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Meet Our Pastors

Pastor: Doug Willey

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.”

Hobbies

Dallas Cowboys Football, Biking, and anything with Cynthia

Family Pastor: Bob Stretch

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.

Youth Pastor: Joe Mullarkey

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.

Worship Leader: Jason Frew

Jason was born in the Dallas area (where he found a love for Rangers baseball and Cowboys football) and grew up in Grand Island, NE (where he found the Huskers).  He grew up heavily involved in the church as his dad served as the missions pastor.  He knew and believed the gospel, but he didn't fully understand until he was 12 years old.  It was the car accident that took the life of his dad and older brother while they were on a missions trip in Mexico that brought him to know the grace, power and healing of God that comes through heartbreak and pain.  After graduating high school, Jason moved to Southern California to be a part of The Young Americans and toured the world, where he found his passion for teaching and affecting people for Christ through music.  Upon completing his service with the group, he returned to Nebraska and graduated with a music education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May of 2011 and began directing the choirs at Aurora Public Schools the following fall .  It was that same year that he met the love of his life, Kristin (also a teacher).  They were married in 2012 and now have three beautiful daughters: Evelyn, Breya and Jocelyn.

Jason's hobbies include music, sports, gardening and spending time with his wonderful family.
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