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Des Moines Fellowship is led by a team of Elders who teach on a rotating basis, bringing a variety of input and perspective. The Elders share ministry with a team of Deacons, whose mission is to serve the church body.

In the New Testament the only two offices which are identified (& given qualifications for) are that of elder & deacon. Elders are the ‘pastors’ in a local church. The word pastor simply means shepherd. That is one of the responsibilities of an elder. In the N.T. ‘pastor’ is used to describe a function and a spiritual gift. It was not a title or office.

If you are unsure who to contact at Des Moines Fellowship or have a general questions, please contact us here.


Paul Strahan

Ministries: Pastoral Leadership

Email: paul.strahan@desmoinesfellowship.org

Bio: I graduated from Iowa State in 1975, where I was involved with a campus Christian organization that focused on discipleship and evangelism. After working with singles at a church in Omaha for 2 years, I moved to Des Moines to help start Des Moines Fellowship in a living room of a home on the east side with a few couples and young singles. I met my lovely wife Cathy there a few months after the church began. Together we raised three wonderful daughters, who were home-schooled by Cathy, and are part of our church family along with their husbands & children. I have a passion for people to know who they are in Christ and build their identity around Him, ‘who is our life’. Cathy cares deeply about people, is skilled at using the Word to encourage women and is an accomplished nurse. She has graciously shared the adventure of being married to an elder together with me for the past 36 years. I enjoy reading books about history, traveling, sports, listening to music and most of all spending time with my wife & family.

Greg Smith

Ministries: Pastoral Leadership

Email: greg.smith@desmoinesfellowship.org

Bio: My wife, Julie, our four children, and I moved to Des Moines in 1994.  We spent the next eight months looking for a church.  It wasn’t until the day we walked into Des Moines Fellowship that we knew we had found what we were looking for.  There was a pervasive atmosphere of love and peace one could sense throughout the service and the fellowship afterward.  Our children grew up in this church learning the Scriptures and how to walk in grace.  The church called me to the eldership in May 2001.  My burden for ministry is best expressed by Colossians 1:28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Seth Rosendahl

Ministries: Pastoral Leadership


Bio: I started attending Des Moines Fellowship in 1995. My wife Anne and I co-led the youth group along side two other couples from 2001until 2008 when I began serving as an elder. I have a full time job as the customer service manager for a home builder and my wife home-schools our six children. I enjoy teaching God’s Word and have a strong desire to see His people conformed to the image of Christ. One of the many joys Anne and I have experienced in ministry is counseling and fellowship with young couples preparing for marriage.


Rick Lewis:
My area of service is focused on the Spiritual and Emotional needs of the body. I spend time visiting the sick in the hospital or at home. I also help with the food pantry ministry at Des Moines fellowship. My wife Mary and I have attended Des Moines Fellowship since 1982. We have 2 grown children and four grandchildren.

Duane Tysseling:
My area of ministry focuses on practical needs. Building maintenance issues, providing rides to church and helping people move. My wife Char and I help coordinate special events at Des Moines Fellowship.

Dick Cleaveland:
My area of service is focused on maintaining the building and grounds.
My wife Diane and I also co-lead a Core Group in home Bible study each week.

Todd Tysseling:
I work on missions related ministries at Des Moines Fellowship, along with working on a variety of other administrative and support tasks.  My wife is Kelli, and we have 3 daughters.

Paul Smith:
I oversee the online ministry at Des Moines Fellowship. I am also involved in co-leading men’s groups as well as co-leading our Youth Core Group. I also serve as a member of the finance committee. My wife Andrea and I have three sons.

Dave House:
My area of ministry is focused on the general service of the body. My wife Jo and I help coordinate the food pantry at Des Moines Fellowship which helps to minister to the local community.

Todd Schemper:
I am involved with the men’s ministry at Des Moines Fellowship. I also lead the Des Moines Fellowship bike group.  My wife Denise and I are on the prayer team and teach Sunday school.

Mark Oberhaus:
I serve as the Treasurer of Des Moines Fellowship. I am a member or the benevolence committee. My wife Ellen and I teach Sunday School to the 4-6 graders.

Ministry Leaders

DMF-14smAaron Kelly:
I oversee the worship/music ministry at Des Moines Fellowship. My wife Melissa and I have one son and two daughters.

Quentin Dietrich:
I serve in the worship and teaching ministries at Des Moines Fellowship. I also co-lead a core group Bible study. My wife Katherine and I have one daughter, Audrey.

Cathy Strahan:
I am the wife of Paul Strahan, his greatest fan. I help serve the body in the area of woman’s concerns for prayer, encouragement, service and growing in love for Christ and His word. I am also a registered nurse.

Julie Smith:
I am the wife of Greg Smith, I Co-lead the Woman2Woman life group, a ministry which focuses on topics relevant to women and models itself after Titus 2:3 where older women are exhorted to teach what is good and so train younger women.

Beth Greiman:
I co-lead the Des Moines Fellowship Children’s Ministry (LAF – Laying A Foundation) for children ages 2 – 6th grade.  This includes Sunday School, Wednesday night activities and other children’s events.

Vickie Greiman:
I co-lead the Des Moines Fellowship Children’s Ministry (LAF – Laying A Foundation) for children ages 2 – 6th grade.  This includes Sunday School, Wednesday night activities and other children’s events.



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