New Youth Director at Ankeny Free Church

We are excited to announce our Director of Student Ministries, J.D. Abell! There were several key elements we sensed the Lord wanted for us, both as a church family and for our staff team dynamic. So we searched for an individual that loved Jesus, loved people, loved students, had a clear heart for evangelism and a gift and passion for preaching God’s Word.  We wanted someone who loved Ankeny and central Iowa, was outgoing, and spiritually mature. All of this was in addition to being a great leader and role model for our students and their families.  J.D. hits the mark on all of these!

This has been a long process for us. During our search, we have had 75 in-person or phone interviews. And then we met J.D. and his family. It seemed too good to be true – but isn’t that always the case with the Lord! God has been faithful to us and to J.D. throughout this time. It has been a privilege to see the Lord work!