Staff

Senior Pastor – We are presently in a search for a Senior Pastor. Click here for more information.

Dr. John Crocker - Interim Senior Pastor
Dr. John Crocker will begin serving as the Interim Senior Pastor on Sunday, March 25. John and his wife, Liz, have served in several large churches throughout their years of ministry. Presently based in Indianapolis, they have ministered in Walnut Creek (CA), Rockford (IL), and Indianapolis (IN). John’s most recent Interim Pastor service was at Crossroads Church EFC in Albert Lea (MN).
In the coming months, John will serve as the primary teaching pastor, provide leadership for the ministry staff, participate with the Board of Elders, and share in pastoral care ministries as the search process for the new Senior Pastor continues. Interestingly, John was raised in South Africa before immigrating with his family to Canada. His pleasant British Commonwealth accent is very easy to understand. John is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of the EFCA. He possesses a deep love for God’s Word. He was contracted by the Board of Elders through Interim Pastors Ministries.

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Gary Schulte – Executive PastorGary Schulte
As Executive Pastor, Gary provides regular supervision of our capable ministry staff and oversees the fiscal and facility resources of our church family. Additionally, he directs the area of Welcoming Ministries, attempting to create an open and comfortable place for people to connect. It is his desire to help newcomers begin to feel as though this is truly their church home. He also oversees print publications, the church website, video communications, and a variety of administrative areas.

Sports and travel are two of his greatest loves – next to his wife, Stephanie, of course!

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Paul Hofrichter Paul Hofrichter – Music Ministries
Paul Hofrichter is Minister of Music and Worship, and also serves as General Director of the annual Singing Christmas Tree. Paul blends contemporary and traditional music by groups, solos, and from the congregation to impact people with the gospel message. He longs to see the church worship God with their whole lives, not just with music and church attendance.

Paul is a Grand Island area native who grew up in our church, he studied music in Seattle, found his wife Diana in Portland, worked 17 years in missions in Europe, and then returned home to join our staff. He also has an M.A. with an emphasis in theology, and enjoys occasional teaching. He and Diana have four children.

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Paul CanadyPaul Canady – Adult Discipleship Pastor
Our Adult Discipleship Pastor, Paul Canady, oversees Adult Ministries. Paul is an avid reader, likes to play golf (although he’s not any good at it), works a little bit with wood, enjoys all flavors of music and loves to ride his Harley. His wife, Mary Lou, is a great wife and mother and perhaps legendary, as a grandmother. Paul has been married to Mary Lou for almost 35 years and together they have raised four children and now have nine grandhchildren.

Previous to coming here, Paul served as a pastor with an organization called Village Missions for 32 years. Paul received his Bachelor of Biblical Science degree at Western Bible College in Denver and his graduate degree at Moody Graduate School in Chicago.

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Josh CaseyJosh Casey – High School Pastor
Josh, our High School Pastor, loves working with youth, parents, and families each week. He and his lovely wife, Stacey, were married in July of 2011. He is currently completing an M.A. in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Along with being a husband, pastor, and student, he enjoys hockey, music, yard work and the Cornhusker State.

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Scott MooreScott Moore – Middle School Ministries
Scott “Buffalo” Moore came as the Middle School Pastor in the summer of 2006. He and his wife Hannah are native to Nebraska, but moved back here from Nevada. Prior to that Scott was at Denver Seminary where he received his M.A. in Youth and Family Ministry.

Scott spent nine formative summers on staff at Timberlake Ranch Camps near Central City, where he cultivated a heart for student ministry. Hannah has also worked with students, both at camp and as a teacher, and they enjoy doing student ministry together.

Scott’s hobby’s include softball, baseball, music, the outdoors, and playing with his daughter Shalom, who was born in 2005, his son Calvin, who was born in 2008, and his daughter Charis, who was born in 2010.

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Dawn FeelyDawn Feely – Children’s Ministries
Dawn Feely coordinates our Children’s Ministries. She directly oversees kindergarten through 5th grade ministries. She was blessed with a Godly, faith-centered upbringing and strives to instill the foundational beliefs she has held close since childhood into the students she serves. She and her husband, William, have three elementary children of their own. Dawn loves traveling, cooking, reading, and is always thinking of new ways to introduce God and His many attributes to children.

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Saffron BuettnerSaffron Buettner – Preschool Coordinator
Saffron Buettner brings a tremendous love for young children to her ministry as Nursery Coordinator. Saffron has many years of experience in child daycare. Her desire is to make little ones feel welcome and loved while in our well equipped preschool suite. She and her husband, Darren, have three daughters.

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Stacy SandsStacy Sands – Nursery Coordinator
Stacy Sands brings a tremendous love for young children to her ministry as Nursery Coordinator. Stacy has many years of experience as a nanny, home daycare provider and foster parent. Her passion is to teach and make little ones feel welcome and loved while in our spacious and well-equipped nursery facility. She and her husband, Mark, have two biological children and are also guardians for two foster children.

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Support Staff

Sue Moran
Membership and Publications
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Nina Strickland
Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
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Carolyn Knee
Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
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Lori Vaughn
Administrative Assistant/Financial
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Tony Casarez
Custodian
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