The Elders, along with the pastoral staff, are the spiritual leaders of our congregation. These leaders form a partnership of mutual support and accountability with the pastoral staff so that spiritual leadership might be a dynamic force in the body of Christ, enabling the church to become all that God wills for it. Though the elders are endowed with authority in the church, the most important characteristics are humility, joy, love, a combination of grace and truth, and a desire for Christlikeness through the power of the Holy Spirit—goals toward which we continually aspire.
Because we believe that God creates men and women as equals (Genesis 1:26-27), and because it is obvious that God endows leadership gifts to both men and women, elders consist of men and women.
Elders are elected for three-year terms and are limited to two consecutive terms.
Elders for the 2020-2021 year are Jim Zoller (Secretary), David Mercer (Treasurer), Doyin Adenuga, Dave Brubaker, Doug Gaerte, Dick Harter, Heidi Huizenga, Jill Jordan, Don Little, Jan Schilke, Ed Taylor and Pastor Wes Oden.
The Trustees are also spiritual leaders, charged with the stewardship of the church’s physical resources (buildings, grounds, vehicles, equipment). While we value the organizational, mechanical and artistic gifts of our Trustees, they are chosen to serve primarily because of their spiritual maturity, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, and desire to be shaped into the image of Jesus Christ.
The Trustees are elected for three-year terms.
Trustees for the 2020-2021 year are Barb Bates, Harold Blew, Vali Ciobanu, Nathan Danner, Judi Mayhle, Charlie Smith, Michael Spateholts, Matt Woolsey and Past Jon Cole.
Delegates to District Conference
(the District Conference is not taking place this year)
Casda Danner, Sandy Roederer, and Karl Schmidt.
Our committees exist to help us carry out the ministry of Christ more effectively. The committees serve as avenues for planning in order to collectively know the mind of Christ for our ministries, for organization in order to most effectively bring to fruition the plans we sense Christ has for us, and for communication in order to encourage, support, equip and assist our ministry volunteers. We believe that our committees are successful when their unseen work is lived out in the seen ministries that they oversee.
College – Chair: Pastor Paul Shea
Youth – Chair: Pastor Jon Cole
Missions – Chair: Pastor Paul Shea
Children – Co Chairs: Emily Spateholts and Ann McNeill
Doug Gaerte was elected as Vice-Chair of the Board of Elders.
Here are the Elder Committee Assignments:
- Discipleship – Don Little
- Children’s Ministries – Heidi Huizenga
- Nominating – Dave Brubaker
- Youth – Dave Brubaker
- College Ministries – Jill Jordan
- Worship – Jan Schilke
- Stewardship – Dick Harter
- Personnel – Doug Gaerte, Jan Schilke
- Global Missions – Doyin Adenuga
- Local Outreach – Ed Taylor