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!