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Jon Nelson

Senior 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 the senior 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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Mike Sereg

Associate Pastor

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At the ripe age of 19, Mike started leading construction crews for his father's construction company, but always felt a tug on his heart to be a leader in the church. 26 years later, Mike answered the Lord's calling and became a commissioned pastor. In July of 2017, Mike became our associate pastor, implementing his passions in many different ways: evangelizing to people of all ages and all backgrounds, leading people to a relationship with God, meeting and welcoming new people, and leading men. Although he maintains a very busy schedule, he still finds time to ride his Harley, be with his lovely wife Dana, being a parent and grandparent, and taming his giant yet gentle Bernese Mountain Dog, Gia!

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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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After receiving her degree in accounting from Central College, Gloria served in that field for over 20 years. While she was going through the Journey class, she felt God calling her into a different area of work. Since 2014, Gloria has served in numerous roles here at Central. When she's not greeting everyone at Central with a warm welcome, she is kept busy being with her family, traveling, and going to flea markets and craft shows!

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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!