Meet Our Staff
Richard grew up in California and Arizona. He sensed God’s call to ministry early in life. After graduating from High School, he felt God lead him to attend Northwestern College in northwest Iowa. Upon earning a degree in Christian Education with a Youth Ministry Emphasis he moved to Ankeny, Iowa, and married Sarah in December of 2006. After leading a youth ministry for 5 and a half years, Richard felt God directing him into pastoral ministry. Stepping out in faith Richard became an intern at Timberline Church in Urbandale, Iowa while pursuing his Master degrees. The spring of 2012 brought the opportunity to serve as the pastor of Woodlands Creek a senior ministry of Timberline. In October of 2013 they welcomed their son, Wesley into the world. After a little over 3 years God extended a call through Bluff Hall, which he and Sarah joyfully accepted. Richard and Sarah began serving in June of 2015. Sadly, the Lord called Sarah home in July of 2017. God was gracious throughout this trial and in 2019 brought Laurel into Richard’s life. After 2 years of courtship Richard and Laurel were married at Bluff Hall in October of 2021.
Richard holds a Master of Theology (2014) and Master of Divinity (2016) from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN. He also hold a certificate of Ministry Licensure through the EFCA National Office.
Barb has been our organist since January 1999. Prior to joining our team, she also played at her childhood church, Pleasant Grove United Methodist. A lifelong resident of Adams County, IL, she grew up on a farm west of Liberty, IL. She earned an Associate of Science degree from John Wood Community College in Quincy and Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO. She has been playing the piano since age 5 and the organ at age 11. Barb enjoys playing for church services on a regular basis, as well as special services, as a way to express her faith using the talent that God has given her.