Meet the Staff
Birthday: October 17
What is your favorite hymn? “Holy, Holy, Holy.” These three words give such an appropriate praise to God. Imagine Him sitting on His throne smiling as we lift up his name. There are so many great hymns though. I enjoy hearing congregations singing “Wonderful Grace of Jesus.”
What is your favorite song we sing at Church? “Living Hope.” I really like the 3rd stanza that pictures Jesus body beginning to breath in the tomb. What a victory. The song is also a good encouragement to the fact that this life is only temporary, and we have a living hope in Christ, because of His conquering of sin and death, defeating Satan.
What activity do you like to participate in? I enjoy playing board games. I actually have a collection. I think the reason I enjoy playing board games has a lot to do with the fellowship aspect. My favorite board games are usually strategy games. Some of my favorite games are Acquire, Nippon, Conspiracy, Power Grid, Castles of Burgandy, Agricola, Settlers of Catan, and Ticket to Ride.
Where would you like to go on vacation? I would enjoy a week in a tropical location; Hawaii, Cancun, or an Alaskan cruise. Mostly I would just want to be on that vacation with my wife. We were able to go to Hawaii not long ago, but I leave it on my list because we enjoyed it so much and would love to return.
What is your favorite snack? I think my favorite snack would have to be really good theater popcorn. Butter, salt, and nothing else. I also enjoy sunflower seeds, and pistachios.
What is your favorite TV show? There are a lot of shows I enjoy watching. I guess the shows I record would be my favorite. Forged and Fire, Shark Tank, Survivor and Iowa football, basketball, and wrestling.
Tell about your family pet? We don’t have a family pet.
If you could meet one person from the Old Testament, who would it be? If I could meet someone from the Old Testament, I think I would most enjoy meeting Job. I think it would be interesting to hear his perspective of what took place in the cosmic dealings of God and Satan. It is also cool to think about the fact that Job actually had a conversation with God, and to meet a man described by God as blameless and upright.
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Minister of Worship Arts
Birthday: March 6
What is your favorite hymn? “It is Well.” I like this hymn because we can see that no matter what is going on in our lives it will always be well because Jesus is living inside us in the form of His spirit and is there to help us through hard times.
What is your favorite song we sing at Church? “Living Hope,” by Phil Wickham. I like this song because of the words when we see what Jesus did and paid the ultimate price, we know that we have a living hope because of Jesus.
What activity do you like to participate in? I am into video gaming. As an introverted person it is a place I can go and not worry about thinking. It is time to myself. I also us it as a time to hang out and spend time with friends I have had through College.
Where would you like to go on vacation? I have always wanted to take a vacation to the Holy Lands. I think it is cool to see the history there, but also being able to read Scripture and see exactly what is going on from my own eyes. I have always wanted to bring the Bible to life.
What is your favorite snack? Right now, my favorite snack is Reese’s peanut butter cups. I like the taste of chocolate and peanut butter.
What is your favorite TV show? My favorite TV show right now can be a number of things I really like the Chicago series. I love Hawaii Five-O. I like singing and talent shows like; AGT and The Masked Singer. My favorite one, because I really like jokes and laughing is Impractical Jokers on TrueTV.
Tell about your family pet? Kelly and I have 2 cats. If you know cats, they sleep, play, and eat. They are kind of like extra kids to us. There really isn’t much to them.
If you could meet one person from the Old Testament, who would it be? If I could meet any Old Testament person I would want to meet Noah, because He had tremendous faith in building a boat because it was going to rain and flood the whole earth. It hadn’t even rained, and he was building something that floats in water big enough to hold animals. That would take tremendous faith to do.
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Minister to Seniors
Birthday: January 18
What is your favorite hymn? “The Church’s One Foundation” is one of my favorites because the focus is on Jesus as Head of the Church. We need that reminder.
What is your favorite song we sing at Church? “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” I like the Biblical basis and majesty of the hymn.
What activity do you like to participate in? Eating out after services on Sunday is a good time to get to know people. It is a good time for people to share what is happening in their lives. I also like study groups where people interact with each other.
Where would you like to go on vacation? I’d like to go back to Alaska or Germany.
What is your favorite snack? Most anything chocolate.
What is your favorite TV show? I watch too much “Fox News”. I still like it although it can be disturbing.
