Mike received Jesus Christ while he was a young boy growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received his B.A. in Pastoral Studies from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa in 1999, and his M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary in southern California in 2002.
Mike and his wife Chris met at their local church in Lincoln and were married in 1999. The Lord has blessed them with four children: Ethan, Rebecca, Luke, and Karis.
Mike has been serving at Le Mars Bible Church ever since his graduation from seminary, initially serving as youth pastor, then in 2007 transitioning to the associate pastor, and in 2017 becoming the lead pastor.
Mike’s passion in life is to study, practice, and teach the all-sufficient Word of God. Nothing thrills him more than seeing God use His Word to change people’s lives.
Most of Mike’s free time is happily spent with his wife and young children – other things Mike enjoys include spending time outdoors, reading, running, playing disc golf, and following Husker football.
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Jake is originally from Council Bluffs Iowa, and was blessed to trust Christ as a child. He received a bachelors degree in pastoral ministry from Grace University in 2010, and a masters degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2014. Jake is married to Elizabeth, and they are the proud parents of their son Benjamin.
Jake’s heart beats for the local church because the church is the vehicle God has chosen to reach sinners and equip saints! His desire is that God would use his gifts and passions to serve the local church. Jake’s personal gifts and passions lie in preaching and shepherding.
Jake began working at Le Mars Bible Church in October 2017. A few of his hobbies include reading, playing basketball, and cheering for the Chicago Cubs!
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Derek was born and raised in Gering, Nebraska and accepted Jesus Christ at a young age. He received a degree in Church Ministries: Youth Ministry at Liberty University located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Shortly after graduating, he took an internship position with a local church in Memphis serving in their high school ministry.
Derek and his wife Jen met while serving together at a summer camp in Nebraska. They were married July 25th, 2015 in Jen’s hometown of Orange City, Iowa.
Derek has recently been hired at Le Mars Bible Church as the youth pastor for middle school and high school. His duties will include preaching on Wednesday nights for the middle school and high school services, leading and equipping volunteers, creating and planning various events throughout the year, and also teaching Sunday school.
One of Derek’s passions is to reach the younger generations with the gospel of Jesus Christ. As well, he wants to help them become grounded in their faith through the teaching of God’s Word and encourage them to live out the great commission in spreading the gospel to all people. It is such a joy to him to see when the younger generations are passionate for Jesus.
Some of Derek’s hobbies include golfing, hiking, reading, spending time with his wife, competing in board games, cheering for the Husker football team, and playing guitar.
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Fred grew up in North Dakota and came to know the Lord as a young boy. He received a degree in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University and then served in the Air Force for four years. He worked as a cost/scheduling engineer on construction projects in North Dakota and Wyoming. In 1985, God called him to seminary and he graduated from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana in 1988. Shortly after, he accepted the call to serve as pastor at Le Mars Bible Church where he has been ever since.
The joy of Fred’s life is to study and teach the Word of God and shepherd the people of God. He firmly believes that serving Jesus Christ by pastoring the local church is what God designed him for. He also finds great joy in being married to Kamie since 1973. They have two children who love the Lord and five wonderful grandchildren.
In his spare time, Fred enjoys reading, fishing, and riding his motorcycle.
Pastor Fred stepped down from his role as senior pastor on June 30, 2017, but continues to serve in a part-time pastoral role at LBC.
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Karly was born in Waterloo, Iowa and has spent most of her life in Iowa. Karly graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1998 and accepted Christ her sophomore year of college through a large group ministry on campus called BASIC. After college, Karly went on staff for the Navigators at Penn State University and really enjoyed campus ministry and discipling women. This led her to graduate school at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri where she received her Masters in Counseling in 2003. Karly and her husband Shawn have been married for 13 years and feel blessed to be close to family and living in Le Mars. Karly enjoys good coffee with creamer, eating out, music of all kinds, sleepovers with her nieces, planting flowers, watching her husband officiate college basketball, being an identical twin, baking and a good nap.
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We believe that the one supreme authority for the church is Christ, and that He leads His church through His Words in Scripture. Serving under Christ to provide direction and spiritual oversight for the church are its elders. Scripture says that an elders is to rule (1 Tim. 5:17), to work hard at preaching and teaching (1 Tim. 5:17), to lead by his personal example (Hebrews 13:7), and to guard right doctrine (Titus 1:9). The congregation is urged to obey their leaders and submit to them (Hebrews 13:17). The elders at Le Mars Bible Church are:
- Fred Gums
- Mike Hulinsky
- Adam Moss
- Derald Philips
- Jim Rahn
- Mike Sluiter
- Jake Wulbecker
The role of the deacons is to support the elders in practical ways, so that the elders might give attention to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Deacons at LBC perform their service under the direction of the elders. Deacons oversee the facilities and other physical assets of the church, take responsibility for meeting the physical needs of church members, and give direction to certain areas of church ministry. Below are the deacons at Le Mars Bible Church:
- Jim Barker
- Greg Law
- Peter Verschoor
- Caleb Widman
- Shawn Winter