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Bethany Iwamoto
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My name is Bethany, and I live in Urbandale, Iowa with my husband and two sweet daughters. We moved here from California in June 2015, and Lifehouse was the first (and only!) church that we have attended in the Des Moines area. I am excited to be serving on the staff at this great church. I hope that you will come join us, and attend a service this week. Be sure to stop by the office and say hi!
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Bob Hansel
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Hi, my name is Bob. I live in Urbandale with my wife Rebekka and our two daughters. Our family came to Lifehouse in 2012, and I currently serve on the church board. Our hearts are to serve the local church as we reach out to share the love of Jesus with our community.
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Children's Ministries Director
Breanna Nicole Stanley
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Hi, my name is Breanna. My ministry includes kids 3 years to 5th grade. My passion is to serve the kids and families at Lifehouse and to provide excellent care and planning in the Children's department. It's my greatest joy to serve in this role, and there is no greater blessing than connecting kids to Christ! My heart is to see Christ change children's lives with eternal hope. "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has set eternity in the human heart." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
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Lead Pastor
Brian L Stanley
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Hi, my name is Brian. My wife (Dawn) and I have been serving as pastors to this wonderful group of people since 2009. I have a passion to bring hope to the hopeless and introduce them to the One who can give them new life. One of my greatest joys is serving with my family side-by-side in the ministry. By day, I work as an IT professional and have an affinity for technology in general. At the same time, I love the outdoors and an ideal day for me is to be camping or spending a quiet day at the lake or in the woods. I love to read on the topics of leadership, history, and philosophy. I'm also a big Science Fiction buff (especially film) and maybe make more geeky movie references in my sermons than any other pastor in town - but, I'm not sure that's anything to boast about :) I'm glad you dropped by our website, I hope you'll stop by this Sunday and check us out.
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Audio & Visual Director
Chad Zelle
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David Lewis
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Student Ministries Director
Dawn L Stanley
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My name is Dawn, My husband (Brian) and I live in Johnston and have 2 gorgeous, grown and Godly adult daughters. It's been a privilege to serve this church with my family, but I have specifically been leading the youth ministry at Lifehouse since 2010 and love every minute of it. One of my greatest desires is to see young people live a life that honors God and changes the world around them.(1 Timothy 4:12) I hate to say it, but I'm a typical girly girl.... I LOVE shopping, mani's & pedi's, eating out, and chatting it up with my friends.
 
 
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Jan L. Grace
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Hi. My name is Jan. My wife (Phyllis) and I began attending Lifehouse in March of 2016, and really love the family atmosphere. I enjoy various types of ministry, including teaching, music, and writing. I am definitely a people person. My wife and I host a Married For Life couples group in our home once a month, and that is a highlight for us both. When it’s time to relax, you’ll probably find me at one of the area lakes, jigging for walleye.
 
 
Missions Director
Jay Dragert
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Hi, my name is Jay. I have been calling Lifehouse Community Church home for the past 6 years and feel a deep calling to reach out to those around the world that have not yet had the opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ. I believe that everyone needs a chance to learn about the salvation that waits for them with a relationship with Christ so I am always looking for a new group of people to introduce Jesus to them.
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Men's Ministries Director
John Weber
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Uplink Editor / Copywriter
Kristi M Kenyon
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Financial Secretary
Linda Elsbecker
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Office Manager
Mary Ganske
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Hi, my name is Mary. I reside in Clive with my husband, Tim. We have 3 grown children and are thoroughly enjoying our new role as grandparents. I am an avid reader, a Hawkeye fan, enjoy all types of music, love to cook, and recently have added gardening to my hobbies. My family has been at Lifehouse from its beginning. I have served as an office manager since 2002, and appreciate how this role allows me to not only provide support for other staff, but to also help people who come through our doors to learn about our amazing church community.
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Michael Vokes
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Hi, my name is Michael. My wife, Chena, and I live in Adel and have 4 amazing children. I am a high school Social Studies teacher/coach and have a passion for today's youth. I enjoy running and spending time outside with my family. My family and I came to Lifehouse in October 2008 and I currently serve as an elder and an usher/greeter. I am thankful for my church family and the opportunity to serve Christ by serving others.
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Social Media & Women's Ministries Director
Molly Dragert
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Hi, my name is Molly. My husband Jay and I live in West Des Moines with our two rowdy boys. I love having people over for a homemade meal: there is something about shared meals around the table - love, laughter, and good conversation...especially around football season, Go Hawks!. One of my favorite things to do in my free time is write, you can catch my latest writings on my blog at thefighttbestill.blogspot.com. We came to Lifehouse in October 2009. I currently help lead the women's LifeGroup, Daughters of the King; social media coordinator; greeter; and sometimes coordinate events. One of the things I love about serving in ministry is all the amazing people I get to interact with in this church - you all rock!
 
 
Cafe Manager
Nancy Schmitt
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Co-Worship Director
Patrik Emmert
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Hi, my name is Patrik. I have a beautiful wife named Trina and two incredible daughters. My passion is to serve the Lord through music. Another joy in my life is my day job at The Lutherie Shop, repairing and restoring both vintage and modern instruments. I also enjoy the ongoing study of Biblical Hebrew.
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Volunteer Coordinator
Rachel Williams
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Hi, my name is Rachel. My husband Jerard and I live in West Des Moines. We have been calling Lifehouse our church home since 2011. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and baking/cooking.
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Security & Safety Director - Gatekeepers
Steve Farquhar
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Hi, I’m Steve. I’m the Director of Safety and Security. As a Veteran I have a unique view on safety and security, taking both quite seriously. My calling is to serve others by ensuring they are able to live in peace, knowing someone is watching out for them. My wife Jennifer, our two children, and I have been part of this church since 2011. I love this church and think you will too. Come on in and know that if you need anything from a band-aid to a life changing God encounter, we want to help.
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Nursery Director
Tammy Vanlandingham
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LifeGroups Coach
Tim Ganske
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Hi, my name is Tim. My wife and I have 3 grown children and live in Clive. I have been at Lifehouse since it's start. Though I am involved in many ways at Lifehouse, I am most passionate about the importance of LifeGroups. I have been involved in small groups for over 30 years and believe it is essential for the spiritual growth and health of the Christ-follower. LifeGroups are an amazing way to build personal relationships and church community. When I have a little free time, I enjoy golf, hunting, and Hawkeye football.
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Co-Worship Director
Trina Emmert
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Victoria VanderPloeg
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William Zika
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