Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Brian Stanley

Senior Pastor

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.  I love the outdoors and an ideal day for me is to be camping, fishing, or hiking.  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. 

Dawn Stanley

Student Ministries Director | Young Adult Ministries Director

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.

Allison Orgeron

Worship Director

My name is Allison, and my husband Jeremy and I are Louisiana natives. We are thrilled to be moving forward in the work God has in store for us in the great city of Des Moines. We love to be outdoors, whether kayaking, hiking, biking, or playing games, we also love hosting weekend game nights with friends. We are most looking forward to being part of a church with a tremendous growth mindset and helping facilitate that in whatever way we can. 

Breanna Stanley

Children's Ministry Director

My name is Breanna, and I love serving on staff here at Lifehouse. This isn’t just a job- it’s home! I serve the families at Lifehouse by directing ministries for our babies, toddlers, and kids up to 5th grade. My passion is to provide excellent care and planning within our Children’s Ministry department. It’s my greatest joy to minister to kids- and show them that church is a place where they belong. My prayer is that the children of Lifehouse would be world-changers: redeemed in Christ and equipped with the Holy Spirit. Psalm 8:2 :”You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.”

Keren Terry

Global Mission Director

Hi, my name is Keren. My husband and I live in Clive with our two children. I was born in Honduras and have been personally involved with Global missions from an early age. I continue to have a passion for missions and have been a part of over 25 mission trips, from being a team member to being a team leader. Please reach out to me for any questions or interest you might have in global missions! 

John Weber

Men's Ministry Director

Hi, my name is John Weber. My wife Mona and I have been a part of the Lifehouse Church family since 1998. During that time we’ve together led a handful of Life Groups, been involved in prayer ministry and I’ve had the great privilege of being able to serve our church in leadership roles. One of my spiritual desires is to encourage men to develop a passion for the Word of God and move deeper into the things of the Spirit. With His help this is possible. I enjoy traveling with Mona, spending time with family and friends, fishing, playing some golf, Hawkeye football, and just goofing off.

Rebekkah Hansel

Women's Ministry Director

Hi, my name is Rebekka and I live in Urbandale with my husband and our two daughters. We have been attending Lifehouse since 2012, and it's truly our joy to serve in our local church. I serve as a leader for our church women's group, Women of Valor, and it's my heart to help equip and encourage women to walk in their calling and to live victorious lives in Christ. "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes". (Ephesians 6:10-11)

Cathy Tesar

Prayer Director

My name is Cathy and I live in Urbandale with my husband and our two beautiful daughters. We came to Lifehouse in 2011. God has changed my prayer life greatly since we’ve been at Lifehouse and has really stirred my heart in the area of prayer. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and writing. 

Brian Elsbecker

Elder & Board Member

My name is Brian and live in Clive with my wife Linda. We have been married for 32 years, have two grown boys and 4 grandchildren. We moved to Clive almost five years ago and searched for a church immediately. We had visited many churches in the Des Moines area and are glad to call Lifehouse our home. I enjoy serving at Lifehouse and believe in our Core Values; Know, Grow, Live and Give. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, home remodeling, fishing and tinkering in the garage.

Tim Ganske

Elder & Board Member | LifeGroups Coach 

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. 

Bob Hansel

Elder & Board Member

Hello, I’m Bob. I live in Urbandale with my wife Rebekka and our two precious daughters. Our family has been faithfully attending Lifehouse since 2012, and I currently serve on the church board and we lead a small group in our home. Our hearts are to serve the local church as we reach out to share the love of Jesus with our community. So, when you visit feel free stop me and let me know if you have any questions.  I’d appreciate the opportunity to meet you.

William Zika

Elder & Board Member

  Hi, my name is Rod Zika and I live in Adel with my wife Mary Ann. We have been attending Lifehouse since 2011 , and we serve in our local church in the hospitality area. I serve as a leader for our church as elder. We consider it a joy to welcome visitors and members to Lifehouse Church a place that you can call home. Matthew 25:40 Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren you did it to me.

Linda Elsbecker

Secretary Treasurer & Board Member

My name is Linda and I live in Clive, Iowa with my husband Brian and our 14 yr old dog Dallas. We have 2 sons who are married and given us the joy of being MiMi and Papa to 4 grandsons. We have been at Lifehouse since 2015. I have been the Financial Secretary since 2016. We love Lifehouse! We love that it is a bible believing bible teaching church! We also attend a small group and are able to volunteer in various places. We hope you come and visit Lifehouse and see where God is leading you!

Mary Ganske

Office Manager

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.

Rachel Williams

Volunteer Coordinator

Hi, my name is Rachel. My husband Jerard and I live in Urbandale. We have been calling Lifehouse our church home since 2011. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and baking/cooking.

Bethany Iwamoto

Financial Secretary | Media Coordinator 

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! 

Kristi Kenyon

Uplink Editor | Copywriter

Kristi has been with Lifehouse since 2013. She lives in Des Moines with her husband, son, 2 dogs, and cat. Besides writing, she enjoys photography, mainly of her son, cooking for her family, and reading a good book. Kristi says she enjoys being able to help her church with her copywriting skills because it's just another way she can use her God-given gift to glorify him.

Tori VanderPloeg

Assistant to the Lead Pastor

Hi, My name is Tori. I married my high school sweet heart Alex in 2017 and we welcomed our first child, Asher, in March 2019. I have a heart to serve and do whatever God has called me to in every season of life. I have grown up at Lifehouse and couldn't imagine my life without my wonderful church family. I love to worship, read, hang with my son, and be creative!