Steve has served as pastor and elder at Creekside Church since August of 2017. He earned a B.A.from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa and a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling both from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. Steve has previously served at the Belmond Evangelical Free Church in Belmond, Iowa (7 1/2 years) and the Albert City Evangelical Free Church in Albert City, Iowa (21 years). He and his wife Marla have been married for 37 years and live in Urbandale. They are blessed with three married children and two grandchildren.
Steve enjoys being outside in nature, riding his bicycle and hiking. His other interests include traveling, sports (watching and participating), reading, and spending time with family and friends. Steve is passionate about the clear, accurate, and relevant proclamation of the Word of God which leads to personal reconciliation and transformation. He is also committed to seeing the Church motivated and mobilized for making fully devoted followers of Jesus at home and abroad.
Jesse joined our staff as Creekside’s full-time Youth Pastor in December 2022! Jesse and his wife Mackenzie have two daughters, Emalyn and Eliza, recently moved to Urbandale from Washington State.
Jesse is an Urbandale native with a Bachelors of Science in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute, has worked as Assistant Director for Youth for Christ, and served in a number of internships in youth ministry. His wife Mackenzie is a native of Washington and has served alongside Jesse in ministry.
In his role at Creekside, Jesse is responsible for fostering an environment of discipleship, fellowship, and outreach among students at Creekside in grades 6 through 12 (our Middle and High School Youth groups), building and mentoring a team of volunteers to fulfill the mission of the ministry—leading youth to a devoted relationship with Jesus Christ.
“If anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”
“So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them”