The Christian Fellowship Church Staff and Leadership

    Pastors

    Phil Schaefer Phil Schaefer

    Phil Schaefer

    Senior Pastor
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    Michael Acock Michael Acock

    Michael Acock

    Executive Pastor and Missions Pastor
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    Scott Williams Scott Williams

    Scott Williams

    Associate Pastor and CFS Principal
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    Clay Spencer Clay Spencer

    Clay Spencer

    Associate Pastor of Healing Communities
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    Marc Galaske Marc Galaske

    Marc Galaske

    Youth Pastor

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    Donnie Berry Donnie Berry

    Donnie Berry

    College and Young Adult Pastor
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    Dan Barraco Dan Barraco

    Dan Barraco

    Pastor Emeritus

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    Nene Peter Nene Peter

    Nene Peter

    Associate Pastor of African Community
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    Jean Claude Ntimpa Jean Claude Ntimpa

    Jean Claude Ntimpa

    Associate Pastor of African Community
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    • Phil Schaefer
    • Michael Acock
    • Scott Williams
    • Clay Spencer
    • Marc Galaske
    • Donnie Berry
    • Dan Barraco
    • Nene Peter
    • Jean Claude Ntimpa
    • Phil Schaefer

      Background:
      My wife Deb and I are natives of St. Louis and attended MU. We have three grown sons with families who are scattered across the country. We are both foodies.

      Likes:
      I am always reading. I like the challenge of running marathons, vacations doing nothing but sitting on the beach, and I enjoy engaging people who are nothing like myself.

      Motivations:
      “This world is a vast and diverse sea of humanity made in the image of God. The larger my world, the larger is my God.”

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    • Michael Acock

      Background:
      I have been on staff at CF for 17 years. I have served as the Children’s Ministry Director, IT Director, Admin Pastor/Business Manager and currently the Executive Pastor and Missions Pastor. I also absolutely love meeting pastorally with young couples for pre-marital counseling as well married couples to process life and understand their relationships emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. I enjoy teaching from time to time in various settings throughout the life of our church. My wife, Jill, I have loved serving as small group leaders and ministry leaders for most of the last 20 years here at Christian Fellowship. Jill and I have been married for 23 years and have three children. Jordan (21), Emily (18) and Simmone (14).

      Likes:
      I enjoy running, biking and reading almost anything. Binge watching NCIS on Netflix is also a personal favorite. We love having people in our home, raising our kids and doing life together. It might also be said that I kind of like coffee.

      Motivations:
      I am passionate about people and God’s working in restorative and redemptive ways in each of our lives through Jesus Christ. As we dive into real community with one another we discover God is there and is powerfully for us, and has loved us, is loving us, and will continue to love us.

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    • Scott Williams

      Background:
      I grew up around the Lake of the Ozarks, exploring the endless, wooded hills around my home, believing I was born a couple of centuries too late. I had an encounter with Jesus before leaving high school for the University of Missouri, which changed the trajectory of my life. I found other Jesus people at UMC and joined the group that later became Christian Fellowship Church. I joined the pastoral staff at CF in 1986 and helped coordinate small groups, teach Bible classes and do other pastoral stuff. In the early 1990’s, I was asked by the CF pastoral team to help lead Christian Fellowship School and I soon moved from school pastor to school principal, which I serve as to this day. I have been married to my lovely, smart, and amazing wife, Jane, for 40 years and have two grown children and one above average grandchild.

      Likes:
      I still enjoy hiking the woods on occasion, bicycling on the MKT and Katy Trails, and driving my poor man’s Porsche 914.

      Motivations:
      I have always wanted to give my life to something that brings increase to the Kingdom of God, and leading Christian Fellowship School certainly does that. We are equipping children and young people to follow Jesus and to make a difference in a very complex and changing world.

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    • Clay Spencer

      Background:
      I grew up in Norfolk, VA. I have one older brother. My father was in the U.S. Navy for 30 years. I graduated from Parkway High School in St. Louis County, MO. After high school, my parents moved to a farm in Monroe County, MO and lived there 30 years. I graduated from UVA with a Bachelor’s in English. I spent a few years as a hippie on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts. I became devoted to Jesus Christ in 1974 at the age of 25. I first came to Christian Fellowship in the summer of 1977. I graduated from Mizzou in 1980 with an MBA. I worked in state government for a couple of years. I began working for Christian Fellowship in 1983, first as a volunteer and then salaried in 1984. I was married to Kitty McCanse in the spring of 1984. We have four living children: Katie, Sam, Mollie and Matthew.

