Douglas grew up in El Paso TX, where he met and married Cynthia. They have 4 Children, 3 of which are married and 4 grandchildren. Douglas has over 19 years of ministry experience; receiving his undergraduate degree from Liberty and graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. They both love the Lord Jesus and have a heart for married ministries.
Favorite Food: Hamburger
3 Favorite books:
1. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
2. Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves
3. The Grace Awakening by Charles Swindoll
Favorite Bible Verse:
Jude 23 “save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.”
Dallas Cowboys Football, Biking, and anything with Cynthia
Pastor Bob was raised in a God-fearing family, but trusted Christ in 1971. He attended the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. It was there that he met his wife, Julie. They graduated from Moody in 1976 and were married that same year. Pastor Bob earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Missouri. They were commissioned to serve as missionaries by the Gospel Missionary union [now AVANT ministries]. They served overseas from 1979 to 1990. Up on returning to the States, Pastor Bob pastored in northwest Missouri, in Grand Island, Nebraska, and in Wahoo, Nebraska. He joined the pastoral staff at Monroe Free in April of 2011. They have three adult children who are married and ten grandchildren.
Pastor Joe was grew up in Illinois attending VBS every year as a child. While he heard the Gospel, nothing really stuck with him until he was invited to youth group by a friend. Once again hearing the Gospel, Joe decided he didn't want to be "that guy who goes forward" so he pretended to know Jesus. It wasn't until attending a youth rally that he put his pride aside and accepted Jesus as his Savior. After high school Joe felt a calling into youth ministry. He attended Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa where he began his training for ministry. It was at Faith that Joe met his future wife Lori. After many years of being friends they were married in 2006. Joe and Lori served in Winterset, Iowa and Nebraska City, Nebraska before coming to Monroe in 2012. They have 3 children: Lily, Elijah, and Chloe.
Joe's passion is to train up the next leaders of the church through student ministry. He works with adults and students to make disciples who make disciples to further God's kingdom.