Tell about your family pet? Our dog had cancer and we had to put her to sleep. She was a great companion and we still miss her.
If you could meet one person from the Old Testament, who would it be? King David was a very interesting person. I think he understood God’s grace better than any of the other prophets. I’d like to know more about his relationship with God.
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Minister to Youth
Birthday: August 29
What is your favorite hymn? Probably “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. To me this is just a beautiful song of the joys we have in the blessings of God. Robert Robinson, the author penned this letter just three years after his conversion, after a troublesome life. I simply love the joy that he has in the first verse. But I also just love how he writes about needing the help of God as well in verses 2 & 3.
Favorite non-hymn is probably “Rescue Story” it’s a great song that reminds me of just how God has never given up on me and how no matter what I am going through, God is there to fight that battle for me. It’s a great reminder of what God can do or rescue us from.
What is your favorite song we sing at Church? Probably “Cannons”. I can admit am a terrible singer, though my wife tells me I am better now than when we got together, but I can also find the joy of singing how great our God is when I hear this song. It reminds me that even though I am so unworthy of His love, he still loves me. Due to knowing this I can lift up my voice to Him with this reminder.
What activity do you like to participate in? Some of my favorite things to do are playing board games, coloring in my adult coloring books, playing video games. I also enjoy spending time going to all sorts of sporting events.
Where would you like to go on vacation? If I could go on vacation I have so many different places I want to go to. One that I would like to do is to follow every NASCAR race during the year. I would find it fun and enjoyable to see all the different tracks and places the team go to. Another one would be to go to WrestleMania. Megan and I watch WWE pretty regularly, and we have been to house shows, Raw & Smackdown. On Raw we were even on TV for a few seconds. But I would love to go to WrestleMania and be front row, right on camera the entire time.
What is your favorite snack? My favorite snack is probably chips. I love eating Ruffles or Sour Cream and Onion Lays. I am keen on real sweet snacks, so I prefer chips. Well besides Skittles, you can never go wrong with those.
What is your favorite TV show? Megan and I have a guilty pleasure of watching 90 Day Fiancé. I love watching and seeing how couples meet each other and how they will work through those different situations. We also enjoy watching WWE. However, I also love to watch NASCAR races.
Tell about your family pet? My wife and I have three fur-babies. We have a 5-year-old Dachshund & German Shepherd mix named Cooper Riley. He is a very loving baby boy to his momma. We have a 3-year-old all white Boxer mix named Caroline Rose (Cara). She is a ball of energy and love her ropes. We also have a 2-year-old cat named Carley Renee. She is a sassy, independent girl who loves to snuggle her papa.
If you could meet one person from the Old Testament, who would it be? If I could meet anyone in the OT, I would love to meet Elijah. He did so many great things, but yet was so insecure about himself.
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Birthday: October 5th
What is your favorite hymn? “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”-I love the music, and how it flows. There have been so many Hymns that I’ve sung that I don’t “get” because of the old style of language, but for some reason this one is easier for me to understand and even memorize for the most part.
What is your favorite song we sing at Church? “Because He Lives” by Matt Maher—The lyrics are a great reminder of what I believe and why we have the hope of what is to come. Plus, it’s one of those songs where I know the harmony parts.
What activity do you like to participate in? Cheering on my boys during their sporting events—they don’t leave me much time to do too much else!
Where would you like to go on vacation? Anywhere Tropical—I’ve been to mountains, lakes, theme parks, and a few countries in Europe, but I’ve never been to anywhere tropical where I can just lay on a beach and relax. But I wouldn’t turn down another trip to Europe either!
What is your favorite snack? Salt & Black Pepper Pistachios—great for snacking on in the van as I drive around town, delivering flowers or my boys to where they need to go.
What is your favorite TV Show? The Mandalorian—I’ve been a Star Wars fan forever so it was fun to watch a TV series about the other parts of the SW empire, plus The Child (Baby Yoda) is so cute.
Tell about your family pet? No pets—I’d like a cat, but I am allergic to them.
If you could meet one person from the Old Testament, who would it be, and why? I would like to meet Ruth. I can relate to her because she is a follower & a loyal one at that. If you tell her what to do, she will do it. I have those same qualities, plus I feel like a stranger in a strange land some days (being from Nebraska.)
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