      Likes:
      Next to encountering the Lord, becoming a father has been the greatest joy in my life. I loved all the snuggles, cuddles, giggles, wonders and questions of childhood. I love words, and how powerful they can be. I read a lot of biographies and histories. I love hanging around with my wife and getting to know people. I love it when all my children are home together. I love my two sons-in-law. I especially love my little granddaughter.

      Motivations:
      I feel so grateful to have been part of Christian Fellowship for 40 years, to have had such good friends, who have encouraged me, strengthened me, picked me up, and whom I have learned to love.

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    • Marc Galaske

      Background:
      I grew up in St. Louis, which is where I met my wife, Lori. Seven months after we were married we moved to Columbia to be a part of CF, a place wherein we felt like we were home! In 1994, when our daughter was in 7th grade, I began volunteering with the Youth Ministry. And then in 2003 I came on staff as the Youth Pastor… and I've never looked back.

      Likes:
      I have been married for 35 years. I am the father of two, father-in-law of two, and grandparent ("Pop Pop") to four! I enjoy tinkering with wood, and have recently found I actually enjoy grilling and learning how to cook!

      Motivations:
      Few things move me more than seeing preteens/teenagers open their hearts and lives to the gospel of grace in the person of Jesus! It is an amazing privilege to witness students move from the faith of their parents to making it their own.

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    • Donnie Berry

      Background:
      I grew up in central Missouri and came to Mizzou for college. I met my wife at Mizzou, started attending Christian Fellowship, and got a degree in something I didn’t really want to do. Yikes! So I went to seminary after college and then came back to Christian Fellowship to be a pastor.

      Likes:
      I’m a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan. I like to train and compete in triathlons. I enjoy reading theological books and good stories. And I love being a dad to our 4 kids.

      Motivations:
      The greatest passion of my life is to know God deeply and to help others know him. I get to pursue that every day at CF. I love making the Scriptures come alive for people and helping them learn to live out the gospel in all of life. And I love learning and teaching about God’s big plan for the world that’s centered on Christ, and how our individual stories are part of his incredible story.

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    • Dan Barraco

    • Nene Peter

      Background:
      I immigrated to the United States from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2002, during a terrible war, attackers from a rival tribe attacked my village. I was separated from my family as other men and I tried to lure the attackers away from the women and children. When I returned, I was told my family was dead. I frantically searched for my wife and three kids in Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya, but was unable to find them. In 2008 I had the opportunity to immigrate to the United States and arrived in St. Louis in January. But even in the United States, I never gave up searching for my family. In February of 2008, I learned my family had been found safe in Kenya, so I started the process to get them to the U.S. as refugees. We were finally reunited in 2013 and now live together in Columbia, Missouri. I help lead, preach and sing songs in several native African languages during Third Service.

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    • Jean Claude Ntimpa

      Background:
      I am from Burundi, but came to the United States from Tanzania where I was living as a refugee. It was in the refugee camp that I trained to be a pastor. On February 7, 1999 I was ordained as a pastor. My wife (who I lovingly refer to as my Queen) and I, have 9 children and 3 grandchildren. I speak multiple languages and would like to have 3 more children! I help lead Third Service and care for the people who attend.

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    • Phil Schaefer
    • Michael Acock
    • Scott Williams
    • Clay Spencer
    • Marc Galaske
    • Donnie Berry
    • Dan Barraco
    • Nene Peter
    • Jean Claude Ntimpa

    Ministry Leaders

    Kaylyn Briscoe Kaylyn Briscoe

    Kaylyn Briscoe

    Children’s Ministry Director
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    Deb Schaefer Deb Schaefer

    Deb Schaefer

    Women’s Ministry Director
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    David Haasis David Haasis

    David Haasis

    Worship Community Director
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    Scott Boyd Scott Boyd

    Scott Boyd

    Men’s Ministry Director
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    Tara Freeman Tara Freeman

    Tara Freeman

    Director of Member Care*
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    Debbie Koske Debbie Koske

    Debbie Koske

    Connections Ministry Director
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    Jane Williams Jane Williams

    Jane Williams

    Community Compassion and Benevolence Ministry Director
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    • Kaylyn Briscoe
    • Deb Schaefer
    • David Haasis
    • Scott Boyd
    • Tara Freeman
    • Debbie Koske
    • Jane Williams
    • Kaylyn Briscoe

      Background:
      I grew up at Lake of the Ozarks under the care of my outdoorsy and adventurous dad and my mercy-giving and compassionate mom. Northwest Missouri State is where I received my dual degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. I moved to Columbia in 2006 to teach special education for Columbia Public Schools. During this time, God called me to serve as the Children’s Ministry Director at CFC in a full time capacity and I began serving in that way in 2008. My husband and I were married in 2011 and he moved from Kansas City Area to join in the call of God to serve Him with our lives. We were given the gift of parenthood in 2015 to our two beautiful children. Our heart is to love God first, live in Him daily and worship Him in His Church through our lives.

