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Raised as a preacher’s kid, Seth cannot remember a time when ministry and people were not the most important part of his life. His passion is to preach, teach and train others to fulfill the Great Commission. He believes all Christians enjoy the amazing privilege to have God live inside of them. When we love each other as we should, we become the full expression of His love. There is nothing better than to see people reach their full potential and help them accomplish their God-given dreams.
Seth loves everything outdoors, from kayaking to fly fishing. He and his wife, Theda (who is on staff as the Business/Office Manager), have one son who is married and has given them the beautiful gift of two grandchildren.
Seth and Theda work together and are passionate about being used by God to help provide a life-changing environment in the church that is focused on the simplicity of the gospel and the power of a personal relationship with God who loves us.
Alan serves as the Music and Media Minister for Glendale. He grew up in Jefferson City, Missouri, and is a graduate from Missouri State University. Alan is married to Joy, who is the Headmaster at Gloria Deo Academy, and they have four children.
Passion: God, worship, the Bible, Jesus and my family!
Hobbies: Building computers, strategy board games, science fiction, Drum Corps
Favorite Drink: White chocolate mochas and Dr. Pepper
Favorite Food: Whatever Joy makes (it just tastes better!)
Chris is a native of Chicago but settled in Springfield in 1999 when he started his studies at Southwest Missouri State University. He and his wife, Catherine, were married in 2005. They have four children who are all active in the family ministries at Glendale.
Chris converted to Christianity in 2004 after spending years studying comparative religions. From atheist to theist to Christ follower, he pursued truth and found it in the Word of God.
In 2004 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in crime and society, but the Lord had other plans for his life. Chris felt called into ministry and began to lead small groups and teach Sunday school for college and career students. In 2008 he graduated from Missouri State with a Master of Science degree in counseling and is a licensed professional counselor.
Following his graduation he worked for the Greene County Children’s Division. He used that time to serve families and equip them to get through difficult situations. During that time he went back to graduate school, and in 2011 he graduated with a Master of Ministry degree from Harding University.
In 2012 he began to work in ministry part-time as an involvement minister, and in 2014 he became a full-time youth and family minister. The journey from making the decision to follow Jesus full-time was filled with pit stops and new learning experiences, but today Chris knows God used that time to prepare his heart, mind and body for the work He has for him to do.
Chris believes Christ is glorified most when His body works together, and this is why he believes in family ministry. He desires to see parents and children work together in their homes, communities and congregations to grow in favor and wisdom with man and God. As Jesus said to His disciples, “Love one another as I have loved you…By this all men will know that you are My disciplines, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
Cassandra grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as one of six siblings. She has a deep passion to share the unending and unfailing love of Jesus with those who are hurting, those who are broken, and with those who have not yet had a transforming relationship with Christ. In the eighth grade she decided she wanted to be a youth minister because of the life-changing love of Jesus in her own life, and has worked with children and teenagers ever since! Cassandra graduated from Ozark Christian College (OCC) with a Bachelor of Arts in christian ministry. She is married to Philip, whom she met while at OCC. They have one precious baby boy.
Passions: Showing my family, community and strangers the love of Jesus!
Hobbies: Painting, reading, watching movies/plays/musicals, being outside in the sun and being with my family!
Favorite Drinks: Iced vanilla coffee, hot white mocha, vanilla Dr. Pepper!
Favorite Foods: Any and all Cheetos, Oreos, pizza and sushi!
Dana grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and studied at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. She loves helping children learn to love Jesus and loves watching Jesus show Himself to them. She lives in Ozark, is married to Tom, and they have four kids. Besides loving Jesus and people, she loves to write.
Passion: Jesus, family, kids, writing, mochas
Hobbies: Writing, hanging out with kids, drinking mochas.
Favorite food: Oreos, Oreos and Oreos. Mochas, mochas and mochas. Did I mention Oreos and mochas?