Noah and his wife Kathi met at Colorado State University (CSU), both being involved in Campus Crusade for Christ. After graduation (Physical Ed. for Noah, Hearing and Speech Science for Kathi) they married and have celebrated 44 years together, having five grown children and seven grandchildren. Thirty-three of those years they have served three EFCs in Taylorville, IL., North Platte, NE., and Hartland, WI. Both Noah and Kathi enjoy traveling and hiking. Kathi's main joy in ministry is sharing with and seeking to encourage other moms (often over a cup of coffee!). Noah received his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and a DMin from TEDS. His football background at CSU and his major in PE continue to make physical health an important goal. But his great desire in his role as DS is the spiritual health of pastors, leaders and churches in the Midwest District. He also has a heart for missions, having served with the ReachGlobal Board and leading several mission trips abroad. Recently Proverbs 4:18 has been "pushing" his thinking and actions, "But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day." His passion for self and others is to keep walking that challenging path, reflecting more and more the light of Jesus.
Donna grew up in New Jersey and her husband Craig in Minnesota. They met in Chicago and were married in 1988. They have two married children, living in Portland, OR and Bellevue, NE, and a son who is attending Dallas Seminary. Craig is a TEDS graduate and has pastored EFCA churches since 1989 (Monroe, WI, Morristown, NJ, and currently, Wilcox, NE). Donna greatly enjoys working with kids and has been a children's ministries leader in all three churches. She homeschooled her children for ten years and has worked many years in the public schools as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher. Donna has a BA in sociology from Trinity College, Deerfield, IL and teacher certification in math and Spanish from the University of Nebraska Kearney.
I moved to Wichita KS from Juarez, Mexico in October 2000, my father Flavio Gonzalez was going to plant Genesis EFC, the church I am now pastoring. Soon after the move I met Holly Hesselbarth, we were married October 2002. God has shaped and blessed our lives. We have 4 kids and enjoy working together in ministry. Throughout my live in the United States I've served our church, the MWD, and the EFCA National Office volunteering in different positions. Recently I had the opportunity to be on staff at the District, and I feel blessed. God brought me to this great country, and has raised me as his servant in the MWD. I love our denomination and will continue doing my best to support and help it. I will continue ministering and winning souls until I can't do it any longer, God called me to touch lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ and that's what I will do until the Lord calls me home. My commitment to continue ministering is resolute.
Phil is married to Sandra Green and together they have three married children and three grandchildren. He has been a church planter (Midland, MI; Ellsworth, KS; Oskaloosa, KS) and pastor (Washington Island, WI; Lyons, KS) in the Evangelical Free Church of America since January, 1986, committed to equipping people to follow Jesus so that they know Him personally, grow in their relationship with Him, and serve Him as He has gifted them to serve. Phil also enjoys teaching online Bible, philosophy, and ministry courses part-time for Tabor College Wichita and is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute (Diploma, 1979), Wheaton College (B.A. in History, 1981) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1985; D.Min., 2001).
In July of 2010, Lige came on staff as Associate Pastor in charge of Youth Ministries at the Minden Free Church. Before this first pastoral position, he worked in various trades from a construction worker to the Vice President of a local manufacturing company. While in those varied careers, Lige could be found assisting and leading youth through the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle. Time spent in that ministry sparked his desire to work with students full time. Lige loves to help students see and understand what it means to be a true follower of Jesus Christ. He has been married to the love of his youth, Dusty, for ten years and together they have five beautiful children ranging in age from 1 to ten years old.
Pastor Kerry Relihan served as Senior Pastor at Stromsburg EFC for over 28 years. He and his wife, Joanne, have four boys, and twin granddaughters and one grandson who reside in the Dominican Republic. Kerry has served in helping with MWD church plants, ministry in New Orleans, international church planting in Tatarstan Russia, gypsy ministry in Peny Russia, teaching at Trinity Video Seminary, outreach among the Sea Tribes People, and refugee ministry in Athens Greece. He also served on the International Missions Board of the EFCA for 6 years. He has encouraged ministry at Timberlake Ranch Camp and the Columbus and Living Water Rescue Missions. All of this is because of the mobilization of the local church. He recently was called to work as Missions Catalyst for the Midwest District of the EFCA. With this rich and varied experience in ministry beyond the local church, Kerry is motivated to help MWD churches strengthen and grow their impact, either each alone or (even better) churches working together.
Cindy attended Trinity College, Deerfield, IL and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln before moving to California with a career in retail. Going back to school she changed careers to administrative assistant and started working in the aerospace and medical industries before becoming a stay at home mom for 11 years. Cindy, her husband Greg and their two children moved to Nebraska in 1998 near her hometown of Axtell, NE. Her husband has been working in the retail industry for over 36 years. Their son moved back to California to attend college and is now a Surgical Technician at a hospital in downtown Los Angeles and was recently married. Their daughter moved to Omaha, NE to attend school and is now working at the college she graduated from as a lab technician using her passion and skills in photography to teach and assist students.
Mike is married to Traci. They have five children ranging in age from 11-19 with one in heaven. They love camping, exploring the outdoors, and serving the Lord together. He has been a EFCA church planter in Spearfish, SD (2001-2004) and Litchfield, MN (2005-2015), and the pastor of Evangelical Free Church in Oakland, Nebraska since 2015. Mike has always had a passion to see the gospel preached, disciples multiplied, and have healthy churches planted. He served a term on the Midwest District Board from 2017-2020. He started serving on staff at the Midwest District in 2020 as the Director of Church Planting. He is excited to encourage, support, and work with planters and churches to help them multiply disciples and start new churches.