Joe Meyer

Joe Meyer, Senior Pastor

My first love is Jesus. He’s my all in all. As such I love loving Jesus, but I also love helping others to love Him more deeply or even for the first time. As the lead Pastor here I am privileged to bring vision and direction and wisdom to our congregation, gathering both staff and volunteers around me for refinement and implementation of the vision God brings through me.

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Tim Phillips

Tim Phillips, Director of Congregational Care

I respond to the care needs of the members of Gloria Dei. I visit the sick in the hospitals, visit the home-bound in their care centers and coordinate and direct all Care Ministries. I am involved in local and foreign missions.

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Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson, Director of Missional Living

My role at Gloria Dei is to help lead people in becoming more like Jesus. Through our worship services, CORE classes, life groups, and service opportunities my desire is that as people get connected and engaged they will see that following Jesus is an awesome adventure and is best done with others.

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Steve Kowbel

Steve Kowbel, Director of Worship and Technologies

I encourage the gathering of believers at Gloria Dei through worship. This includes recruiting, training, developing, scheduling and helping volunteers from the worship teams to the live-stream crews.

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DeAnn McCue

DeAnn McCue, Director of Family Ministry

I work with kids and their families. My greatest goal is that every child knows Jesus personally, that He is their best friend. My second greatest goal is call every child by name. I, also, direct handbells and work with Women’s Ministry.

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Jo Lynn Yeutsy

Jo Lynn Yeutsy, Director of Tiny Treasures

As Director of Tiny Treasures, I ensure the smooth day-to-day operation of both the educational and physical aspects of the preschool, working within the policies of the licensing of the State of Iowa.

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Tim Kightlinger

Tim Kightlinger, Director of Youth Ministry

I plan and implement opportunities for teenagers and their parents to love God and love others.

I have been involved with youth ministries for over 25 years. I love my wife of 31 years and enjoy traveling with her, especially to Disney. We have 4 children, 2 sons-in-laws, and 4 grandkids. I enjoy watching and playing sports.

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Chris Thomson

Chris Thomson, Executive Director

I oversee the operations of the church – from budget to staffing to facility usage. Part of my role is to solve problems and remove obstacles for our Directors so they can do their jobs most effectively. I lead staff meetings and work toward improving communication among the staff so we are unified and moving in the same direction. I meet with a variety of outside vendors to make sure Gloria Dei is getting the best value for all services performed by third parties. I also ensure that the church is as safe as possible from a legal and risk standpoint.

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Karen Kennedy

Karen Kennedy, Director of Promotions

I support our staff and our members by promoting all the marvelous activities and events at Gloria Dei to as many people as possible and in as many formats as is available. This includes weekly and seasonal publications, creating promotional materials, such as logos, banners, displays, and printed materials.

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Lisa Gibson

Lisa Gibson, Office Manager

I answer the phone and greet and help members and others when they come in. I do the scheduling for baptisms, facilities, and weddings. I update and enter information on the membership database and help prepare materials for the new membership classes. I assist the worship department with worship folders. And of course, other duties as assigned.

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Alena Naberhaus

Alena Naberhaus, Business Manager

As accounting manager at Gloria Dei I oversee the financial affairs of the church. I also work alongside my teammates to assist with various tasks around the church. I schedule the volunteer counters, if you are ever interested in helping please let me know, we are always looking for individuals willing to serve!

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Nick Prenger

Nick Prenger, Assistant Worship Director

I am in charge of planning both traditional and blend services, and the Youth services. Along with planning, I lead worship for the blend services, and the youth services, and help with the different volunteer choirs and music groups around Gloria Dei.

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