Our Staff

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Jon Nelson

Pastor

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Starting out as a public school teacher and athletic coach, Jon eventually felt God leading him into a different direction. For over 15 years, Jon has served in several areas of ministry all over the state of Iowa but found his home at Central in 2014 as their pastor. Jon is married to his wife Shelly and they have 4 wonderful children: Mary, David, Josie, and Hannah. They enjoy supporting them in the many activities they are involved in. Jon enjoys running, watching/playing sports, and eating the last Jaarsma donut. He is passionate about leadership and teaching, and he believes that Jesus Christ is the hope of the world!

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Kristy DeZwarte

Children's Director

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"In His time" is a phrase that has been a big factor throughout Kristy's life. Growing up in Central, Kristy attended Iowa State and found herself shortly after working in Des Moines. While helping with children's ministry at her church in Altoona, Kristy discovered that, not only is she passionate about leading little ones, but she also desired a family and little ones of her own. In 2014, Kristy married her husband Ryan and now have two beautiful little boys, Rylee and Ryder. She loves helping at her husband's family farm, cooking, reading, traveling, trying new things, and being with her family!

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Gloria Buckallew

Director of Prayer and Care

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I am married to John and we have two sons, Joel & Jared. I attended Central College in Pella studying accounting and later working in that field for 20 plus years. I heard God’s calling while going through the Journey class and have worked for Central Church since 2014. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and going to flea markets and craft shows.

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Tori Plate

Director of Connections

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Having served in leadership in her organization for almost 10 years, she's excited to bring her experience and passion for others to Central! She enjoys working from home with her Mary Kay business and was previously a Preschool teacher. She is married to RJ who enjoys his job farming and they have 2 daughters, Hadley and Sawyer. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, listening to podcasts, the beach and anything to do with home renovations, building or decor!

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Jac Munson

Ministry Associate

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Graduating high school in 2017, Jac has been contributing his gifts here at Central in a variety of ways since January of 2018. Helping out with technology, graphic design, worship planning, photo & video, and CREW, Jac is passionate about using creativity and helping others engage in times of worship. In his free time, you can find him on a golf course, listening to twenty one pilots, eating Oreos, or playing drums in his band Journeys End!