      Likes:
      My 6th and 7th passions are nature and travel. On my hardest days, I want to put everything I need in a backpack and go climb a mountain. I love learning how to be a better wife and parent who gets to disciple my kids, other kids and parents too with my husband. We have a dog who we love in spite of her quirks and she loves us back. I aspire to be a fusion chef and organic gardener who lives in a tiny house and travels the countryside with my darling husband when we’re old.

      Motivations:
      My daily dependence on God for His purposes in calling me. A vision that God gave me as a child of what He was calling me to that has come to reality still astounds me to this day. He ordains our steps…now I need to rely on my faith muscle memory to get me moving every day. “Nothing gives me greater joy than to hear that my children are following the way of Truth!” 3 John 1:4

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    • Deb Schaefer

      Background:
      I grew up Catholic and am one of six children. For college I attended University of Missouri for food and nutrition. I have three grown children and 4 grandchildren.

      Likes:
      When I have time, I love to create meals bursting with flavor. I love spending time with my family—husband, children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. I love to read. I love to pray. I love music, but you don’t want to be near me when I sing! I love people, but I need alone time, too!

      Motivations:
      The love of God towards me is what motivates me more than anything. I so want others to know this depth of love that I have found. I want to see women set free to enjoy this life that He gives us.

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    • David Haasis

    • Scott Boyd

    • Tara Freeman

      Background:
      My background is a big story with lots of ups and downs, but it all led me to college in Hannibal where I met my husband, Aaron. We got married in the middle of college and moved to Columbia planning only to finish Aaron’s engineering degree before conquering the world together. We found Christian Fellowship through an apartment Doormail add and tried it out the next Sunday. Since that day, it’s been home and family and where our roots have grown deep!

      Aaron and I have 3 boys, Joshua, Karsten, and Micah, and 1 girl, Halle. Our 4 kids have taught us that you can actually have 4 opposites, how very deep the love of God our father is, and how sweet chaos can be! We have two dogs, Uncle Rico and Sir Tucker the Brave.

      Likes:
      I love people. I love nature. I love kids and dogs. I love salty food and I think spice is nice! I love to think and learn, talk and listen, but singing and laughing are my very favorite!

      Motivations:
      I’ve wanted to spend my life loving God and His people since I was 12, so I guess this is my dream job! I’ll be honest though, sometimes working at a church can be emotionally and spiritually exhausting, but knowing that I can be a part of someone connecting with love, joy, peace, or comfort makes it easy to press on!

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    • Debbie Koske

      Background:
      After growing up in Jefferson City and graduating from Helias High School, I came to Columbia to attend Mizzou. While at Mizzou, I started attending CF, met my husband, Tim, in the college group and got married in this building. We raised our three kids in this church and I was on staff for many years. Our oldest daughter, Stephanie graduate in 2010, our second daughter, Lauren, graduated in 2013 and our son, Sam, just graduated from CFS in 2017. We are transitioning to life without kids at home (so weird!!) and a new job for me. Life is exciting and God is faithful.

      Likes:
      I love a good DIY project and I am not afraid of power tools. I eat Blue Bunny frozen yogurt almost every night and Diet Coke is my love language. I am a huge NBA fan and I am so excited that I will get to attend a Trails Blazers’ game this year at the Moda Center!!!! My dream is to have my photo taken with Robin Lopez of the Chicago Bulls. If anyone can make that happen for me, I would be grateful forever.

      Motivations:
      I love what I do at CF because after all these years, I still believe that Jesus saves and redeems and He does it best through His local church and His people. I want to be a part of that action. I can still remember my first few visits to CF and I know how much it means to be greeted and remembered and included. I want to do that for other people and hopefully let them know that they are seen and that they matter.

