Most people call me Pastor Don, and I have been deeply blessed to have served as pastor and shepherd here since 1983. My training, life experiences, personal walk with the Lord and passion for the lost empower me to lead, counsel, and shepherd us in relevant and practical ways.
As an Iowa farm boy, church seemed an empty ritual to me, giving me no sense of peace or purpose. A Billy Graham movie "The Restless Ones" led me to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior. It was Expo '72 (Sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ) when I discovered the reality and power of Christ to change my life and where the Bible became real and relevant to daily living.
I graduated from Iowa State University in 1975 planning on being a farmer. But over and over again my passion to share Christ with others drew me into full-time ministry. I worked at a boy's ranch and in various ministries while earning my degrees: Bachelor's Degree in Ministries from Northwestern College, Roseville, MN; Master of Divinity Degree, Master of Theology Degree in Counseling Psychology, both from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL. Graduating in 1983, I accepted the call to serve this church in September 1983 as associate pastor. I became the Senior Pastor in 1985. My wife Sandy, a Christ-follower since early childhood, is a dear blessing to me as well as my children, Joshua, Lisa, and granddaughter Viola.