Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

 

Lead Pastor

Greg Pollak

I was born and raised in the Catholic Church. I figured that God would let me into heaven if I was a good person which of course I was not. Honestly, spiritual things never really entered my mind, until Laura (my wife) attended a Bible study for women down the street from where we lived in Ankeny. From that Bible study a guy named Chuck who knew the couple down the street asked me and Laura to do a three…
Teaching Pastor

Chris Lenoir

I did not seek God, He pursued me. I did not choose God, He chose me. It is written in Romans 3:11 “there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God.” I was an enemy of God and antagonistic to those who claimed to follow Him. As it is written in Colossians 1:21, I truly was alienated from God and an enemy in my mind, doing evil deeds. Prior to my salvation I was a self-…
Elder, Youth Leaders

Tim & Jonna O’Tool

I was born and raised in a Christian family. I was also led to Christ at a very young age. In fact, that is really the first memory that I have. My mother was doing devotions with my siblings and I at the breakfast table. She was talking about Jesus coming to die for us, and how we needed to be saved from our sins. My mother asked if any of us still needed to place our faith in Christ.…
Worship Leader

Matt Michaelsen

I was blessed to grow up in a pastor’s home and hear the gospel from a young age. At 6 years old, I received the free gift of salvation from sin by accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior. In 2001, God directed my dad to a pastorate in Slater, Iowa. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that, as a result of the ministry of Slater Baptist Church’s youth group, I realized God’s purpose for me was a…
Administrator

Mindy Sanders

I was blessed to grow up in a loving, Christian home as a pastor’s daughter. Shortly after my 5th birthday, I attended Vacation Bible School at my church where I was taught about Jesus and the gospel. I understood that I was a sinner and the only hope for my soul was in Jesus and that He died to save me. (Romans 5:8) I asked for forgiveness and accepted Him as my Savior on July 16, 1997. Once I started…
Technology Manager

Jacob Heisterkamp

I was born and raised mostly right here in central Iowa. I was blessed to have bible believing parents, who raised me up going to church, and teaching me the Word of God. At the age of 5, attending VBS (Vacation Bible School), I listened to my pastor share that I was a sinner, and was in need of a savior. After he was done I had questions about what this meant, and my teacher and I went to a…
Deacon

Jeff Jontz

Check back later, my story is coming soon…
Deacon

Mark Curtis

I grew up in a non-Christian home. My parents never attended church or talked about God. I lived what most people would call a normal life. I lived for myself. I met and began dating my now wife, Donna, in 1982. My wife’s family was very different from mine. They attended church regularly. It did not take long for Donna and I to figure out that we wanted to spend our lives together. Leading up to our marriage, we spent…
Deacon, Youth Leaders

Joe & Liz Gambrel

I (Liz) was very fortunate to have grown up in a God fearing home. When I was eight years old I attended a Jr Girls camp and heard a message about heaven and hell and how Christ died on the cross for sinners just like me. It was then that I decided I didn’t want to spend eternity in hell and asked Christ into my heart to wipe clean my sins. As a teenager I walked away from Christ, but…
Deacon, Nursery Admin

Nick & Amanda Carter

Amanda I grew up in a small Iowa town.  I was raised in a loving and supportive family, and we went to church on a weekly basis.  I participated in all of the required activities and traditions that my church told me I needed to do in order to be in God’s favor (infant baptism, first communion, confirmation, and frequent reconciliation).  Even though I worked hard to be a good kid and participated in all of my church’s activities, looking back, I was living to…
Deacon

Dan Carleton

I was raised in a Christian home and trusted Jesus as my Savior when I was six years old. I was listening to the preacher saying that I was a sinner and needed to ask Jesus to forgive me of my sin and believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. I knew that I needed Jesus and asked Him that night to come live in my heart. I was later baptised and wanted to show…