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    • Jane Williams

    • Kaylyn Briscoe
    • Deb Schaefer
    • David Haasis
    • Scott Boyd
    • Tara Freeman
    • Debbie Koske
    • Jane Williams

    Ministry Support Team

    Danny Brugmann Danny Brugmann

    Danny Brugmann

    Dir. of Technologies in Ministry*
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    Lori Galaske Lori Galaske

    Lori Galaske

    Business and HR Director*
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    Bob Hon Bob Hon

    Bob Hon

    Facilities Director
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    Becky Jo Roberts Becky Jo Roberts

    Becky Jo Roberts

    Communications & Creative Design Coordinator*
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    Sarah Boyce Sarah Boyce

    Sarah Boyce

    Receptionist and Calendar Coordinator
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    Gus Hatungimana Gus Hatungimana

    Gus Hatungimana

    Facilities Team Member
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    Derik Stott Derik Stott

    Derik Stott

    Facilities Team Member
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    Pamela O’Brien Pamela O’Brien

    Pamela O’Brien

    Pastoral Care Team Member
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    Becky Hodill Becky Hodill

    Becky Hodill

    Event and Kitchen Coordinator
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    Elizabeth Stott Elizabeth Stott

    Elizabeth Stott

    Executive Assistant to Phil Schaefer
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    • Danny Brugmann
    • Lori Galaske
    • Bob Hon
    • Becky Jo Roberts
    • Sarah Boyce
    • Gus Hatungimana
    • Derik Stott
    • Pamela O’Brien
    • Becky Hodill
    • Elizabeth Stott
    • Danny Brugmann

      Background:
      I've attended Christian Fellowship since birth, and I'm a CFS alumn. After formerly working in maintenance here in college and high school, I can safely say I've been in this building probably more than any house I've lived in, and I still love being here (no lie). I received my Bachelors in IT from Mizzou (Class of 2015), and I have over three years of professional IT, Web and Video experience. Last but not least, I've been serving and working as a Sound Tech in worship for about 7 years.

      Likes:
      I love stories especially in movie form. They pull me in, and I love finding the gospel in a film. Additionally, I'm a pretty big nerd. I even watch some anime, and I won't get started about my Star Wars or Lord of the Rings fandom. I should also mention that I love exercise and appreciate watching a good sports game on TV. Best of all, I like (AKA Love!) my wife, Sarah. Shes's my favorite.

      Motivations:
      Our church's mission statement; to help all people discover and develop a relationship with Jesus Christ in community, is what drives me to do what I do at CF. As a friend and I used to say, "Jesus is the bee's knees." What do I mean by that? Jesus is the word of life; he's the purpose we all search for, are all made for. He is good, and his love does endure forever. Though I'm not the greatest at evangelism, technology (web, social media, video, IT), empowers us as a church to reach people where they already are. I absolutely love using media to help people discover that Jesus is the bee's knees.

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    • Lori Galaske

      Background:
      I was born in St. Louis and raised in the Catholic church, attending parochial schools for both elementary and high school. When I was in junior high, my mom’s relationship with Jesus deepened dramatically, and I would periodically go to prayer meetings with her, but it was on a weekday morning, as I trailed into church for mass with my classmates, that God really got my attention. I have been in love with Him ever since! I married my high school sweetheart (Marc) in 1982. A few months later, we moved to Columbia to become a part of what we saw God doing here. I began working for the church office in January of 1993.

      Likes:
      The greatest joy of my life (besides our amazing God) is my family: Marc and I have two married children and four grandchildren. When I’m not at work, church, or a family function (Marc and I both come from large families), I love to read and to write for children.

      Motivations:
      My passion in my work as the business and HR manager is to support the ministries of CF, to protect the church legally as best I can, and to serve and encourage those who minister on staff (which is everyone on staff at the church and school).

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    • Bob Hon

    • Becky Jo Roberts

      Background:
      I grew up in a small rural town in Missouri until I came to Columbia in 2009 to attend the University of Missouri for college. I earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications with minors in art and public service and leadership. My sophomore year a friend told me about CF and I have been coming here ever since. Throughout my college career I grew to appreciate the beautiful community of CF as well as Columbia as a whole, so I stayed. After graduation I worked for MU in various capacities until July 2017 when I became a staff member here at the church.

      Likes:
      I enjoy being in nature so being outside is great to me, this can include hiking, kayaking, swimming or just sitting in the sun. Another thing I enjoy is working with my hands. This looks very different depending on the day. One day could be fixing a sink in my house and the next could look like me crocheting up a storm.

