church and Memorial High School. During the seventies and eighties he enjoyed playing basketball and baseball, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
In his senior year of college Gregg’s life's path crossed with Rodney Venberg (a missionary and HLA alum). He made contact with principal Bill Colbeck who hired Gregg to teach in 1989. He initially expected that his time at Hillcrest would be but a brief stop, but the mission of the school (not the Minnesota winters) has kept him here ever since.
Inspired by his dad and other great teachers and coaches, Gregg knew he was called to be a teacher. After high school, Mr. Preston attended the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire where he earned degrees in history and teaching. In 2005 he completed a masters degree in history from North Dakota State University in Fargo. The degree from NDSU primarily focused on European history after the 30 Years War and 20th Century U.S. History. Since teaching at Hillcrest he has also had the privilege of taking classes from the Lutheran Brethren Seminary and completing a course of study to become a commissioned minister of the Gospel.
Gregg is continuously inspired by the Gospel of Mark and Paul's letter to the Romans. They are incredible works of literature. My favorite verse is Romans 8:1. There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Gregg began coaching basketball in 1985 with the Badger Basketball camps. This led to a three year boys basketball coaching job at Eleva-Strum High School in Wisconsin. Upon his arrival at Hillcrest he coached the girls basketball team the first year and has been the boys basketball coach at Hillcrest most years since 1992.