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MEET

OUR staff

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Christen Sanders

Lead Pastor

Pastor Christen became Lead Pastor at D1Naz in May 2022 and is honored to be the first female to fill this position.  Christen hails from the great state of Indiana, (Go Hoosiers!) and is a 2009 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University where she majored in Pastoral Ministry.  Christen is a former youth pastor and social worker, specifically working with teens, children, and adults with trauma in Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois.  Christen has two dogs, Pepper and Rhodie, and she’s an aunt 7x over. She’s also an avid sports fan (Colts, Cubs & Hoosiers), loves anything competitive, and genuinely loves spending time with people and doing ministry.  Despite all this, her trek to be a Lead Pastor and GOD’s faithfulness in her life is what you’ll find unique about Christen, so be sure to ask when you meet her!

Contact at pastorchristen@d1naz.com

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Ryan Roberts

 

Youth &Young Adult Ministry Director

 

Ryan was once told to be the bigger man and he took it literally!  Not just in his size but with his personality as well.  Ryan grew up in the church, and student ministry played a huge role in his love for Christ.  He feels called to student ministry to help develop students in the same way he was so that they can grow in their walk with Christ and impact the future.

Contact at ryan@d1naz.com

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Jenny Parker

Children's Director

 

Jenny started working with children at a young age because her family was very involved in foster care while she was growing up.  She started her career in child education when she began working at a daycare in 2004.  Then from 2007-2021 she worked as a Sign Language Interpreter in the Virginia public school system. In late 2021, shortly after she and her family moved to the Decatur area, Jenny began to feel the call to ministry.  She joined D1Naz as our Children’s Director in 2022 and is thrilled to be serving God by loving and leading our youngest believers.  She gives GOD all the praise as she realizes that God has been preparing her all along for this specific ministry, proclaiming that “GOD is Good, All the Time.  All the Time, GOD is Good!” 

Contact at jenny@d1naz.com

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Darcy Morr

Office Manager

Darcy felt called to be our Office Manager in 2009, shortly after her family started attending D1Naz and they enrolled their daughter in our daycare. Her job involves event coordination, communications, and facility oversight. She describes her roll somewhere between “Air Traffic Controller” and “Staff Mom”. Darcy is eternally grateful GOD called her away from a corporate setting to serve alongside some incredible pastors and staff, feeling blessed to have had a front row seat on the life-changing power of Christ in the lives of so many who call D1Naz home. She and her husband Dave have two wonderful teenagers, Tessa and Drew, who can often be found helping out around the church.

If you have questions about an upcoming event, contact at darcy@d1naz.com

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Rollan Gongwer

Minister of Pastoral Care

Rollan graduated from Indiana University in 1968 with a Dr. of Optometry degree then practiced optometry for 16 years in Cassopolis, MI. During that time, he spent eight years as Chaplain of the Cass County Jail. In 1984, he joined the Indian Health Service and spent 20 years in active duty on several Indian reservations treating the optical needs of Native Americans. In 2004 he retired to Tucson, AZ, where he and his beloved wife, Carol, attended the Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene for 13 years. In 2017 they moved to Decatur to be closer to family and joined D1Naz soon after. In July 2021, he received a call to ministry by the Holy Spirit and received his local minister’s license two months later, becoming our Minister of Pastoral Care. He is incredibly humbled that God called him into ministry at this stage of life.

 

If you are in need of pastoral call or visit,

please contact Rollan at 217.970.0159 or

email rollang40@gmail.com

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Jim Wilkerson

Worship Director

Jim became our Worship Director in the summer of 2019. He has been involved with worship ministry since 2003, with ten of those years in a leadership role. He is married to Stephanie, and they have two beautiful daughters, Taylor and Carli. Jim is a lifelong resident of Decatur, a Millikin University graduate, and a founding member of the local Christian band, Day 40. During the week, Jim works at Vieweg Real Estate as their Marketing Director, and in his free time enjoys creating humorous video clips to share with the church.

 

If you have questions about worship,

contact at jim@d1naz.com

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Judy Eddy

Facilities Manager

Judy joined our team in December 2021. She grew up on a farm in the Clinton area, graduated from Hannibal-LaGrange College with an AA in Liberal Arts, and moved to Iowa after college. She has been active in churches since high school whether singing in and directing choirs, chairing the Missions Group, or serving as the secretary of many boards, including the Sunday School board. She is a widow and the mother of two grown children, Stephanie and Justin (& wife Brittany), and is the proud grandmother of Ben and Crissie, all of whom live in Iowa. She currently lives near Beason on the family farm with her older brother, Greg.

Ashley Schroyer

Creative Kids Daycare Interim Director

Contact at ashley@d1naz.com

2022-2023 board officers & members
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Board Officers

Board Secretary | Rob Urquhart

Board Treasurer | John Prien

NDI Chair (Nazarene Discipleship International) | Marc Abla

NMI Chair (Nazarene Missions International) | Deb Hancock

NYI Chair (Nazarene Youth International) | Tom Ness

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Board members

Matt Bolhmann

Doug Brackett

Sara Goodner

Rudy Hubner

Jackie Farr

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