      Motivations:
      One of my biggest passions is people. I love to spend time with others and hear what makes them tick. To see someone light up as they find their identity and live out the passions God gave them is beautiful. Getting to be a part of people getting to discover and develop a relationship with Christ and others is to me pretty awesome. So I guess my motives might be a little selfish now that I think about it.

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    • Sarah Boyce

      Background:
      I was born and raised in Vandalia, Missouri. I met and married my husband, Kenny, in Kirksville, Missouri. We have three beautiful girls and love living, working and serving here in Columbia.

      Likes:
      I love to take wool sheered from a sheep and clean it, prepare it for spinning, spin it into yarn on my spinning wheel, and knit it into something fun like mittens and hats. I love starting with something unusable like a pile of filthy wool that, in that state, is good for nothing, and turn it into something useable and lovely. I feel like that is what God has done in my life and it is a beautiful picture to me.

      Motivations:
      I truly believe that we are performing Kingdom work no matter what we do, or where we find ourselves. We are ambassadors of our King in every situation. I have worked in several different positions and I have always hoped that my presence there was shining the light of love into the dark places. I think that working within the church just makes that Kingdom work even more real and tangible to me. I want to see those things that my King wants to take place happen here on Earth as they do in Heaven.

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    • Gus Hatungimana

    • Derik Stott

      Background:
      I moved to Columbia the summer of ’88 and attended CFS and graduated in ’93. I attended Columbia College for 2 years and then a semester at Texas A&M in Galveston in their Maritime Academy. I started working maintenance at Toastmaster Inc. in ’99 and worked there for 10 years before they were closed down. Worked at CIS for 3 years and came to Fellowship after that and have been here for 3 years. I married my wife, Elizabeth, in 2013 and we have a 16 month girl, Annabelle.

      Likes:
      As of right now my hobbies are being a husband and father.

      Motivations:
      I’ve always liked figuring out how things work and fixing/building things with my hands and kind of fell into maintenance. I also like helping others and seeing things run smoothly.

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    • Pamela O’Brien

      Background:
      I grew up in Minnesota, but moved to Lexington, Kentucky after school; that is where I met and married Tom. We lived for a short time in Indianapolis, but then moved back to Lexington and raised our three children there. In 2010 we moved to Columbia because of Tom's work.

      Likes:
      We love Columbia because we enjoy our active downtown and the beautiful trails. I am a big reader, mainly non-fiction, and I enjoy cooking.

      Motivations:
      I also really enjoy people, and that is one of the reasons I love what I do at cf. It is a privilege to hear people share their stories and to get to be a part of what God is doing in their lives.

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    • Becky Hodill

      Background:
      I worked at the University of Missouri for 8 years, 5 of those as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of Advancement at the School of Law. During that time I was involved in planning events for the Law School and our Alumni. After having our son in September 2015, I left to become a stay at home mom.

      Likes:
      I love to sew, make jewelry and garden. My husband and kids are very important to me and I just love spending time with them.

      Motivations:
      Getting to be a part of this amazing community of believers is very fulfilling to me. I love getting to look at the big picture of why we are here and then make it happen together with our church family.

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    • Elizabeth Stott

      Background:
      I grew up here in Columbia, Missouri, attending Christian Fellowship Church with my mom and sister. I also attended CFS and graduated from there just a handful of years ago (or a bit more than that ago – eeh!). I had the opportunity to live in South Africa in 2007, and began working for the church after I returned from there in the beginning of 2008. Around that same time, I began to get more acquainted with the man who would be my future husband – Derik Stott. We were good friends for quite some time, began dating in 2012, and got married in 2013. Our beautiful little girl, Annabelle Grace, joined our family in April of 2016. We could not be more blessed.

      Likes:
      My two main joys in this season of life come from being a Mama and a Wife. I spend most of my time reading stories to a little girl, playing with her, taking walks with her, and snuggling with her. My husband gets to join us when he’s not working, and no one makes Annabelle laugh like her Dada.

      Motivations:
      Phil and Deb have played a huge part in my life for many years in mentoring me, showing me grace upon grace, and loving on me and my family. I could not be more honored to get to serve Pastor Phil in being his assistant.

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    • Danny Brugmann
    • Lori Galaske
    • Bob Hon
    • Becky Jo Roberts
    • Sarah Boyce
    • Gus Hatungimana
    • Derik Stott
    • Pamela O’Brien
    • Becky Hodill
    • Elizabeth Stott

    *Director of an area of ministry support