Elders

The Governing Elders are affirmed annually by written ballot at the Annual Community Life Meeting in April. Individuals may serve up to six consecutive terms.

Present Governing Elders: Birger Benson, Tim Dunagan, William Feely, Kelly Larsen, Pat Liebsack, Steve Morris, and Lynn Rathjen.

 

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Birger Benson                                                                                                               

Brief Bio

Birger and his wife Connie have four children and live near Worms. Birger has been self employed as a farmer since 1979.

Shepherding Experiences

  • Six years as elder
  • Deacon board
  • Leadership and teaching roles in adult communities
  • Ministry for troubled marriages.

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Tim Dunagan

Brief Bio

Tim says, “Having been married to Cheryl for 32 years, God has blessed me beyond imagination in having a commited life partner who loves me despite my weaknesses and challenges me to be all I can be in Christ Jesus.” Tim and Cheryl have three grown children. Tim is a Chiropractor in private practice with son, Brian.

Shepherding Experiences

  • Elder Board
  • Many church leadership positions over the past 30 years

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William Feely

Brief Bio

Married to Dawn (truly God’s blessing in  my life). William and Dawn have 3 children – Andrew (13), Lauren (10) and Aidan (8). William is a Senior Claims Representative for Farmers Mutual of Nebraska.

Shepherding Experiences

  • The Truth Project Leadership Team
  • Senior/Lead Pastor Search Committee 2007-2008, 2012
  • Adult Discipleship Pastor Search Committee 2009-2010
  • Middle School/Route 6 Adult Volunteer

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Kelly Larsen

Brief Bio

Kelly and his wife, Tammy have 3 children. Tammy is completing her M.A. in Theological Studies. Their daughter, Danielle (2010 UNK grad) is involved in her church in Lincoln. Sons, Caleb (sophomore at UNL) is involved in leading a campus evangelism ministry and Nathan (GISH senior) has a passion for writing music for ministry. He started and leads a spiritual impact group at GISH and is also on the Zambia Team, along with Tammy and Kelly. Kelly has worked for the Natonal Federation of Independent Business as a Member Representative for nearly 10 years.

Shepherding Experiences

  • Pastor, Springs of Life. Portland, OR
  • Elder/Lay Pastor, AspenRidge Evangelical Free. Falcon, CO
  • Teacher, Logos Adult Community
  • Occasionally fill the pulpit
  • Lead a Men’s group

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Pat Liebsack

Brief Bio

Pat has two young adult daughters, Amy and Brittany. He is an Athletic Trainer for Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings. He works with eight high schools in South Central Nebraska in providing health care services for their athletes through evaluating injured athletes and providing medical coverage for differrent sporting events.

Shepherding Experiences

  • Past Mission’s Committee Chairman
  • Co-Leader of Singles Ministries
  • Team Leader – Germany Mission Team
  • Youth Ministries

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Steve Morris

Brief Bio

Steve is married to Leanne, who recently retired from GI Public Schools after teaching fulltime for many years. They have three adult sons, the oldest is married with a toddler son. Steve is the principal at G.I. Christian School, previously at Cedar Hollow School for 25 years.

Shepherding Experiences

  • Adult Community teacher for many years
  • Usher and greeter
  • Elder Baord for the past seven years.

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Lynn Rathjen

Brief Bio

Lynn is married to Glenda and they have two grown sons, Andrew and Ryan. Lynn is currently retired.

Shepherding Experiences

  • Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University Coordinator
  • Counseling for families or individuals dealing with financial issues
  • Hope Harbot Board Member

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Gary Schulte

Brief Bio

Executive Pastor since 2008, previously Youth Pastor for 10 years, Administrative Pastor for 8 years. Gary is married to Stephanie, a retired school administrator, currently Curriculum Director at State Patrol Training Academy. Gary loves all things baseball and all things Husker.

Shepherding Experiences

  • Youth Ministry for 27 years
  • Enjoys serving in a variety of teaching roles
  • Loves to serve behind the scenes administratively
  • Coordinates GI Free’s Welcoming Ministries

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